As “knife people” we often seem to be obsessed with categorizing ourselves, finding ways to separate ourselves from the rest of the segment. Phrases like, “I’m not a collector, I use my knives,” or “You’re not a real collector until you start buying custom knives,” are pretty common on forums and other social media.
But what do these words mean? Are you a collector, enthusiast, or a user? Maybe a combo of all three? Is it based on the price of your “collection”? The rarity?
For example, while I personally own about 100 knives, I still consider myself an enthusiast more than a collector. None of them are safe queens. I will and do use almost all of my knives on occasion. I do have a handful that are pricey enough that I won’t HARD use them, but they still get used.
It’s hard to define, so we gathered some comments from a recent YouTube video on the subject and collated them for you here.
“I would consider myself all 3, although there is a fine line between them. I like folding knives for foldability, for the appreciation of locks/materials/ finishes, etc., and for cutting. I got my first custom about 2 weeks ago. Yes, I’ve used it, although 6 months ago I wouldn’t have. I’ve realized that I buy things because I want them, not because I want more money if I decide to sell it. I remember getting my first guitar and treating it like it was glass. Now I look at it and its all dinged up, but I love it even more.”
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