Knife testing vids: yea or nay?

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

  1. cbrstar

    cbrstar Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 7, 2015
    I never seen one of their videos before, but I just watched DBK's new video on sharpening. And well with the file etc they were actually "sharpening" in the wrong direction. Still a fun vid to watch though.
  2. Old Biker

    Old Biker

    Sep 25, 2016
    I find most videos in general, and knife videos in particular, to be a total waste of time.

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  3. A.L.


    Jun 27, 2007
    Vids where people do non-knife things with knives? No!

    Vids where people cut things and share thoughts how the knife works as tool? Yes!
  4. horseman1


    Jul 10, 2006
    They are a lot better to watch than what is on TV when my wife is in charge of the remote control!

    Just my opinion, but it seems like some of the folks put a lot of time, money and effort into it (Cedric and Ada for example) and are trying to provide the community with decent science. They are of course limited by what resources they have available. Some are quite entertaining as well. Watching Nick with his Z-Hunter provided some lighthearted humor that I needed after a long hard day of work. I also learned about the knife designer Oosa, whom I would have been ignorant of without a Shabazz video.
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  5. aleforme

    aleforme Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 21, 2013
    Big fan of Advanced Knife Bro. I think the some of the genius behind his review is he simultaneously actually shows the knife being used while kinda spoofing the whole knife review video culture. And he does it with some dry comic relief. A few of his videos showing his ninja like knife moves with classical music playing in the background are just awesome.

    I've never put much value in knife review videos but I do like his a lot.
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  6. P2P

    P2P Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 24, 2010
    Micheal Christy is the man, that’s about it in my video consumption. ApostleP is very listenable as well.
  7. Jocephus1


    May 30, 2007
    The knife vids I do look at are simply to see something like size/ergonomics and how its carried in a pocket or sheath.
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  8. Lodd

    Lodd Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 23, 2015
    Dutch Bushcraft Knives is too loud for my tastes. They seem geared towards a younger audience. Also, they usually don't really explain anything, rendering their review useless. Most of their videos are loud comedy followed by a few numbers that are meaningless because they don't explain how they arrived at said numbers. Also, DBK gets a lot of their knives from their sponsor, so I'm not sure how objective they are. I've noticed they rarely mention any negatives unless it's clearly a gas station knife they are making fun of.

    I like Nick Shabazz better. Although he doesn't do any of the testing onscreen, he does support his conclusions with arguments, explains how he arrived at his conclusions and shows a lot of things close up. This makes his reviews a lot more useful.

    It would be even better if someone showed some useful tests while also explaining them at the same time. Maybe that is something for the next big youtube star of the knife community?
  9. mt666tm


    Nov 20, 2012
    Nay. They are lame.

    What's there to test? It's a knife. It cuts things, or at least it should. Do I really need to watch a video of this?

    It makes me think of kids today that watch videos of other people playing video games... Why not just play the game yourself?
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  10. DocJD


    Jan 29, 2016
    :) Yea and nay ! Depends on the type of review , reviewer and purpose of the knife .

    Many reviews are simply useless to me , because nothing functional is demonstrated . Unboxing , fondling , knife porn . Useless and annoying . :mad::thumbsdown:

    Especially if the knife is supposed to be a great "hard use " work knife , or camping / bushcraft / survival etc . , then I want to see the knife doing whatever they claim it can do . Preferably , a long term user review , to testify how the knife holds up and performs over extended use . :cool::thumbsup:
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  11. Lee48


    Apr 29, 2005
    Nick Shabazz is entertaining so I watch his reviews.

    The'd think they would know what they wanted to say before turning on the camera. My time is valuable to me.
  12. gadgetgeek


    May 19, 2007
    I find them largely useless. The info I need would only come from someone who has EDCed a knife for at least a couple months, so I generally find that info here. Sometimes I just need to see a knife, then I'll watch with the sound off, as almost all of the "reviewers" are great at filling time with verbal fluff.
    Lee, they are chasing views and watch time, so they have no interest in getting to the point. What they hope is that they have the newest and best first, have lots of subscribers who want to see the newest and best, and hope they can pad a folder review into 25 minutes. Its the youtube game.
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  13. WillB

    WillB Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    Watched a few vids after learning of him in this thread. His reviews are pretty bland but he's funny, so it works. ;)
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  14. GermanyChris


    Feb 18, 2015
    I'd watch DBK if they were reviewing sticks since the make me smile every time I watch one of their videos.
  15. Night Rider

    Night Rider Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 16, 2018
    So it's not just me? Thank god! I thought I was going crazy.
  16. skyhorse

    skyhorse Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 30, 2010
    I get a kick out of Nick Shabazz, very good ! :)
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  17. Pilsner

    Pilsner Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 28, 2017
    When I want to laugh at a complete idiot and have nothing better to do, (very rarely), I watch a video by Nut'n'fancy. :)
  18. Schwifty


    Nov 26, 2015
    I don’t care for the torture test stuff. I don’t need to know about lock strength and I don’t bushcraft so it’s just not my thing.

    But since were talking about the rest I DO like Shabazz, Slicey Dicey, Dr Frunkey, Luv Them Knives, Frankie & Bird, Cedric & Ada, Advanced Knife Bro, Epic Snuggle Bunny, Eugene Kwon, Kevin Cleary, 7redi and even the occasional Nutnfancy.
    I enjoy the wide range of opinions and personalities and appreciate free knife content, which generally takes a considerable amount of work to put out.
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  19. jbmonkey

    jbmonkey Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 9, 2011
    nope. not a fan of most reviews and odd testing. usually way too much talking just to hear themselves talk. lots of fidgeting with the knife for no reason. flicking open and closing knife and pawing it while talking about nothing typically.

    some testing videos I dont mind, but many once again just like to hear themselves talk. I cant stand to listen to 10 or 20 minutes of non stop babbling.

    short and sweet, less is more. many knife video folks fail on that.
  20. Dogdrawz

    Dogdrawz Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 15, 2016
    IMO...I like Nick Shabazz, Gideonstactical & some Nutnfancy. Watching box openings stink, watching them use em in the field is boring. I like the technical aspects. The feeling in the hand, how much does the frame lockup, blade play, smoooovness, deployment...etc....etc. But I like to watch several different ones when I'm in the mood to purchase. Pretty much did that for every knife I've owned & still own. I weed out the bull sugar & fan peeps to get an average of likeabilty.

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