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RiffRaff
08-09-2012, 08:39 PM
After reading a week of posts on everything from a stray puppy to the molecular composition of 440B to the best way to homebrew cider (you can’t make this up), I was moved to prepare a list—non-scientific, pure guesswork but a hell of a lot of fun—of all the occupations represented on this forum, the jobs and hobbies of people who seem to be drawn to kitchen knives. I knew in advance it was gonna be a motley crew. But the list, once in front of me, kind of made me proud at how varied our membership is.

BTW, I didn’t simply write down every way that people who post on this forum earn a living, or add “airline pilot” just because JCK needs them to ship knives from Seki City. I’m talking about the most prominent themes that come up in our posts, the skills, specialties and expertise behind our major concerns.

I hope people will pitch in and add to or elaborate on the occupations listed here. In no particular order:

woodworker
metallurgist
smith
machinist
sharpener
chemist
physicist
chefs of all kinds http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/images/smilies/foodanddrink18.gif
cook
foodie
retailer
consumer
collector
outdoorsman
hobbyist
journalist
student
teacher
researcher
caregivers of all kinds http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/images/smilies/th_SmileySign.jpg

Taz575
08-09-2012, 09:05 PM
I'm a bit of an odd one here. I work 3rd shift in the Security field at a college campus. I have my own business making custom fishing rods, but it's been very slow, so I started playing with making handles for knives because I was bored. I used to make knives from scratch over 10 years ago, but stopped when I started working 3rd shift. I have always liked to cook, and I like knives and sharpening, but it's more of my hobby/fun time stuff than my job. I have been working through my kitchen knife collection re handling them with cool woods I find; I am a "Burl Junky", which should be added to your list!!!

labor of love
08-09-2012, 09:24 PM
great thread idea! i cant wait to see where this goes.

JBroida
08-09-2012, 09:31 PM
lets see where i fit in:
former professional chef
sharpener
knife addiction specialist/therapist
retailer
foodie
teacher
researcher
knife dork extraordinaire
lover of all things food and cooking related
wannabe cider brewer
beer enthusiast

wow...i could go off on this for a while ;)

markenki
08-09-2012, 10:10 PM
software engineer, former college professor


great thread idea! i cant wait to see where this goes.

You should contribute, too, you know. :)

Burl Source
08-09-2012, 10:16 PM
I get paid to do what I used to pay to be able to do.
That is when I make things with wood.
It my sound dumb but I get a thrill out of seeing what others make as well.

But.....I have a rather checkered past.
Illustrator
Silk Screen & Offset printing
Cabinet Maker
Salesman
Finance
Gardener
Bench Jeweler
Waiter
Bartender

sachem allison
08-09-2012, 10:23 PM
chef
soils engineer
bread baker
field paleontologist
environmental engineer
landscape designer
welder
sculptor
jewelry maker
leather worker
Native American regalia maker
&u* runner (retired)
scrounger
former knife maker
native weapons maker
teacher
history buff
shooter
Native Medicine stuff
concrete pumper
furniture maker
roofer
certified california nurserymen
semiconductor technician in wet etch for Motorola
Hazardous material removal and remediation
some government stuff.
Cleaning up other peoples messes discreetley
finder and dealer in rare and exotic material
ivory dealer
The rest of it I forgot after the stroke

Mr.Magnus
08-09-2012, 10:35 PM
Both hobbys and work

CNC engineer
Carpenter
Welder
Laser engraving
Designer
Computer geek
Guitarist
Drummer
Singer
Music studio
Cooking
Fishing
Travel
Animal lover

knyfeknerd
08-09-2012, 10:44 PM
The only jobs/hobbies I've ever had
Chef
Cook
Dishwasher
Busboy
Server
knife dork/knerd
Bass player
Former Star Wars collector
Former Hip-hop DJ(80's &90"s)
Dad
Husband
Closet movie critic

The BoardSMITH
08-09-2012, 10:58 PM
Naval Electrician
Telephone PBX Technician
Business Owner
Salesman:
Auto Parts
Commercial UHF/VHF Radios
Copiers/Faxes
Paint
Power Tools
Woodworker
Upholsterer
Cook - Yes in the Navy for a short time
Off Road Racing
Dad
Granddad
And others I have either forgotten about or want to forget about

Zwiefel
08-09-2012, 10:58 PM
Computer Scientist
Software Engineer
Disributed Computing Expert
Foodie
Home Chef
Cyclist
Defensive firearms enthusiast (working towards teaching in this field)
Technology Instructor
Cooking Instructor
Avid Reader (about 30,000 pages per year, not counting internet stuff)
Aspiring Knerd

James
08-09-2012, 11:01 PM
Student (well just finished undergrad and I'm having a year off before dental school)
Computational chemist (supervised research)
Biologist (supervised research again...huzzah!)
Researcher
Home cook
Tutor

Josh
08-09-2012, 11:12 PM
Lawn mower
Burger Joint flipper of meat
Burger Joint breakfast shift sucker
Dishwasher
Line Cook
Kitchen Supervisor
Business Depot (Staples) Computer Sales
Payphone Installation & maintenance
North American Telecommunications network operation center manager and provisioner (DS0 to OC192)
New Product Introduction Business Analyst
Call Center, Field Services Performance Management
Revenue and Customer reporting
Business Intelligence
Data Governance
Organizational transformation

WildBoar
08-09-2012, 11:17 PM
civil/ structural engineer
roofing/ waterproofing consultant
home cook
tech inspector for drivers ed program
driving instructor
backyard mechanic
soccer player
gardener (my wife makes me do that one) ;)

cnochef
08-09-2012, 11:58 PM
Accounting Student
Chef
IKEA Manager
Restaurant Owner
Sommelier Diploma
Chef Diploma
Subway Franchisee
Restaurant Manager
Business Degree
Bartender
Server
Busboy

mhenry
08-10-2012, 12:00 AM
Oil Rig Deckhand (Roustabout)
Roughneck
Crane Rigger
Rig Mechanic
Rig Welder
Subsea Drilling Engineer
Engineer Technician
Student
Mechanical Engineer
Hack Wa Handle maker
Dad
Coach
Husband

Seth
08-10-2012, 12:55 AM
Musicologist (second only to art history in marketability)
Jazz, commercial, studio, theater bass player
Woodworker
Commercial real estate consultant and appraiser


Comment: i thought musicians were crazy till I read kitchen confidential

The Edge
08-10-2012, 12:56 AM
Disc Golf Junkie
Dishwasher
Line cook
Kennel Tech
Foodie
Kitchen Knife enthusiast
Flow Lead (think logistic inside a 900,000 square foot warehouse)
and In a couple of years, a Mechanical Engineer
Car enthusiast as well
Burl Junkie (special thanks to Mark, Mike, and Stephan)
Stereophile
Hobbyist computer builder
Mine Owner

Lucretia
08-10-2012, 01:28 AM
Jazz, commercial, studio, theater bass player

Acoustic, electric, or both?

GlassEye
08-10-2012, 01:30 AM
Banquet waiter
Photojournalism student
Audio Engineer/ Theatre Tech
Trying to switch career to cooking
Amateur Engineer
Photographer
Skiboarder
Cyclist
Knife Knut
Beverage Enthusiast
Above all, FOOD

apicius9
08-10-2012, 01:44 AM
I feel very boring, even if I add a few of the jobs that got me through school.

Construction site gopher
assembly line worker making car parts
Latin tutor
librarian and archivist
beach bum & traveler
language student
psycholgist
group counselor
researcher
communication trainer
professor in medical psychology, health psychology, public health
sawdust producer
Currently a highly trained, middle-aged unemployed academic wondering what happened...

keithsaltydog
08-10-2012, 01:50 AM
Fishing Boats
Carpenter
Surfboard airbrush designs
Line Cook
Banquet Cook
Banquet Chef
Gardemanger
Ice Carver
Carbon Steel Junkie,Japan blades
Surfing,Kayaking,Cyclist
Becoming an old Fart
Walking,swimming,Gardening
Oil Painting

MrBoogs
08-10-2012, 03:31 AM
Chef Instructor
Cook/Merc
Private Chef
CPR Instructor
Musician
Writer
Teacher
Smartass
And all around charming chap.

Timthebeaver
08-10-2012, 03:36 AM
Chemist (Academia)
Mountaineer
Single Malt Drinker

Eamon Burke
08-10-2012, 04:33 AM
Current exclusive Job/Hobby:
Cutler


Old jobs/hobbies(in order):
Serious Gamer
Title Company Archivist
Metalhead/Musician
Dishwasher
Ranchhand
Missionary
Porter/Lot Manager
Overnight Gas Station Attendant
line cook
kitchen manager
Longboarder
Line cook
UPS helper guy
Lawn Pest control specialist
Door to Door Salesman
Lawn care service owner
Sushi Chef
Sous Chef/Caterer

Dieter01
08-10-2012, 05:04 AM
former knife maker
native weapons maker
shooter
...
some government stuff.
Cleaning up other peoples messes discreetley


Hmmm.... You could tell me more but then you would have to kill me, right?

keithsaltydog
08-10-2012, 06:45 AM
Sawdust Producer:rofl2:Steph never knew your past jobs,there must be a demand for a trained Psycholgist here.Hope you find employment soon.

Interesting thread to see the diff. backgrounds of fellow knife nuts.Ito & I have been trying diff. lunch spots,you will have to join us as we all love to eat.

DwarvenChef
08-10-2012, 07:11 AM
...JOBS...
Fresh water aquarium specialist
Reptile Specialist
Airport Ramp crew
Gunsmith, spec primitive weapons
Propane
Army Infantry, Arms room
Pizza Delivery
Comic/game store
Comic/Game distributer
Werehousemen
Maintanance specialist
Wine purchasing
Cook
Lead cook
Meat Department specialist

HOBBIES
Freshwater fish
Reptiles
Shooting competition DCM
Muzzleloading
Coins
Straight Razors
Cooking
Brewing
Kitchen knives (with a hard slant tward carbon steel :p )
Cookbooks
Fountain pens
Bicycling, touring



Ok my brain is mush and I can't think anymore, this is by no means anywhere complete. Part of my dyslexia keeps me highly focused on any particual hobby to a point that after a few years in the hobby I run out of resorces to learn more about and then I get bored and move to another hobby. Ya I get way over focused at times and on weird tangents, but I enjoy it and I move on LOL

ajhuff
08-10-2012, 10:02 AM
Molder
Coremaker
Metal pourer
Melt supervisor
Quality Engineer
Metallurgist
Technical Director
Quality Manager
Foundry Sand and Clay expert
Foundry consultant
SAHD
Line cook

I gave upall my hobbies when my daughter turned 4. Before that I was into :
Moto Guzzi motorcycles
Toyota Land Cruisers
hunting
Fishing
home brewing
Photography
music (meaning listening and attending concerts)

-AJ

heldentenor
08-10-2012, 11:31 AM
Job: Professor of history. Hobbies: Cooking, tennis, baseball. Ran a half marathon once. Won't do it again.

bluntcut
08-10-2012, 11:48 AM
Farm misc
Software Engineer
Computer consultant
CTO
Entrepreneur

Current hobbies:
Open water swimming
Sharpening
Cosmo physics
Math
Fishing
2cents:spin chair:

tgraypots
08-10-2012, 12:16 PM
soda jerk
burger flipper
brick layer
retail sales
tennis court builder
warehouse worker
carpenter
POTTER, making handmade pots, selling them through my own retail shop and at one time employed 6 people to assist.

tennis since '60, gave that up 20 years ago
surfing since '64, last in the water 2 years ago :-(
salt and freshwater fisherman
kitchen gardener
home cook, dad and formerly a husband, now newly engaged
hobby knife maker and burl junkie

Marko Tsourkan
08-10-2012, 12:29 PM
Past
Data Analysis
IT

Present
Books
Woodworking
Knives

Hobbies:
Swimming, hiking, cooking, long walks in the woods with my dog, watches (whew), movies, and of course, books.

Pensacola Tiger
08-10-2012, 12:36 PM
Another IT person.

pkb
08-10-2012, 12:44 PM
Past: Musician (www.patrickbarter.com was my musician hustle website), firefighter, scholar, bike racer
Present: knife maker, software developer, coffee roaster (small business hopes to take off locally--Prince Albert Coffee).

Marko Tsourkan
08-10-2012, 12:49 PM
Very interesting. 2008 crisis seems to have given many a jolt to pursue things that would make them less dependent on corporate America.

Cutty Sharp
08-10-2012, 01:18 PM
Me?

Labourer
Cook
Bartender
Music retail
Teacher
Teacher Trainer
Examiner
Line Cook
Web Developer
Wine Taster
Tennis
Soccer/Football

Cadillac J
08-10-2012, 01:38 PM
Lover AND a Fighter

Analytical consultant for auto industry by career...story-teller by trade.

jm2hill
08-10-2012, 01:51 PM
Mathematician! Currently working in Finance (insurance). Part time pursuing degree #2 in Combinatorics and Optimization. Before I apply for Master/PHd

Future Goal: Professor & Consulting using combinatorics and optimization.

Hobbies: Sports, Athletics, Flying, Technology, Cooking, Board Games... you should see how much money my GF thinks I waste!

Lucretia
08-10-2012, 01:53 PM
9067

Eamon Burke
08-10-2012, 03:09 PM
:spitcoffee:

tgraypots
08-10-2012, 03:30 PM
9067





Finally! A face to place with the name!

echerub
08-10-2012, 05:56 PM
In whatever order things come to mind...

wedding photographer
sports photographer
t-shirt designer
ski instructor
retail stockroom guy
business continuity planner
tech support
marketing analyst
database & systems designer
project scheduler
records & information management lackey
typer for hearing-impaired college students (think real-time subtitles)
online sales rep for web design company
real estate investor
cooking knife aficionado
crazy-ass paintball player (it's more fun when they see you coming & "handicapping" yourself equipment-wise)
novice autocross racer (and gettin' my girlfriend into it!)
PC video gamer & PC assembler (started putting my own machines together back in the late-80s)
recovered television addict (I only have 3 channels now & only watch the news on them)
event organizer for friends who are too lazy to ever do it

Sara@JKI
08-10-2012, 06:23 PM
knife company owner
teacher
good student forever (in American History and Journalism/Mass Communication)
wife of horrible boss at JKI & aunt of two adorable monsters
amateur critique of Japanese pottery
professional shopper when it comes to clothing, shoes, jewelry, purses, and cosmetics


Tough life!

geezr
08-10-2012, 08:05 PM
....“talking about the most prominent themes that come up in our posts, the skills, specialties and expertise behind our major concerns.”

No skills, specialities or expertise..... but the major concerns:

Parent :)
Grand parent in-waiting :eyebrow:
Too many kitchen knives that are so cool.:knife:
Too many sharpening stones not used enough
Member of extended family who get their kitchen knives sharpened with the sharpening stones
Home cook, breakfast almost daily – otherwise hit or miss
Traveling to Japan and the Bay area more often
Enjoys beverages, :beer::shots::coffeelots:
2 channel stereo since the “beginning”
Lots of camera equipment; computer set-up to produce good prints up to 13x19
Retired government worker:joec:

HHH Knives
08-10-2012, 08:48 PM
NOW:
Full time husband, father and knife maker.


History:
Glazier
Auto Glass tech
Cook at a local greasy spoon.
Landscaper
Painter
Farmer

Hobbies and stuff.

I enjoy playing Guitar.
Love working with my hands to make or fix things.
Love camping with the family.
Enjoy hunting and fishing and searching for edible in the woods!
Did I mention I love KNIVES? :D Not just kitchen knives. My youngest son and I share a collection of knives. a few American customs, as well as many vintage USA made folders and fixed blades.

This is a cool thread. and I have enjoyed it alot so far. :)
God Bless
Randy

Namaxy
08-10-2012, 09:01 PM
OK - this might not come out right - I need a slick computer specialist to make columns to show these side by side. Since I am not slick, and certainly not a computer specialist, It will just be two lists....:laugh:

Old me:
ski racer
hopeful golf pro
biathlete
blues guitarist and band leader
base jumper
tube amp/stereo fiend
leader of EQ guild
civil engineer
wingshooter
happy with old worn Sabatiers
food is good
??

Current me:
masters (old guy) ski racer...but destroyed my shoulder last season
golf to finance lunch and drinks
50 miles....seriously??
occasional acoustic wedding act with my wife
pilot
freakin' Airplay....
what's crazy birds?
construction and environmental clean up company owner
fly fisherman
knife addict
foodie x 10
husband, father and patriot


And may I say... I love this post. I'm humbled by the great people here.

RiffRaff
08-10-2012, 09:17 PM
First, congratulations to Tom Gray on his engagement, from someone who's also at it the second time 'round (I'm getting married in December). So pretty soon I hope to add "father" to my own list, in addition to

Deli waiter
computer geek, back when that meant Wang and Wordstar
museum docent
hospital intern
staff psychologist
check signer, for wine I stacked in my closet
wine writer
apartment painter
private practice therapist
assistant professor
chauffeur between Brooklyn and Manhattan (she moved in)
patron of Fairway Market (all of them, all over New York)
home cook
consumer of engagement ring/wedding band
reduced consumer of knives, rehandling jobs and one-of-a-kind magnetic racks
grateful dude (that's "dude," not "dead")

RiffRaff
08-10-2012, 09:27 PM
PS, obviously I wasn't a "spelling bee champion" because I intended to write "jobs and hobbies of KKF member." But, you know, the word knife really OUGHT to begin with the letter N, oughtn't it?

And I'm pretty humbled, too, at all we bring to this forum. I hope the list grows longer.

sachem allison
08-11-2012, 02:05 AM
Hmmm.... You could tell me more but then you would have to kill me, right?

:scratchhead::eyebrow::whistling::spiteful::dontkn ow::detective::bat::surrendar::ninja::shotgun::gun ner::pardon:

Eric
08-11-2012, 02:08 AM
Hi: I have not formally introduced myself on this forum, but known (too well!)by vendors esp maxim.

[B]Jobs:
Physician
Radiologist(breast cancer detection and diagnosis)

Passions:
Devoted husband and father
Sailing (Contessa 32)
Gemstone faceting
Opal polishing
Burgundy junkie
German shepherds
Cooking
reading

I dabble in:
Woodworking
Bowl turning
Oil and encaustic painting
Jewelry making
Enameling

Dangerous passion for motorcycles,
horse racing and of course beautiful handmade kitchen knives and unfortunately sharpening with natural stones

pitonboy
08-11-2012, 02:19 AM
Money In: Vascular Surgeon

Money Out: Rock Climbing
Cooking
Reading
Skiing
Art

Cutty Sharp
08-11-2012, 12:27 PM
knife company owner
teacher
good student forever (in American History and Journalism/Mass Communication)
wife of horrible boss at JKI & aunt of two adorable monsters
amateur critique of Japanese pottery
professional shopper when it comes to clothing, shoes, jewelry, purses, and cosmetics

Wife of horrible boss? Since when have you not been the JKI boss? I'm all confused.

Cutty Sharp
08-11-2012, 12:29 PM
Money In: Vascular Surgeon

First thought: yuck! Second: this man must know a thing or two about sharp edges!

SameGuy
08-11-2012, 12:30 PM
Samsonite Gorilla.

Lucretia
08-11-2012, 01:38 PM
Samsonite Gorilla.

Willie B!

ThEoRy
08-12-2012, 12:30 AM
I'm an artist and my own worst critic.

cookinstuff
08-12-2012, 12:58 AM
I just cook people dinner.

VoodooMajik
08-12-2012, 11:24 AM
Line cook
Banquet Cook
Roofer
Gopher
Catering
Guitarist
Carpentry
Music Store Warehouse labour
Street Punk
Fishing
Digital Art
Tattoos
Graphic Design

MadMel
08-12-2012, 12:01 PM
Student. Forever.

Student of Science, Art and Life.

Cutty Sharp
08-12-2012, 04:47 PM
I gave upall my hobbies when my daughter turned 4. Before that I was into :
Moto Guzzi motorcycles
Toyota Land Cruisers
hunting
Fishing
home brewing
Photography
music (meaning listening and attending concerts)1-AJ

Goodbye hobbies! Children - this will be my life as of December this year!:scared4:

bluntcut
08-12-2012, 05:05 PM
Goodbye hobbies! Children - this will be my life as of December this year!:scared4:

CONGRATS - an additional horizon ahead!

Cutty Sharp
08-12-2012, 05:18 PM
CONGRATS - an additional horizon ahead!

Thanks! And, apparently, I'll have to keep some of them gyutos out of reach in the future.:stinker:

knyfeknerd
08-12-2012, 06:48 PM
Goodbye hobbies! Children - this will be my life as of December this year!:scared4:

+100 enjoy your free time now. Little to no time for hobbies after kids. I manage to squeeze a little bit of knife time in every now and again, but I was so much cooler before kids.........

Cutty Sharp
08-12-2012, 06:54 PM
So... I'm guessing you guys wouldn't recommend any sort of multi-tasking then? Say, like baby in one hand, yanagiba in the other slicing up some fish? A parent has to make the most of his/her time, I'm sure.

... Okay, yes. I know, I know. Hope none of you guys switching my posts from knife comments to questions on diaper recommendations, etc, in the future.

PierreRodrigue
08-14-2012, 12:46 PM
In no order, past to present/present to past...
Surveyor hopefully consulting soon
air defense tech, and um long range shooting in the military
armored car guard/driver/custodian
hunting, rifle and archery
fishing, salt and fresh water
wood work
drawing, ink and pencil
fighting forest fires
ground search and rescue
father/husband
learning knife maker
reading/movies (when time allows)
home cook
hobby wine maker
Mr fix-it
and executor of the honey-do-list

The BoardSMITH
08-15-2012, 08:23 PM
I gave up off road racing when the children came. I couldn't change diapers and work on the car at the same time.

clayton
08-15-2012, 09:25 PM
So... I'm guessing you guys wouldn't recommend any sort of multi-tasking then? Say, like baby in one hand, yanagiba in the other slicing up some fish? A parent has to make the most of his/her time, I'm sure.

... Okay, yes. I know, I know. Hope none of you guys switching my posts from knife comments to questions on diaper recommendations, etc, in the future.

Congrats! The key thing for me was to make the inevitable tasks more enjoyable. Despite the children there were still things I had to do every day. Like:

- going to work - I ride a bicycle instead of driving. It is fun and still allows me to exercise a little.
- shaving - started using a straight razor which changed this from a chore to something I usually look forward to
- cooking - well that one should be easy. And yes, you can cook some things with child in arms.
- sleeping - uhm well, no, sleeping is over, forget about it. Giraffes make do with one hour a night and so will you.

mano
08-16-2012, 12:03 PM
Work: child, family and forensic psychologist
Home: sh!t-for-brains

RiffRaff
08-16-2012, 07:29 PM
Work: child, family and forensic psychologist
Home: sh!t-for-brains

Nice to see another psychologist on the forum (along with apicus9). After coming home from work and taking knife in hand to cook dinner I would describe my brains the same way. :biggrin:

Miles
08-17-2012, 07:15 AM
In no particular order...

Chef
Culinary Instructor
Charcutier
Wine Buyer
Wine Drinker
Enthusiastic Diner
Occasional Home Brewer
Caterer
Writer
Reader
Sharpener
Knife Remodeler
Fiend for Japanese steel (with a weakness for patina)
Gardener (currently out of practice)
Old House Restorer
Stagehand
Lighting Designer
Technical Director
Production Stage Manager
Tour Manager
Woodworker
Carpenter
Electrician
Rigger
Amateur Plumber
Generally Handy Guy
Project Manager
A/V Systems Designer
Music Fan
Guitar Player/Noisemaker (almost entirely the latter)
Guitar Tech
Target Shooter
Soccer Player
Baseball Fan (long suffering Cubs fan)
Biology Geek (should have gone to med school)
Student (until I throw off this mortal coil)
Fan of film and theater
Laughter enthusiast
Night owl

Crothcipt
08-23-2012, 03:24 AM
Lets see,

brick cleaner
roadie
sound tech.
appliance delivery, and repair
breakfast cook
prep cook
line cook
machine operator for plastic mold injection
janitor
sales, (door to door, hardware, few others too)
apostle
evangelist
chuck drop butcher
hunter
moving grunt
computer builder
botanist assistant (I watered plants in office buildings)

TamanegiKin
08-27-2012, 03:05 AM
Cook for a living
Blues
Dori-Dori
Boro-Boro
Bosuzoku
Cyclist
Boxing fanatic
Desert wanderer
Knife knut
Shredder of gnar