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Oct 11, 1998
Brothers, our worst nightmare happened to Cobalt!

His wife doesn’t understand his addiction and made him sign a paper saying he can't buy another knife for a whole year!

This is inhumane! The 13. amendment got trampled: Every man is allowed to buy as many knives as he can afford without selling his wife’s jewelry.

We have to stick together and need to help Cobalt! We have to explain to his wife that we need our toys to life a humane life!

Therefore: Everybody is encouraged to put his name under this 7 point statement (can be appended to if desired) so Cobalt can print it out and show it to his wife.

- We are addicted
- We need our knives
- If you take a man’s toy, you take his soul
- Only a man with the coolest toys is a real man
- The collecting habit is part of man’s nature and suppressing it is against nature
- Men are from Mars and women are from Venus. The behavior motives of men therefore can’t be understood by women, they must be tolerated
- Men with toys are happier men and happier men are better lovers


No.1: Ralf
That is terrible! Cobalt, we feel your pain. Ralf is right, I second him! We are just like everyone else, except we have a strong desire to be surrounded by sharp objects! But we are human. If you take our knives away, do we not feel pain? (sorry for the butchered Shakespear quote)
So where is she going to live now?

Rise up, stand strong! Tell her she can't buy any new shoes for a year and listen to her scream!

Here's a thought Cobalt,
She didn't say you couldn't MAKE any knives did she?
There was no moratorium on the purchase of steel and forge supplies, now was there?

I cut it, and I cut it, and it's STILL too short!

"I feel your pain" Cobalt.

Ken's got the right idea here. She didn't say no trading either. Go for the makin & tradin angle. It beats aloneness!

You can't win here, but compromise can be a wonderful thing. If you decide to go for the win, just remember with all your knives, you're never really alone... ponder... NAH - go for the compromise.
Maybe if Cobalt became a dealer and made money selling knives she would not have room to complain? That's what I had to do

Best Regards,
Mike Turber
BladeForums Site Owner and Administrator
Do it! Do it right! Do it right NOW!

Hey Cobalt, Don't give in. Spouses have got to learn tolerance. UH, my wife won't see this will she?
He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when the day is named,
And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
He that shall live this day, and see old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
And say 'To-morrow is Saint Crispian:'
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars.
And say 'These wounds I had on Crispin's day.'
Old men forget: yet all shall be forgot,
But he'll remember with advantages
What feats he did that day: then shall our names.
Familiar in his mouth as household words
Harry the king, Bedford and Exeter,
Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester,
Be in their flowing cups freshly remember'd.
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remember'd;
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition:
And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.
Act 4, Scene 3

Mike has the right idea, now that my wife and I are dealers she always gives me knives for presents and has only cut me back to one knife a month, unless, I really plead my case, then she will give in and say something like " thats all this month, OK!", and I will say "yess sssweeeetheart", while I contemplate my next bladed conquest, Ha Ha Haaa! Your fat little buddy in the Texas Panhandle, Chris. Top of Texas Knives

I do not feel that the wife`s jewelery is that important,knives are.I`d not object to her wearing them for jewlery.What use is a round pearl just sitting there,or a string of same?I must admit that they look pretty on the right woman.

Hmmm... No new knives for a whole year?? Gee.. talk about major punishment!

Ken's right.. A trade-off, to be FAIR. No knives for him, so be it... BUT, no new shoes (or whatever) for her either, same amount of time (1 year).
Just prepare those ear caps.. ehehehe..

I want to thank all of you for your support. The full impact of this new rule in my life has not struck home yet since I don't start purchasing knives until Monday. Monday will be the tough day. I really don't know if I can obey this new rule. I just saw some new knives that I want to get.

I guess I could be a dealer. I may make some trades, but I cannot makes knives. I am famous(or infamous) for causing damage when I was actually trying to fix. I'm basically all thumbs.

By the way Ralf, I'll let you know about the Stellite early this week.
Ahhh, to have lived and not known? Or to have lived with but a glimpse of regret!!
Some day, all that may be left is a sweet memory.....Is life not chapter by chapter and must end, HAPPY EVER AFTER!
A little part of all of us dies when something like this happens. I will pray for you...

Just for clarification......this is Mrs. Cobalt (just in case the name defaulted back to Cobalt for some reason)

My husband has been discussing this "tough" situation between the two of us, this last week. And I would like to thank you for showing so much support for him. I did mention how I liked this particular hobby for the simple fact that the people involved are the kind of people I like.....but, there needs to be made some clarification as to some of the facts regarding this matter.

Now, my husband is a good man, and I have never told him he could never have anything he didn't want. He is very good (and I mean VERY GOOD) at explaining the reason for each of his requests for items for the past 7 years of the marriage. But there has been several occasions where I have had to place a "hold" on what he is doing. He tends to get TOO deeply involved in the hobby and becomes a "maniac". I have to slow him down a bit, otherwise, we will become broke.

At this particular time of year, I am with child. We currently are expecting our 2nd child. Therefore, some of the new costs associated with this glorious event will have to go towards the new child (let alone the daughter - who is JUST LIKE HIM! - she, too, is very demanding in what SHE wants!). Also, when Cobalt gets his mind into a subject or hobby, he dives into it and "doesn't come up for air." You see, this latest hobby of his has only been going on for the last 3-4 years, but the heavy purchasing of the knives has been within this last year. Granted, he did have a few he had been collecting since he got into this new hobby, but the VAST MAJORITY OF THE KNIVES ARE WITHIN THE LAST year. (Repeated, but has to be stated again.)

Therefore, I have to slow him down for awhile. If he keeps going at this rate we have to put the house up for sale.....or, as one of you mentioned, open a shop and display all the knives he has purchased in hopes of selling and making a business out of it. (This could work!)

Now, again, I'm not telling him that he can no longer buy more at a later time, but we need a break for now. Last years hobby started to get REALLY expensive, so that came to a quick stop. This one is not that bad, but at the rate he is currently going, it could be just as bad, if not surpassing, the cost of the previous collection.

Again, thank you for the support you have provided him. He has already attempted some of your recommendations, both in this hobby and in the previous ones, so, I'm aware of what can and cannot be done. I'll give you this bit of info.....he is very good at saving his "allowance". So, by the time next year rolls around, I'm sure he'll have another 100 under his belt, bed, shirt, safe, etc......!!!!

By-the-way....I'm not like Emelda Marcos.....

And, he is already begging me for reconsideration for the Ontario Bagwell Bowie....I'll think about it a little longer. He may have to do a few "favors"!
She actually logged in under her own name, but for some reason it defaulted to my name, I assume because of the same server? Anyway, she is the voice of reason. But you have to understand my latest of reasons:

"Honey, the Y2K issue is of utmost importance. You see, the credit card companies have not updated their systems as of yet, and so all my purchases will be simply wiped out and I won't have to pay the Bills! hehe."

She said I can Get the Bagwell Bowie's if I'm her slave for a week. Since she is behind me reading this, I will not go into any more details right now, on the knife issue.
Dear Mrs. COBALT, congratulations on your pregnancy and upcoming blessed event, part II, but deepest sympathies about your husband's sad (but very understandable) addiction. I would like to help by offering to relieve some of the pressure of too many knives by taking away ALL of his khukuris. No charge! By the way there is an excellent crib frame being made of strong curved sections of spring steel, pre-notched for assembly with excellent wood or bone handles for carrying. I think they can be purchased from Himilayan Imports. Good luck.

Men, we are all missing the easy point-

I will qoute DR. James Dobson (as reminded to me by Tim Zowada)


(remember to keep her happy, then buy as many knives as you want)