The most important lesson you've learned about knives.

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by OliverKF, Jul 14, 2020.

  1. OliverKF


    Jul 14, 2020
    Since I'm new here, but have been a knife guy for years, I was wondering what was the biggest/most important lesson you've learned about knives since you started using and/or collecting them. I'm wondering what kind of wisdom you guys have to share.

    What is the one thing you've learned by yourself over the years that you think is an important piece of knowledge for anybody interested in knives?
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  2. JAB

    JAB Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 13, 2005
    They only get more expensive.
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  3. K.O.D.

    K.O.D. Sanity Not Included Platinum Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    Agreed. Along with that, learning what you like and don't like is an expensive process.
  4. NWPM2

    NWPM2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 30, 2019
    One is never enough. :D
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  5. BP_

    BP_ Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 26, 2015
    About knives specifically (and also thanks to this forum), respect and appreciation for quality craftsmanship and the people behind the magic :thumbsup:
  6. tinfoil hat timmy

    tinfoil hat timmy Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 21, 2014
    The inexpensive ones work just as well as the expensive ones.

    I really like cold steel folders.

    That's two things I learned.
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  7. mendezj

    mendezj Basic Member Basic Member

    Nov 24, 1998
    A blunt knife is almost useless..., and more dangerous to the user than a sharp knife.
  8. Lee D

    Lee D Basic Member Basic Member

    May 27, 2013
    Sharpening requires patience
  9. Cvrobinson

    Cvrobinson Going to hell, I’ll be back, anyone need anything Gold Member

    Dec 19, 2017
    EE63142C-38B2-4178-B18A-139D5C83530A.png No doubt :eek:
    Define “work” :rolleyes:
    They might cut as well as the expensive ones
    But that’s only 1/2 the equation now, isn’t it :cool:
  10. MacLaren1

    MacLaren1 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 15, 2014
    That an incredibly smooth hydraulic action is just freakin awesome!!! :cool::D:thumbsup:
  11. MacLaren1

    MacLaren1 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 15, 2014
    Besides, the above I would say that if you get "that knife" that is just perfect in your eyes, try to hang on to her. There's a lot of temptation out there and sometimes the grass isn't always greener. :D
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  12. dalefuller

    dalefuller Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 2, 2005
    Can't decide which one I'd rank as "most important", so here they are...

    1a) Put 10 of us together at a table at Blade Show and we'll come up with 12 different opinions about the same thing. And that's OK!
    1b) Nothing's "best" for everybody, but each one of us has knives, sharpeners, lube, or techniques that are "best" for us.
  13. Twindog

    Twindog Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 6, 2004
    Knives are infinitely complex. I never appreciated their complexity before. They seemed so simple.
  14. K.O.D.

    K.O.D. Sanity Not Included Platinum Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    I've also learned that as with most things, my opinion is the correct one.
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  15. miso2

    miso2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 19, 2014
    Blades thick at the edge don't slice.
    No sharpening when drunk.
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  16. MacLaren1

    MacLaren1 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 15, 2014
    Never to treat it as an investment. You will most likely be sadly disappointed.
    Buy what you like and use it!!
  17. Troutzill

    Troutzill Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2009
    It’s a lifestyle ...
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  18. sharp_edge

    sharp_edge Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 30, 2015
    A sharp knife is still more dangerous than a dull knife (I know this is contrary to what many knife people say or believe).
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  19. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    I think the biggest thing I have learned is that I prefer to use thin bladed knives for almost every knife task. Only chopping requires thicker bladed knives.
    Bill1170, ktataragasi, allenC and 7 others like this.
  20. Ajack60

    Ajack60 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 21, 2013
    Price does not equate to quality.
    A well built knife will bring a smile to your face and will serve you for a long time.
    If you use a knife for it's intended use, it will not fail you.

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