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Why do we love knife so much? Seriously why?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Kizer Cutlery, Mar 13, 2020.

  1. allenC


    Jun 18, 2000
    I guess I love knives because when I was growing up ALL the men I knew or saw carried one.
    It was just something men did.
    My father, my uncles, my cousins, my brothers, my male school teachers (my female school teachers seemed to prefer scissors), our preacher, the produce man on the corner, all the hunters, all the plow boys, all the bikers, all the rednecks, male family friends...every guy I knew or saw carried a knife.
    Usually they were traditional pocket knives (I was born in 1967).

    I got my very first pocket knife at age seven, from my Uncle Lacey (a tiny 1.5" 2-blade pen knife with fake pearl scales).
    And within hours of ownership, I managed to cut myself (my Uncle had that knife razor sharp!).
    But my folks took it all in stride and taught me how to be more careful and how to cut safely.

    It really never occurred to me that there are men out there who don't love knives.

    KELAMA Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 28, 2013
    ^ YOU'RE THE MAN!!! :cool: :thumbsup:

    I'm really liking that fixed blade that Stabman posted pictures of! :thumbsup: Is that the Dirk Pinkerton Lancer?
    Awesome thread you started here btw!
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  3. jackknife


    Oct 2, 2004

    Allen, it sounds like you had a childhood much like mine, even though it was many years later. As a kid, all the grown men I knew had a pocket knife on them if they had pants on. It was a right of passage for a boy to get that first pocket knife as a sign of confidence that dad thought you were grown up enough not to handle it. Getting cut was also the right of passage and you learned what NOT to do with that knife.

    But...and heres a big but...most of the men thought of that pocket knife as a daily needed tool, to be used as needed, but not an object of any kind of love. In fact, I don't think I knew any knife nuts as a kid. The pocket knife was a cutting tool, to be used and sometimes abused as a pry tool, improvised screw driver, putty knife, paint scraper, and mud off the boots scraper. If it broke or wore out from being sharpened on the edge of a cement sidewalk, it got tossed and replaced. Those shell handle Imperials that cost all of 3.99 were popular, as were cheap imports.

    Those men who bought more expensive knives from Camillus, Case, Schrade-Walden, Kinfolks, Western, Utica, took a little better care of them, but still saw them as a semi disposable tool. When Remington was still making knives, they did a survey and found the expected life span of a pocket knife was all of two years. The sight of a pocket knife with at least one of the blades broken off was common. As was a knife with blades ground down by sharpening on electric grinding wheels or even having a file used on it. These knives were not loved, admired, and even fondled as a loved possession. I remember seeing one guy snap off the blade of a pocket knife prying open a can of window putty, and just reshaping the blade with the end as a screw driver.

    There may have been a man here or there that was a knife nut, but it was extremely rare. Much more so than now. But a knife was a much more needed item for life the 1950's than now. Then, there was no easy open packages, with the dotted line to tear open. There was packages wrapped in heavy brown paper sealed with that brown fiber tape that was put on wet and dried fast into a heck of a seal. A sharp knife was needed to open. Packages also came wrapped in that white cotton twine that needed to be cut. And then there were the pencils.

    People take the modern disposable pen for granted. Cheap ball point pens have taken over the writing industry. But when I was kid, pens sucked. there were fountain pens that leaked, ran dry unexpectedly, and were a giant PITA. The new ball point pens of the day leaked on a regular basis ruining whatever shirt you had on, or wrote lousy skipping and blotting, or drying out. The ink formula wasn't right yet. People carried pencils. Working guys had some stub of a wood pencil in their pocket, kids in school used pencils, tradesmen used pencils, secretaries used pencils, and they all needed a sharpening once a day or the point broke. A small knife was needed to to this. Up until 1960, the plain old pencil was the writing tool people carried. It wasn't until Marcel Bich in France devised the perfect ink formula that really worked, that the ball point pen came into its own. The birth of the Bic pen, by Marcel Bich. People don't need to carry a knife to sharpen their pencil anymore.

    Life and technology has changed the need for a knife. Now its more a want than need. Less tool and more a cult worship item.
  4. Scott Hemleben

    Scott Hemleben

    Feb 29, 2020
    Interesting. I'll check out the YouTube. Thanks.
  5. Scott Hemleben

    Scott Hemleben

    Feb 29, 2020
    Thanks brother. We think alike :).
  6. Kizer Cutlery

    Kizer Cutlery Follow our Instagram: kizercutlery_inc Moderator

    Jun 24, 2013
    A love past from generations!! And as a member of Kizer team, I cut myself at first day as well. Fortunly is not deep so is fine, the team take care of me, and they said Welcome to the team. My point is after you cut yourself and learned to manage it, you will get more and more love knives.
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  7. Kizer Cutlery

    Kizer Cutlery Follow our Instagram: kizercutlery_inc Moderator

    Jun 24, 2013
    Yeah! It is Lancer designed by Dirk Pinkerton. And thank you for your comments.:) You can go check our knives, you may find out you like not only Lancer!;)
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  8. Cosmodragoon


    Jan 1, 2019
    The Lancer looks like one of the better EDC/CCW blades out there. The handle seems to be a good balance for maximum grip versus minimum printing. There appears to be adequate hand protection for defensive use. The blade shape is optimized for defense but looks like it could do double duty as a kitchen knife. Based on my experience with S35VN in folders, this should keep a nice edge and handle most any EDC task with ease.

    I meant to say "Blade HQ" earlier. Seeing this on sale under a hundred bucks was awesome. Sadly, the normal price on this one is just a little out of my range.
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  9. Kizer Cutlery

    Kizer Cutlery Follow our Instagram: kizercutlery_inc Moderator

    Jun 24, 2013
    Thank you for the price suggestion;)
  10. Pomsbz


    Jul 31, 2015
    While I'm here, can I ask, The Neist, is it hollow grind as some say or flat grind as it shows on the Blade HQ website? The black CF one is very tempting.

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