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  1. Jan 12, 2019 #1

    Davidh

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    I have been collecting kitchen cutlery for many years. Through the years I've picked up several knives that I just cant bringing myself to use or sharpen. Are there any of you guys or girls out there that have found yourself in the same situation? Not that it's a bad thing,but these gems can become quite expensive eye candy.
     
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    I'm sure there are a few Kramers slowly collecting patina in a bank vault. Never understood that craze.
     
  3. Jan 12, 2019 #3

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    my first couple of expensive knives took me a while to use, eventually i came to the conclusion if i am going to buy them they should be used for what they are, tools. worst case scenario you have to send it to a professional to return it to the aesthetic you wanted or fix any damage. (well i suppose you could straight up break it but thats like not driving your car because you might get into an accident) i promise they are a lot more fun to use then to stare at... most of the time ;)
     
  4. Jan 13, 2019 #4

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    I always buy knives with the intent to use.
     
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    My problem is I have too many knives and not enough room to keep them all out. Some have gotten tucked away and forgotten about while waiting to acquire more knife racks and more accessible storage. I need to get better at rotating my knives or get rid of a few!
     
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    some knives I buy for to use it,some knives I buy for stare at it, but most time I buy knives just because I want to possess it......and never use it.
     
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    I hear if you donate it to charity, you can get a tax write off ;)
     
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    I can only speak for myself ,(and well maybe a few of you guys on kkf )but I have lots of knives and still tend to pick up the same one or two for everyday use. Which means..we all (i) tend to buy new knives just because we want (not need) them. Its honesty a lot of fun to go on a hunt for the elusive whether we use it or just look at it.
     
  9. Jan 13, 2019 #9

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    I recently found a knife in my sock drawer that I’d completely forgotten I bought. I feel you on that one.
     
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    big sock drawer
     
  11. Jan 13, 2019 #11

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    The very first thing I did when I received a new knife in the mail is closely examine and inspect it, drinking in it's beauty and craftsmanship.

    The very next thing I did was then cut up a bunch of food with the new knife as soon as possible. To me, a knife can be an artistic tool, so a knife that is never used is a concept that seems very sad to me.
     
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  12. Jan 13, 2019 #12

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    In the US, often you can. Notr every country has the same tax laws though.

    Even in the US you may not get the write off unless you have donated more than a certain percentage of your income. And if you are into AMT you get a lot less benefit.

    If you buy and keep the knife, chances are you can sell it down the road and recoup most of your costs. Donate to charity and the most you will 'get back' is 35%, and chances are it could be a lot less (or nothing).
     
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    There are things in life worth much more than money. For example, if the OP were to donate his knives to the MrHiggins Charitable Trust, he would be immediately filled with an overwhelming sense of pure transcendent elation, possibly close to the feeling the Buddha had under that Bodhi tree, or those teenage girls had at their first Beatles concert. You can't buy that. (Go on, OP, try it out! )
     
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    Everything is big in Cali
     
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    "Sharp dresser"! :eek:
     
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    I buy all of my knives as tools - but I have more knives than I need. My motivation to buy is to try it and use it, not just to possess it, and I’ve gotten rid of some knives that a collector would keep (e.g. Doi, Toyama, KS) because they weren’t the tools I needed. But on the other hand I tend to keep knives that are functionally equivalent if I like them both enough, and alternate using them.
     
  17. Jan 13, 2019 #17

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    Use it or lose it.
     
  18. Jan 14, 2019 #18

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    I‘m definitely in the 'more knives than I need' club too, but I always buy knives with the intention to use them.
    Sure some are more specialized than others thus getting less use, but I keep them because they are really good for the intended purpose.
    On the other hand if I find myself not using a knife for a long period of time because my cooking habits have changed, it’s time to let go and find another tool that suits my needs.
     
  19. Jan 14, 2019 #19

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    I use ALL of my knives. The only drawer queen I have is my Mizuno blue #2 honyaki. I've used it a few times but 99% of the time it stays in the drawer.

    REASON: I told myself I'd buy a Mizuno honyaki after I finish a big project at work. The project is still ongoing but a blue #2 honyaki with custom handle popped up at Carbon Knife Co for a good price so I grabbed it. Doing my best to not use it until after this project is done. :confused:

    Edit for @DevinT :

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    Why are there no pics in this thread?

    Hoss
     
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    Because the gems are all locked up in safes/ bank safe deposit boxes?

    :D
     
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    First of all, that is such a stunning knife it makes me sick. Second, I sent this exact photo to Tony LaSeur (you've posted it before and I stole it), and I asked him to replicate that profile on the knife he's making for me.

    Ashy -- go and finish that big project so you can rock that thing!!
     
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    One of my "gems", a.k.a. favorite knives:
    [​IMG]

    Edited to add: Obviously used (see patina).

    Happy now? ;)
     
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    Dude I can't wait to see that LaSeur when it's finished!
     
  25. Jan 15, 2019 #25

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    Yup
     
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    Me, too (trust me). It should be in a month or so. I commissioned it in July as a 40th birthday gift for myself.
     
  27. Jan 15, 2019 #27

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    Ok here's one of mine. After all, I did start this thread..lol it's the one on the right. Konosuke fujiyama Damascus 240. Beside of it is his little brother the 150 petty. Honestly after reading some of the comments here,I think I'm gonna break down and use it this weekend and not feel so bad about it. I'm supposed to cook for my sons and daughter this weekend,it will be a great time to try it out. 20190115_144923.jpg
     
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  28. Jan 15, 2019 #28

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    Please use your knives !

    Knives can almost always be refinished by a professional
    as long as you don't do stupd human tricks with them

    enjoy.
     
  29. Jan 15, 2019 #29

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    Nice! Is this a 52100 ITK?
     
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    Yes, you hit the nail squarely on the head! :)

    It's a great knife, also quite easy to sharpen.
     

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