This is inspired by my response to jaybett's "what keeps you going thread" as it got me thinking.
We are all at different stages of this 'hobby' of ours...some just opening their eyes to the world of j-knives and sharpening, others building their collections by trying every maker and style they can, several reducing and simplifying their kit, others completely content with what they have, etc, etc.
Lately I've been in the simplifying/content camp in both knives and sharpening setup. I have already figured out what I like and what works for me, so I no longer have that itch and curiosity to just keep buying more...but like I've said before, that experience is what has gotten me to the state of mind I have today, so I would not change it for anything.
With this in mind, I searched my computer to find pictures that I've taken at different points in my j-knife 'career', as I thought it would be interesting to see how things have changed. Although each 'group' picture doesn't include every knife I've owned, it still shows the progression of how this obsession and grown and matured over time.
This was my set back in mid-2009 which isn't that long ago--I thought I was complete baller at the time, hence taking a picture of my kitchen knives with my cell phone… seriously, who else does that but us?
Sorry this picture is horrible, but I had no idea how to use my camera back then and there was zero natural light in the room…but as you can see, I found JCK and got my Hiromoto and Suien VC shortly after.
This was really when the bug was biting hard…reading on the KF/FF forums everyday and what seemed like placing a new order online every other week. I wanted to try everything within reason to find what would work best for me. Told myself I was never letting any of these go.
A decent amount of experienced gained thus far, but a few more additions that I had to have from my curiosity. At this point I already knew what I liked, but I was just trying to fine-tune everything...this is when I started to think about selling some that I didn't use often anymore.
I’ve sold 6-7 knives in the past several months, and this is my current setup that I am absolutely in love with. I do have a 270 Konosuke HD suji with ebony handle on the way as my final piece of the puzzle…but I don’t think I want to let anything else go. However, I never thought I’d sell any of my knives, but obviously that has changed, so I’m sure my state of mind in the future will be different than it is today.
Anyone else have any pictures that kind of tell their story? I think would be very interested to see them, as I think it is kind of a cool way to see your progressive buying/selling habits.