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    Why did you become obsessed with knives?

    For me it was from such a young age I used to go and build treehouses and small forts with many platforms and little rooms and my knife let me do this soon I became more obsessed and starting stealing the bigger knives from my dads stash. Later on mum started teaching me how to cook and use knives. The more I use them the more I get addicted to them. That sharp razor edge and the feeling you get when you hold something that you've made so sharp and so useful is just incredible. I could go on for hours but I wont. So my question for all you guys and girls is why are you obsessed with knives?

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    I grew up with the impression that there is a correct tool for every job. If you want to do things right, it is normally easier, more enjoyable, and the derrived results are typically superior when the proper tool is used. Ever watched someone try to control a medium burning pile of leafs with a plastic rake? That is what I am talking about....

    Love cooking and entertaining. I used a set of Chicago Cutlery knives for years and while I never formally had them sharpened after initial purchase, I kept the edge on them (to what felt "new sharp") to others who would use them. I watched people put their knives in the dishwasher, thrown into the sink/drawer/etc and cringed everytime.

    It wasnt until I started looking to invest in a good blade (that cost way more than my entire old block setup) that I learned what "sharp" is. I love prep almost as much as I do the entertaining part now. It is my zen. Just last night my wife picked up my HHH nakiri and cut up some cucumber for our kids. This is the first time she has used any of my good knives and she said "Holy crap, no wonder you enjoy cutting up the veggies, its not even work with a sharp knife"

    Thanks Randy! Now I need to keep an eye on this little gem to ensure she treats it nicely!
    Have a knife day!

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    It probably started with my first one - it was a Swiss Army Knife my father gave to me as a reward for dictated text I wrote down with zero errors when I was in the third or fourth year of elemantary school. I still have that knife 30 years later (it also gave me my first scar - don't use the tip of a non-lockable blade to try and pry chunks out of solid chocolate Santa Clauses folks ...)

    I have been collecting knives ever since - first "badass" balisongs and combat and fighting knives (most of which have never ever cut anything in the many years they have spent in my drawers so far), then I began to take up cooking as a hobby that was both entertaining and practical and discovered that here you can actually USE your knives.

    I appreciate knives as the first real tools of mankind that have been with us for many ten thousands of years, as works of art, as a means of self defense, as indispensable cooking utensils ... and I like to bring a dull knife up to razor sharpness. Not too many people know how to do that nowadays.

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    I'm not obsessed. I can stop at any moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by icanhaschzbrgr View Post
    I'm not obsessed. I can stop at any moment.
    I'm imagining your avatar saying that.

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    Who says I am obsessed???

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    I've always had a fascination for knives.
    As a young boy I was out in the woods every day with my dog, whittling bark-boats and whatnot.
    Sharpening my tools became an obsession early on, I wanted that "new knife" feeling all the time.
    I've been an electrician and audiovisual entrepreneur for 30 years, and that has solidified my love for good tools, knives and hones included.
    Making food for my family and myself has been a hobby for a many years now, sharp, quality tools seem to do prepwork more fun.

    So basically it is all about quality tools well suited for the job to me.

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    It was MacGyver, duct tape, and swis army knife that got me interested in having a Victorinox in a pocket. But that interest stopped at boyhood.

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    Obsessed? Moi? Naah, I got over that, I am mostly happy with what I have and I am trailing behind many here as far as number and quality of knives is concerned. Well, at least reg. the quality, I do have a few knives too many for a sane person. Now, hoarding wood is a totally different topic...

    Stefan

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    Honestly? I have no idea. I just love em. The deeper I go into advanced home cooking, the worse it gets.
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