One and Done

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Mechanical Advantage, Aug 5, 2019.

  1. HappyDaddy

    HappyDaddy Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 21, 2013
    "Last" has more than one meaning. I also bought my last knife, which it will continue to be, until I buy my next one.
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  2. sd550


    Oct 9, 2004
    My "LAST NINE" knives were delivered to me a couple of weeks ago, now I'm on the search for my last one again !!!! I bought my last gun three weeks ago and the following weekend I purchased another one, it never ends no matter how hard you try.
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  3. EdgeKit

    EdgeKit Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 24, 2010
    Believe me, I’ve been there more times than I can count. My advice, if you’re serious, is to start not buying things by not buying something. Use one of the knives you already have and don’t look back until your situation permits.
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  4. miso2

    miso2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 19, 2014
    I was in the 7th I'm done mode a few weeks ago, am thinking of getting backups, and also looking at Mnandi, TRM Atom, and Boker LRF.
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  5. Lapedog


    Dec 7, 2016
    I buy knives when I have money to spend on them. Not cut my finances so close that I’m stressing over an unnecessary item.

    I go through years long cycles sometimes where I buy almost no knives and suddenly I get pulled back in. Alot of it is because I just enjoy the hobby and only live once so when I have the loot at hand why not treat myself sometimes?

    The secret is shrinking your pool of desired knives but the paradox is that only seems to happen when you have bought so many knives to know exactly what you’ll like. Btw if you don’t love your older stuff just sell it.
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  6. Sharp & Fiery

    Sharp & Fiery Always Embellish Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 14, 2012
    I have lots of “one and dones” now im onto “one more and done”
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  7. AntDog

    AntDog Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Apr 3, 2001
    I’ve been there a few times. I thought “ok, I have all I need. I’m set forever.” and sometimes it sticks for a good while. The longest period was about 5 years.

    As long as you’re not putting your family in the hole over knives, there’s no harm done. Here lately I’m content to use what I have and be very selective on buying anything.

    My knife purchases have been very few in the past few years, and I have sold a few as well. I seem to have reached critical mass and only buy one if I sell something else.

    I like knives with character and have a few. I’m trying to wind up with a few more, so I’ve been using what I’ve got.

    Good luck.
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  8. jumpstat


    Mar 9, 2007
    You won't stop until you have found your ultimate grail or if fund runs out. There are more 'want' than 'need' when it comes to this hobby. I remember earlier days, I kept buying and selling those that does not come up to my standard as a knife until I had the oppurtunity to try a Strider. Thought thats was it, but then I got a RHK which I also though this is it. Found my grail. Nope that wasn't it. Its only that I got a CRK that I stopped buying knives. I did get another knife which was also a CRK. This was in 2015. Since then, my last purchase was for a SAK and thats about it. So, keep looking for your grail folder, and if you do find it, you will automatically stop buying further. All the best.
  9. whp


    Apr 26, 2009
    Marcinek hit the nail on the head with that one.

    And if you ever buy a knife and then decide that it is the last one you ll ever get, and you don t change your mind, you ll be in the company of less than 1/2 of 1% of the people on this forum, by my estimate.

    Personally I think 3 inch blades are a little small for my edc. If that is the right size for you, Google the Delica in m390. Still available last time I looked.
    I got one, and as my first Delica, I must say it is a very nice knife.
  10. Mechanical Advantage

    Mechanical Advantage

    Nov 1, 2017
    Good stuff so far, people! Let me clarify a few things:

    I appreciate the advice, but knives never come before necessary expenses for me.

    I'm not really looking for an heirloom or showpiece. I want a workhorse.

    I'm sure I'll be back in the game at some point. But for now, I want a blade that will do what I need without compromise, so that I can focus on other things at the moment.

    3" is actually kind of important. Where I live there is no limit on length from a legal standpoint, but there is an odd specification regarding blades over 3" and your "intent" of carry. So to avoid any unforseen pitfalls in that regard, I like to keep my blade to 3" max.
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  11. unwisefool

    unwisefool Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 22, 2007
    So It sounds like a Hinderer XM18 3 inch in m390 might be a good solution. Dlt trading has the no choil version so you get the most blade you can.
  12. cistercian

    cistercian Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 22, 2015
    I carry a Lil Native for work EDC with the compression lock and
    on the weekend a Para 2 in M390. My knife friend loves the Para 3
    since he likes smaller blades but I prefer the Para 2...I like bigger ones!
    The handle seems big to me on the 3, even more so than the 2 for blade size.
    I have lots of knives...but I tend to use just 1 for EDC and use others on
    the I completely understand wanting the ONE.
    The Para 3 has a shorter blade which will reduce sharpening time, the lock is
    epic, and the handle probably appeals to you so I say go for it!
    M390 is my favorite steel too...but I am really loving the S30V in the Lil Native.

    On sunday I carried a ZT 0462 on one side and a 0452CF on the other...
    I like having the choices available, especially in bigger blades.

    Good luck and I hope you enjoy the change of pace!
  13. Tseg


    Aug 25, 2018
    Awesome! I used the same methodology a year ago. I bought an Umnumzaan... my 1 and only.

    Now a year later I just bought my 4th +$400 knife, a Shirogorov, to go with my 3 CRKs.

    Best wishes.
  14. Alberta Ed

    Alberta Ed

    Jun 29, 1999
    I've been looking for a "last" knife for several decades, which may account for why I have as many as I do.
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  15. Mechanical Advantage

    Mechanical Advantage

    Nov 1, 2017
    I should also add that this Para 3 would be my only "EDC" knife. I do have others that fill specific roles (custom Opinel mod for formal occasions, and a RAT 2 in D2 for work). And yes, that's the same philosophy I use for my watches and other items - I usually have work, dress, and EDC. Different items for different roles, but I still only have to grab the one that I need for that specific use.
  16. Detroit Steel

    Detroit Steel

    Jul 12, 2018
    I’ll always buy knives. 2-3 a year.

    I’ll never lie to myself and say I won’t. I’m all about enjoying my life. The ones I don’t end up loving get gifted.
  17. Peter Hartwig

    Peter Hartwig Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 29, 2008
    As long as you have the will power it should work out fine. I carried one knife for many years and one is all you need. Want and enjoy is another matter.
    We aren't the best group for encouragement on restraint.
  18. DocJD


    Jan 29, 2016
    :) OK you get "one and done " ,

    but ... then what do you do for FUN ? :confused:
  19. EdgeKit

    EdgeKit Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 24, 2010
    The biggest problem I have with 3” blades is the frames tend to be proportionally short. With larger hands I require a longer gripping surface. The PM3 is great for that. You might consider one in S110V. It will give you an M390 equivalent blade steel, and since they tend to be more readily available they are often cheaper than the M390 exclusives.
  20. bruno_go


    May 19, 2015

    Will you do the same with "watches, lights and wallets"?
    What About multitools? Guns?
    Will you sell your collection?

    Please, let us know the details and decisions.

    And additionally. You mention the Opinel and the RAT 2. Do you intend to maintain only 3 folders? What about the fixed?

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