When does J-knife collecting become a sickness?

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  1. Jan 18, 2019 #61

    deleon

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    I think when you fill two of these it's either time to stop buying or .........
    Get another one of these. :D:D:D

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  2. Jan 18, 2019 #62

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    What do you do with those?
     
  3. Jan 18, 2019 #63

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    Generous offer, how long is it?
     
  4. Jan 18, 2019 #64

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    Hey Labor of Love, didn't you go through a flurry of acquiring a boatload of old Gengetsus? Did you keep any, or was it just research?
     
  5. Jan 18, 2019 #65

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  6. Jan 18, 2019 #66

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    How does this look with knives loaded. I'm having a hard time imagining them not all being loose and moving around.
     
  7. Jan 18, 2019 #67

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    Wow . . . I think I just met the man of my dreams. (PLEASE don't interpret that the wrong way!) What a potentially perfect symbiotic relationship -- I have lots and lots of knives in need of sharpening, and there's quite a decent chance that at least some might be new to you. Methinks that this could be the beginning of a beautiful [knife-based, postage prepaid] friendship.
     
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  8. Jan 18, 2019 #68

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    I would hope there are magnets lurking in there somewhere.
     
  9. Jan 18, 2019 #69

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    I think you (and Panda) are absolutely correct. It's like any other hobby/collecting passion: almost without exception, there's something wrong only if it seriously interferes with other very important parts of your life, e.g., threatening your financial well-being or important interpersonal relationships. (That may also mean, in some views, that if you are a loner, and otherwise happy, and want to spend all your disposable income -- after providing for food, clothing and lodging that you regard as satisfactory -- on knives, or other forms of collecting, then that's your business, and we ought not to make any value judgments about it being wrong.) JMO
     
  10. Jan 18, 2019 #70

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    You would think. But then they would have to be just the right strength or they may be too hard to remove or serve no purpose. It’s not like a magnetic strip on the wall where you can roll the knives off. It seems like there won’t be enough room.
     
  11. Jan 18, 2019 #71

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    Since I was a paperboy early 1960's collected coins. Back then Buffalo Nickel, Mercury dimes, Standing liberty quarters & walking liberty half were pretty common. Later when gold & silver in the basement started collecting large world silver most from 1700's & 1800's. Then really got into it hunting for rare die strikes with capped bust half & early colonial silver dollars. I have some pretty rare coins. Have books with all the die strikes for half & dollars. When steam press came into coin making in 1830's no more one at a time die strike coins. I stopped collecting when the coins I like went way up in value. Was offered 10X what I paid for a Rarity 6 Overton #106. 1795 flowing Hair half dollar. Now keep premium coins in a safe deposit box. One of my nephews will luck out when I pass away.
     
  12. Jan 18, 2019 #72

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    Lmao! Thats was my exact reasoning. Also to pass down some cool knives to my kids one day.
     
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  13. Jan 18, 2019 #73

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    It becomes a sickness when its not enjoyable maybe?
    It becomes stupid to buy another knife pretty quickly though, when is the last time you actually Finished off knife (from sharpening) and tossed it? ... Me neither ... maybe some pro chefs ... after dozens of years.

    Basically what I'm saying is 5-10 lifetimes worth of knives is where it may be too much.


    Yea at least for Gyutos you can to try out:
    Grind differences -- lasers / work horses / wide bevel / Various other grinds etc
    carbon Steel Differences -- white 1 2 blue 1 2 super / 52100 / tool steel etc
    stainless steel differences - Ginsan / R2 / ZDP / Hap40 / VG10 etc 3
    Construction differences - Zenko(monosteel) , honyaki , Carbon clad, stainless clad.
    Handle differences -- WA / YO / Large or small Machi / Long short
    Finsih differences -- Damascus/ mirrored / KU etc ...

    pretty much sums up my knife collection ideling at 25, 240mm Gyuto's ... its all i know :)
     
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  14. Jan 18, 2019 #74

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    Kato kikuryus
     
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    You mean like the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale "The Red Shoes," where the peasant girl acquired a pair of magical dancing shoes that she couldn't remove—and the shoes just kept on dancing, and dancing, and dancing, night and day, controlling her life. She finally hired an executioner to chop off her feet, the amputated feet continued to dance.

    {I find myself looking at BST at least twice a day.}
     
  16. Jan 18, 2019 #76

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    Can you be my uncle too?
     
  17. Jan 18, 2019 #77

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    Over the years I’ve tried out a hundred knives give or take. Always had around 30 or so. 4 years ago started collecting some unicorns. But a couple of years I pulled a forest gump and just stopped running. Still have 20 some with a few unicorns remaining, but thinking I’m never gonna use 5 or 6 of the best what’s the point of keeping these. Eventually I’ll keep around 10 and those will last the duration of my life I’m sure. I’ve tried them all and I know what I like, so occasionally I jump on something interesting. The knives I buy from here on out will be under 300 and will be used- no more chasing unicorns! Will say it’s been an interesting ride.
     
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  18. Jan 18, 2019 #78

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    Well put - fairly the same for me.
    Sure I miss some gems but finding my 10-20 target number to be great place of lifetime favorites. There are some I still have my eyes on tho
     
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    At least really enjoyed looking at screens on E-Bay in late 90's and figuring out die strikes. Got good at it that is what was fun.
     
  20. Jan 18, 2019 #80

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    Ha! I’m ready when you are. You can send a tester knife to see if you like the edge My skills produce and and we can go from there!

     
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  21. Jan 18, 2019 #81

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    Yeah, I went through like 8 different ones. Before that I tried 5 different KS gyutos.
    I mean that’s a totally normal thing to do though.
     
  22. Jan 18, 2019 #82

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    My personal rule is that my knife kit always has to be able to fit into my knife roll. Otherwise I’m not actively bringing the stuff to work I’m just collecting it.
    Naturally I just bought I larger knife bag last month :cool:
     
  23. Jan 18, 2019 #83

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    Which is of course the sensible solution to this problem
     
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    Yeah lol! My kit/collection at any moment is a lot smaller than the majority here. I just try a lot of stuff. Usually only have like 8 knives in my roll. Now I’m moving up to 12.
     
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    Burn the heretic!
     
  26. Jan 19, 2019 #86

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    Sensible rule. Is this the knife roll you got? I'm sure it holds about 50 knives plus a complete progression of stones.
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  27. Jan 19, 2019 #87

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    Lol! I have one of these and you could put between 50 and a 100 knives in one easy! Has some stone pockets as well!
     
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    Haha! I’m referring to a boldric I snagged from BST a month ago.
     
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    I have a problem.
    The feeling of getting a new knife is like a drug. I am addicted to knives. I know a lot of people that loves knives and that make me want to buy more knives. I had to leave a friend chat because of that, I was passing more time talking about knives instead of talking to my wife. It turned in a obsession, many can call it hobby, but for me is not.
    Have more than 100 knives and everyday I am planning in sell 50 of them but I end up not doing it.
    Only one thing I am sure that the day I will become a father I will certainly keep only 35. That is the promise I did to myself and my future family .
     

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