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Robdude

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does ANYONE have any idea what came of Noss? just curious.. I know he ruffled a lot of feathers exposing the nature of different knives. an it seems he disappeared without a trace... retire? got snuffed? anyone have a clue?
 
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Use the search function,, LOTS of old Noss threads and about what happened..
 
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I am sure rcb's search skills are better than mine, but I see mostly old unsatisfying threads from 2012s. Lots of vague rumors of poor health which no one ever can confirm, and outdated links to videos that have been stripped from their servers. I thought the guys tests were great, though they obviously angered several manufacturers who performed poorly (Busse always made a strong showing). I always suspected, but had no proof, that he was chased out of the public eye by threats of lawsuits from a couple of specific makers. I always wondered if the poor health rumors were kind of a cover up to hide his retreat, so to speak.

If anyone has any updated info on Noss, or if anyone has functional links to his old tests, I also would love an update (but of course do not want to violate his privacy if there are in fact health issues that he prefers to remain private). Just a fan here curious for an update or vintage videos.
 
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hugofeynman

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And same here! My passion for knives in general and Busses in particular started because of Noss videos! That FFFBM dtest was epic! That video started my toughness obsession.
 
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I am sure rcb's search skills are better than mine, but I see mostly old unsatisfying threads from 2012s. Lots of vague rumors of poor health which no one ever can confirm, and outdated links to videos that have been stripped from their servers. I thought the guys tests were great, though they obviously angered several manufacturers who performed poorly (Busse always made a strong showing). I always suspected, but had no proof, that he was chased out of the public eye by threats of lawsuits from a couple of specific makers. I always wondered if the poor health rumors were kind of a cover up to hide his retreat, so to speak.

If anyone has any updated info on Noss, or if anyone has functional links to his old tests, I also would love an update (but of course do not want to violate his privacy if there are in fact health issues that he prefers to remain private). Just a fan here curious for an update or vintage videos.
Sorry for being vague, I remember a lot of drama about people calling out his testing methods, and claiming he gave preferential treatment.
I LOVE his videos,, it definitely shined a lot of light on what certain blades could handle.
Watch the one on the Crowell Barker competition chopper,, they can still be had for $100 :thumbup:

I think I was getting him mixed up with Cliffstamp, who gets brought up every now and then, but the mods don't like to drag that up.
 
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Currawong

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Yep I bought my first Busse after watching Noss vids and haven't looked back.
 
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Guilty here as well. That dude has cost me a lot of money. Worth every penny!
 
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Watch the one on the Crowell Barker competition chopper,, they can still be had for $100 :thumbup:


I never really watched any of his vids, so I didn't realized that he had favorably reviewed that blade. It certainly is quite the value. One shouldn't chop nails and cinder blocks with it ... but that is why we have our Bussekin.
 
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If it wasn't for Noss I probably would have never bought a Busse. Destruction videos make my pants tight.
 
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The Noss videos are why I first justified in my head spending $450 on a knife I had never held in my hand.
If it wasn't for his videos I would still be using ESEE knives.
 
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I always look to see if he will come back someday. He is the reason I found busse and why I have spent so much getting an assortment so I make sure to have "everything I need". Lol.
 
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As much fun as it is to say 'this knife is better' because of a destruction test, I don't believe it means much of anything without the context. Meaning, what is the knife's edge geometry? If you run a cold chisel type edge on a knife, even mediocre carbon alloys do pretty well. If you run finer edge geometry to gain cutting ability, the knife will fail much quicker. It all depends what you use your knives for, I rarely if ever do any of the things he does in his 'tests' personally.
 
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As much fun as it is to say 'this knife is better' because of a destruction test, I don't believe it means much of anything without the context. Meaning, what is the knife's edge geometry? If you run a cold chisel type edge on a knife, even mediocre carbon alloys do pretty well. If you run finer edge geometry to gain cutting ability, the knife will fail much quicker. It all depends what you use your knives for, I rarely if ever do any of the things he does in his 'tests' personally.

Edge geometry is important for edge chipping issues etc., but it has relatively little to do with how much abuse a knife will take before it snaps in half at the midpoint in a D test.
You can make a lucid argument that the tests were not controlled or scientific (eek now I sound like Cliff) but the edge geometry should not be a huge consideration in total knife failure. The overall grind will of course have an impact, i.e. saber, flat and convex will ttake more abuse than hollow grinds, but that "context" is always given as we see the knife.
I agree with you though, most folks don't attack cinder blocks with their knives, but it's fun to know what they can do.
 

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I watched a ton of his vids. It was cool to watch him destroy blades. Bored me to death peeling apples though. He could have skipped that part. I wish he was still beating on knives for us to see. Much fun.
 

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I always wondered, did He spent His own money on the blades ? Or if he had a "sponsors" of sorts.
 
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