THK adults-only WTF? thread

Discussion in 'Terrio HandMade Knives' started by james terrio, Feb 21, 2016.

  1. james terrio

    james terrio Sharpest Knife in the Light Socket

    Apr 15, 2010
    Welcome, grown-ups. This is your spot to discuss THK related stuff, general knife-related-stuff, or general goofiness you see elsewhere on BladeForums, and use cuss-words to express yourselves.

    Anyone whom I know to be under 18, or whom I believe to believe to be under 18, will have their posts in this thread summarily edited-out. Because I don't want your Mommy to come bitching to me when the inevitable happens, and grown men mock you and make you cry.

    It should go without saying, All Bladeforums rules apply. Spark and the BFC supermods have the final say on anything that happens here. I'm allowed to operate this tiny subforum as a privilege, not a right. Likewise, the rest of you lunatics post here at the mercy and pleasure of the dude who pays the bills.

    No politics. No porn. None. At all, ever. Yes, that means whatever you consider "softcore". I'm trying to run a business here, and I don't want to be associated with anyone's weird conspiracy theories or wank fantasies, so kindly take that madness somewhere else. Post political stuff or bikini-clad or naked or half-naked people in my subforum, and I WILL edit your post and make merciless fun of you. I assure you, I am WAY better at being a vicious smart-ass than you are, so don't even go there.

    In the interest of complete fairness, that includes AKTI or KnifeRights updates. Please post those items in the THK news/update thread, which is safe-for-work, family-friendly and rated PG.

    When it comes to dipsticks you think are dumb... go right ahead, discuss 'em. But remember, this is public. Don't stick your neck out unless you're willing to have someone else take a whack at it. My personal feeling is, ignore nitwits with whom you don't agree, and rise above by posting something intelligent. In the case of a bitchy little troll-fest, I will mock all morons involved.

    Now on to what's really important! As for knife stuff,,, I welcome any discussion about any knife or design. Love jimping? Want serrations? Say so. I seek to learn from your opinions and experience! But please, FFS, show a little restraint. I'm not here to advertise for other makers, and I'm damn sure not gonna "talk shit" or "be hatin'" on other makers or manu's. Try to keep discussions of other people's knives constructive.

    As for my knives... it's on. Here's your chance to say what you really think. Mind you, I am extremely likely to say exactly what I think right back atcha.


    Nov 5, 2014
    This should be fun!! :D
  3. Rupestris

    Rupestris Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 1, 2006
    :thumbup: Who knows. I just might get bit by the THK bug. The filet knives on your FB page are tempting to say the least.

    Thanks for the thread JT.
  4. Melvin-Purvis

    Melvin-Purvis Not a Registered User Staff Member Super Mod

    Jan 14, 2001
    Hahahaha...JT, looks like you already have a 'follower'... :D
  5. trevitrace

    trevitrace Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 21, 2013
    Really enjoyed the opening statement, James.

    Direct and eloquent. :thumbup:
  6. T. Erdelyi

    T. Erdelyi Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 3, 2001
    In on 1 JT we shall see what we shall see... ;)

    Quick question for ya JT, you're blades intrigue me and the day will come when my disposable funds will allow me to check out one of your bigger pieces but I'm lookin' for a JT starter knife, something affordable that could be tossed into a back pocket sheath similar to AG Russell's Woods Walker, maybe a 3.5" flatground drop point. Something affordable with no extras, a bare bones knife that could be stuffed in the back pocket, dangled off the belt or hung around the neck. Wadda ya say JT ya got something already or any ideas on the table for a workin' man's FB knife?
  7. Rupestris

    Rupestris Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 1, 2006
    JK is having a kind of contest where you design your perfect EDC. My submission sounds like a short version of what you are asking for.
  8. T. Erdelyi

    T. Erdelyi Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 3, 2001
    Thanks Chris, I might just have to toss my hat in here, either way thanks. :)
  9. CapitalizedLiving

    CapitalizedLiving Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 1, 2007
    Alright I want in on this and for a very specific reason. James, do you think a fruit and vegetable peeler can or should be incorporated into the spine of a chef knife? Why or why not? Billions of people need to know.
  10. 1066vik

    1066vik Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2009
    sounds a lot like a strix.
  11. james terrio

    james terrio Sharpest Knife in the Light Socket

    Apr 15, 2010
    No. Not only "no", but HELL No! :grumpy: The only thing that annoys me more than goofy gimmicks on survival/combat/bushcraft knives, is half-vast nonsense on kitchen knives.

    I very much prefer a slightly-rounded spine on a chef's knife, so it's more comfy to use with a pinch grip, for slicing and dicing. Any sharp corner or edge on the spine gets real uncomfortable, real quick.
    A slightly modified "sideways" pinch grip and a bit of care allows any good chef's knife to be used for reasonably accurate peeling of things like apples and taters and roasted tomaters. Using a - wait for it - small handy paring knife!! works even better. ;)

    How the heck would one use such a monstrosity, anyway? Chef's knives should have a handle whose main function is to not be in your way, and provide some counter-balance to the blade. At most, they should be contoured to be comfortable for people that prefer to hold it like a machete. Turning that around to "cut" with the spine seems awkward and problematic at best.

    Trying to put a whole different edge on the spine of a chef's knife is like mashing an orange inside a hand grenade... it's not gonna work worth a hoot as either a deadly weapon or a delicious piece of fruit; it's only gonna make both of them almost entirely useless.

    That very concept has kept me up nights for years! :) For reasons I do not fully understand, very few makers or manus even try to really address those parameters in a fixed blade. There are lot of very good, tough, survival-oriented neckers available today, but not many of them really excel at cleaning a trout or pheasant.. or much of anything else.

    Such a knife should be as handy as a finely-made folding knife, but simpler and sturdier. Sort of a combination bird & trout, necker, small game, paring knife that's light and small enough to carry all the time. Narrow, keen and thin enough for very delicate tasks, yet robust enough to use in the workshop or around a campfire. It should be as fun to use on the kitchen counter as it is next to a clear running stream or in the middle of the forest. And it shouldn't scare the crap out of anyone if you use it to open your mail at the office, or cut your food at a fine restaurant.

    To my mind, such a knife must have a low-profile, simple, but secure and solid sheath that can be easily carried on your belt, worn around your neck or slipped into your pocket. A person should just about forget it's even there until they need it. And it's got to have a real handle, one with actual scales, that all four of your fingers can hold onto.

    I'm steadily closing in on a design that I feel will truly serve that need... I may end up calling it the "THK fin/field/feather/what-the-heck-ever" ;). The Strix that pertinux and I designed is very close to what I want to offer; for the last several months, I've been carrying and using this even-smaller little rascal almost every day, and I really like it:


    With a few tweaks, there will be more forthcoming, and I will do my best to keep them affordable without sacrificing quality and materials.
  12. LEGION 12

    LEGION 12 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 8, 2009
  13. Rupestris

    Rupestris Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 1, 2006
    My road trippin' begins again. I might have to change my name to Protourist2. 😜

    I'm driving to The Detroit area today. Will be back tomorrow to take care of a few things. Then back on Sunday night.

    I got a list of shops that need attention. 61 of them in FL, TX, CO, AZ, CA, OH, MN, AL and NV. Luckily there are three of us :rolleyes:.

    I'm going to trade my Marriott points for a Porsche.
  14. james terrio

    james terrio Sharpest Knife in the Light Socket

    Apr 15, 2010
    Jimping costs extra. As do serrations. My current price is $5/jimp. Subject to change without notice.
  15. Greykilt


    Dec 12, 2013
    Yes Mr. Terrio I have a question? How come THK doesn't like "skull crushers", noggin thumpers", the metal protrusion at the bottom of some knife handles.
    billy; proud owner of a THK Custom Fugitive
  16. james terrio

    james terrio Sharpest Knife in the Light Socket

    Apr 15, 2010
    Thank you again for your patronage!

    I've made and tested many "skull-crusher" butts and pommels, because they look really cool. But I seldom make them anymore... mainly because it's just as easy to crack a coconut or break a window with a "normal" butt of a knife, as it is with a specialized extended/exposed tang that collects extra dirt and might annoy your hand or dig into your ribs when you carry it on your hip. The force applied is very nearly the same either way, so why make it more complicated than it really has to be? Unless proven otherwise, I almost always follow the KISS principle... Keep It Simple, Son.

    What I do often do, in the interest of thumping on stuff, is shape the butt of a full-tang knife so the metal of the tang hits your tent-stake (or an enemy sentry's skull :rolleyes:) before the handle material does. I doubt that makes very much difference in the practical PSI applied by such a blow. But it may help prevent the corners of the handle-material from chipping or splitting, and it looks good to my eye.
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2016
  17. james terrio

    james terrio Sharpest Knife in the Light Socket

    Apr 15, 2010
    Material possessions are not in themselves "evil". The hoarding of useless crap, especially when it's intended mainly to falsely-boost a weak ego, is where serious problems begin! (The Bible does NOT say that money is the root of all evil, but rather that the LOVE of money/greed/power is what turns good people sideways.)

    As a knifemaker, I do not cater to collectors. That aspect of the knife business simply doesn't interest or impress me; it never has, and it's not why I got into knives in the first place.

    I got into modifying and then making knives because I just couldn't find knives that really performed the way I think they should.

    I aspire to be a craftsman, a maker of tools. Nothing more, nothing less. I offer my work to people who may buy one or two expensive top-quality knives, use them as they're intended, and someday (this is my fondest hope) pass them on to their heirs. Not to those who buy ten $10 knives a month, or one $10,000 knife a year, just so they can gloat over a bunch of useless shiny objects they never employ, like Scrooge McDuck diving into a pile of coins.
  18. 1066vik

    1066vik Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2009
    yeah, but if I ever meet someone with a vault full of knives - who is tough enough to dive in and swim around in them like scrooge & his $$ -- that person will have a modicum of my respect, nonetheless.
  19. Rupestris

    Rupestris Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 1, 2006
    Happy Easter to you and yours James.
  20. AKC

    AKC Really? Must I? OK...

    Oct 10, 2010

    James, my friend! How the hell are you? Still making piles of steel dust? How's Angie?

    That, and every bandaid you have on hand...

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