Why do people have knives?
I must be missing something – why do people have/keep/collect knives?Posted 4 years ago
I live in the country and do lots of outside pursuits but have never felt the need to keep a knife (other than a stanley knife in my tool box), let alone knives of varying sizes.
What do these people do with them?KucoMember
Use to carry one for work but got a Leatherman now as its more useful though the knife is still in the van. Used it to cut rope, Terram, bags, clear bail twine thats been wrapped around chainsaw sprocket, clear crap of boat screws/props, cut pork pie and a host of other things.Posted 4 years agomanton69Subscriber
They are no different to any other tool. If you need to use one then you get the one that you need. If you have different uses (penknife for small cutting duties, skinning knife for dealing with game, woodcraft knife, etc.) then you will have different knives. If you don’t use them, but like them you can also collect them. You can insert any other tool in to this argument (drills, axes, planes, screwdrivers, etc.), but you will always get some nutjobs who get them because they think it makes them some way better.
A friend of ours has a son who has just made his first hunting knife. He has built a forge, made the handle, crafted a leather sheath and then uses it out when he is camping. That is a great range of skills for an 11 year old and he will use that when he needs it. Parents know he does not carry it as it is with the rest of his camping kit (stove, fire lighting kit…) so they are just impressed at what he has done. Is that wrong? Not in my view, but you may be different. It takes all sorts and I would trust somebody like that with as many knives as he likes.Posted 4 years agobradleyMember
A collection of knives of varying sizes and shapes in my opinion doesn’t make sense. Kitchen knives are different obviously. I could justify one utility knife with a serrated blade inter grated for certain careers (sea fisher, firefighter, wood surgeon etc..) but to have a collection is strange…Posted 4 years agomudsharkMember
I have a rather battered Swiss Army Knife bought when I was a Cub and had to whittle a tent peg. Been used for a variety of tasks over the years, though mostly using the screwdriver blades.
Recently it has found use for keeping the washing machine button pressed down when we want to use it as the button won’t stay down and the body of the knife is just the right size to keep it jammed in place. Given me the best use per pound spend of anything I’ve bought I’m sure!Posted 4 years agosomafunkSubscriber
At the risk of throwing bait under the bridge for the……….troll?
I carry a knife pretty much all the time, there’s a leatherman wave in my crumpler that goes everywhere with me and a small Kershaw od-2 as below usually on the clip of my jeans pocket or apron at work – i guess i use it at least a few times an hour at work as i can hold something in one hand and flick it open with the other – very handy for me but then again i’ve had knives from the age of 6, and yeah…i also stay in the country.Posted 4 years ago
I have one pen knife and one lock knife, the latter never leaves my property as it is matter of opinion wherever there legal or not. The laws says it is okay if you have a good reason for carry them. Most people I know carry one. I do live rural and use mine fo skinning and gutting rabbits pheasant and pigeons. And if I am really lucky a bit of road kill Muntjac. Anything bigger I have call someone as I only cycle. I don’t know of single rural stabbing and as I get about a bit ie I drink at more than 1 pub I assume I would have. I think in rural areas it may just be the norm, where ever you need one or not although there is always a time when you will. Saw someone stripping a wire with one once. Definetly not for stabbing people. Suggesting otherwise is a knee jerk towny/troll/middle class politically correct view!Posted 4 years ago
There’s ‘collection’ as in a variety of knives, like having a variety of screwdrivers and then there’s ‘collection’ like some people do with stamps, or the like.Posted 4 years ago
Collecting as a hobby is just like any other, there must be loads of different styles and makers to collect from around the world, or maybe making them is the hobby.
Having them as tools isn’t odd if you need them. I don’t do any work with timber as such so me having several different chainsaws would be odd but my arborist mates couldn’t get by with just the one.
I have multitouch all over the place so I never have to hunt for one, they all have knives on them. In the van, tool box, camelbak, work harness etc…. Also have a knife in the emergency kit for the kayak, a ‘rescue’ knife with strap cutter and glass breaker in my other work kit. Got the skinning knife in my gun bag, and at least 3 Stanley knives in garage.
I don’t carry them as such, they are there to do a job when needed.
I know I’m a bit odd, but my ownership of knives isn’t the defining item in that oddness….
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