Odd reasons a purchase was questioned by others

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Hickory n steel, Nov 5, 2019.

  1. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    As hobbies go, the knife hobby is pretty affordable. My brother got into Lionel trains. He probably still is but his house burnt down and all the trains, guns, and everything else went up in smoke. I don't know if he got back into the Lionel train thing. I even bought him a few cars to add to his layout.

    My older brother has turned into a "bird watcher" and has made a great deal of effort over a fairly large area to look for and photograph birds. I envy his pictures. The ones I see are really good. Photography to me is a hobby, a serious one, but still a hobby.
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  2. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    not really, these guys used them for about everything but as you can imagine they are very flexible but cut pretty good

    They were a good bunch of guys

    USMCPOP Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 6, 2016
    Can't deal spot. I need to upgrade membership to PM.
  4. cistercian

    cistercian Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 22, 2015
    I always wanted a ridiculous stereo. I am listening to it as I type this. A pair of JBL
    SRX 835 passives driven by a Crown XLS 2502. I am delighted by my setup.
    And of course...it gets loud. Highly recommended!

    Rammstein cranking at high levels...so epic. [​IMG]
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  5. OogieBoogie


    Mar 29, 2014
    Everyone isn't going to understand what you are passionate about or what you spend to appease that passion. I have a few expensive (for my budget) hobbies. I don't share the enjoyment of a new knife anywhere but here among like-minded folks. I'm also into R/C cars, which I share on a forum of like-minded folks. There are things that make me happy to own. As long as my family is fed and I can afford them, I care nothing for what others think of what I paid for them.
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  6. sv4


    Feb 13, 2014
    Well said! :thumbsup:
  7. cbrstar

    cbrstar Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 7, 2015
    If you want to get really weird looks you should collect vintage bmx bikes like me :D

    But the best thing about knives is it's one of the last hobbies the internet hasn't completely screwed up. If look long enough you will find something special.

    Where as things like watches, guitars etc. Even Grandma's go of fleabay and grossley over estimate what's something is worth.

    USMCPOP Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 6, 2016
    No deal spotting, but they are out there. ;)

    USMCPOP Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 6, 2016
    To heck with you. I have a vintage wife I acquired 41 years ago, and there's not much residual value there. Recurring headaches, yes.
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  10. Der Verminator

    Der Verminator Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Aug 23, 2019
    Moral of the story:

    Don't show off your good knife purchases to ignorant jackasses.

    It's a losing game.
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  11. cistercian

    cistercian Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 22, 2015
    They are clueless and jealous at the same time. It gets tedious.

    I am lucky in real life to have one acquaintance who is also a blade
    lover. Conversations with him are fun regardless of our very different
    taste. I know lots of people...and he is the only one. And I am thankful
    for even that! Discussing blade steels and action types...priceless.
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  12. pyreaux

    pyreaux Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 9, 2015
    I always think about it as, 'how much would you expect to pay for a week of someone else's work?'

    Add to that how much folks would pay for week of time from an expert in their field. And that's not to mention materials and tools.
  13. ericdraven

    ericdraven Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 31, 2013

    dude me and the friends i grew up with in the 80ties , still have all our bmx stuff,, i got a redline pl20 with vector bars , and harry leary my old diamond back turbo and swing bike . glad i kept them they go for over 3 grand nowadays , bear trap pedals , oakley grips . they had diamondbacks and hutch stuff .
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  14. afishhunter


    Oct 21, 2014
    Most common question I get when I buy a new knife is:
    "WHY?!? If you changed knives every day, (which you don't) you already have more knives than you can carry in a month!!!
    (Never mind the fact the person "complaining" didn't pay for the knife, and has an "excess" of something themself, be it firearms, fishing lures, guitars, snow globes, watches, or whatever.)

    I just smile and agree with them that I have more than 31 knives, and point out that N+1 applies to knives, too. (but not to wives and/or girlfriends.) :)

    I don't recall any questions about how much I paid for something I have.
    "Everyone" I know knows I am a poor and cheap S.O.B./bast**d.
  15. dirc


    Jan 31, 2018
    one thing I've found which helps translate our hobby to women: tell them to think of our knives like they think of their shoe collection...
    after that, they really seem to get it ; p
    you'll never hear 'why do you need ANOTHER one?' again = D
  16. not2sharp

    not2sharp Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 1999
    Got to see a Hublot Ferrari watch. A curious looking thing that looks like you are wearing an engine on your wrist. They sell for around $275,000....and no, the car is not included.


    All hobbies are equally expensive. Many may be currently beyond your reach, but you will end up sinking the same amount of money into your interest, regardless of what that may be.

    Last edited: Nov 7, 2019
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  17. Ripcord 82

    Ripcord 82

    Feb 15, 2019
    I know what you mean about the cost of scopes and rifles.I hope you have somebody that you can pass them on to because you will never get out what you paid for them.I had people laugh at me even when I tried to sell a $1500 rig at half price.And don't even think that a gun shop is going to be your friend when the time comes to sell them off.
  18. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    I can understand not telling people what your latest knife cost, I suppose I just hope they'll see that good ones aren't always expensive.

    Maybe because they're knife was only $5-$10 they feel like I'm just trying to show off or something ?
  19. BladeCommander

    BladeCommander Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 13, 2012
    Agreed. Due to this fact, I have been getting most of my recent purchases pre-owned. I can usually get 30% or more off for lightly used gear which helps with depreciation. I'm still new to guns so I'm in the accumulation stage. Should not need to downsize for some time. Also I try to limit how many new calibers I buy just to keep ammo costs in check. I reload, so that is a whole other continent of the gun world.

    Knives I have been in for several years, so my collection has really plateaued. I have a very narrow spec of what I like to carry and can pinpoint which knives I would like and carry based on photos and specs now. That is after going through dozens of knives that look cool, but didn't make it into my pocket. Either too big, too fat, too wide, too small, materials I didn't care for, etc. It takes much time and money finding what you like in any given hobby, which really is half the fun. Trying new things and growing in knowledge and appreciation for the thing/activity.
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  20. Poriggity

    Poriggity Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 15, 2018
    I get teased often because I generally bring a different knife to work every day or two, and the guys that work for me know that I am a knife collector. That being said, I never tell them what I spent on any given knife, but they always seem to think I'm "rich" because of the number of knives I have. The best part is, I might have 20 or 30 knives, which is nothing in this hobby.

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