You always read/hear about all the great information available here on Blade Forums. If you did a poll and asked, “What was it that brought you to Blade Forums?” The top 3 answers would most likely be: “I did a search on the internet to find out about an old knife I found/inherited/bought and Blade Forums was the #1 suggestion.” “I was on another forum asking about info on a knife and they suggested I come here.” “I was surfing around on the net and just stumbled across this place and it’s great. I kinda have always been here, I came across from the message boards with all the other knife knuts from across the Internet. In the beginning there were a lot of well known collectors, as well as blade-smiths and owners/CEOs of many of the bigger knife companies. There was a ton of valuable information available. The mostly untapped resources that these folks were providing was mind boggling. It was apparently evident even way back at the beginning that the best and most knowledgeable people were making this place their home. I started asking questions right away. How do you sharpen a knife? What stones are best to use on the new super steels? How do you evaluate and put a value on a knife? How do I tighten a loose pivot pin on my knife? Who makes this type of knife? My most common and favorite question was, “What can you tell me about the history of this knife/pattern/maker? As a result of being a part of this community I also, after all the questions subsequently learned a lot. I learned a lot about steels, edge geometry, patterns and how to care for and properly sharpen a knife. Of all these things I’ve learned over the years the most valuable has been learning to read a knife. From that I can tell if it’s been tampered with, if it’s a forgery/fake/clone and even get an idea of approximate value. BFC is the best resource for anything to do with knives and on top of that it’s filled with a lot of great people. Many of these folks I consider to be friends I’ve learned from over the many years I’ve been a member here. So after all that, my question to you is, what have you learned here on BFC? What has hanging out here taught you about knives? Be specific if you can too. I’m not looking for things like, “I learned how to take pictures of knives, I learned how to replace the scales on a slipjoint. There are even people who’ll reply, “I learned how to make a knife on BFC. As always pictures and stories are always welcome. I’ll post up some pics shortly and if any of you know me, you know there’ll be stories too.