Aug 17, 20162875 views

Falling down the rabbit hole...

So, I think I'm ready to admit that I have a problem. I realized this over the past few days, not because the piles of knives at work and home have begun to take over, but because of two things that happened in the course of eating a couple of meals.
First, at a pretty nice steakhouse I was at celebrating my dad's bday, I tried to cut my ribeye with the Laguiole that was brought to the table. One touch of blade to beef confirmed my guess that the blade had been through many, many plate scrapes and industrial dishwasher cycles since the last time it had been sharpened. Without much of a second though, I flipped open the Lionsteel that was in my pocket and started slicing, much to the amusement of my tablemates.
I explained my reasoning; "the steer was already butchered once, no need to make it bleed again." Skeptical at first, I happily traded bites with a few others and I think I may have some new converts.
Over the weekend, I grabbed an apple to snack on. For the last 35 years, I would have gone straight hand-to-mouth, but this day I found myself reaching for the kitchen drawer and pulled out my new Tadafusa petty knife that I got from a local shop, Bernal Cutlery (http://dro.ps/bernalcutlery). I tried slicing the thinnest pieces I could on one side, then I just started messing around with cutting some wedges.
This was the result before I finished it off with my teeth. When did you first realize you had fallen down the rabbit hole of knives, or EDC generally?
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No, you did not fall down a rabbit hole. Your behavior is that of a knife aficionado. You are another proud member of our club.
it all started with a small swiss army knife that i carried around for lunch, but about 1 year ago i got my spyderco delica and fell in love with it (still my go-to edc) and since then i´ve been expanding my collection slowly but steadily. i´ve reccently got the maserin 550 and i´m now eyeballing a boker urban trapper carbon to join the arsenal. might have fallen in the hole myself.
I've always carried a cheap $20 knife for like the last 25 years. Recently thou in the last two weeks I've picked up three knives. They are expensive to me but still under a hundred. I didn't realize how many good new designs that are under $50. I think I've been bit, lol.
Welcome my friend. Just don't trip on that pile of knives over there and you should be fine, grab a drink and enjoy the craze.
All I have to say is welcome to the other side of the rabbit hole. You will most likely meet strange people here that the general public might be "amused" at, as you stated. Just know that it confirms that your strangeness has company, and you are now truly a knife guy.
I've carried a knife for probably 20 years. Now, when did I decide to go from the basic, Walmart Kershaw, to higher end knives? About a month ago, which is probably when the rabbit hole got seriously deep. :)
ZT0452 found its way into my pocket and I'm afraid I'm totally lost now, already looking at several other knives to buy. And please don't get me started on EDC lights. *sigh* My bank account already hates me.
WhiskeyNutz
This might be a tough month for you. https://www.massdrop.com/blades/drops
JonasHeineman
Yes sir! Been eyeing both of those, especially the PM2.
I think I crossed over when I bought the ken onion worksharp sharpener and sharpened everything I owned.
Knives taking over the watch box...the struggle is real...
JonasHeineman
Jonas, what are those two titanium knives? One seems to be a We?
Bobraz
one´s a Kizer (definetly) and the other one looks like a lionsteel (but i could be wrong there);
the ne with the wood on seems to be a Böker Urban Trapper...
Well, since my usual assortment is a SAK vagabond (58mm small in watch pocket, my usual cutter), SAK scientist (on clip+short chain hanging in front pocket, mostly a food knife) and a ZT0450 (clipped on the inside of the waistband, my SHTF knife), I'm hardly one to help you with your/our problem, if we even have one to begin with. I find I use my knives far more than I use my pens. Carry on fellow knife knut!
My very first EDC habit started early, on my keychain. The diskey (CD wrap and bottle opener in one) and CR2032/CR2016 LED lights come to mind. Now with all my tech gear a pocket size battery backup charger is 100% necessary, and I never leave home without a Knife or 3 and a single AA LED light that's bright enough for EDC use. (won't signal 2+ mile high air traffic but does damn near everything else) I only recently started to carry knives, but a new job made it necessary. I prefer soft-handled (to not damage my battery operated EDCs) with good blades. Still trying to decide about assisted vs standard deploy and carry position. One disaster was putting an EDC (assisted-open locking) knife on a janitor style keychain pull-leash. (Forgot to close it while checking the goods, and WHOOPS! Ruined my fave tee that way) Now I have a full compliment of expensive stylus-tipped ink pens, EDC knives, LED lights, vaporizers, tech gear and more. I would like to find a triple 18650 (or equivalent) powered light that doubles as a battery backup. Dimmable and multi-angle cast for extra credit.
Appreciate the responses so far, these all sound very familiar :) I think I didn't realize how often a blade comes in handy until I carried one all the time. I just started doing the same with a AAA light and I think that will be the next thing on the list of "things I never knew I needed and now can't live without."
JonasHeineman
Just do yourself a favor and don't look at the Liion 18650 flashlights. You don't need a 7000 lumen handheld dragon slayer anyway... lol
Yup it's gettin bad :P haha
Still trying to find a problem here. 8 OD
I now have 30 flashlights. Not so bad about knives, but I do have 7 collectable Laguiole's, a Benchmade, and a few Ganzo's. Camping for 7 days last week and the Park Rangers were floored when they saw some of the lights I took with me.
I carry a 3" folder, and just to avoid public stares I sometimes try to make do with my fingers or teeth small cutting tasks such as opening a bag or cutting string. If no one is looking I'll pull it out and cut with the blade half open. Sucks I know but there are times when a large knife is convenient