Knife testing vids: yea or nay?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by WillB, Oct 14, 2018.

  1. WillB


    Feb 3, 2007
    Do you watch knife testing vids? Find them useful or waste of time? Do you like a specific way some test a knife but not others?

    I have never purchased a knife due to a vid, but I can say some vids influenced my choice on a knife I was already considering. I tend to like hard use vids where the person has a set number/type of tests they will use to test a knife. Some are of course more like abuse than use, but I enjoy seeing how much abuse a certain knife will withstand. That applies more to say what I'd be interested for EDC or bush craft and such vs say a kitchen knife etc., and expect the testing to be withing a logical framework for what the knife is intended for.

    Feel free to post a vid you feel illustrates what you find good/bad in such vids.
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  2. ScooterG

    ScooterG You mean Ireland? Yeah, it’s mine. Platinum Member

    Mar 15, 2016
    They can be interesting but I don’t place too much into them.

    A couple good ones:

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  3. Eagle Scout

    Eagle Scout

    Mar 10, 2010
    Advanced Knife Bro has highest entertainment value IMO. The guy is comedy gold at times.

    Cedric and Ada do the most semi-scientific-quasi-repeatable "testing" of edge retention IMO.

    In for additional channel suggestions...
  4. bearfacedkiller

    bearfacedkiller Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 23, 2014
    Most are unboxing videos. There doesn't seem to be a lot of actual reviews. Some are good, most are not. Many are also a lot of subjective opinions with a bunch of knife fondling with a lot of discussion about flickability. I am sure that has value to many so I am glad they are there but for me they don't offer much.

    I like Michael Christy's videos. Good stuff. Deadboxhero makes good vids too. Cedric Ada also makes videos I like. They all do actual testing.

    DutchBushcraftKnives and AdvancedKnifeBro are entertaining and they at least use the knives.

    In general videos about folders don't seem to be as good as videos about fixed blades. The bushcraft community makes a lot more actual review videos showing actual use. I like Junkyardfox. He does bushcraft and cleans some fish and small game. Honest use. He seems like a nice guy too.

    I don't see much value in destruction testing. Some hard use sure. Breaking a knife just to break a knife doesn't tell me anything I need to know and in general I think it is a disservice to the knife world by emphasizing a quality in knives that isn't really needed and that makes knives not as good at being knives. Just my preference I guess but I think there are already too many overbuilt knives.
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  5. RBid


    Apr 6, 2014
    I don’t watch many. When I do, I’m always mindful of what they do or do not actually conclude.

    For example, my personal favorite:

    In the wake of this, some people decided that the 0550 was “one of the best hard use folders”. It was one of the two top performers in vininull’s testing videos, along with the Benchmade Adamas. But, what we really saw was that individual sample, holding up against that battery of tests. His total number of knives tested wasn’t very large. So, our best conclusion is really something like... “a ZT 0550, constructed comparably to his (as most should be), would likely perform similarly in this specific testing process.”

    We benefit from slowing down and thinking when we watch this stuff.
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  6. Dangerously


    Jan 8, 2013
    I go to YouTube for entertainment, as original information is sparse there. So it’s mostly AdvancedKnifeBro and Dutch Bushcraft Knives. With a side of Cedric & Ada.
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  7. Danke42


    Feb 10, 2015
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  8. Dean51


    Aug 30, 2014
    Nay. :thumbsdown:
    Total waste of time.
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  9. Peter Hartwig

    Peter Hartwig Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 29, 2008
    They don't really interest me
  10. Night Rider

    Night Rider Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 16, 2018
    Nay :thumbsdown: waste of time IMO. I'm never going to baton a 200 dollar knife as most if not all of us wouldn't, They make hatchets for that. I watch Nick Shabazz on youtube for info and entertainment while keeping in mind that his opinions are His and not mine. He gives you the good, the bad, and the ugly on the latest and greatest knifes then he will make a disassembly video of that knife for cleaning and lubing. He is well known and reputable and That's all i need. Nick Shabazz check him out.
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  11. Rykjeklut

    Rykjeklut Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    May 23, 2018
    Pfff not really.
    Cedric & Ada does testing, and I sometimes watch him just for the entertainment.

    Other than that i just watch Nick.
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  12. T.L.E. Sharp

    T.L.E. Sharp Oatmeal Pecan is better than Chocolate-chip. Platinum Member

    Jun 30, 2016
    No. I just dont find them very useful. If I'm honest 90% of my cutting tasks could be completed with a utility blade in a pinch grip, so wondering if a knife from a quality brand woukd fail me seems silly.

    I will on occasion watch review vids. Not for performance, but for execution.
  13. hugofeynman

    hugofeynman Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 18, 2011
    Yea! I do miss Noss tests a lot! I’m mostly focused on toughness so obviously I like to watch knives being seriously abused and survive.
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  14. WillB


    Feb 3, 2007
    Will do, thanx
  15. GatorFlash1

    GatorFlash1 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 28, 2012
    If I'm not familiar with a knife often there is a YouTube video about it to get a good idea. Also videos by designers I find interesting. For instance here is 2014 Overall Knife of the Year by Blade Magazine.

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  16. Kreyzhorse


    Jan 15, 2013
    I watch some reviews, but mostly they 're a waste of tme.
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  17. eugenechia1989


    May 15, 2017
    I enjoy watching them, particularly Advanced Knife Bro and Cedric & Ada. Thanks to these guys for testing their knives so I don't have to.
  18. Dan of Bazz Clazz

    Dan of Bazz Clazz

    May 10, 2017
    I have seen a couple but I could actually feel my IQ dropping when I did so I stopped. Guys thinking up unrealistic and/or abusive tests, many more doing"testing" designed to insure certain knives come out "best". I'll pass.
  19. uxo2

    uxo2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 3, 2013
    Yes I watch.

    Nick Shabazz for a review.

    Cold Steel for entertainment
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  20. mtngunr


    Apr 10, 2005
    I am with you in wanting to see what it takes to hurt one.

    If I watch another manila rope and cardboard cutting or baby seal clubbing and feather sticking, followed by 25 Angstrom finish to three micron bevel optical.clarity reflectivity units (all while handheld) sharpening job, I likely cannot hit stop fast enough before retching.

    My world is not made of cardboard and clean manila rope, and any such results highly dependent upon the heavily modified by reviewer blade, and has zero to do with my finding the edge chips on an out-of-box knife while stripping a small limb of larger twigs with black knots at bases of twigs. And no, the batoning again and again normally leaves a guy clueless, as well, as for the edge holding when doing straightforward chores.

    I want to know if that "slicey" (gag) blade will double back and snap when I stab something and the broken protruding stub cut tendons on my hand. I am not interested in the world's most expensive cardboard box knife.

    I do not live in a cubical, but live in a world where guys use their knives for all manner of abusive tasks, many times because it is all they have anywhere close as to desired tool at hand at the moment, and the job must be done, and now, not later.
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