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    Why is this guy a knucklehead?



    Thought I'd start a separate thread to ask these questions...

    His knife skills seem to be about the same as mine...I don't claim to be an NaCl-Hound or a new CoNjEcTuRe though....

    I'm a bit confused about the criticism of this video. I don't think I've seen anything else by this guy though, so maybe there is some kind of history I'm missing. It is a bit of a love-fest though...surely there is _something_ critical he could mention...no product is perfect. But AFAICT, he isn't saying anything that's untrue...maybe there are some things that are a matter of opinion/taste that some of you disagree with?

    These are honest questions...I feel like there's something you guys know that I'm missing here. Well, you guys know an awful lot that I'm missing, which is why I spend so much time on this forum...but specifically in this video
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    I think it's largely to do with the fact that it's a review done for a specific seller. It's advertising at its finest. HOWEVER, I wrote a review for a Snyder I sold, so I'm as guilty as anyone. With that being said, I wouldn't have sold it if I didn't stand behind my comments.

    Also, the reviewer seems a bit afraid of the knife, which likely has people doubting his "credentials". A huge part of anything is being convincing with your opinions. All in all, however, I don't think he's a knucklehead, but more likely a home user/fanatic who gets to test knives for Mark, which would be a pretty sweet gig.
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    the keyword here is that it is ADVERTISING.

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    The guy is cutting whole potatoes and say no sticktion, well half potato of this size probably not stick too easy, try cuts like Salty does in his vids then you will prove no sticktion. I don't know if you can hear but the knife wedges on the potatoes, it does not cut them all the way it splits them.
    Then the claim of falling trough food, is all well but he uses the tip of the knife, notice how there is a bit of a problem with that when he is using the middle of the knife?
    And then he uses excuse that the board can mess up the edge, is this a review or what?

    For me this not about the skill , it is about what he is saying, as Dave said this is a commercial not a review. A review can't be objective without pointing any negatives, we all know there is no perfect knife out there. The punch line for me was "tip flies trough anything, it is an awesome knife" , I was not aware that knives have only tip and handle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lefty View Post
    I think it's largely to do with the fact that it's a review done for a specific seller. It's advertising at its finest. HOWEVER, I wrote a review for a Snyder I sold, so I'm as guilty as anyone. With that being said, I wouldn't have sold it if I didn't stand behind my comments.

    Also, the reviewer seems a bit afraid of the knife, which likely has people doubting his "credentials". A huge part of anything is being convincing with your opinions. All in all, however, I don't think he's a knucklehead, but more likely a home user/fanatic who gets to test knives for Mark, which would be a pretty sweet gig.
    Quote Originally Posted by labor of love View Post
    the keyword here is that it is ADVERTISING.
    It's definitely a kind of love letter...and if he's being compensated (in any sense), he should disclose that. Very fair comments.

    I did find his comments about not "knowing where the edge is until you sharpen it" to be ridiculous. It doesn't vary that much between knives of a given type...but to the extent there is something to adjust to, you do that by using it, not by sharpening it.

    Quote Originally Posted by mainaman View Post
    The guy is cutting whole potatoes and say no sticktion, well half potato of this size probably not stick too easy, try cuts like Salty does in his vids then you will prove no sticktion. I don't know if you can hear but the knife wedges on the potatoes, it does not cut them all the way it splits them.
    Then the claim of falling trough food, is all well but he uses the tip of the knife, notice how there is a bit of a problem with that when he is using the middle of the knife?
    And then he uses excuse that the board can mess up the edge, is this a review or what?

    For me this not about the skill , it is about what he is saying, as Dave said this is a commercial not a review. A review can't be objective without pointing any negatives, we all know there is no perfect knife out there. The punch line for me was "tip flies trough anything, it is an awesome knife" , I was not aware that knives have only tip and handle.
    OK, these were some of the things I noticed as well. I thought I could hear the potato snap when he was about 1/2 through it, but wasn't sure. And yes, claiming no stiction on 1/2 a potato is just silly....and is disproven to some extent by what happens with the onion later.

    making a claim about the tip is fine...but obviously his observations should be more expansive than that.

    Seems like I noticed some of the things you guys did....but didn't give my opinion/knowledge any credit. And maybe there is other context here, like other reviews this guy did, and some history with the vendor who supplies the products.
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    Yeah, it definitely split the potato, and the sticktion thing is a bit much. It is what it is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lefty View Post
    I wouldn't have sold it if I didn't stand behind my comments.
    That sir is the difference...and the fact that you willingly call advertising what it is.
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    If I recall correctly this guy came along and got himself quickly noticed for doing videos showcasing knives sold by that vendor. I recall the vendor sending him more knives to "check out" which he then just so happened to make more videos on and became an instant expert. These two folks built up a partnership of sorts, the vendor looking to use someone for cheap advertising, and this guy looking to be used (for whatever reason) - the perfect symbiotic relationship was formed.

    Is he a knucklehead for doing this stuff? I think so, yes. To me he seems like someone who needs attention and wants to belong to something so badly that he's willing to do anything including making himself appear to be someone's lackey. I've never acted like that so for me he seems like a knucklehead for having done so. He is what he shows us that he is and that's all I have to say on that.

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    Zwiefel,

    There is bad blood between the guy that owns the company that this guy is doing these videos for and some folks here on this forum. It goes back for quite some time as far as I can tell and the details are only really known to the principals. It's my understanding that the bad blood between them was the genesis for this forum to be created.

    I have been involved in on-line communities going back to the late '80s early '90s with the old BBS scene even before the "Internet" was really even known to exist by most people. This group dynamic seems to be the only constant.

    At some point there was an online community of knife enthusiasts. Anytime you have a forum like that, that is pretty close knit, some folks float to the top as leaders of the community. Something brought the friction between those guys to a point that they thought they had to split it up. Someone drew a line in the sand so to speak. People felt like they had to make a statement of allegiance and so some of them sided with folks here. Shaun, the guy in the video, went with Mark and the folks that sided with him, Ken S. is another one of those guys who is more prominent on the net. As a result you'll see them disparaged here as a routine response to what they do elsewhere on the net. I think more because they are on the other side of the line than what they do is actually deserving of disparaging remarks?

    To those of us that have come along well after the dust up it's clear that something is off but we just have to set it aside. At least I do, as I like being a part of all the knife forums I can.

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    Hes accent is annoying.

    Am I the only one to see those huuuuuuuge bevels on a new j-knife?

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