ARE YOU A COLLECTOR, AN ENTHUSIAST, OR A USER?
Knives Illustrated|September - October 2020
ARE YOU A COLLECTOR, AN ENTHUSIAST, OR A USER?
THE COMMUNITY WEIGHS IN ON WHAT THESE HARD-TO-DEFINE CATEGORIES MEAN TO THEM
BRYAN J. BALL

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.

Dante Martin:

“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.”

BIONICK:

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