Recommendation? Knife addiction.

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Kmikaz3, Mar 14, 2020.

  1. Kmikaz3

    Kmikaz3 Basic Member Basic Member

    Aug 28, 2019
    Aww yes... those sprint runs... But what's worst are the Flash Batch!
  2. Shorttime


    Oct 16, 2011
    You'll slow down, eventually. You'll develop a taste for... something, and start to sell off the early acquisitions. In the meantime, you'll develop a taste for Ramen noodles.
  3. Houlahound


    Aug 2, 2017
    Is it possible to sell on the exchange my VIP only pre-purchase, special edition, limited edition, individually stamped, sprint run, batch special, never to be repeated, only 11 in existence, once in a lifetime, custom before it has been released kinda like futures selling
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  4. cbach8tw

    cbach8tw Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    Need to have a paid subscription to sell on the exchange.
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  5. Scott Hemleben

    Scott Hemleben

    Feb 29, 2020
    At least with this addiction an overdose won't kill you. But it might wreck your budget ;)
  6. jp9mm


    Apr 1, 2019
    This is my out look as well... except i mostly buy used so i don't really lose much if anything.
    Get tired of looking at something sell it and buy another. So far in a year i've been able to keep my collection around 30< knives and slowed my habit down a bit after going through so many. Pre order seemed to help a little too. 1 or 2 a month... i can handle that .. ;)
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  7. Kmikaz3

    Kmikaz3 Basic Member Basic Member

    Aug 28, 2019

    Nick Shabazz has always been an inspiration guide for me on wether a knife is worth my hard earned money or not. In fact, i remembered, the first day i bought my first decent knife, a Pm2, while watching one of his reviews on it and there after the gear was set in motion... The fact, that he has a video on this very matter helps me alot with many valid points he pointed out and might prevent me from doing some blinded and unnecessary leap of faiths. His channel is a real gem and some sort of a support group for the community.
  8. Sharp & Fiery

    Sharp & Fiery Always Embellish Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 14, 2012
    I guess Im gonna post a serious answer...I have been collecting for many years. For me, knife collecting became an addition for 2 years. I had to have the newest and most beautiful knife. (I did have a single knife limit i stuck to for the most part.)
    My addiction was starting to get out of control. Although my wife (bless her heart), never complained or said anything, I could see she was worried.
    By the grace of God, I got things under control. I picked my favorite knife outta the safe, and started to use it. Im on acreage so I use knives all the time. :)
    Wow!! This knife sucks. Haha. So it got sold. Was pretty, but off it went. Got my second favorite knife outta the safe...started to use it. And I fell in love...what a joy and beauty to use!
    This is when I began to sell off most of my knife collection. I never had as many as some others, but had a lot of money invested. I have gone from just over 300 knives to 90. Yes, It is still a large number of knives...but I am not in debt over my collection anymore.
    This is freeing!!
    My thoughts on collecting is this...the more knives I put in the safe...the more I wanted to buy. Just looking at them was not satisfying...why? Still dont know the answer. Using them tho!!! What a satisfying feeling, and now I can actually help, with real world experience, someone who is looking for that knife!!

    These days I have changed my approach completely. I still buy knives, but not to the extent as before. I see a picture and have lots of questions...if its gonna go in the (now roomy) safe...pass. If it doesnt look comfortable (now that i know what to look for)...pass.
    Ive started to mod more knives, design and make knives, search for machinery for knifemaking, and learning as much as I can.
    I have attended shows now to meet the people who I have formed relationships with over this crazy internet.

    I have focused highly on all the relationships in my life, including knifemakers and modders, enthustiasts and collectors. This is what brings me joy! Friendships...friendships with others in this crazy ride of collecting.

    I will never stop collecting, tinkering and chatting. I just changed the focus of where I want the hobby to take me.

    Thank you to all my friends who have helped me stay on track or changed my views without even knowing...
    @razor-edge-knives @WValtakis @cchu518 @woodysone @Quiet @Rose and Thistle Custom @RayseM @ChazzyP @Fullflat @RoachBelly44 @416isToronto and everyone else I forgot to mention!

    Your relationships are valued.

    @Lapedog Man, where the heck are you?

    Hope this helps shed some light on how serious an addiction can become. Glad I was able to cut it off early.

    Hope everyone has a great day, and happy hunting! :D
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2020
  9. Smiling


    Nov 21, 2019
    I never got addicted and having just 3 knives is a testament to it.

    First is the fact that I have tight budget and have to justify every purchase to mself, and I am harder on myself than most of your wives are on you.

    I have a line of questions:
    1. Do I really need it?
    2. Why I need it?
    3. Can my other knives do it?
    4. Is it worth the cost?
    5. How often will I use it?
    ...and so on...

    And my budget is well... 70€ max, most that I ever spent on a single knife was 60€.

    Second thing is the fact that I just LOVE to use my knives, and the more I use a knife, the more I love it and the more I like to use it. It's fun and also I feel like I'm getting use of my money while using them.
    Despite that, you get to know if the knife is really good and how it suits you. And as you grow close to knives you use, you just stop to want other knives, at least in my case.
  10. Sharp & Fiery

    Sharp & Fiery Always Embellish Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 14, 2012
    I can attest that this is true!
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  11. Lefty_Knives


    Jan 11, 2020
    One option is what I'm doing, swap and/or sell old knives or one's that don't get much pocket time to fund new knives.
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  12. TheTourist

    TheTourist Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 23, 2019
    I must have two dozen knives, but oddly, I just stopped collecting anything cold turkey. I think I bought what I wanted/needed, got satisfied and up and quit.

    To that, my EDC cost me 29 bucks. I used to be a blade snob, but I finally stumbled onto the the knife I needed all along.
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  13. marcus52AR

    marcus52AR Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 22, 2014
    Is it a flash in the pan purchase? How are you going to feel about it 10-15 years down the road? Are you going to use it?

    These are some of the questions I ask myself when I think about new knives. The last 2 I bought were knives I wanted for years but held off.

    I think the monthly or bi-weekly budget amount is the best suggestion if someone is struggling with overspending on the hobby.
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  14. TheTourist

    TheTourist Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 23, 2019
    Marcus, that's a very good question, with a very necessary benefit.

    For example, my dad had every tool (in pristine condition) that he ever purchased before WWII. Most of them were never used when I lived at home, not once.

    But once every 30 years or so, "something" would click or sound like a gear stripping itself with a sound only my dad could hear. He would get up from his Laz-Z-Boy, walk into his well appointed shop and put his hand immediately on the correct wrench that would silence the house within seconds.

    For my dad, tools were needed, but I would suggest this. For some deep-seated reason you feel more comfortable if a tool is right where you hung it, and it's at-the-ready now or a decade from now. I admire this. This is not a foible, it's an element that enhances and quiets your life.

    More people should live as you do.
  15. Storm 8593

    Storm 8593

    Jan 4, 2019
    What is this knife , I'd love to know how it made itself known as "the" knife for you
  16. David45

    David45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 27, 2017
    A friend of mine calls “collecting” acquisition disorder. It comes in all kinds of forms. The best way to diagnose it is to determine if your buying something your not going to really use.

    On the other hand, there’s the pursuit of perfection. As a card carrying senior citizen I can say I’ve developed collections/multiples of the same thing over the years because things keep getting made “better”.

    My problem (which I know it to be because my wife keeps telling me I have one) is I don’t want to bother selling anything. I hope I’ll learn how to use online selling as a retirement activity.

    I’m pretty much kept in check by my loving wife.
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