Wanting to Learn More About Knives

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Wanting to Learn More About Knives

Postby koolaidz83095 » Mon Feb 21, 2011 3:39 pm

I've always thought knives were cool but I never really got too into them. Recently, I've been wanting to learn more about knives but the problem is knives are such a broad subject to learn about; similar to how you can't learn about guns by Googling "guns".

I just want to know the basics; like various styles/types of knives, which manufacturer makes reputable knives, etc. What kinds of knives you guys would recommend for beginners would also be good. I'm not gonna be carrying it around school or anything like that, I just want a general purpose knife to have for whenever I need it because I always end up using butter knives to cut things >__>.

I've been wanting to learn more about knives for a while now but never really took the initiative. I never really even noticed that this forum had a Knife section until now so I thought this would be a good place to ask.
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Re: Wanting to Learn More About Knives

Postby faden » Mon Feb 21, 2011 5:19 pm

Hard to make much of a guide without somewhere to start.

Go here: http://www.bladeforums.com/

Have some fun reading around.

Come back with questions we'll be happy to answer them.
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Re: Wanting to Learn More About Knives

Postby koolaidz83095 » Mon Feb 21, 2011 5:27 pm

Oh geez, I don;t know where to start from there...

How about just sharing info about some of the knives you own? Why you like them, why you chose them, etc.
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Re: Wanting to Learn More About Knives

Postby cat61986 » Mon Feb 21, 2011 5:50 pm

Well, when you decided to join ASGIF, where'd you begin?

You could always start in the General Knife discussion. If you want to look at pretty pictures, there are the Custom and Handmade knife discussions. They have guides somewhere, I believe, which might be good for beginners.

My knives:

Frost Cutlery knife - was made out of cheap plastic, the plastic for the clip broke off, and I eventually lost the knife in a UCLA lecture hall when getting up from my seat. From a friend.

Kershaw Vapor - my first real knife. Bought at Walmart. Was small, sleek enough for me, and fairly cheap (~$20). Chose it out of budget, and just because I wanted a basic knife first before trying to dive into anything really crazy.

After that, I think I started a mad, mad, mad, mad, mad rush to feed my knife addiction (eventually had a flashlight addiction as well...).

Spyderco Delica - faden had one, I wanted one because I kept using his own. Ironically, I don't use mine very often and, instead, I use my Vapor the most.

Benchmade Osbourne - Wanted a sleeker knife, and something that I could wear to more formal occasions. Didn't really like the price (~$180), but it's what I wanted because I had borrowed a friend's Osbourne, and absolutely fell in love with the knife itself. It's my backup carry.

Spyderco Cricket - back-up knife that is carried from time-to-time.

Spyderco Dragonfly (3) - Yes, I have three of these. One was from faden as a birthday present because I really wanted a small knife that fit my hands pretty well. It was meant to be a backup knife in case I needed it. Second was from mic for being a bridesmaid at his wedding. Third was because it had a pretty pretty decoration. But, yes, all were intended as backup, and my small hands. Also, for mic's wedding, I flew out from Cali to the location, so I was devoid of all pointy objects (save a few pens). Needed a nice blade to keep me company in an unknown location.

Spyderco Civilian - because it's badass. It's also illegal to carry in Cali, but that doesn't mean I don't mind having it around in my household...

Hinderer Kubaton - not a knife, but efficient enough in making holes whenever I need it to. Price isn't too bad for it being completely titanium and anodized (~$120).

Kershaw Leek (3) - Looked into speedsafe and wanted to try it out. Reasonable prices, but I still think that you can always train your thumb to bring out your knife without needing to be dependent on a spring. First one was to try out the knife. Second was from faden for our anniversary. Third one was because it was on sale and I had nothing better to do (this is a bad bad bad bad reason).

Kershaw Chive - Smaller than the chive. Less obtrusive. Easy to fit in those stupid girly-jeans with little to no pockets. But, once again, I don't prefer the speedsafe.

CRKT K.I.S.S. - mainly my letter opener. Wanted a small knife, but faden doesn't like how the blade is basically uncovered if I try to grab it from my pocket. Could mean that damage control isn't very controlled. So, it's my main utility knife in the computer area.

I have an assortment of strictly collector/custom knives, so I won't go into those.

...I'm pretty sure I'm forgetting a bunch of other knives...

Overall, for beginner's, I'd probably go for Kershaw or Spyderco. I like subtle. I don't like huge, obtrusive things that people wear to make them FEEL badass (but they look like an ass).
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Re: Wanting to Learn More About Knives

Postby koolaidz83095 » Mon Feb 21, 2011 8:37 pm

So Kershaw and Spyderco are good manufacturers? Your list has several of them. I will look into some of them. The only knives I've ever really held are kitchen knives and my dad's Gerber Applegate-Rex and some Kershaw his friend had.

I will probably get a knife eventually but I'm not sure how to prove to my dad I won't accidentally cut myself :roll: .
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Re: Wanting to Learn More About Knives

Postby cat61986 » Mon Feb 21, 2011 8:46 pm

Faden had a Gerber paraframe, but the lock broke. Dunno if I would recommend the paraframe. Other Gerber knives would likely be okay (i.e., the more expensive ones).

In terms of cutting yourself, EVERYONE will get cut at one point in time. Cannot be prevented. Similar to how having a car will likely mean some huge issue will pop up one way or another. It just takes time.

Yar, Kershaw and Spyderco are good. SOG have been recommended as well. Everything really depends on your own budget. And, if you really want a knife, I'd suggest going to the store, feeling the ones you think you'll like, and go from there. If it's something you'll be carrying around constantly, comfort is the way to go, not its appearance.
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Re: Wanting to Learn More About Knives

Postby Quinn » Mon Feb 21, 2011 10:59 pm

cat61986 wrote: Second was from faden for our anniversary.

You and faden are married/going out? I seriously never knew that.

I might get a kershaw leek, those look pretty badass.
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Re: Wanting to Learn More About Knives

Postby faden » Mon Feb 21, 2011 11:37 pm

Cat, open up you 2-3 guncases full of custom knives :roll:

Knives that I have... well the ones I use most frequently anyway.

1) Benchmade Mini-griptillan 556BKCE - My EDC, fits my hand and is a combo edge. The 154CM steel holds a sharp edge and keeps it.. and when it loses it -- sharpening it is quick and simple.

2) Spyderco Delica SS SE - My original EDC, fully serrated which worked great with chopping up boxes when I was still working @ ASGI. Later when I started working in a computer lab and a general sheeple office I moved for a more subtle and less scary edge... my current 556.

3) Kershaw Vapor I PE - My EDC I carried while studying @ UCR. Blade length and edge face was more sheeple friendly. It is a tip down only carry which may work for some people however I prefer to use my thumb for tip up carry.

4) Kershaw Leek Rainbow - Cat gave me this knife. I use it for cutting fruit and clean it with veggie/mineral oil. Beautiful Electro-titanium, SHARP SHARP SHARP, speedsafe... nuff said. Thanks cat.

5) Blackhawk Hawkhook - In car knife, complete with seatbelt cutter and glass breaker.

6) Benchmade McHenry Williams 710 D2 CE - My backup knife I store in my work backpack. It is for lack of a better word.. the last word in my EDC knife collection.

I have several other knives but I do not use them on a day to day basis. I generally collect knives for practical use over the plain beauty of certain knives. Though if I had the funds I would totally get gold class Benchmades and William henry knives just for their looks.
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Re: Wanting to Learn More About Knives

Postby koolaidz83095 » Tue Feb 22, 2011 1:46 pm

I think I will end up being more of a collector too because I don't really have a reason to have a knife for EDC. I like the Kershaw Leeks and it seems as though everyone starts out their collection with one. Is there any reason not to get a Kershaw Leek or are there better options out there for a beginning collector?

Also, are there some sort of locks you can put on knives similar to trigger locks on guns? I just want to take the extra precaution so if anyone of my friends come over and find it, they won't accidentally open it and cut themselves. I keep all my airsoft guns disassembled for that reason ever since a friend accidentally shot the wall and left a bb-shaped mark on the wall :roll: .
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Re: Wanting to Learn More About Knives

Postby faden » Tue Feb 22, 2011 1:52 pm

koolaidz83095 wrote:I think I will end up being more of a collector too because I don't really have a reason to have a knife for EDC. I like the Kershaw Leeks and it seems as though everyone starts out their collection with one. Is there any reason not to get a Kershaw Leek or are there better options out there for a beginning collector?

Also, are there some sort of locks you can put on knives similar to trigger locks on guns? I just want to take the extra precaution so if anyone of my friends come over and find it, they won't accidentally open it and cut themselves. I keep all my airsoft guns disassembled for that reason ever since a friend accidentally shot the wall and left a bb-shaped mark on the wall :roll: .


Blade lock downs exist on most speedsafe models to prevent the torsion bar accidentally opening in say.. you pocket and taking a filet out of your leg. They aren't hard to undo and let the occasional idiot cut themselves anyway. Your best bet is

1) Lock up your collection

2) Find smarter friends
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