Odd reasons a purchase was questioned by others

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I definitely agree that the knife hobby is definitely a very affordable one, especially the traditional side with loads of options under $60 and endless amounts of vintage users to be had for $20 or less, of course it can be pricy but still less expensive than a lot of other things

My brother got into RC cars a few years ago and that only lasted about a year as he soon realized that good or bad they're all expensive. Even at $200 the Traxxis cars he was buying were not that great and he could not afford to nor did he know how to overhaul them like the true hobbyists do.
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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Shank? Lol

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
G2
 
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My problem is I have too many expensive hobbies... I bounce around from Knives, Guitars/Amps (Can get crazy spendy), Photography, guns/hunting (guns/scopes/binos etc)...

I went on an overseas trip for work a couple years back... and I left a "list" of my stuff and it's approx value for my wife in case I didn't make it back... that was eye opening...

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.
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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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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.
Well said! :thumbsup:
 
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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.
 

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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.

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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Moral of the story:

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

It's a losing game.
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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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.
 

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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.


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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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.
 
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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
 

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Currently I'm fine with my $30 Casio watches and would never spend that much on a watch, but while I don't really have a personal understanding of the watch hobby I would not question your purchase of a watch that expensive because know it's a hobby like any other.

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.

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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.

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Having started in knives and now moving over toward guns, I will say knives are a much more affordable hobby for me. Especially when you start liking higher end things, the optics that go on the rifle can quickly eclipse the cost of the rifle itself, which doubles the cost of the package. I am coming back to knives after a couple years buying a few guns, and realize how many awesome knives I could be buying instead of that mid-level scope at $600.

I am now attempting to balance both of these hobbies and since I have a decent collection of knives, guns are getting most of the budget. The accumulation is just much slower.
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.
 

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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 ?
 
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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.

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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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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