That "ah ha!" moment

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I sincerely hope I never reach 500 knives....

Imagine what folks will think of me when I die and they find "500" knives.... most people would just shake their heads and say something like "I didn't know he was so eccentric." He seemed so normal.
 

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There is no normal life. It’s just life. Get on with it.
 
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Mine would have to have been when I got a mini griptillion in M4. I'm still sad that I lost that little thing. Some day, I'm gonna pull the trigger and replace it
 
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I used to carry a Buck 110
Then I discovered thin blades like this (less than 2mm thick at the spine for a four inch blade).
"Ah ha!" that cuts through stuff with much less effort and more control. ;)
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Getting warmer. Tried various combos. Then Bought a . . . and had . . . "Ah ha!" moment. . . . has what I need. What was your "Ah ha" EDC moment?

Oh I have had lots of "Ah ha !" moments.
ESPECIALLY AFTER JOINING THIS FORUM !

. . . next one came when I discovered this handle shape
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. . . in this length. See how it fits my hand. "Ah ha!" ;)
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. . . another when I discovered this handle material and handle sculpting
DOUBLE FREEKIN' "Ah ha!" ;) :thumbsup:
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So the material wears or breaks down. I made it replaceable (see photo below) so . . . duh.

Then I discovered this blade shape "Ah ha!" ;)
The Thinned Ti Lite spear blade was good; this is better especially when it angles down from the handle like the top knife (Case Trapper).
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Oh no . . . don't go away . . . there's more :
This was a big one . . . M4 steel and not just any M4 but Spyderco's M4. "Ah ha!" :D :D :D
I mean I suppose maybe someone, some where, is doing it better but DangDigidy Spyderco's acts, for me, like a steel alloy formed in Heaven so I don't need or want anything "better". Easy to sharpen and cuts for ever in really challenging materials.
Oh yes and I may as well add the "Ah ha!" ;) of the blade that is thin behind the edge i.e. the Gayle Bradley . . . one of the three below (still BETTER than just a knife with a thin spine).
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:( :( :( :mad: now if I could just get these few small things in one knife . . .
. . . ah . . . but this isn't heaven is it. o_O :poop:
 
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just like the others my recent ah ha was when I recieved my new Lionsteel PM4 3 weeks ago and has not left my pocket yet.
 
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I used to carry a Buck 110
Then I discovered thin blades like this (less than 2mm thick at the spine for a four inch blade).
"Ah ha!" that cuts through stuff with much less effort and more control. ;)
View attachment 964764


Oh I have had lots of "Ah ha !" moments.
ESPECIALLY AFTER JOINING THIS FORUM !

. . . next one came when I discovered this handle shape
View attachment 964772
. . . in this length. See how it fits my hand. "Ah ha!" ;)
View attachment 964774

. . . another when I discovered this handle material and handle sculpting
DOUBLE FREEKIN' "Ah ha!" ;) :thumbsup:
View attachment 964778
View attachment 964783
So the material wears or breaks down. I made it replaceable (see photo below) so . . . duh.

Then I discovered this blade shape "Ah ha!" ;)
The Thinned Ti Lite spear blade was good; this is better especially when it angles down from the handle like the top knife (Case Trapper).
View attachment 964797

Oh no . . . don't go away . . . there's more :
This was a big one . . . M4 steel and not just any M4 but Spyderco's M4. "Ah ha!" :D :D :D
I mean I suppose maybe someone is doing it better but DangDigidy Spyderco's acts, for me, like a steel alloy formed in Heaven so I don't need or want anything "better". Easy to sharpen and cuts for ever in really challenging materials.
Oh yes and I may as well add the "Ah ha!" ;) of the blade that is thin behind the edge i.e. the Gayle Bradley . . . one of the three below (still BETTER than just a knife with a thin spine).
View attachment 964808
:( :( :( :mad: now if I could just get these few small things in one knife . . .
. . . ah . . . but this isn't heaven is it. o_O :poop:
Not sure if you're laughing at or with me, but I can roll with it either way ;)
 
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There is no normal life. It’s just life. Get on with it.
No . . . I'm perfectly normal and I lead a perfectly normal life. It is just that everyone else is so freekin odd and weird. It kind of scares me. :):rolleyes::D
 
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I can't imagine ever getting to the point where one simple knife/tool combination would be all I ever want or need. If I do, that will be a sad day.

Or I'll be dead.

I hope I never have that kind of "Ah Ha!" moment...
That's called the "Oh :poop: " moment ! :eek:
 

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No . . . I'm perfectly normal and I lead a perfectly normal life. It is just that everyone else is so freekin odd and weird. It kind of scares me. :):rolleyes::D
As it should my friend...as it should.
 

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I used to carry a Buck 110
Then I discovered thin blades like this (less than 2mm thick at the spine for a four inch blade).
"Ah ha!" that cuts through stuff with much less effort and more control. ;)
View attachment 964764


Oh I have had lots of "Ah ha !" moments.
ESPECIALLY AFTER JOINING THIS FORUM !

. . . next one came when I discovered this handle shape
View attachment 964772
. . . in this length. See how it fits my hand. "Ah ha!" ;)
View attachment 964774

. . . another when I discovered this handle material and handle sculpting
DOUBLE FREEKIN' "Ah ha!" ;) :thumbsup:
View attachment 964778
View attachment 964783
So the material wears or breaks down. I made it replaceable (see photo below) so . . . duh.

Then I discovered this blade shape "Ah ha!" ;)
The Thinned Ti Lite spear blade was good; this is better especially when it angles down from the handle like the top knife (Case Trapper).
View attachment 964797

Oh no . . . don't go away . . . there's more :
This was a big one . . . M4 steel and not just any M4 but Spyderco's M4. "Ah ha!" :D :D :D
I mean I suppose maybe someone, some where, is doing it better but DangDigidy Spyderco's acts, for me, like a steel alloy formed in Heaven so I don't need or want anything "better". Easy to sharpen and cuts for ever in really challenging materials.
Oh yes and I may as well add the "Ah ha!" ;) of the blade that is thin behind the edge i.e. the Gayle Bradley . . . one of the three below (still BETTER than just a knife with a thin spine).
View attachment 964808
:( :( :( :mad: now if I could just get these few small things in one knife . . .
. . . ah . . . but this isn't heaven is it. o_O :poop:


You need a Delica in ZDP-189
 
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Not a big "a ha" moment but: when I finally used a quality small knife.
I had only returned to the EDC world a couple years ago. My previous knives were 2002 and before - a Benchmade, CRKT, cheap lockback, and a Pat Crawford. Which certainly filled my needs.
Life, etc. FF and I'm in the world of J-knives. But while waiting for what I want to come in, I glance at the world of EDC knives, as they are now called. Wasn't sure about what size and such to start with. I do like to get my hand on handle - more grip means more control and J-knives can be made insanely sharp. Very adverse to sharp things hitting my skin.
So I started with some lower cost knives first, including a Gerber Airfoil for the sub 3" blade. I knew their quality had gone down, but thought it would serve it's purpose. Well that turned me off to smaller blades, so 3.25" and above is where I dove in.
Finally something made me try a well made <3" blade. It was fine and that is probably the largest part of my EDC collection.
Lesson - cheap doesn't give you good info.
 
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The first time I laid my eyes on the Buck 501 I knew that would be my first of many EDC. That knife would be on hanging off my belt for over thirty years. I've since retired it but I always remembered my first EDC knife.
 
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So....What was your "Ah ha" EDC moment?
Initially...
And then it happened :)
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