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The podcast for knife collectors, knife lovers, knife newbies and “knife junkies.”

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Friendly, Informative and to the point.

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Great podcast

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Friendly, Informative and to the point.
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Rank #1: Doctor Frunkey, Your Friendly Neighborhood Neurosurgeon and Knife Collector ~ The Knife Junkie Podcast (Episode 14)

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Doctor Frunkey, your friendly neighborhood neurosurgeon and EDC knife collector, joins Bob for a discussion about knives, as well as a chatting about the good doctor's YouTube and Instagram channels. Doctor Frunkey also has a new podcast too, so give it a listen. And if you want to hear a couple of "stupid knife stories," this episode has 'em, as well as the speed round of quick knife questions to finish up the show.

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Rank #2: Reduce and Refine with Epicsnugglebunny

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Reduce and Refine … that’s the topic for Episode 35 of The Knife Junkie Podcast as Bob “The Knife Junkie” DeMarco has a post Blade Show chat with YouTube Knife Reviewer Epicsnugglebunny about the journey of knife collecting.

Auston, AKA Epicsnugglebunny, talks about a couple of the Blade Show knives he got, the evolution of his collection and the future of his YouTube channel.

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Reduce and Refine with Epicsnugglebunny

0:00 - 05:01

Oh my God. Never spending that on a knife. I'm not gonna do it's too expensive. But what we do in the interim we go out and we buy instead of buying a thousand dollar knife. We by ten hundred dollar is. And then we buy three three hundred dollars and then we buy two five hundred dollar knives. And eventually, get to this point, where we're like you know, what after years, you know, some people takes longer, but you're like, you know that doesn't seem to outlandish to carry a thousand dollar knife. Welcome to the knife junkie podcast. You're weekly of knife, news and information about knives and knife collecting. Here's your hosts, Jim person involved, the knife junkie to Marco. Hello, fellow knife junkies. Welcome to episode number thirty five of the knife junkie podcast. I'm Jim person, and I'm Bob DeMarco from the knife. Donkey dot com. Welcome to the show. Another great one. Another interesting conversation with a repeat guest. Bob, somebody that's been on the show before as right? Austin, you know him as Epoc snuggle bunny is coming back on the show. Yeah. Interesting. And, and why perhaps I mean I know it's going to be a great conversation. But yet any particular reason, you know, recently have been talking about the custom knife. Douglas s busy tow from attention to detail mercantile. And you've finally got it right. Yeah. Yeah. He he finished my knife, right after a blade show. I went to his his shop to pick it up, and it was paradigm shifting it. Changed my whole framework of how I look at things and I was kind of acting that and in the lead up to picking it up and after picking it up. I've been watching some. Of Austin's videos, and he's been he's been talking about this concept, reduce and refine in terms of how it relates to his knife collection. He's got an epic knife collection and an epic night collection. And he's looking to refine reduce and that's something I've been looking to do for a long time. I have a hard time doing it. He's indicated he has a hard time selling knives off. So I figured now would be a good time to get in touch with him and talk about this, this kind of topic, reducing not that I'm going to all custom knives. But I gotta say, Jim holding this custom knife. It changes things a little bit. Gotta gotta step it up a little bit of. Yeah. Yeah. Well, you mentioned Douglas Esposito attention to detail mercantile. He was on episode twenty five the knife, junkie dot com slash two five and ethics knuckle bunny as we said, has been on before first appearance back on show, eighteen podcast eighteen so that was the name junkie dot com slash one eight. So if you're a new listener to the knife, chunky podcast and you miss those two shows, you don't have to listen to him before this one. But maybe go back and, and catch those interviews number eighteen in number twenty five. Hey Bob before we get into that interview with the epoch snuggle bunny. I want to ask you a question. Yep. Something you do every day strap my knives. Well, okay. I should have preface that question better something, you do every day, that doesn't involve knives, go to work. I suppose, well, not every day. But no. You know what I drive every day? I really. Yeah. Is true. I, I go somewhere every day I have to do that, too. And, you know, I'm glad you answered that would that driving, because I found an app the other day that I wanted to share with you, and our listeners, I had heard about it before. But I Finally I finally downloaded it, it's a way to save money on gas. It's called get. Upside. Have you ever heard about it? No. I haven't okay? It's actually a way that you can get cash back on your gas purchases, ga- get upside. As an app, you put on your smartphone, whenever you need to fill up the car. The truck the motorcycle, whatever you whatever you're driving, it searches the area that you're in for savings at gas stations. Nice. And what you can do is you actually claim what they call the, the discount fill up, your tank, take a picture of the receipt, that prints out with your phone, and that's it. Few hours later. You've got cash back just like that. Well, yeah, so I know you're doing a lot more driving these days. And that's probably is that what you looked into this. Yeah. I did that I had heard about it, and finally just decided to do it. And I think I say fourteen cents the first time I used it fourteen cents a gallon. And when I filled up and then snapped the picture got the, you know, the seat uploaded, the receipt. Two to three hours later. I had that cash back in my account. So if you're looking save money on, on gas, it's something, you gotta do you know every day drive? You know, you gotta fill up the car. Here's here's a way you can do it. Go to the knife, junkie dot com slash save on gas, and you can get the app and start saving again.

05:01 - 10:09

Just go to the knife, junkie dot com slash save on gas, save money on gas, put the money back in your pocket, or on, you know what that means more knives. That's right. But we're reducing refining. Oh, that's right. Right. Get better knives. Yes. That's okay. Were and better or epic. Snuggle bunny is with us on the knife junkie pied. We'll get into that interview next. Do you use germs like handled a blade ratio walk into all hair, pop, and sharp or tank like than you are a dork and a knife junkie, so blade show this year? How many times have you gone to blade show? This was my fourth in a relatively. Who within a row. So what's the experience? Like, I, I haven't been there as, as I mentioned, before we started rolling, I came somewhat close this year. But I didn't plan ahead far enough in advance in workout it's talons into me. So I couldn't go. What does the blade show experience? You know, it, it depends on on what depends on if it's your first time or not the first time you go. It's incredibly overwhelming because you're not, you know like if you don't live somewhere like near blakich Q or, or GP knives or smoke at one of these big stores. You've never had the experience to go through in handle everything at once, and that's what these shows are. It's, it's an overload of knives and is not just in the show. But then it's after the show at the pit you're talking about knives. I mean you literally geek out for two to three days straight on nothing but knives. And so everyone mentions first year, sober well-meaning, they're just running around, like crazy and just trying to see everything feel everything. And then. Having conversations in your your passing stuff around you're going out. Hopefully, you know you have a group of friends you go to dinner with his. That's to me. You know, seeing my friends and going out to dinner and spending time with them at the show now side, the shows also an integral part of the experience. So I you're, you're overwhelmed second year. You kind of have more of a game plan, what to expect then you're a bit more focused typically, you know, each each consecutive year that you go you're more than likely going to be bringing spending more money than prior years. She may have very specific tables. You're trying to get to specific makers, you're trying to see. So again, I think the more years that you go, the, the more focused you become rather than just trying to take it all in. So I was watching your video recently of, of all of your pickups. The the blades you the knives. He bought at blade show, and it made me wonder, well, I knew going into because you mentioned, the, you know, specifically that Todd beg knife. You really were looking for that. You've. Been looking for it for a little while. So you kinda you kinda high tailed it there. But for the rest of the show, are you going and looking to discover something new, or are you going with the specific scores in mind that you think you can get a good deal on? You know to be honest. I'm kind of disappointed in myself I should be going and looking for, what's the new, what's new. What's interesting who were makers of people don't know about. That's what I should be doing is content creator. In, I have failed to do that because I've been doing this for so long, that I have very good friends in industry at some larger companies custom makers and so I find myself just going over to see my friends, and, you know, again, I'm five known Mark over beg knives for a number of years now. And I had that osteo stuck in my head since last blade show. It's just been on my mind. And so my new this year I had hit over there. I had to see that one that I wanted 'cause I had in my mind and idea what I wanted and oddly enough, this was the exact Bill that I wanted it hadn't sold yet. So that was an expensive, but a wonderful opportunity for me. So, you know, get I should be going out in trying to find more in trying to find new. But there's I have so many friends of somebody different companies that I found myself just kind of wondering around to the same tables throughout the show. And I didn't really do the, the deep deep because the problem is, if there are new maker, everything's probably I come for serving you go to the table, you buy. So if you're not there. Like as soon as the show opens going up and trying to find these new makers by the end of the day, or, or the second day, even they may be out of knives. You know, which is good for them. It's wonderful for them, but for them. So that's, that's kind of the trade off. It's you run in you get the stuff you want, or you take the chance that, you know what I'm going to save my money, I'm going to go try to find something new. So it's, it's always a trade off. There's never a perfect scenario with these types of shows. Right. And if you're someone like yourself a content creator of for YouTube in elsewhere, begs, the question who am I collecting for, or who am I buying this for am I trying to expose the world to it or am I am I in this for myself? I'm spending my own hard earned money. Uh-huh. Yeah. And, and that's something that again, I do struggle with I would like to say that, you know, I would like to be the guy who finds new things and introduces it to people because it's better content. But as you know, as you pointed out in his of illustrated this year, I keep going back to the same people in buying the new models that they produced because I know them.

10:09 - 15:00

I trust them. I value their friendship. And, you know, you recently got your first customize, and you got to go to the shop and pick it up in it's, it's a world of difference. I think you should probably talk about that experience in how it different from ordering a knife on the internet because it is completely different. And the way that we feel about it in the way we value. It is a whole different experience. Will the I actually that's why I got in touch with you, because you've been you've been on a reduce in refined Jag this year. You've mentioned a couple of times, but you made a, a video dedicated to that recently and a resonated with me for a number of reasons, one of which is I fear slipping into just a brash materialism, and every new thing that comes out, made by a company that I know and trust, I have to get because of the steel in the materials in the look and this and that I I've slipped into that a little bit. I gotta say, I find it, you know, watching other people manipulate blades in their hands in listening and stuff. It's a it's a it can be nodding in pornographic in a way that makes you kind of. Order things that you might not order ordinarily. And so I have a fear of going down that alley, but also having gone to. So I got this knife from Douglas Esposito he's the maker he was at monkey muster an offended like to ask you some questions about. But he's got. He's a new knife maker in his company attention to detail mercantile. It's just him. He's a Brazilian Jiu jitsu black belt in teacher. He's got a great studio. And then in the back, he's got he's got a knife shop and to me, that's a that's my estimation of living the dream in a way the perfect or. Yeah. Exactly. And so I've been I m up on YouTube by up his knives. And, and then I had him on the podcast and talk to him to me. He makes them. So right now, he's only making fixed blades, and he's got a couple of models off of which he riffs aesthetically. And also in terms of size, key makes gentlemen, assassin Ives. That's, that's what I. Attell. I see them and I got this, this beautiful, mid length fighter that he makes in, in s thirty five yen, and Peavey decoding and double edged with a nice big run of jumping on top and tortoiseshell handle skills. And I'm a sucker for tortoiseshell. Always have been. It just reminds me of kind of a bygone era, but, but, you know, the accoutrements of, of a gentleman in abide. Gone there. Anyway, I picked up this knife, and it, it, it kinda changed things for me. And I was kind of expecting that. And, and I was correct. I kinda came home with this knife in my hand and it fuels great and it looks great. And I've already tested it. And I kind of wish I didn't I have marred the coding a little bit. But I opened up my drawer of fixed blades, and I have some tops knives. Have some couple of bark rivers in some nice fixed blades, and I'll just kind of like slumped. When I looked at them. They just don't compare now. So now now, things are changing for me. I'm feeling this paradigm shift in this reducing refined refrain. Penna goes through my mind now and, you know, there's, there's nothing wrong with with going out and doing the buy everything have huge collection because it's part of the process, you know, because I'm sure this customer, he picked up was expensive. You know, handmade is, as it should be. But I'm sure a couple years ago you'd be like, oh my God. I've never spending that on a knife. I'm not gonna do it's too expensive. But what we do in the interim we go out and we buy instead of buying a thousand dollar night. We by ten hundred dollar is. And then we buy three three hundred dollars and then we buy, you know, two five hundred dollar knives, and eventually, get to this point, or like you know what after years, you know, some people takes longer, but you're like, you know that doesn't seem to outlandish to carry a thousand dollar knife. I've, I've been there, and I've done everything else, and I, I take care of my tools. I know I won't lose it. It. And I would rather have one piece that, that brings me an incredible amount of joy than ten pieces than I only carry them. I don't know what maybe once or twice a month. That's the point. Yeah. And so that's kind of where I'm at me, you know again. It's Mike election at this point is probably over one hundred knives again. I haven't counted I haven't wanted to count. But, you know, all of them are excellent. Everything I own. I like I enjoy in its well-made, and I opened might might nice case. Then I'm like, like I wanna carry that Uber. I wanna carry that I want to tell you that. And it's like, well, I'm only carry will knife at a time, you know, it's I'm not because I'm only gonna use one knife at a time. And that's just me if you carry more than cool, whatever. Floats your boat, but I'm at the point. Now, it's like I'd rather have something that just tickles me every time I throw it in my pocket. And I use it rather than I'll have one in my pocket. A couple of hours later back. You know what I really did want to create that other one? I'll go on.

15:00 - 20:00

I'll swear again we'll, we'll definitely raise their hands for first world problems here. The, the no doubt that life is short. You know, you never know when your tickets gonna get punched in. So if you can then do. And that's what it is for me. Yeah, my, my grandparents who definitely, you know, we're, we're not. Extravagant people were always kind of. I think that generation always kinda preached get the best you can possibly afford, you know. And you know, when when we're talking about disposable income in things, we don't need like like luxury knives. We can call him that, you know, it whether or not you need to buy them, that's, that's that's up to the that's up to the buyer. But there have been plenty of times when I've been walking around with a thousand dollars worth of knives on me, because I, I am one of those guys who carries multiple knives, because I have opportunities at work to play with them, for instance, to pull them out and to use them and will not use them. But. Sure hand. And so, you know, there are many times I've have these all and I carry very few of them, you know, on any regular basis, I should, so why not trade, those in and and start start trading up a little bit. I feel that I try and cover basis. Well, ZD put out all of these twenty CV models this year. I should have, you know, an example of why why it's ridiculous. Well, you know, again there's, there's nothing wrong with it. Because if you didn't go through that phase where you basically worked yourself up than, you know, let's say you went out and you, you just said, you know what? I'm not gonna make those mistakes. I'm just going to buy that thousand dollar ninth. But what if you haven't gained an appreciation for it isn't a tool, yet or you're too scared to use it? Then you're just gonna again, put it in your drawer, and eventually, you're just going to sell it. So I think that's part of the journey in you know, I've seen guys coming this hobby, and they have incredible disposable income, and they will go through that process in entire year. You know. From a spider co to whatever whatever, and then for, you know, they're buying five thousand other knives. We'll once they've gone through the entire process in a year. They're pretty much done their burned out. Then they move onto other thing watches or something. Yeah. Door to cars. You know, get that's totally fine. But that's part of the process in. So I think a lot of people do need to go through that again. It took me, I don't know. I mean, I've been doing this for maybe eight or nine years now but I didn't feel comfortable carrying some of these knives until maybe a year ago, you know, because again, my battle with the value equation, that's part of my journey, and that's part of what makes a beautiful. So if you wanna go out and buy whole bunch of production is cool. You have something to look forward to potentially down the line if you feel comfortable, so totally fine. I also think it's a it's important to win thinking about reducing in refining. It doesn't necessarily mean selling up. In other words, it doesn't necessarily mean getting something with mocha may and getting something that's, that's fancier necessarily. I think it has lots to do with z. Zeroing in on what your actual taste is and, and seeing that I can watch your videos and, and, and watch you handle a Challinor or something and not need to go get it myself, but to be able to appreciate it in your hands and, and understand that I just have always veered towards the tactical in, in aesthetic. It's just my, my thing. I I I've recently been into automatic knives and protects. And the and I just got bench made af. Oh, and they're you know, it's, it's kind of touching on the aspect of me that likes guns, you know, it's different kind of mechanism. And, you know, when you're when you're dealing with the top makers in that field, you're getting the best representation, so to me getting a hundred fifty dollar. Protect for instance, is refining if I'm getting rid of a two hundred and forty dollar Z T that I'm never gonna carry the zero four six to a knife. If I find very attractive, but I never I never carry. So, you know, even though I'm, I'm selling it off and getting a lesser knife, in terms of value. It's something I'm gonna be carrying more often. I feel like it's more worth it in. So that's a wonderful point. You're absolutely right. Doesn't necessarily have to be associated with cost at all. In fact, most of the ones that I bought from blades show were based more on relationships than they were on, perhaps a specific model. So that's something that I value is the relationships with the maker in what they produce and their friendships for multiple years. So I think that's a great point. And I love that. You brought up the if you watch my video, you don't have to own it to appreciate it. And that's something that, that I think a lot of people fail to get online. They think anytime someone shows a custom knife. You know, they're just trying to flex translate. You'll look at me. I have something nicer something expensive or may be something that's one often it, it kinda discouraged. Because it's like that's not the point here.

20:00 - 25:02

The point is to appreciate something together. I see plenty of custom knives, that I think are absolutely stunning. One of my friends nearby Chris, he collects Michel Raymond's. You know in their absolutely incredible. They're crazy expensive and I appreciate them. But I just don't feel the need to own them. But it's really nice when he brings him out that I get to take a look at them, but I, I don't aspire to own those either. So that's some that are more people kind of understand is, is that point you don't have to own it to appreciate it. I love Ferraris. I don't think Oliver own one. Right. I love seeing them if you can't afford when good for you. Let's let's keep the company in business. Right. Right. Right. Okay. So here's a perfect example, but just looking at your the blades, you got from blade show, the Riyadh Jack to if it were in my wheelhouse, I still don't think I would get something about the two piece blade wigs me out, but I'm fascinated I can't wait to see your video on it. Tell me about that. That thing. Will. That's exactly why bought it is because it's interesting. You know, sometimes I do make concessions, for this would be an interesting video more so than this is something that I absolutely have to have. So that's an example of that. You know his two piece played necessary. Absolutely not. Is it necessary in combination with an integral frame? No, we're, we're going be complete opposite direction instead of a one piece played in a two piece handle. We've switched it but people will wanna see it. You know it's, it's unique. It's interesting. It's not a question of, of why? But it's a question of how did they do it? So again, you know, long-term my going to keep that one, probably not, you know my in my even carry it. I don't know. It's, it's a large blade, but I'm fascinated by I hope that people will enjoy seeing the video on. That's why I bought that one. So so promote from a practical standpoint just in looking at it does seem I mean obviously you can, you can cut the Aaron threat thread off of your shirt collar in that kind of thing. But does it does it seem to you to be a practical knife, given the? Kind of the spaces between if you will. Yeah. I mean, it's, you know, think about it this way. Like let's say someone really hard uses their folding knife. Does the handle fall apart in use answers? No, it's well made and they have the threats locked tided than no, it's, it's not gonna fall apart in use. If if it's a piece of junk will, it's the same thing with the blade. We've got two pieces held together by screws. It's well made by a company of every not you good. Yeah. So, you know, people wanna sale it's just gonna fall apart. And we'll know it's, it's absolutely not an I'm never gonna push that knife to its limits Norwood. Anyone who buys it right on? But could you go out and beat the thing yet? Absolutely. It'll hold up in if it doesn't than well, no other knife would have held up in that instance anyway, at least folding knife. So again, it's, it's kind of a moot point. But people always want, you know, one of the possibilities limited in, in the tactical application of cutting a tree down, or tree fell Miller road on my Jack to when I'm gonna I'm gonna chop it in half drive through the roadblock. Yeah. So. When when I'm scaling that wall, you know to, to get into the bad guys Lehrer will it break on. That's my, that's my question. Because s the kind of life, I lead, the Todd beg you picked up absolutely gorgeous, the at now now that that's like a, my dream knife. Maybe two years ago that at recurvature tanto shape is just a drool drool worthy. Yeah. And in this one just to just to clarify. So this one is from beg Norwich. Not Todd beg. So it's not a Todd beg. Custom beg knives of California. So not to deepen details. But, you know, Todd bag leftback knives in, they've always produced these knives, which are from the California, custom shop. So it's made by maybe two guys in there, California, custom shop kinda, similar to maybe what Alantic used to do a lot more of or, you know, maybe in the same way, that Bill Koenig knives will do some really interesting one off nights this kind of long those lines. So it is custom, but. It's two people instead of one but yeah, it's, it's absolutely incredible beautifully made beautiful fit and finish. I need more info on. But the amount of handwork that is in this knife, I, I'm pretty comfortable, saying it exceeds any of the other customs that I currently own or have ever owned. Wow. I mean it's got a just from looking at it. It's got a real blend of kind of menace and gentlemen. Yeah. Or even like Faberge egg like, like it's, it's part, it's part kind of artifact artwork artifact part like like melee weapons. Something about it. It's really it straddles a couple of John RAs, for me in terms of type of knife. Yeah, it's, it's a beautiful beautiful design. Again, this one's stuck with me for a year. And I knew that I had to have one. So this design is from a Jared van autre Lou. He's a designer out of. Canada. And then it was produced by beg Nuys in their California, custom.

25:02 - 30:07

Shop so well for people listening, who might not know, we're talking about a disc, the model name so they can look at the beg knives. Osteo. A S, T, I O. So is that your prize pickup from blade? You know, I went there knowing that I was going to get the viper from quite Challinor, thou. I knew it was coming. I knew he have a few in new that I had to go to that table. I to get my pick of the sixth that he brought. And then I hoped that there would be an audio the big nice table that would kind of fit my design in material preferences in, you know, luckily, there was one that was absolutely perfect. When I went there Markle's, like, yes, some guy just came over and dropped a couple, you know, like four K. So I don't know how many knives he got. I don't know which steals he left with. But maybe there would have been one that I would have liked better, but this one was perfect. So I was it was very, very high on my want list. But I wasn't sure there'd be. The one there, specifically that would that would meet it. So it was one of the two nine one of the three knives, that I was hoping to score the show. So. Top piece I dunno tied for first and second, I suppose, so, CLYDE, Challinor. Do you have a relationship with him? You have a couple of his knives. And I know he's if not your top, one of your, very atop custom makers when you showed up to blade did he already have something kind of earmarked for you. Or, or was it a mad dash to the table to get what he had? Yeah. It was. It was kind of a dash to the table. I got in to the show a little bit early this year. And so, I was basically there at his table. He had sent me pictures of what he was bringing come. But almost everything was I come for serve. I just, you know, I knew that one had carbon fiber and one heads or Cohen he had some time, ask us, too. But I'd like the way that the, the damage core blade interacted with carbon fiber, the best. And so, yes, I've known him. I think I've had, this is probably the seventh ninth that I've had from him. But I currently have three. So's I've cycled through a couple of his knives. But he's, he's a wonderful person. I think anyone who meets him and gets to handle or pre sheet his work. They're more than definitely going to be coming back for another one at some point, man. That's, that's, that's where I would like to head your new custom wasn't that kind of the experience me getting well, now I want another one from this guy in pre. And then, you know, because this one checked a lot of boxes in scratched, a lot of issues. But while I was at his shop, I saw I saw a lot of other things his case. Now, Zakho cheese, that would fit perfectly in my bag. You know what can I say? Yes, it's, it's one thing to buy production. I from a store online and have it shipped to you. It's another thing to buy a customer from a maker habit, ship team in something completely different to go to someone shop pick it up directly from the maker him handed to you. I mean that to me, the level of enjoyment continues to escalate, the more involved that you become the next for you is. Going to be good to go to a shop and make an eye with him. I mean yes, that's where you go from here. So next that's next Austin, I'm working on it everyone. I talked to him like so can I come by your like? Well, I can't say no. Because you kind of have me in a corner, and in a couple, you know, couple production or I'm sorry folding, customize makers are doing that, like Lee Williams the grind house. Several of my friends have gone, and they've absolutely loved it. In the come home with incredible knives, that they've made basically in Tom crime has also working on setting up kind of like a shopper, thing like that in there's a some fixed blade makers here in Arizona Dawson knives, day, also do that too. So I mean, that's you know, again, if you wanna increase the enjoyment, I think working come up that ladder for me. That's, that's what it is, is you mentioned might be, you know, I'm going to go down to more autos more protects. And that's how you perhaps reduce. But certainly refined the tools and the experience. Yes. But this, but this idea, I've always been in the arts, and I've always been a creator of one sort or another in the idea of going to shop in the even just watching someone make something. But working alongside that would just that would blow me away. Yeah. I mean, the the first time I went, I'd be happy, just watching them make it. All right. He ended maybe the next time it fill the courage to, to actually make it or help, or you do something small so, so another recent video you discussed you managed to sell off a couple of knives or a number of knives. Actually, I think, saw that sales video. And with the proceeds, you bought a rock stead seven hundred dollar a Japanese production, rock, stead cordray sublime. I think probably a the proper term knife. Do you have any regrets in getting rid of those others to get that one, not at all, you know, for me it's? The hard part is the selling.

30:07 - 35:04

You know, it's looking at going through my case in thinking, am I gonna part with the seminal let this go, and I wish I could cut off the emotions a little bit more in just be more cutthroat with it. But once you sell it once it's actually gone out of your collection. You don't really miss it. Now, if there is one that you continue to miss miss, and miss, and miss. Maybe that's when you should go back and buy did that with the zero tolerance zero three nine to the original one with the stone-washed Tattenham in the blue hardware. And I was very, very happy that I bought that one back because that just a firm that this is one that I can't live without. But once it's out of the house, once it's out of your hand, and I don't think that you'll really regret it unless, you know, against something catastrophic happens in your liquid any, your entire collection for medical reasons, than that would be a different scenario, but we are simply reducing in, you still have a bunch more knives. I think it'll be fine or at least I am after they leave after their. Out the door in the box. I, I actually concur with that. It selling up a couple of Z, T's will it was. When I discovered cheese could Selami, Z, T, hinders, and actually get a hinder. And, and when I got rid of them, even though I liked them. Yeah, I felt I felt nothing once I had an actual hinder, and the in the funny thing is, is when I'm away from the collection. I'm thinking Hmm, what should I sell so that I could get more and these knives certain knives pop into my head. All get rid of the six oh nine and I'll get rid of. And I come home in than I have them. Michael. I can't this. I mean, you know, this has to be in the collection. It's like a maturity, like not just someone with a with a box full of knives. But I'm curious collection for, you know, after the end of the world when people are like I understand there were folding knives in the old days mobile. Yeah. We had once like this, and we had once like this, like, I'm responsible for carrying on this. Is this the kind of burden? I put on myself. This is why it's so why is it hard? For you to part with these knives. You know, I, I appreciate a lot of things about knives. I appreciate that. They're, they're functional in their tools, and it's something that you can carry news interact with the more interaction, the more. I enjoy something the less interaction the less. I can enjoy it. So, again, I appreciate our, but it's something that sits on the wall, I can't really interact with per se. And so I don't really have a strong tie to, but my watches in my pocket knives, especially being able to take it out and use it to open a box or whatever the hell, you cut twine flip it open. I don't I don't care if you fidget with it, you get to interact with it, and that is to me. That's valuable and that's interesting. And that's what keeps it relevant and fresh. And it keeps the passion going the less you interact with the less meaningful. It is at least to me. I mean, that's how human relationships work. It's, you know, you, you have friends and they fall away 'cause you're not interacting with them. Let's say they moved back in their near you again. And also interaction kicks back up in the. The Yuval you so much about it, and it's not as a something like a fine knife is not as self indulgent as a work of art that hangs on the wall, and can only be appreciated. That's the not that I'm dissing is the only thing that it is good for I mean, that's its definition. Is there to be appreciated in nothing else with a knife? You can appreciate it. You can play it. Yes, it checks a lot of boxes. And it does something the, an art collector might look at what we do and say, we'll that's you know what a waste when you could have it on the wall. So I won't I won't be grudge them for collecting, you know, it's I think we need it, we need something to get us through our nine to five something that excites us in that we've out, you. I mean if I didn't have any hobbies I don't know what the hell I would do what, what are your other hobbies? I know you like watches like watches to just so expensive. I can't I can't really mess with watches too much like gardens. I've got quite a few. Guns. And sometimes I'll go on spurts Mel by a couple more than just kind of sit in the safe. And I'm like, well, how about this weekend, and then Saturday morning, rolls around, and I'm like, I'm not getting out of bed to go shoot, it's too loud. So are you on a reducing refine a kick in other areas of your life, who I don't so guns? I mean but anything else are you. Are you looking to reduce refined watches? I have some. I've got some watches that are on the larger side that I just can't really wear with a long sleeve button up shirt at work, and so like so again, it's if I can't wear it daily, and I it's a weekend watch Maguire, the hell do I have it? I'd rather have watches I can cycle through, you know, Monday through Friday. So the not only has the, you know, I've, I've been drifting towards smaller knives. That can carry a work, but have also been drifting towards smaller watches, because again, I need to have that high interaction rate with it for it to stay around stay valuable. Right. And if it's some big giant, even if it's a beautiful lodge of its big giant, you can.

35:04 - 40:00

Even pull your cuff over. It's not going to get the attention that it deserves for the money you put out for. Yeah. Just it just becomes a nuisance at that point, which I never thought would would be the case, but it is. And so, Yep. Life changes situations change as change. And again, that's part of the journey. If everything stayed the same in stagnant. You probably move onto a different harm. Well, that's, that's kind of a overarching theme. Not just in my knife collecting, but just in everything I think I'm always kind of spiritually on a on a reduced refined kick. Not though, though. I, I have to be honest. It rarely comes into actual practice. It's something that I feel good about thinking about, but, you know, I I keep saying, I got to reduce refined might diet, I gotta reducing refined my lifestyle in general. You know, it's a good thing to aspire to in something like the knife collection. If that can act as a metaphor will, maybe that's a maybe that's useful. Useful thing. Yeah. I mean I, I would love to reduce the amount of crap in my house. You know I walk into some people's houses in. It's like while you, there's no clutter everything is so incredibly clean and sparse, you know, I find that attractive, but you seem to amass stuff especially as a collector, you know, you continue massing, and so it's probably good thing that, you know, that's a an overarching thought or desire kind of the back of your mind keeps you in check a little bit. So what do you what do you have planned for the rest of twenty nineteen in terms of your, your knife collection in your YouTube content? I have a lot of videos that I need to do have been really busy at work, though. Private network seventy hours a week right now. So. Wow. Yeah. Not fun, but selling stuff can be very, very time, consuming, you put stuff up for sale, Senate people have questions, they want additional pictures, sent me a video will would you take this price and sometimes, you know again if its own, I'm just I don't. I don't really like I don't like my time wasted. And so, I'll just say, no, you know, I don't come back with, like, we'll do this, like, I just know it's that low, I'm not here to deal. It's want it or not. Yeah, yeah. When when your time is, is sparse, you just can't sit there and play those India, plenty of time. And no money than you can spend all day doing that. So I would I would like to sell off, like half and get down to pieces that I just absolutely cherish kind of develop like a core collection. And you know, ninety percent the benchmark for various prices like the rock steady production. I fit seventeen hundred does that set a benchmark? Absolutely do you need one? No. Of course not. But do you want to experience one will go for it? If you have the funds available or you free up some other stuff. Why not the so the working on what's my core collection? I have a I'm on ready, did my down payment for the grant and Kevin hawk deadlock. Because that is the pinnacle of OT, f-, marries. Yeah. Yeah. So of course, that will be in the, the core collection. Sue developed figure out what my core collection is figure out what is not at NC can go through in basically solve just about everything. That is not part of my core collection in that way. I'll carry the things that I really love. And then when stuff comes through videos. I can, you know, arguably spend more time with it. Muslims say it also seems like if you if you do get down to something that you, you seize your core collection it will be easier. It could be easier for you as a content creator to get new knives have come in temporarily to your collection. Make your videos and stuff. And then move them along, because you already know, for lack of a better term, what your values are, you know, this is a great night. But this does not fit into the collection. Now, I've, I've already done the work in reducing it, refining it then. And this is a great thing. And I can re- recommend recommended to people for whom you know if fits but it doesn't fit here Yemen. I think people would be interested to know if something is so good that I that I have to let it into my core collection, you know. Yeah. So I have a pretty big test coming up in July. I don't know if I'm past. But if I do that's gonna free up a lot of time emotional energy to do some other things. So I know all through my wife in a couple of videos, at some point is she also an appreciator of or connoisseur of nights. No, not in the slightest which, which I prefer. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. So, but getting her in on some videos or content or what she thinks about, you know, certain is or you know, have her go through the core collection which she likes doesn't like, you know, sometimes she'll pick up a knife and be like, how does this one open, and she back no hate that or though time she'll pick it up and Shabangu I kinda like this one that show up in spike. Okay. Like this when I approve an handed back to me, and I'm like, okay, you have no idea, which one this was in five minutes. But that's okay. I right.

40:00 - 45:05

Yeah I don't necessarily want her in on all my decisions. But it is it is always interesting to get a an outsider's view on some on some of these knives, you know. Yeah. And people people seem to like those videos. I did a video with my friend, who's an engineer, and it was interesting to see the number of arguments about whether or not he was a nice guy. I think we might have chatted about the last time. But he's the guy who carried the carries the Kershaw autumn. Yeah. The launch seven. Yeah. Yeah. So, you know, something like that little different try to vary the content because I've had, you know, the tabletop video looking down. You know I've done that for a long time. I've done a lot of videos of that. I think people want something different and I would like to do something different, something that can get you know, that I'm a little bit more excited about two. So, again, if I get through this stupid test in July that I'll have a lot more, you know, mental and emotional energy to focus on different content. You will you will you already passed it. You just don't know it yet. I like what you're saying. But I feel like. You're lying. Already served. Well, it's been a pleasure talking to you. Thank you so much for coming on the podcast. Again. You your, your message not your message, but the what's been banging around your mind at really resonates. With me lately, this reduce refine, and I think looking at your knife collection as a metaphor for, for other things not to get too deep with it. But I think it could be useful, reducing refined than in other ways, too. Yeah. Yeah. Congrats on your your new custom and kinda your next step in your journey and what, what is potentially a whole wide new world of enjoyment? And direction will thank you. Thank you. I appreciate it. I'm gonna responsible with it and I'm gonna make a lot of videos. Nice already, sir. It's been a pleasure. Take you. Thanks for having me. You're listening to the knife junkie podcast coal. The knife junkie at seven two four four six six four four eight seven with your questions or comments. All right. We're back on the knife junkie podcast. Episode number thirty five epoch. Snuggle bunny with us a kind of a talking a little bit about blade show, and this reduce and refine kind of concept bomb the I really think you're, you're kind of taking this seriously. I am taking it seriously. But I also realized that I got in touch with Austin for a little bit of commiseration, you know, I know that I know that he has a hard time getting rid of them. I have a hard to get rid of them. And maybe I'm just hoping that I wasn't reaching out to him to, to hear some excuse as to why didn't need to get rid from. So it was good to hear. He's, he's been moving on this. You know, I think I am serious about it. Well, I you know, a good point. He had, it's kinda like the evolution of collecting anything. And until you go through that the first time you kinda may be in this quandary kind of what to do you know that kind of thing, but I had always heard 'cause I kinda dabbled in NT and collectibles and stuff like that. And always heard by the best you can with whatever money you have. And, you know, there's certain things I collected that, you know, I could only afford, you know, like a great four grade five or whatever. But then went ahead, more money, I would get a grade seven or grade eight so you're always kind of stepping up and that reduce and refine is a great catchphrase, if you will great term to use. But you're always kind of refining the collection. But as I think you've said, it's that reducing part that's hard. But if you're, you know, if you're making those strides to get a better collection at some point your taste will evolve as well. And I think it'll be easier to. Reduce the collection with those first knives that you started with that makes sense. Yeah. No doubt. It's like it's like life itself, you start out as a hormonal teenager, going after anything that will be a time of a and then as you get older, you know, your, your tastes refine, or, or whatever you, you know what you want, and things change. And I think I'm just at the end of my adolescence with this knife collection that I've had for fricking ever. I should Nobre my lessons by now. Just wouldn't remind folks another sponsor. We have on the knife junkie podcast is quick books. You can take managing your small business finances to the next level focus on growing your business. Whether you're a knife maker, perhaps QuickBooks online, handles everything used this special link that I'm going to give you to say fifty percent off your subscription the knife, junkie dot com slash QuickBooks. 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The knife chunky dot com slash quick books. Visit the knife junkie online at the knife junkie dot com reducing and refining Bob final thought as we wrap up on cast episode number thirty five you can do it in your whole life. And that's why I'm going to try to get rid of some of this clutter inside and out internally and externally. All right. Famous last words. Camilla's where no. But I you know. Yeah. I we all need to reduce provides. Let's let's do our best. Okay. We'll be accountability partners. Talk to you. Thanks for listening to the knife junkie podcast. If you enjoyed the show, please rate review with review the podcast dot com for show notes for today's episode additional resources and to listen to past episodes. Visit our website the night, junkie dot com. You can also watch our latest videos on YouTube at the ninth, jokey dot com slash YouTube checkouts over great night photos on the nights junkie dot com slash Instagram and join our Facebook group, but the knife junkie dot com slash Facebook. And if you have a question or comment emailed them to Bob, that the knife, jokey dot com or call our twenty four seven listener line at seven two, four four six six four four eight seven. Can you hear your comment or question answered on upcoming episode of the knife junkie podcast?


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Rank #3: Jim Skelton, Knife Collector, Knife Reviewer and Knife Maker — The Knife Junkie Podcast (Episode 24)

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Jim Skelton joins us on episode #24 of The Knife Junkie Podcast. Skelton is a former TV personality, a knife collector, video knife reviewer and a knife maker.

It was a little longer podcast than usual, but there was so much great content to hear -- lots to unpack in this episode. Please give this one a listen, even if you have to break it up into a couple or more listening sessions ... it'll be worth it!

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Rank #4: Mastersmith in the American Bladesmith Society and History Channel’s Forged in Fire Judge J. Neilson

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Mastersmith in the American Bladesmith Society and judge on the History Channel’s “Forged in Fire” TV Show, J. Neilson is this week’s guest on The Knife Junkie Podcast.

Bob “The Knife Junkie” DeMarco talks with Neilson about the television show as well as what it takes to become a Mastersmith, which according to the History Channel’s show webpage, is a title held by less than 115 people worldwide.

Forging blades professionally, out of his “shop in the woods” in the endless mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania, has made J. an expert in “sole authorship” blade-making, a total mastery of every element of weapon design and manufacture. His internationally recognized experience and credentials mean that no one is better suited to assess the process of edged weapon making.

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“Forged in Fire” airs on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on The History Channel.

Swords may not be the weapon of choice for many people nowadays, with more advanced weaponry readily available, but that doesn’t stop some from continuing to work as bladesmiths. “Forged in Fire” tests some of the best in the field as they attempt to re-create some of history’s most iconic edged weapons. The contestant who survives the elimination rounds and wins the episode’s contest earns $10,000 and the title of Forged in Fire champion.

Be sure to listen to this episode of the podcast to hear about how the show came about, what it was patterned after, and what “similar” show Bob likes! Like Jim, you might be surprised!!

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Mastersmith in the American Bladesmith Society and History Channels Forged in Fire Judge J. Neilson

0:00 - 05:03

These guys are under a time constraint. They're rushing their butts off trying to make the best weapon they can and sometimes small things get neglected or missed or overlooked. So, and I hate it. I tell people all the time, I don't wanna break your stuff. I really don't. Welcome to the nice junkie podcast. You're weekly ghosts of knife, news and information about knives and knife collecting. Here's your hosts, Jim person involved, the knife junkie DeMarco. Hello junkies and welcome to episode number thirty four of the knife junkie podcast. I'm Jim person, and I'm Bob DeMarco from the knife junkie dot com. Hey, Jim happy, Father's Day. Hey, Bob happy, Father's Day to you. And the reason we say that is that today's episode drops or comes out is published on Father's Day. So if you're listening on Father's Day, happy, Father's Day, if you're listening on any other day of the year, just any other day of the year, right, Bob. That's right. But if you're a father be proud of it could be enjoy your Father's Day. Whatever day. Yeah. Because, you know it only comes around once a year, so we need to take advantage of it. I like to say in my family, you know that it's Father's Day week or Father's Day weekend. Whatever I can do to kind of stretch it out a little that, that sounds good and, and, you know, every day, it's like Father's Day, my kids say this morning. Father's Day wins kids day. And of course, I used to, to my parents in the never ending refrain is every day is kids day. This is for me. Today's that's right. That's right. Where's my steak? Ooh. I like that steak speaking of Father's Day, if you didn't catch last week show episode number thirty three. That was Bob's. Father's Day fantasy knife list. So I can't wait to have a discussion on episode thirty five next week to see if any Father's Day, fantasy knife list items comes into your possession, yet, we're recording this in the morning, Jim, and we, we haven't had dessert, we haven't had dinner dessert or presence yet and, you know, want be presumptuous, I'm assuming there and we'll see. We'll see if my wife listened to listen to the last episode, we'll see just how savvy she has. Or maybe she came up with other ideas that didn't make your list. Hey, I could be. Let's see you'll take what you can get right? Do want to mention that today's episode is brought to you by audible, and we certainly do appreciate their sponsorship of the podcast. And if you like listening to audible want to remind you that you can get a free audiobook download and a thirty day free trial at audible, trial dot com slash knife junkie over one hundred eighty thousand titles to choose from for your iphone your Android your kindle your MP three player again. Just go to audible trial dot com slash knife junkie, and you can catch up with all kinds of audio. In addition to the knife junkie podcast. Bob a cool interview on this show today. One that I you know, I, I say this a lot. It seems like a lot of the folks you interview, you really enjoy you wanna talk to them. You can't wait to meet them. But another example on on this week show. Yeah, that's right. This week show. We talk with a genius, who's an ABS master Smith and judge of the show. The history show forged in fire, and he's, he's the judge who always sits to the far left, and he tests, these knives, so hard, but we had a great conversation and we learned that he. Doesn't actually take any pleasure out of some of the damage that sometimes is inflicted on the knives. But that's the whole point of the show. You know, you you're, you're in a time crunch. How well can you forge a blade in a time crunch? I think it's assumed that every Smith on that show, given given all the time they need can come up with a fantastic knife. But in three hours, what can you produce? And I think it's a great show. It's done amazing things for the from the knife world. It's done amazing things for television, if you ask me, and it was a great pleasure to talk to Danielson. Well, and again forged in fire airs on the history channel, I think Wednesdays at nine pm, and what does attendance like seven th or eight seasons. Unplanned, cloud. Evanston, wrapping, that right now, definitely had good longevity, which means a lot of folks are watching it, and enjoying it. So the popularity as they are in good interview go down view was well. Yeah. All right. Well without any further do let's get into that. And here Jay Nilsson forged in fire with Bob, the knife junkie. Dimarco. You're listening to the knife junkie podcast. Cole. The ninth junkie at seventy four four six four four eight seven with your questions or comments. I wanna talk to you a little bit about forest fire, but I also wanna talk to you about your mass being a master Smith in what it took to get there. And I want to hear about your process. I wanna talk a little bit about, you know, your creative process in that kind of thing, whatever whatever you're gonna do is much safer than what I was doing today. So I'm cold. You emailed me before and said, we're good to go.

05:03 - 10:02

Tonight got off early broke some things. What was that all about? Yeah. I tell the Smith all the time I do not like breaking their weapons. Whether it's, you know, in round three or in the finale. But it happens Yana these guys are in a time crunch. Nobody is making their best work on the show. I mean, you know, it's a game show, you got to do the best, you can run with it. So sometimes. Get slept. You know, sometimes it's a blade. Sometimes that's a handle. Well, I'm I'm going to break in by saying the other night, I watched the Attila the hun Mars soared one of the contestants it broke on a on a I think it was a pot a, a hanging ceramic pot and it just shattered, and oh my gosh. It was it was a beautiful beautiful sword, and it seemed through the first kill test. It seemed to be, you know, pretty stout. But I guess that's probably why you do the kill test I because you're going into soft materials and stuff like that. And you need to get as much TV out of it, as you can before the blade has the possibility to break, but seeing that, that Attila the hun sword break was was heartbreaking. So what happened to you today today? Why can't tell you exactly what happened because never aired, but yeah, we had one sword blade break, which has happened a couple times and young kind of I've learned duck quickly because it kind of tends to come back right at me. And then we had a handle failure, so it can be the blade or the handle. Like I said, these guys are under a time constraint. They're rushing their butts off trying to make the best weapon they can and sometimes small things get neglected or Mr. overlooked. So, and I, I hate it. I tell people all the time, I don't wanna break your stuff. I really don't. I mean you know, we goofed around on set and we giggle. And I come up in my hands and smiled. And you know that's that's just a mess with people. It's that's honestly just who I am. I swam around people. Yeah, yeah. Exactly. You gotta do. Well, my, my wife, okay, my wife and I and my parents are devoted to the show, actually a I used to work in fashion in. So I used to watch project runway with my wife and I used to say they should make this put for knives like guys making knives. And it seemed like a fantasy. This was fifteen years ago twenty years ten years ago. And here comes forged in fire. It's like my dream show. My wife is a particular fan. Of how sincere you are when you're testing. And you know, you can tell you don't like it when something breaks, but you really go out and, and give it give it its due. Yeah. Well, I tell this Mets, I totally respect for them, because we do get to talk to them for a very short time, when they're reading the rules before we start, and I tell them is like, look. I respect all of you for coming on here, but I'm not holding back because I probably was testing my stuff this way before you guys ever. Let your first forage so I mean I do it to my stuff and a lot of people don't realize that we've done. Well we're up to seven seasons now. And like the first four or five, we were doing all kinds of crazy testing that never even made it on the show. He used to use a lot of machines. I remember we didn't simple machines at such. Yeah. We got a couple coming up, but. At a lot of the stuff early on. We would test, and they would line up aboard alone board. Full of chains and cables and say Jay take your knife and go hack through all these things and I'd be like unslinging away. I'm chopping and stuff. And I'm thinking to myself, I hate you guys. You're not my friends. I hate you all your. I mean, there's tons of stuff that never eat made it tons of testing never made on the show. So, you know, sometimes these guys get off using not very often, but I love him to death, but I'm not to get I'm not gonna hold back on stuff. I'm going to test my own stuff, you're not going to be the coach barking orders from a from a golf cart. You're gonna actually I would love to do that during round one I would love you. 'cause sometimes you just want to sit there and scream out now don't do that. I love it. I love it. It's like it's like have you never seen the show? Do you not know that you never use water? I mean, come on. I actually set up a little booby-trap tomorrow in the green room because we're starting a new weapon. Code. So the, the PA that takes care of the semester. She's lining up all five mine structural DVD's and putting a sign up his did you watch before you came here. You should have just again, just because I like Nestle with people just just to get in their head a little bit. But how'd you how'd you get involved with the show in the first place? It was funny because we had heard of me, and, you know, the knife makers in the community had heard for a couple of years at, you know, somebody's somebody's talking about making a show about forged blades and stuff like that, as like we're all, like, okay.

10:02 - 15:03

Well, see what happens and I was actually forging blades in my shop, and I got a phone call. And this, you know, nice woman girl whatever is on the phone. She goes. Oh, I'm so and so from the history channel, and we're thinking about doing a knife origin competition, which if you interested, and my first reply was okay. Who are you really because I thought it was one of my Smith buddies, wives and girlfriends. They're trying to prank me, just because we like doing that to each other took her probably about a good five six minutes to convince me she was actually from history. And she would you be interested. And I was like, I don't know reality TV and, you know, it's you know this is our livelihood. And she goes, well, we were thinking about having Nubia judge. I was like, oh, that sounds like a lot more fun. I'm in and what actually it's funny you mentioned project runway. One of the things that actually hooked me was they said the format for fourteen fighter was based on chopped, a cooking show and me and my wife watched chopped all the time. That's one of the things we like doing is we live out in the sticks. So we cook around stuff, and that, that was kind of the hook for me. I was like, okay knife, making neighbor. We can actually teach people something. And I get meet the guy directed chopped call SEO fit into that format that's perfect. So what, what has the show from your perspective done for the knife world before the first season? Aired on it made me a pariah. Yeah. Because everybody had heard about it heard we were shooting it on. I went to a couple of knife shows, and I had other knife makers that I had known for years, flat out, cursing, me, what are you doing your idiot? You're gonna make us all look like idiots. You should not be doing this, then after the first season aired. 'cause when we first started, you know, nobody doing the show, really knew much about knife, making I was the guy that was doing it every day. And the TV people I love him to death, but they were like how do we add drama like no? No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no tro- them on the set. Yeah, you do not need drama. Just let these guys go. They will make all the drama you want. And they were like, okay. Well, let stay after the first couple of episodes. They were like, okay, you were right. We have to add anything. Oh, and yeah. After the first season aired and especially after the second season aired I had people coming back to me in apologizing 'cause they're knife sales had gone up their classes for teaching knife, making had had gone up know the industry. I mean granted we got a lot of new knife makers now. But if you're established and you've been around for longtime, you've got reputation so it's not like you're competing against all these new life makers. So I mean it made it was a boost on the industry itself. And if you're if you've already been making knives, you're already, you know, however, many years in with experience, you're, you're not starting fresh like like the guy. Well, like myself, I don't, I don't forge knives. But I occasionally put her around with stock removal at home, you know, and every time since I don't do it every day I feel like I'm starting from scratch. So you've got your time in and then a show like forced him. Fire comes along. I could see how it could really boost your sales just interest in general. And now it's not like oh, nice. Lives, you'd be like knives zero psycho. It's, it's something different. It's funny. You say that because for years because I've been making nicer got over twenty five years, and I actually started out with Stocker model. It wasn't until Damascus, making a resurgence that I decided I wanted to do that. So I, I learned a forage but yeah, I would go, you know, hang out with people, you know, go to like gatherings and stuff like that. And I live in Pennsylvania. I'd be sitting next to a gunsmith and people like all your Guzman. Oh, that's so cool. What do you do? I make nice for a living. And they started looking at me like Jeffrey Dahmer or something. It's like what the heck this guy can kill you from five miles away. I have to be right. And I've see what why am I the nut? Yeah that's, that's, that's funny. Man. I feel like I, I don't know. Maybe it's just because my head is always in it, but I feel like a knife in general just just from the office environment have become more acceptable, while I know at least in my office environment, I sort of pushed the issue, but I feel like more and more people are starting to carry knives again, as they always have for millennia right now. I totally agree with the way you phrased it becoming more acceptable. I talked to people for years, that they office and they'd have a little, you know, little folding knife. They pop open open packages and stuff like that. And people got your carrying a knife now. It's like, hey, what kind of you carrying exactly? And that's great. That's great in effect that the interest in knives has grown, you know, especially we have we have a huge youth following I get pictures and letters from kids all the time from the US and from different.

15:03 - 20:09

Countries. You know, little pictures little notes about, oh, I really love the show, and it got me interested in photos of them building their little forages and stuff. And it's just amazing. It's like a resurgence. Wow. Well, that, that gives you hope especially, especially with what we're talking about before, you know, living computerized lives are screen lives. And oftentimes when we think of younger generation, we think, oh, get their head out of their phone. You know. But it's so great to hear of kids, you know, not just doing art, not just doing regular put making functional art while at the same time at the same time I've gotten letters from parents that were like. Thank you for doing the show. My kids used to be in the computers in the video games constantly, and now I could spend a couple of nights a week or the weekends in the garage putterer out as my kids actually spend more time why kids because they're interested in making knives. They liked the show. And that know, having two kids of my own that really makes me feel good. Yeah. I mean it has to if you're if you're adding meaning to someone else's life, and you're actually, you know, through your own efforts through doing what you love adding a meaningful dimension to someone else's life impossibly, helping to edge out a distraction that can be destructive, man. That's got to feel great. I mean, what, what more could you ask for from your livelihood? Why can s for less hate mail, you can hate what kind of hate mail? Do you get? I get eight minutes. I really do. I even people in said, I tell them. Well today, I guess I'll go back to the apartment read some more hate mail, and they're like, really, like, yeah, I, I get people like Jay. Nielsen doesn't like you. He's going to make sure he breaks your knife and sets up impossible challenges for you. And it's like seriously. I tell I tell everybody especially contestants I said, look, I'm a nice guy I really have deep down inside deep deep deep down inside. Very deep down. I'm going to quote my mother and say, if you just took all that energy that you're putting into your hate mail and put it into your own career, or your own, you know, self-improvement you'd be you'd be much better person. And janey would have a you know, a mailbox with with fan mail. Well, I figured just like sports. I mean there's armchair quarterbacks. So we got armchair blades Smith. It's the same I don't take any of it. Seriously? Matter of fact, all the stuff that's on like the social media. I don't read any of it, but on occasion. My wife will read it and tear into somebody. So that's yeah, but oh yeah. She's probably way better than you are. Oh, she. She can be vicious as I love her to death. She's she's worse than I am so has been on the show. Like, what have you learned being on the show and being a judge instead of the, the person whose work is being judged? I've learned it's very frustrating watching other people do what I wanna do. I constantly want to jump off the table and run down. Help out and pitch in and stuff like that. But one of the things I love I tell everybody this, my favorite part of the show is not the testing. That's like second favorite, my favorite part of the show is like the first fifteen twenty minutes around one because will reveals a challenge, I already know how I'd do it and I want to see what they're gonna do. And there's a lot of times that Smith will do something completely off the wall, and I'm thinking to myself, there's nobody is ever going to work, and then they make a work and it's like holy crap. I can try that. When shop that's cool because I mean, we're all one of the analogies I have were all trying to get the same destination. We all just take different paths to get there and you're at different stages. You know, obviously, you're an ABS master Smith. You're way ahead of most of the people on that show if not, if not all of them, but to be able to learn from a student, not that you're teaching them. But they are there your juniors in that situation and to be able to learn from them. That's pretty. Pretty good. That's one of the things I love that knife, making, and Blake Smith, thing, you're constantly learning. I mean I'd. I mean, I I've been doing this for twenty five plus years, and there's still tons of stuff that I haven't done that. I wanna go try out, and I want experiment with and stuff like that. So that's one of the things that keeps you going. You know, there's always something new to play around with, well, what isn't ABS master Smith. And what does it take to become one? Well, first of all, you joined the ABS you're an apprentice Smith, which you don't actually have to impress us under anybody. I didn't. I'm mostly self taught except for one very kind gentleman named he Bagley who invited me down to shop and showed me, the basics of fourteen forge welding, and then kind of went fly little bird. And I went back to Pennsylvania and beat my head against the wall lot, but. Join the you're on apprentice Smith for three years, then you can test for journeyman Smith. Which is you have to do a performance test in judging the performance tests consist of forging a mono steel blade single steal ten inches nowhere in ten inch long and one of the fifteen inches overall with the handle no more than two inches wide.

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You have to master Smith. Shop, you got three things you have to do. You have to cut a free hanging rope one inch thick rope within four inches of the bottom. So there's no tension on it or anything with breakthrough second. You have to chop a two by four and a half twice. And then you have to be able to shave hair off your arm on the spot. You're chopping than the flex test is. When you clamp, your blade, a third of the way Dan into a vice and then hookup pipe on your handle, and Ben blade has ninety degrees. Now you get right app. It usually a little bit past and not not break. It can crack a certain amount. But it can't break do they come back to true? Does it have to come back to straight? It doesn't usually easily figured. It's gotta come back at least thirty degrees, so you mean you don't want to come out with a knife. That's ninety degrees still so needs to come back to an extent. And then if you pass that, then you have to make five knives. And go to one of the big shows like Atlanta blade show, west blade show east and bring those five knives and judged by master Smits, and they give you a little bit of wiggle room. But, you know they're not terribly strict. If you've got a couple issues that they can let us light and then from there, you've got to wait two more years, then if you want to you can test for master Smith, which you do the exact same performance test. Except this time, it's with a Damascus blade a minimum three hundred twenty layers and it's gotta be a hidden Tang Fulton. So a more of a refinement of skills required in that, would you said, -actly? Yeah. Exactly doing because the you've got more body more strength with a full Tang less with hidden Tang and then the Damascus factor on top of it. Right. Right. And three hundred you said, no less than three hundred and twenty layers. Yes. Noma lesson three and a twenty layers. You know at that point, it's that's not a super high layer count. And then you gotta do the judging test, you said that is not a super hut layer count right now. I mean on average guys nowadays are doing, you know, three hundred fifty two six hundred layers on a regular basis. Maharaj oca-, actually, once once you get a certain layer count, like, say, you get up to one hundred and fifty layers, you cut three times, then, you know, you're okay, you know, jumping up quickly, so count, you get your base layer count it picks up quickly. So, so then after that after your after your second trip to the blade show with the five. Knives. Then you get kinda jumped in well, the big thing about the second judging for master Smith is you have to make a Damascus, European fluted dagger a fluted wire inlay handle that. Sounds easy. Every yeah. Anything else you can make whatever you want, but that's a requirement. And as you remember the episode of the shells yet where they had a flu to dagger that was actually the dagger. I used pass my master Smith. How was that mentioned in the show? I don't remember that. I remember if it was or not. But I know the gentleman who purchased it from me. So I reached out to him as, hey, wanna see it on TV? I gotta say that was one of the better looking specimens, where do those weapons come from which ones the ones for the finale? Yeah. Yeah. Your, your sample. You know now go home and may this as Baker makes those. Oh my God. Dave, make Dave makes those he makes all the finale demo weapons. And you think are Smith's are under time constraints. Paik. There's a lot more had but Dave, Dave master of, like work arounds in and, you know, days been making swords and prop weapons for thirty years, so he can knock out stuff that stuff that we send the contestants home to make he can usually knock out in half the time. What so you've you've you've reduced the amount of time contestants have to, to make by one day right now. That, yes. Some of the some of the couple the next episode you'll see that instead of five days of the home for it's four days. And we've also cut back on some of the handle rounds and stuff three hours. It's two hours. Yes, I've noticed that too. So what's that about what it was was the three hours too much too much luxury actually? No. Because it just gets it stresses. The Smiths up more. And it was just it was just a see, we tried it out, first with a couple of the round two challenges that weren't too bad. I thought they could do it. I mean, I, I was no problem. In my mind thing they could do it. And we've noticed since we started doing it, the quality of the handles, and such really hasn't dropped at all the Smiths just move faster. Interesting. They yeah, they, they just have less to. So it seems like a, a real fund set is, I mean, that follow you and I follow Doug Marquette, in etc on, on Instagram.

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And you guys post some fun look at pictures. I gotta say it looks like a blessed. Doug Doug's does the comedian on the set. He's, he's probably the most deadly guy on the set. But he's also the big ball, right? He's, he's talked. He's talking me in Jay lay down lay down to let me take picture. Why not lay down? He just did one today. Because Jay bend over as Doug I'm not done on front. You know. Idea for funny pictures. I'm not comfortable with this. But yeah, he's the biggest comedian it's funny. When we did the pilot, we went out to Seattle and none of us knew each other at all. And I'm sitting in his room full of tongues and power, hammers and stuff like that at a table out table with Doug, again, not knowing who he was or anything, and he's sitting there with his cameras, snapping photos, constantly and I'm just looking at him. And he looks dead the goes. Hey, what do you want a nation? Okay. I deal with this guy. He's got to get some humor. I like a man. I've been I've been doing Cali for a long time. And, and he's always been one of the one of the names that's always floating around just as being outstanding. And and not and I have never taken a seminar with him. But I know someone who has has nothing but great things to say about him. And so, I have to say, like I love what the show has done for knives. And acceptance, I also love what it's done for Cali and the acceptance of bladed weapon. Martial arts. When I watch you test. It seems like you have some skills, as well a, a your it doesn't look like you're just, you know, swinging for the for the fences looks like you're swinging hard. But you also look like you have some technique, have you done some, some sort of formal training? Now I did karate when I was a kid, but never any edge stuff. Again, it's mostly self taught. It's just it's just the fact that because I was self trained for the most part, I was very insecure about what I was doing when I started out with so I would test, like crazy. I mean, I, I would when I started out if I had a band, that had a little crack in it or worship or the handle scale was pulled away or something like that. I would take that knife out in the woods in PA beat the hell out of it, and it's just using your knives. Like, we there's the comments made all the time that when I'm doing chopping on the show. I chop and I turn my head away. To the left, and it's not anything that I trained myself to do. It's probably just a little voice in back of my head, and don't get hit with anything. But yeah, the knows no formal training. This is just a, a lot of experience with testing because is like I said, I've been doing this to my own nice for years, and is probably a little bundle of rage buried in me somewhere, probably. But I got I got I get a place event it. So yeah, yeah. And and you know it's perfectly productive in, in everyone gains from it. So there's nothing wrong with that. Hey, do you design your knives? Or our? Everything yet everything that I mean years ago, United some people say, hey, I got a join you wanna make that. And when I first started out, I would pretty much make anything somebody wanted, but yeah, it's been. It's been a long time since that. I mean, I based I'm sorry, I, I'm not making myself clear, what I mean, is Dino out what you make or without USA steel, and let it kinda dictate where it goes. Now I- piece of steel and make it where I wanted to go. It's funny. You say it that way. Now, I don't draw anything out. Matter of fact, it's been years since, you know, somebody says, oh, can you draw me out this design before you make it now? I can't draw I can't draw stick figures, right? Yeah. You're not going to buy this knife. If I draw for you for your out for young losing customers, left and right this, let me make it. If you don't like you don't have to buy it. But that's funny that you say that let the steel gore at once I hear that all the time, and that's usually from Smith's, that I'm in forging that long. That's why you get a lot of Smith's. Yeah. The wind is starting out. They have blades. It's sweep up 'cause they haven't learned to control the steel control the tip. Keep it down stuff like that. Yeah, you can make the steel do what you want. I just talked to a gentleman this morning that he was having problems getting fish lips on the tip of his knife, where the two corners would kind of stick out almost come together like fish lips. And he's like, how do I prevent that? Well right now you can grind what his fish lips off? But if use horny Ranville, and draw that steel out and studies in the flat all the time you can avoid that. So it's just a lot of experimentation. You can make the steel do what you wanna do. Right. Right. I think that let it dictate where it wants to go as a common sort of creative trope you hear writers, say that a lot? Oh, you know, she just the character just wrote herself.

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I get what they mean what they mean to because I I've listened to a less. Stephen King interviews and I get it. But not you wrote it the characters released yet. Yeah. Right. Exactly. It's like you can't pre make or pre-disaster tonight it does come to you at some point. But it is your idea. So why do you make nuts? It's it seems like the hard road Aho. So is it the creative process? Is it the knives themselves? What, what do you get out of it? It was when I was younger, I couldn't afford a good knife. So I figured I'd make my own. And I went to a knife shown Virginia and bought a blade and bought a piece of stag and some brass. And I put a knife together. I was like, wow, this is really kind of cool. I wonder if I could make a blade instead of by one. So I started, you know, take going to flea markets by bayonets knives, and trying to clean them up. And I've got multiple bayonets that her never going to be used for bayonets again, because I was practicing my fit and finish. And I was actually plugging the slots and plugging, the, you know, the putting holes and everything just making I was crazy that fit and finish. It was like everything's gotta lineup because I saw a lot of knives, even when I didn't know anything whereas like these are really gonna wonky square handles and stuff, and then I decided okay, that's no more fun. Let me try to make it a blade. So I started grinding blades at a files and saw blades and stuff like that. And, and that was no fun. Let's try forging a blade, and it, it just snowballed out of control. I it was just a hobby. It was just a hobby. I enjoyed I was a stress reliever. Especially in the started banging on steel. Very kind of therapeutic. I mean, I've dealt with several veterans and veterans groups that use forging as a relief for PTSD and stuff like that. So it's a very therapeutic process and then after a while it was like someone. So asked me to make a knife. Okay. I can do that. And then a couple more people did then after a while it was like, well, I can actually probably mic knives. Part time in work part time, and then after a while it got better and I think only actually be able to quit working for other people, which is good idea because they don't like me there anyway, because I'm a little too honest in bosses. Don't like honesty. Why I went to a lot of jobs. And it just like I said, it just snowballed it snowballed out of control. You know, then I joined the ES and, you know, then the collectors, you know, got more and more affluent and more and more free money and. You know, just then I got on the show and it's just been it's been great. So who is your customer, who, who ends up buying your knives? And what do they use them for, if you have any idea, a lot of them? Luckily for me and I think this is like a lotta my Custer's still using carrying mine is there's a lot of there's a lot of collectors. I mean I. From like fifteen years ago. Plus the worst thing I heard was when somebody bought one of my knives, and they said, don't worry, this is never going to get us. It's going to go into safe seriously. Why I spend three days he treated that blade? If you're never gonna use it. Don't worry after the apocalypse someone will come across it, and they'll use it. Well, that's the other thing too. I have had people like I don't know if you hold theater or rendezvous. They're just pretending. And it's like no, no. You don't need to heat treat it or anything. I just want like no no, I'm not going to do that because I'm going to put my name on it. And if it's not a heat treated usable blade, you're going to kick the bucket someday. It's going to go to somebody else. They're gonna try and use it and it's going to be a piece of garbage, and they're gonna say Jay Nielsen mixed garbage does not make a knife. Exactly. It's like I'm not doing that if you're asking for all of that. Why would you pay genius and money when you could go to WalMart and get a you know, I dunno before Jim fire, chick kitchen knife, said, yes. Exactly. Precise. Don't even get me started on that. I saw that it was just like well, good for them. And and kinda swiped quickly merch. Okay, fun mart. I, I actually went to Kazan in Connecticut now, I actually went to the mall across the street and they have it as seen on TV store and not even not only did I look. I f lady behind the counter where can I get these two? She have to do you know who I am. I practice about. She had no clue she had no clue about the show or anything. It's Kerr, we're kind of a niche market there. I'm well aware that the executive producer on the show. I told him I said, can I get a set of these will they send me they had some guy into commercial testing? Why can't I test them? He's like they're never going to send them to you. Please don't do this. I'm going to get us entities. I'm going to test them. And I'm going to video it means like, oh my God. He's like, please don't do this.

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Yeah, let's, let's show the but let's, let's drop the veil again. This is why I went through a lot of jobs when I was younger, it's that honesty thing, rearing its ugly head again. Yeah. Just to his just too bad. It's just us sometimes so social media. How how, how do you see it affecting the knife world? Oh, it's, it's a huge boost. I think the only the only issue I have sometimes there's, like YouTube videos, may not done some, and there's tons of great information, but you gotta take it with a grain of salt. You gotta take information from somebody that, you know, is reputable, just like buying a knife. You gotta know. You got to listen to the people who have a good reputation and not just which craft great example. We had a guy that way, there was a show that came on right after we did. I think it was called stone and fire or ice and fire when I whatever, but it was a guy he was actually became a contestant on the show wasn't. Episode, I was on because soon as I watch, and he walked out, like I know who he is. But the one episode, I watched was he was making cable, Damascus dagger, and I'm like a cool. I want to watch this, and then he starts spouting out all kinds of crazy stuff about having quench magnetic, north otherwise the blade was going to warp, and I swear to God, I got emails for six months about this, and it's not even my show and it's like I tell people like, look, if the magnetic polarity of the earth is going to be strong enough to warp your little four inch blade. I don't know how we have airplanes. Yeah. Right. Right. It's gonna tear the braces right out of your son's mouth. Man. Yeah. I told him I said, look, Mike quench tank for south-southeast, okay? I haven't had a problem and then the other thing about that. The Damascus has rations after you shit that makes it cut better. And then he hits the blade and then he policy edge while we're the. Nations nap buddy, it was just like amid halfway thirty upset I had turned off. Stuff like that. Drives me crazy. Yeah. Yeah. I mean, the I sorta get the wanting to adhere to the though will pointing it in a certain direction if it makes you feel better, you know, sometimes it's just like crossing yourself or doing something that makes you feel better. But I mean, come on, as an instruction that's kind of absurd to yourself. You went through salt over your shoulder and stuff like that, that don't tell don't tell everybody else. That's the way you gotta do it. So can you learn forging from watching YouTube videos? Yeah. You can't I mean there's, there's a couple of several contestants that come on the show and said, I watched your j I watched your canister Damascus YouTube video, and that was a huge help. So. Yeah, you can. I mean, there's, there's good info. But like I said, you just have to make sure you know, who you're getting info from. That's one of the reasons that I did the DVD's that I have. The DVD's and digital download both. Because when I first started out there were some knife, making -struction there was some knife, making books. I ran into certain makers that would leave out bits and pieces here and there. And I think that was like an ego thing, like I don't really I'm going to try to teach you, but I'm not gonna show you everything, yeah, it's like passing down the recipe. But leaving out the main ingredient, yet that talked me off so much when I was starting out, and I can't to a ton of classes and stuff like that with trying to make knives. Spend time my family and do the show. So that's I mean, Chris Crawford, got together and did the DVD's, and I don't be anything. I mean, I just talking straight, plain English, which I think everybody knows by now is the only way I talk because I don't I don't mince words on the show and I don't knits words in real life. So I'm just I just spell it out. Step by step from lighting. Your forged putting the final engineer knife. I don't I have I have no need of making myself seems smarter than I am. Everybody knows who you are. And it's obvious from from your credentials from the look of your knives. And from your work on forged in fire that you hear a man of experience. You know what you're talking about your master. That's one of the things I tell people I get people all the time that is starting out. Two key things. I tell them when you start now go visit as many master on national snus, go visit may Smith as you can. If you can find ones that you're attracted to the style of knife. They make even better, but go see as many as you can because so many people go out and start spending money on tools, and then in six months, find out, they didn't need them. So go see Smits ask them what they do. Ask them, what tools they use the most and guide yourself with that you don't need a ton of expensive tools main, I started out with a block of steel in a five gallon bucket of sand.

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A little charcoal crank forge, and one by thirty grizzly grinder. And I actually did my first couple of shows with the stuff I made with that. So I mean, if you can get tools to get more money more, experienced great, but you don't need them. No, no. That's, that's a great. It's a great self-imposed hurdle as well. I'm going to start as soon as I get my awesome two inch by seventy two inch grinder. I'm just gonna wait till I get that really awesome. Forage. I'm looking to get. And then I'm going to really dig it or you can build your own Ford. I mean, my, my point being is, is using using the tools as a reason not to start is, is something I'm familiar with. Okay. I got. Yeah, yeah, I mean, I remember I remember going nice show in the first Bryner or I seventy two grinder was grizzly. And I said, this was years and years ago. And there was a group of guys standing in from my table, and they were just Chit chat. And I wasn't in the conversation and they were talking about grinders, and they were talking about this grinder came back down to the. Baiters, and this and that. And they just out of the blue, you know, they were talking, you know, talking smack about the grisly Grindr which it has its issues, but I could afford it at the time there's only like two hundred and twenty five dollars. And they looked at me j what do you use and looked grizzly? They were like okay. We're in now is just like you know, you don't need a five thousand dollar tool to be to have talent. You don't need exact tool to be good at what you're doing. You just need a lot of hard work and practice while it's not an and I get this every once in a while on the show too. When I listen to the interviews and sometimes you get people that blame their tools. It's not the tools fault, you, you need to use the tool correctly or you have to make it work correctly for you. Like the grizzly like I said, there's issues with it, but there's not a vacations. I did a video not that long ago on. Okay. If you wanna use one of these, here's some few things that you need to do to make it work better for you. That's that big tall grinder, right? Yeah, the green one it's got the spindle on the other end. Yeah. I call that the install stop, 'cause I'm in patients, I reach over his grab it, and it stops. So where did you see the knife world headed seeing as it's seen such a, a positive kind of upward trend right now, especially at the talk and people that just came back in the blade show. It seems like there's an overwhelming amount of new people making knives that are new people match their rough the route, they're not up to snuff, but I've seen the same thing for years in industry. You get people to get interested in it. They stick with it for a year to three in the disappear. And I think we're right now we're in a surge of we've got knife makers just coming out of the woodwork, and then they're going to filter down, and then the ones that I can actually do good work and make a good reputation for the cells, they're gonna stick around and they're going to have seen this also, the younger Smith's pushed the older Smits. I mean somebody young Smith's on the show, it's like amazing what they can do. And it's like wait, wait. I gotta get back in the shop. I spend too much time on the set is gonna be out doing me have to watch my own TV days to figure out what I do. So how, how familiar are you with the folding the folder world? I don't know if that's if that's. If you consider that different if it's on your radar of the folder world's a whole different beast. I I've made a few folders way back, but it just didn't tickle me. I understand the folder being a big deal. I really do because there's a lot of places you can't walk into the grocery store with between. Hell. No, no, no, where I live. I can't lucky man. So I'm used to living in Virginia South Carolina, Pennsylvania Erie, the walking around with a big knife, when you hear that for a pistol, as long as out in the open, you're okay. So, yeah, I mean, I made couple of folders, I take God if they're floating around out there somewhere. I don't even want to see him. Take my name off them. There's there's been times where I've gone to night, shows and seem seem some of the knives I made way back when I first started, and usually nightmares. I know that go Jay look what I got. It's like how much of that, and I'll buy it back. And then they end up in the bottom Susquehanna river, which is the bottom of hill, where I live. It's like nobody's ever. See this again. But now the folders folders a great, I mean, I carry folder. I got a folder in my sling bag which I care with me all the time. And that's basically because certain situations, you don't wanna pull out a five inch hunter and start cutting up your food or something like that. The reason I ask is because we're talking about, you mentioned a glut of new a glut is kind of a, not a positive term.

45:04 - 50:02

But you mentioned a whole bunch of new knife makers, it's kinda the same. I'm seeing in the in the folder world, which is kind of more where where my collection resides on the whole, and it's, it's this, you know. Titanium frame lock with the super steel, you know, the two three hundred dollar knife thing and they're just a bunch of companies out of China number of companies out of China making super high quality, high fit and finish knives. And on one hand, they're doing this great thing, because they're making the, the work of designers, that would be otherwise inaccessible accessible to guys like me if I want to you know you know what I'm saying. And, and I like that, but at the same time it also I, I don't know. I, I, sometimes I go back and forth in my head as to whether that reduces the value overall of Adriano of the design. I'm curious what you think about that. Just that sort of taking taking the, the work of a of a of an artist of a of a creator like a knife maker, and then that's meant to be a custom thing, and then and then mass producing it. We've actually seen the same thing with fixed blades. Several years ago there was a new term commit- like semi production. Where would be a blade Smiths design, it will get everything would get machine milled, and he treated all they had to do is come back. Assemble it, and clean it up and put their name on it stuff like that. And it didn't really last. I mean, I'm sure there's still a few more out there. I don't really look at the cheap nights catalogs anymore. I stopped getting them for some reason. Maybe they don't like me. But yeah, we did have a bunch of that happening, and it kinda drifted off for the fix makers. 'cause it's more about the crafting by hand and stuff like that. Just like people say, well, are you going to be making my knife, or as an apprentice can be making my knife now? I don't have any apprentices. I do everything myself. Trust me. You don't want to work in the shop. Nobody does. I love my son a death and he's got a time when my shop so, but for folders it's a different story because there's a lot of machining. We even had some young Smith that were on the show, and I've watched my Instagram, and they're buying CNC, knowing machines and stuff like that. Like, first of all, I had a hell can you afford that? And how do you run it? I have no clue. Beast. Yeah. It's different. He has yet the moving parts. I mean I personally, I don't really trust a nice that Benz in half. So I mean I do it denies on the show all the time. I don't want to be carrying, right? That's a funny way of putting it bending in half. But it's the yield walks can fail stuff like that. I've known people that have lost fingertips from faulty locks and stuff like that. But now there's a lot of good stuff out there, too. And I actually I actually just mentioned this week. I said, look, we really need to do a folder episode. Yes. Yes. Just to change things up. I love doing the Nevada on. You didn't Uva thus Ganesh expansion that many also did the you did a couple of friction folders. I think he got a couple of folders. Yup. One of those, those bit me real good. Let me ask you. I was just speculating the other night with my wife. We were watching the show, the first round knife is the blade is alw-. His noticeably large to me. We usually go between, you know, nine nine and nine and eleven inches eleven thirteen and fourteen to sixteen and usually depending on the materials and the test is easily. How I try to determine what we're gonna do? It's not always in my hands anymore because we got like I said, we've been on seven seasons. And then we got we got cameramen, it's funny when we first started I'd be calling stuff out and pointed at a cameraman, and they're looking at me. Like what the hell is he talking about? And then they Sern what I said would happen. They're looking at how the hell does he know? And you know, it's not editing. It's just the fact that I made all those stupid mistakes when I started out, so I knew you keep doing that. This is going to happen. And we've got cameramen that have been here since season one and they after three or four seasons. Their flagging may J J look what he's doing doing these guys learned through Moses. And we've got these guys. They are dying to jump off the camera and get behind the animal. So I'm actually pushing for a crew episode. That'd be awesome. That's what I think I mean they are dying. They like they're like, okay, I'll just have a shout out to the judges table.

50:02 - 55:15

If you're not if views about something, but you're on your own. I'm going to say it right now since we're talking about various challenges, I mentioned to you in an Email recently. I'm dying to see a barong challenge and film, who sweet and frankly in front. All right. All right. I'm just gonna stop right there. Sucker actually, I get suggestions for things all the time. The one that kills me is the judges episode. It's like okay I understand you guys wanna see us down. We'll figure out something eventually. But the fact that we, we only right now have three forging judges makes it a little tricky, and then who's going to judge so. Hey, don't, don't, don't let the Hoi push you around Jay. God, I ain't worried about. I've had people ask me so. Well, would you compete see? Yeah. Well, what if you lost? So what I watched Bobby flay he loses all the time. What do I care? Yeah. Exactly. Exactly secure boxer. You're gonna go out and boxy Mike. It knocked out know that's yeah. That's. I totally respect Bobby flay. I think he's great. He loses. Why would I it's not an ego thing for me? That's one of the reasons I don't go out and do all the, the nice shows and looking for the aberrations, not the right word. I don't know what you call it. But yeah, I don't need the Pat on the back. I just I enjoy what I do. I'm inspiring people with the show to an extent on teaching people, the show to an extent. And I enjoy what I'm doing and make knives, and I got a great life. So I got no qualms. I've got nothing to be worried about well on that note, sir. Thank you so much for coming onto the knife junkie podcast. I really appreciate your coming on. Spilling it with me. No problem. I enjoyed it. That's I cannot wait to while aid to see the barong episode but to keep plowing ahead, I think I mentioned to this, this to you before we start recording. But I feel like the show just keeps getting better and better and. As a someone who does a lot of video editing. I also think editing has gotten even better. It's always been great. But now it's even better. So they've got new stuff coming up. We just got a gamble or would kill or whatever so they're playing around with that. So a couple of our camera guys are working with that we, we've got some. We got some new effects in some new tests, and we've got a couple of level. So they're gonna mix things up a little bit so. Yeah, it's gonna be fun. I mean I did a interview for history channel years ago. It's like season one we were here season to appear season. Three were pushing the bar, even higher in its bars getting higher. And higher awesome, awesome will keep at it because he got a lot of people love in that show. So that now my pleasure, thank you so much for coming on the show and hope to talk to you again. Sometime sounds good. You just let me know when our right? You got it, sir. Take, thanks a lot. You're listening to the knife junkie podcast and we're back on the knife junkie pond. Cast Jim the knife flew person along with bomb than I've junkie DeMarco, and Bob, I'm going to ask you a key takeaway, that you thought from the interview, but I gotta tell you, one of the things that I took away from the interview that I didn't know about the knife junkie project runway. Really, bob? All right. Okay. Okay. Okay. I think maybe even interviewed I played down my interest in project runway a gym. I actually love that show. And every every season, MRs knife junkie, and I looked to see, you know, if the new shows begun, yet, I started watching it. When I worked in the fashion industry, some ten fifteen years back and, you know, I'm an artist myself. I'd like to watch these these creative competitions. Why am I justifying this? Arkham show. I'm just giving. You wrote, man, letting you go. But they made it even better when they made about knives. Well, I and I must admit when Jay talked about the, the cooking channel, I think the show chopped. Yes. That's one of my favorites. I love that show. I love that show junior chopped is a big one in this house. I'm like watching these nine year old kids competing like adults on the show. I'm like, man. These kids are pecan too early. I can't cook anywhere near the kids anywhere near boil watering in steak. That's probably about my, my, my limit your takeaway. What would you would you think what was your key points highlights, etc? Well, you know, it was just it was great to talk to him, and get the inside scoop of what it's like working on forest fire, and what his career has been like, and what his his daily grind is like, but the thing that really resonated with me is, you know, here's a another person, we seem to speak to a lot of people like this on the knife, donkey podcast. But here's another person who's following his passion, and you know, that's not an easy thing to do. It's not an easy thing to do to break. Out and become a knife maker. You know, it's a it's a hard road a ho and but here, here's a man who's following his passions and, and things are working out for him. And it's having a ripple out, you know, beyond himself and beyond his family when he was talking about how he's received letters from parents saying, my child, you know, never came out of the basement, you know, in, in the basement, just doing whatever playing XBox, or whatever it now, now, they're, they're they have some variety in their activity.

55:15 - 57:15

Now they want them forged blades, and that made him feel great felt great to hear. So I don't know to me that that's, that's what I'd take away from this. Follow your passionate passionate happens to be knives. Doesn't matter. It could take you down that road to where you're not only making your life better but making other people's lives better. You never know how one little thing will make an impact make a huge impact in someone else's life. And like you said, you know, just having a kid, you know, put down that video game get hands on with some. Thing and become passionate about it. Not telling what that kid will then become who will then touch in, etc. Ripple was a great way that you put that. Yeah. He was a great guy. I really enjoyed talking and on the show. He's got a very sort of a stolen exterior. But a man he really he was really personable in great to talk to. Yeah. Yeah. Great interview, great interview. All right now, they're great podcast in the books, as we say, then I've chunky podcast and we're going to be back again next week talk in more knives. We're not going to spill the beans on. What's coming up? You'll have to listen, I think next week will be a little philosophical. Ooh, okay. All right. Can't wait for that, for Bob, the knife chunky DeMarco. I'm jim. The knife newbie person. Thanks for listening to the knife junkie podcast. Thanks for listening to the knife junkie podcast. If you enjoyed the show, please rate review with review the podcast dot com for show notes for today's episode additional resources into listen to past episodes, visit our website, the night junkie. Dot com. You can also watch our latest videos on YouTube at the ninth, jokey dot com slash YouTube checkouts over great night photos on the knife, junkie dot com slash Instagram and join our Facebook group, but the knife, junkie dot com slash Facebook. And if you have a question or comment Email them to Bob at the knife junkie dot com or call our twenty four seven listener line at seven two, four four six six four four eight seven and you may hear your comment or question answered on upcoming episode of the knife junkie podcast.


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Rank #6: Blade Shapes and Their Utilities – The Knife Junkie Podcast (Episode 04)

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Show HighlightsThe Knife Junkie continues his "Knife 101" series with an in-depth look at blade shapes and their utilities on Episode 04 of The Knife Junkie Podcast.Drop point, clip point, dagger (double edge), Wharncliffe, Tanto, Seax and recurve blades are discussed, as well various grinds -- hollow, saber and flat -- and what these shapes and grinds are best suited for. This week's show also features an interesting product review for an American made product, the Snaggletooth, as well as the Maintenance Minute on stropping.It's a jam-packed episode that might have to be listened to at least twice to catch all the information!Also, don't forget ... we're taking your calls until the end of November 2018 for our question of the month – what knife do you want this holiday gift-giving season? Call The Knife Junkie listener line at 724-466-4467 and let us know.Pocket Check• Jim continues to carry his Victorinox Swiss Army Knife• Bob has several knives (again)Protech Rockeye AutomaticBenchmade BugoutPink Cold Steel Broken Skull (his usual)Segment 1 – Maintenance MinuteIn this edition of the "Maintenance Minute," The Knife Junkie explains stropping and how important it is for your knives. 
Segment 2 – Knife Life NewsOn this edition of "Knife Life News," The Knife Junkie gushes over a favorite product, the Snaggletooth, which is an American made accessory.Show Highlights / Key Points[00:40] - Pocket Check[2:15] - Bob explains his favorite EDC[2:58] - Maintenance Minute[5:23] - Stropping Recap[5:59] - Blade shapes and their utilities[6:38] - The drop point[7:38] - Clip point (Bowie and Navaha)[9:20] - The mystique of Jim Bowie[10:40] - Dagger[11:36] - Tanto[13:15] - Wharncliffe and Seax[15:05] - Recurve[16:27] - Choose and search knives by shape[16:55] - Types of grinds[17:25] - Hollow grind[18:22] - Saber grind[19:14] - Flat grind[20:38] - Other types of grinds[20:57] - Listener Line[21:20] - Recap of shapes and grinds[23:20] - Scalable[24:00] - Listener Line[24:09] - Knife Life News - Product Review[26:43] - Snaggletooth recap[27:15] - Quick topic recap[28:20] - The Knife Junkie's last wordPast EpisodesCatch up on past episodes of The Knife Junkie Podcast.Subscribe to the podcast in your favorite podcast player or by RSS so you automatically receive each new episode.Join The Knife Junkie community and we’ll email you when a new episode comes out so you don’t miss anything. Follow The Knife Junkie• Visit The Knife Junkie website• The Knife Junkie Listener Line -- 724-466-4467• Email The Knife Junkie • Follow The Knife Junkie on YouTube• Follow The Knife Junkie on Instagram• Follow The Knife Junkie on Twitter• Join The Knife Junkie Facebook GroupAffiliate DisclosureIn the name of full transparency, please be aware that this website contains affiliate links and any purchases made through such links will result in a small commission for me (at no extra cost for you). If you use these links, I might be rewarded credit or a small commission of the sale. If you don’t want to use these links, no problem. But know that I truly do appreciate your support.
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Rank #7: Chris and Elliott Williamson of Ferrum Forge Knife Works

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On Episode #36 of The Knife Junkie Podcast, Bob “The Knife Junkie” DeMarco has the chance to talk with Chris and Elliott Williamson of Ferrum Forge Knife Works. The brothers make their own knives and also have several knife collaborations. It’s an interview you’ll want to listen in on.

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This week it's the brothers Williamson of Ferrum Forge Knife Works... beautiful knives and a great conversation. Listen in! #theknifejunkie #theknifejunkiepodcast
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Jul 07 2019
52 mins
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Rank #8: The Knife Junkie Podcast – Modern Tactical Folding Knives (Episode 01)

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Emerson Seax, one of the knives in The Knife Junkie's Pocket today

Welcome to the first episode of The Knife Junkie Podcast ... technically it's the second show since our introduction was show 00. Anyway.

Hopefully you'll enjoy episode 01 as Bob delves into what he calls the "modern tactical folders," i.e. folding knives. Lots of great knives talked about on today's show and some pretty good "walk and talk," the sound a knife makes when its blade is opened and closed.
The walk describes the feel of the tang as it moves along the spring when the blade is opened. The talk refers to the sound of the knife when the blade is closed. A well adjusted knife “walks and talks” (has a nice strong snap and has blades that slide smoothly across the springs).

All About Pocket Knives
The main points of the discussion are about the three characteristics of all the knives that Bob and Jim talked about, the modern tactical folder. The Knife Junkie considers them to fall within this category if they have these three features:

One handed open and close
Pocket clip
Locking mechanism

In addition, today's show features the pocket check to see what The Knife Junkie is carrying today, and the Knife Life News and Tip of the Week segments.
Pocket Check

Jim still has his trusty red Swiss Army Knife
Bob has several knives (again)

Pink Cold Steel Broken Skull
Benchmade Proper
Emerson Seax
Segment 1 – Knife Life News

The Emerson “Low Rider” Deep Carry Pocket Clip

Main Show Segment

Modern Tactical Folders

Some of The Knife Junkie's collection of Modern Tactical Folders -- and the Cold Steel Espada XL
Segment 2 – Tip of the Week

In the Waistband Carry

Show Wrap-up
The Knife Junkie is up for some spirited debate. Have a differing opinion? Then call The Knife Junkie listener line at 724-466-4467, leave your message and let us know. Also, be sure to subscribe to The Knife Junkie's YouTube channel and help us reach 1,000 subscribers.
Key Points in the Show
:42 – Pocket Check
1:12 – Bob has his normal three knives
1:56 – Knife Life News – the Emerson “Low Rider” Deep Carry Pocket Clip
2:52 – Utility wins over aesthetes
3:16 – The most damning design flaw
4:34 – The modern tactical folder
5:07 – What does “modern tactical folder” mean
6:11 – The Knife Junkie’s parlance
6:29 – One handed open
6:50 – What is a switch blade
7:45 – Let’s get clear about the modern tactical folder
8:06 – Spyderco Workman
8:37 – Utility and Combat Knives lead to the modern tactical folder
9:15 – Ernest Emerson
9:27 – Lynn Thompson
10:22 – Different brands share characteristics but do things differently
10:46 – Chris Reeve and the frame lock
11:02 – Michael Walker and the liner lock
11:20 – Axis lock by Benchmade
11:26 – Cold Steel
12:02 – The Knife Junkie’s personal favorite type of tactical folders
12:38 – Modern folders defined by The Knife Junkie
13:10 – Recapping the three characteristics
13:45 – Cold Steel Espada XL
14:18 – Fixed blades are in our future
14:50 – Tip of the Week – In the Waistband Carry
16:18 – How does a kid’s concert fit in to the story?
17:50 – Closing segment
18:20 – Call the 24/7 Listener Line
18:58 – Open for debate
18:30 – Looking for the 1,000th YouTube subscriber
19:55 – The Knife Junkie’s final word
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Nov 06 2018
20 mins
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Rank #9: The First Tool, Walk and Talk and the Traditional Slip Joint Folders ~ The Knife Junkie Podcast (Episode 02)

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The Knife Junkie Podcast (Episode 02)
On today's show, Bob and Jim talk about the traditional slip joint folders, as well as have the pocket check to start the show. Also featured is "The First Tool" segment on Bowie knives and the "Walk and Talk" segment where the guys hope you'll be able to identify the knife by the sound it makes, so listen in for that to see what you need to do if you can identify the sound.
Pocket Check
• Jim continues to carry his Victorinox Swiss Army Knife
• Bob has several knives (again)

Fox 599 Karambit
Great Eastern Cutlery Northfield #48 Improved Trapper
Pink Cold Steel Broken Skull (his usual

The Buck Knife, featured on this week's "The First Tool" segment of The Knife Junkie Podcast.

third pocket knife)

Segment 1 – The First Tool
The Buck 110 hunting folder knife is featured on The First Tool. Its style was often imitated and the term "Buck" knife often refers to many knives, becoming almost a generic name for many brands of knives.
Main Show Segment
Traditional Slip Joint Folders. These knives do not lock open, it stays open through the tension of a back spring, but there is no locking mechanism to hold it open against forces exerted upon it. "Grandpa" knives are one example of the traditional slip joint folder.
Segment 2 – Walk and Talk
The "Walk and Talk" segment is your opportunity to get involved. Bob will show off the sound of a specific knife, and if you know what it is, email The Knife Junkie at bob@theknifejunkie.com or call our 24/7 listener line at 724-466-4467 and let us know. Correct answers may be featured on an upcoming episode.
Show Highlights and Key Points
00:44 – Show open
1:24 - Pocket Check
1:55 - Patina
2:50 - The First Tool - The Buck 110
4:10 - Traditional Slip Joint Folders
4:47 - What are Traditional Slip Joint Folding Knives
5:23 - The aesthetics of Slip Joint Knives
6:15 - Jigging
7:01 - Different types of covers
7:40 - Micarta (Wikipedia definition)
8:15 - The Walk and Talk sound
9:15 - Safety
10:14 - Purpose of a Slip Joint
10:30 - Bob always cuts meat with a Slip Joint
10:50 - Patina and cleaning the steak knife
11:20 - The Knife Junkie's dedicated steak knife
12:20 - Are Slip Joints Collectible
13:20 - Covers are the "Bread and Butter" of Case Knives
13:55 - Great Eastern Cutlery Knives
14:15 - Call the Listener Line - What knife do you want for Christmas?
15:08 - Multiple blades
16:00 - Jack Knife
16:25 - Neutering
16:45 - Jack blade
17:11 - Traditional doesn't preclude locking mechanisms
17:34 - Buck 110
18:28 - Isn't that pretty
18:57 - Final thoughts on Slip Joint Folders
19:51 - Walk and Talk Segment
21:10 - Show Wrap-up and recap of key points
22:13 - Show 03 Preview

Just a few of The Knife Junkie's Collection of Slip Joint Folding Knives
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Nov 08 2018
23 mins
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Rank #10: The Knife Junkie Podcast Introduction – Episode 00

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Welcome to the introductory show of The Knife Junkie Podcast, the podcast for knife collectors, knife lovers, knife newbies and “knife junkies.”

Each week your hosts Bob "The Knife Junkie" DeMarco and Jim "The Knife Newbie" Person talk knives. Everything about knives! Types, styles, how to maintain your knives, collecting them and lots more.

On this episode, show #00, the introduction, Bob and Jim cover:
Pocket Check

Jim has his red Victorinox Swiss Army Knife
Bob has several knives

His beloved Hinderer XM24, Warren Cliff Blade
GEC #14
Cold Steel Pink Broken Skull
Segment 1 – Ships in the Night

GEC #14

Main Show Segment

Who are Bob and Jim
Why collect knives
Why another knife podcast

Segment 2 – Maintenance Minute

Carbon vs. Stainless Steel and how to maintain them

Show Wrap-up
Taking your calls – what knife do you want this holiday gift-giving season? Call The Knife Junkie listener line at 724-466-4467 and let us know.
Key Moments in the Show
1:05 – Jim is ready to open a lot of boxes
1:20 – Bob’s pocket check
2:05 – Why does Jim have a Swiss Army knife
3:00 – Jim’s side hustle and how The Knife Junkie helped him make some money
4:27 – Show structure
4:41 – Bob explains the Ships in the Night segment
5:55 – Ships in the Night (Featuring the GEC #14)
9:30 – Why another knife podcast
9:50 – The Knife Junkie explains his knife passion
10:48 – Bob’s grandfather had an influence on his passion for knives
11:44 – Swords
12:20 – Always an artist, Bob loves the aesthetics
13:29 – Bob discusses the show’s special segments
14:08 – Bob’s Slip Joint Phase
14:36 – Why collect knives
15:23 – Knives as weapons
16:07 – Phillipino martial arts
17:12 – Bob’s a knife maker too
18:30 – Who should listen to The Knife Junkie podcast
18:48 – Other subjects and who should listen
19:34 – Maintenance Minute – high carbon steel vs. stainless steel
22:26 – Victorinox
22:52 – The 24/7 Knife Junkie Listener Line (724-466-4487)
23:03 – The question of the month
23:51 – Call the listener line with any questions
24:07 – Show wrap-up
24:55 – Visit the website, theknifejunkie.com
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Nov 05 2018
26 mins
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Rank #11: Father’s Day Fantasy Knife List — Great Gift Giving Ideas

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The Knife Junkie Bob DeMarco puts his Fantasy Father’s Day Knife list together for episode #33 of The Knife Junkie Podcast. His criteria — it’s a production knife, one he doesn’t already own and money is no object. Of course he’s not buying any of them — they’re gifts right, so why should money matter?

What's on your father's day knife wish list? The Knife Junkie covers his list of want to have knives for Father's Day.
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He also covers several categories and not only tells us his ultimate favorite in each group, but also several “runner-ups” just in case:

 EDC Folder

 Tactical Folder

 Automatic out the front

 Automatic side opening

 Fixed combat

 Fixed camp

 Slipjoint

 Machete

 Custom

What knife is on your Father’s Day wish list? Or what did you get for Father’s Day? Call the listener line at 724-466-4487 and leave a recorded message about what knife you want — or got — for Father’s Day. You can also contact Bob via email at bob@theknifejunkie.com with any questions or comments on today’s show, or about knives and knife collecting.

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Fathers Day Fantasy Knife List Great Gift Giving Ideas

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. Welcome to the knife junkie podcast. Your weekly dose of knife, news and information about knives and knife collecting. Here's your hosts, Jim person involved, the knife junkie DeMarco. Hello, and welcome to episode number thirty three of the ninth junkie podcast. I'm Jim Person, and I'm Bob DeMarco from the knife junkie dot com, welcome to the show. Welcome to interesting one today. We've got Father's Day coming up, but it's not your traditional Father's Day knife show that we're going to talk about now. Bob's got a little something special planned for that. But I do wanna let you know that today's podcast is brought to you by audible get a free audiobook. Download and thirty day free trial at audible, trial dot com slash knife junkie over one hundred eighty thousand titles to choose from for your phone or Android your kindle. You've got an MP three player again, simply go to audible, trial dot com slash knife junkie, and you can get that free audiobook download and thirty day free trial, just for being a knife junkie podcast listener. So Father's Day, Bob, you and I, both dads, hopefully. Significant others or kids or whatever may be listening to this episode so handle something different fathers day related for knives. Here's the thing, Jim, I am so easy to shop for. I don't know anyone ads easy to shop for. Yep. Doesn't matter what it is to have. An is metallic. It doesn't even have to be out of medal. Now I'll take it. But inevitably the question comes up, what do you want for this? What do you want for your birthday? What do you want for? Give me a knife or a watch. I like watching. But, but, you know, really, you know my me as knives. So give me a knife place. But I'm sure they, I'm sure they need a little more specifics, though. We'll yeah exactly. And so now that I know my wife does listen to this show on occasion, high Missa junkie, putting this out there as a subtle sort of buying guide, but this is a fantasy fantasy Father's Day knife list, and I have a couple of stipulations they have to be production knives, because customize, that's, that's a whole nother deep hole. You could go out and I'm not prepared to do that. But so it has to be a production knife that I don't have. In other words, it can't be a double of something that I already have a different steel. And on this list money is no issue. Well, that's really that's really nice of you isn't that yes, I don't wanna put limitations don't wanna hinder the, the gift givers hinder. He said. Hinder that, oh, him up later ender will come up later anyway. So yet production knives, that I don't have money is not an issue. And so, you know, the most popular category of nice these days is the folder, so that's where I'm gonna start. And, and I'll tell you how I define the every every day carry folder. My everyday carry folder has to be large tactical. So I am going to call the, the regular ADC folder, a three and one quarter inch or less nontechnical, sort of locking folder. And since money is no issue. It gets a little spicy here. Anyway, I'm going to start the one that I would choose if I could choose any right now, it would be the Hogue Ritter are as k Mark one and actually I think it slightly over three and a quarter inch blade size. But, but it is the, the current version of the vaunted Ritter grip pillion now made by Hogue to exacting. Standards there. They do everything in house, and it's running on a platform that locks up with their able hawk, which is a ever so slightly improved bench made access lock. So since it's in limited production and he can't find them anywhere. I would say, Honey. If you can find the Hogue Ritter. R S K, Mark one or the new Riddick rip Pilion snatched it up for me. I'll take it. You said it's a limited availability. So what, where would one go to try to even find not liking this go to the corner store. This this one. I think right now at the moment, you know I'm on, I'm on a pre pre what do you call it, the preorder preorder when, when it comes back online because it's an limited production, but it is a production, I've, so you would have to find this on the secondary market, someone selling it on blade forms. There's no now I, I don't wanna just stop right there. I wanna give you my three runners up. And so since. Again, money's no issue. I would get the pen yet Lanny's clip made by Riyadh reorganize. Okay. So let me tell you what the Lanny's clip a Lanny's clip. Is a traditional knife pattern. I it's a clip point blade.

05:01 - 10:13

It's a beautiful. It's a beautifully shaped blade and a lot of knife makers use that pattern the Lanny's clip as a pattern to sort of show off their talents, sort of, like, industrial designers make their signature share the land clip is often a knife, that knife makers will show off their skills with the Penha Enrica penna who's a making slip joints for years. Custom slip joints, and has recently moved into the locking knife arena, has created a modern locking version of the Lanny's clip and Riyadh knives out of China builds it. And it is beautiful. It's outstanding to the one that I like is the recur tanto with the with the hallowed ground. You know what I'm talking about are your eyes glazing over Jim. Because you should be writing this down, right? Oh, yes. Well, I'm not buying it for yourself after that went down. So I would also get the spider co drunken, which is a sink of. It's designed very, very cool. Looks like that. It, it is it is a beautiful knife, and it has these drunken wavy pattern so inscribed on the hand thought it was like a knife. You go out drinking with well I you know, I think that's a good. Yeah. Exactly. And then the third would be the we allies Aisha pleura we had alisha on the show a couple of weeks ago. And the pleura is his lacking version of the switchback, Jack which curve blade. Beautiful knife. That's pretty good list. Yeah. So but but at the top would be that the Hogue Ritter grip. Right. Just in case, MRs knife, junkie missed the first the second or third, but this is not just a selfish selfish show. Not for you. To draw Nance. This is really this is to give other people selfish ideas. Yeah, a good chance to get some exposure to some knives that maybe we haven't talked about in, in the past podcast, exact few that we have, but some others as well, so well, it's because I don't have these knives. And I really want these knives, then number talking about them. And because they all have something that with without ever having held any of them just has something very compelling to me. So I'm going to go to the tactical folders next, and that's, that's basically to me three and a half and above in terms of blade length and my winner as a knife. I've been I've spoken about. I spoke about it with a. Number of guests recently is the Riyadh. Crossroads another Riyadh night Riyadh knives, produced knife out of China. It's a Kirby Lambert design, he's a custom knife maker who whose designs of always resonated, with me this crossroads is a beautifully subtle clip point design. It's, it's sort of tactical sort of dressy. It's got a bolster the version, I like has a marbled carbon-fiber and it's a Riyadh. So it's outstanding in terms of fit and finish. And, and how it's put together. So that would be my number one. I do have runners up. I would get a strider S N G. I used to have strider I got rid of it, and now they're so expensive. I just don't see myself buying one because there, I wanted, just for the collection. Let me put it that way. I'm not crazy about carrying or using them. But I just think cool, the hinder Maximus, the only folding dagger I can think of that's full-on dagger with both. Sides sharpened. And you know that's a huge hinder fan. But again, that's a huge price tag, but then again money's no issue. And the last one is the brand new version of the brand new, would you wanna call iterating of the Leong eraser, which has been produced by a number of different custom makers and probably most famously by Columbia River knife and tool. The new one is a is also reproduced knife. And it's just I don't know. It's got a foreign blade with, you know, Masako for the long foreign blade, and it's a mix between an assassin's knife, and a chef's knife. And. I don't know. It's, it's very appealing. But, but the winner of this tactical category, would definitely be the Kirby Lambert designed, re up produced crossroads. Okay. And if you're listening with the mobile. Okay. Let's get it right here. Again, we're doing a fantasy Father's Day. Knife list. Production knives that Bob doesn't have and money is no issue. And we didn't set up the categories really well, but we've covered ADC folder, and tactical folder, Bob. You're also got a few other categories here. I'm gonna run down just kinda give preview automatic out the front as well aside opening. You got fixed combat fix camp, slip joint machete and custom. So several more categories to cover so they should be a lot of choices for people to, to get for dads or brothers or sons or whatever the, the Father's Day gift that they wanna get, so next is the out the front automatic.

10:14 - 15:11

And they're not too many companies that make them. So my answer is probably going to be somewhat obvious. But I would choose a Microtek and to me, it's the combat Trowell down all the way it's got a three point eight inch dagger. The handle is on the bias. So just looks different from any other any other out the front. And I'm talking about the angle of the of the of the hilt. And so it's a it's obviously, it's the size that I'm going for it. Also the aesthetics. And and again, gimme that dagger blade. You can get the combat tro down in a number of different blade configurations, but any opportunity to get to edges. I go for it. You know, the honestly that's one. I have not heard. You talk about not only not only on the podcast. But just in our normal conversations talking about knives. So yeah, yeah. Well, it, it it's kind of a touchy subject in our municipality. You know. So it's not something that I that I gravitate towards too much because I you know, it's not something that's that's endorsed in our area. So no, I gotta be careful about that. But I can have it in the house. And if I were to if ever to spend for hundred dollars on something that I just have in the house, the. Microsoft tro, Don would be awesome. And you know, Microtek is has been making their knives now in they've brought back bright colors for a while. They were, they were in the analyzed black olive, drab intense or military thing. And so they, they've recently been analyzing their amazing tactical knives, and purple and paint in green and blue. They're very cheerful. Jere full tactical knives. So to other to other, what do you call it? Also, rans here would be the heretic, Manticore. That's also an out the front that you can get in a variety of cool blade shapes. Recurvature antennas, and daggers also that company heretic knives is, is run by the, by the son of Anthony Marfan, I believe who's the guy who who runs Microtek and then the third thing would third would be the bench made pagan of beautiful out the front with, with a nice. Curvy coke bottle handle a dagger blade. That's four inches long. So automatic out the fronts, just like John wick, I wish I could carry them every day. But I can't put it in my boot. I'd have to. Right side, opening automatics Jim. So this is something I've been I have recently gotten a new side opening automatic. And I've been carrying it around the house, religiously because it is so incredibly awesome. And that was the, the protect TR three. And so that got me thinking about side, opening automatics and the next one, I wanna get yes to carry around. The house is the Microtek. L UD t-, it's a classic designed from Microtek, again, a famous name for automatic knives. And it's a it's basically classic frogman switchblade for underwater demolition. You know, kind of thing, I do on of sort of biweekly basis Noel. So I'd better have one of those. So it's got a three point four inch drop point blade. It's just got a very cool designed to me it looks futuristic from a while ago. You know what I'm saying not futuristic as we would depict today. But futuristic as maybe it would be depict. Did say thirty years ago? That's just me though runner runners up for the for the side opening though. So this Microtek, L UD is, is away at the top, and it also comes in the tactical, and the bright colors. I would go for the tactical. I dunno just to stand him, but runners up would be the protect brand three. That is a four inch automatic knife. And now Walter brand is a is a sort of hell will, he's a custom knife maker that has been what what's the word I'm looking for well hailed over the years. And, and this guy is so respected that he, he can still have as his logo of the confederate flag. So that's it competitively as my low, so. But I'm sure he means nothing by it. But that you will see that little tiny confederate flag logo on the Microtek Bren three which is sweet looking knife. Also, like the bench made CLA. And Microtek stitch again, which is a which is a a collaboration with Bork knives. Here's one of the, the knife newbie questions coming out of me, you know, automatic outta front and automated sign opening. Yes. Okay. You're gonna have to explain that to me, as a knife, newbie Sarai now, we're talking about switchblades, automatic side, opening is what, you know, traditionally as a like the Italians lettuce which blade like what James Dean was carrying in rebel without a cause when he got in the knife, fight up at these urva, Tori.

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It's a it's swings out the blade swings out like a like a regular folding pocket knife. However, it locks open a and b it's sh-. It's deployed with its under spring tension and locked close. And when you press a button, it releases that spring tension in the blade flies open. Now they have been a legal in many states for a long time. And now as you know with the effort. Of Doug Ritter. Knife, writes, a lot of those laws changed in, in many actually most states, but it is no faster than sable bearing pivot flipper, or a twenty dollars spring, assisted Kershaw or an Emerson wave knife or fix played it just has a stigma because you press the button and there's a little machine that makes the blade fly open at stigmatized, but anyway, so yes, I'd opening a Matic is a spring, deployed button, pushed out the side knife Melker, and then the out the front is what people used to call stilettos, which is actually incorrect term. But it's basically a knife, you the has an enclosed handle a slot in the very front, you push forward actuator, a lever in the blade flies out that slut flies out. It shoots out that slot a point. I doesn't swing out shoots out straight. Okay. They're, they're used to. The misconception I think it's, it's probably all, but gone at this point, but that you could hold that, that knife up to someone. And actuate the blade shoot into you like a like one of those bolt guns you put down cattle with, but it'll, it'll stop but most out the fronts are double action, which means pushed lever forward. The blade comes out, you pull love lever back and the blade comes back in, so it's got two different springs. Okay. There are some others that you have to sort of reload by by pulling back on lever that pocket. Yeah. Exactly. Exactly. Okay. But I like the idea of the double action better more cinematic, will you mentioned Doug Ritter there. And some of the legislative action and those kind of things just remind listeners if you didn't catch episode twenty nine Doug was on kind of given legislative update of some of the most recent action, you can hear that. The knife junkie dot com slash twenty nine than I've junkie dot. Com slash two nine and give another little plug for the ultimate steel raising give way if you will, and Doug Ritter talks about that on that ups owes well. So sorry for the digression there with your explanation. You're, you're, you're good. You're good explanation for me. So I appreciate that. Well, that's perfect, because because because of Doug Ritter more and more and more people can carry these it's, it's funny, at just the, the raft of people I watch on YouTube who review knives over the past couple of years watching them, add automatic knives to the knives. They're reviewing on their channel as their states have been cleared of these ridiculous antiquated laws has been interested. All right. So moving on yet next gutter fix convicts fix on that. Yeah. Yeah. So everyone knows I love cold steel than I love tops and some of my runners up the cold steel type pan. Classic beautiful full belly dagger that I would love to have never never pulled the trigger on that. And the past twenty years, tops, love tops, you know that, but there are also on a runners-up list, the top Rangers Edham sort of since its combat. I'm thinking couple of edges. So it's another dagger or the Spartan knives. Knicks and Spartan knives. I I've never held or used one they're, they're extremely high priced. So maybe that's risen, I had never heard of. I mean they're they're cool. I mean they come out of a small shop for sure, but they're little little rich for my blood. And it makes me think they must have magical properties, every everything about them is, is sort of a Greek mythological themes. So maybe there's two that or the Chris rock Pacific field knife, which is designed by Phil hardy. Who makes beautiful connives those are all cool all runners up. But what I wanna try if I could just request any fix combat. Knife for Father's Day would be an RAM J tactical knife, a jungle combat model armed. A tactical is known for their amazing Tomahawks and tactical battleaxes. And what do you call it war hammers and door breaching equipment that he was making originally of for, for servicemembers only who are active duty when he when his capacity was smaller, and then as he grew he's been able to produce these amazing Tomahawks and battleaxes that are their combat.

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Ready in there, actually made for soldiers to, to bring into theater, but he's been able to produce these more and more and recently past couple years. He's been giving it to knives. And so this one that I'm suggesting to try the armed tactical jungle combat night is a beautiful six and a half inch Bowie and it. Sort of it, it looks like sort of a mix between a cowboy knife and an K-bar with all with all the modern sort of Kusuma, so, and I think it's a pretty thick slab. So seems like it make a pretty cool knife. You're dropping some names and some brands and those kind of things again that, you know, I'm not familiar with being the knife newbie, and that we haven't talked about a lot here on the podcast or or ever on the podcast. So it might be interesting to hear from our listeners if they actually have any of these knives, or have some experience with them or whatever we'd love to get your feedback. You know, give us a call on the listener line at seven two, four four six six four four eight seven, please leave us a message on that listener line. That's what it set up for for you to leave a comment leave a question. If you're if you actually own one of these knives, that Bob is his on his fantasy Father's Day, knife list. You know, calling give us a quick one or two minute little review about the knife. We'd love to play. Back on upcoming podcast. And, you know, maybe that would even lead to a future gift for the knife, junkier whatever. But the left love to hear from. If you've got any experience with any of these is Bob, that you're kind of going through. And Tim is funny. You should say that because this next knife, the fixed camp. I know for a fact, one of our listeners, one of our, our biggest and oldest fans cabin man has. Yeah. And actually recently had this knife up for sale. And I just didn't have the money to pick it up at the time. But this is the bark river shining mountain Bowie, it's a beautiful. Big camp Bowie camp. Everything boat, and the, the profile of the blade is exactly that of the knife carried by Brad Pitt in the Tarantino movie, inglorious, bastards, which is has a lot of fantastic Bowie knife, scenes that. That same blade profile, and I would get it the way he had at the movie with a big stag, antler handle. Right. We're going to listen to do it go all the way. Yeah, exactly. So I don't know of cabin man sold off his bark river shining. Mount bowie. But if he doesn't not there might be a future for me with it. I don't know. I don't know. I can't I can't commit runners up in this category, the tops to home field knife, and cold steel recon scout. Next slip joints. Jim, you know, I'm a big fan of slip joints. I know you think that my answer is going to be a great eastern cutlery slipped. Bob at this point in the show. Can't begin to think what you're they so. But it isn't in this case in this case, it's the new Chris Reeve knives impinge. Oh, yeah. I've heard about that one. Yeah. Yeah. At believe epic. Snuggle bunny was carrying it too, when we spoke with him. And he, he spoke very highly of this. It is a beautiful slip. Join T. I think Chris rea did a little bit of noodling with the mechanism. So it's not exactly your grandfather, slip joint, but it is a, a slip joint with, with some of the hallmarks of modern folding knives some of the materials titanium, it looks kind of like a modern folding knife. But then you see the, the nail Nick and it is just beautiful. And judging by the only other Chris Reeve knife. I have experienced with my, my own personal large sedans at twenty one. It's gotta be built just like I don't know. I don't want to say it. I don't want to okay tank. All right. I hate it. But it's it must be this beautiful. Little thing must be built so tough just judging familiar thing. So that would be my first choice second choice would be the very large and new greatest. Cutlery number ninety seven can't get away from that. It's alarming point single. AC DC snug in there. And then there's the AD that's on Andre DeVilliers. He's a is accustomed maker, who does small runs of midtech stuff, but his mini pocket butcher with sweet to have. And then, of course, Elijah item Blackstar. Yeah. Remember you guys talked about that. And I also told him I hinted that he didn't. Create a large fixed blade version of that because the blade on the black star would make seriously, cool and menacing Bowie knife. And maybe he'd have to call up, you know, the my junkie something in the I don't know, call it the, the demar Marceau you mentioned Elisha me was on episode twenty six and epoch.

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Snuggle bunny was episode eighteen million. Yeah. So guys all of these people, and, and hopefully I speak to some women in, in the future, too. But all of these guys who are into knives. They all come at it from different angles just interesting. Yeah. Interesting people not only different backgrounds coming into it. But yeah, as you said, different perspectives on the collecting the making the reviewing we you've talked to all different types of folks, you know, knife makers designers knife, reviewers knife, collectors knife user. I mean, you know, you you covered again. So. Yeah, it's, it's a great just a great route. Well rounded perspective, I guess that, that, that are getting he, you know, one of the one of the questions recently that has been the most interesting for me to the answer of has to do with the status how, how much the look of it has to do with how successful a designer or maker, thinks they're knife is because I've come to realize how much it is about the look and feel of a knife. The aesthetics of of the knife in the. That really keep me with it. That draw me to it and I don't know. It's interesting to find out the person who actually produces it. How much of that goes into the production of it? Well, you know, as a newbie and a novice collector if you will, that's what I would be looking at not necessarily the function, I think, as you call it. But, you know, the design the look, the aesthetics, you know, I like you mentioned earlier colors the colors of the knives. Right. And the handle materials. That's that's kinda what intrigues me about it. And that's part and parcel of, of how you would be using it on. Whether you know, I, I am very light user have some very high speed low drag hardcourt knives. But the it's to remove it's cut my sandwich in half or a threat off my I do very little to fighter up stuff my, my day. So cardboard better watch out. Yeah. You up into so many small pieces of never gonna be able to reclaim you so to two more. Yeah. I was gonna ask, what's, what's next on the make sure I get this, right? The fantasy Father's Day, knifeless so second to last is the machete category. And. Let me let me just say this. You're just so excited. You can't get the words, what I would order, what when I would ask for it would be the Condor, Parang Michetti, which is made by Condor knives in Salvador, and they make incredible somewhat rustic knives. And this they make a lot of machetes in this Parang, machete is a really beautiful interpretation of the classic sort of Indonesian Parang knife. And I love the way it looks. So since this is all about fantasy. I would get that. But if if it's about having a working machete to do machete work. Sounds funny. I would I would get the Ontario. I always talk about that, just the straight up on Teruo machete that they give to army army guys. Right. The same one I got in nineteen eighty five from the of the US army navy surplus because I know from first hand experience, the thinking is go through any uh sent a centrist thing. I think that's the. First one that you've kinda covered on this list, so far, that you would have like two two choices depending on what you're gonna use it for sets. That's interesting. E-eh kinda know that, that since I already have the anterior. I I'm sort of breaking my own rule. I already have a, but I have to say if anyone's listening, and they really wanna get a machete the that Ontario, just like the straight up on -tario South American style, machete, is just so awesome. Okay. But, but I do have some runner ups the cold steel barong, machete, with, with the traditional style handle, so cool and the Columbia River knife, and tool a name, you don't hear too much here their chance in hell Michetti have an eighteen inch it's called chance in hell all the name. And it is just a good lookin'. Machetes got a superb Anamika looking handle, which love it or hate it at. No, I don't know. Sometimes, I think neutral handle is better, especially with the hardworking knife like that. But. That would be my those would be my runners up and then and then custom knives, Jim. And if I'm gonna go for custom knife, I'm not going to touch the fixed blade knives, yet that will be another time. I'm going to veer away when stay away from custom fixed blades right now because it's a a huge field. And my knowledge is limited, so I'm going to stick to custom folding knives. And I'm going to have to say that it would be anything by tough knives. Jeff, blah. I love his knives as you know, from my gushing interview with him. They're just they're just really gorgeous to have a very nice. The lines are elegant.

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They look beautiful and I don't know. He just his taste level is right on right on for me. And then on the other end of the of the taste level runner up would be Todd beg. Who's who's knives are, like so ornate. But the, the field the field grade Bodega is beautiful, and then another runner up, would be Peter. Resent. Anything by him? Love the Nevada. But, but my custom knife choice would be something from tough nights. So again, Bob has been taking a look at his fantasy Father's Day, knife list. If money was no object bunch of different categories here and another caveat. These are production knives that the knife junkie doesn't already own, so you know, maybe your fantasy Father's Day knife list would be much different than than Bob's. But, you know, that's fine everybody, everybody would have their fantasy. Father's Day, knife list. What's on your fantasy Father's Day? Knife list as dad's day is coming up. Give us a call on the listener line and let us know seven two four four six six four four eight seven please. We want to hear from me. We, we don't just throw this number out there to, you know, say we've got a phone number. But, you know, we really truly want you to call and leave some comment. So seven two. Four four six six four four eight seven. What's on your fantasy? Father's day. Knife list. Or if again, as I said earlier, if you own any of these knives, that, Bob doesn't and his is put on his list that he wants a call. And let us know what you like about it or maybe what you don't and maybe it'll continue to be on. Bob's list or maybe go off his list, but anyway, yet love to hear from you or you could call and let us know at night, you for Father's Day or what color ties shirt combination that you actually got. Oh, that's a low blow. The tile, thanks. Thanks, baby. Love rate matches my socks in that need. Well, again, reminder that dad's day is coming up. So hopefully it's, it's a good one, and you get some knives or a knife or something knife, or lated to, to make it a happy, Father's Day. Interesting lists. They're bombing, again a lot of knives. And, and some designers makers that, you know, I haven't heard of I'm not familiar with, so that was that was kind of opening for me. Well, let me just tell you before we sign up. I always get my dad knife for Father's Day. And it just occurred to me. I it's, it's coming to me the different knives. I've gotten him. I've gotten him a lot of spider, coz over the years out of a spider co native five Allsteel few years ago. I got him a g C. I mean, I'm sorry, a case, doctors knife, because he's a doctor and figure that'd be a cool thing. And then I recently got him, the spider COPA Totta because we're of Italian ethnic extraction. And the Todd is a classic Italian knife. He's. Also got spider co military. He's got colts deal that he bought himself. He's got some other cool stuff. My dad's happening man. So yeah, it's always appreciated. Yeah. Interesting kind of pre show discussion. We had we were kind of looking at all these knives, and the fantasy list and all that. And you kind of touched on it a little bit during your discussion about forget, which knife, but talking about the, the colors of the knife in the handles, and that type of thing and kind of what makes it collectible. You know, that's kind of a personal thing. You know what, what makes it a collectible item and what makes it worthy of adding to your own collection, that's going to be a topic. We're going to kind of get into an future show to talk about the philosophy of collecting if you will yet. Well, I think you know, manufacturers and designers are smart. They, they hit upon a design that really resonates with the with the knife buying public. Let's just say. Say, for instance, the spider co para-military to. It's ubiquitous, it has gone through so many different configurations whether it's many, whether it's purveyor exclusives. Like the blade H Q exclusive or the deal, t knives, Occlusive et cetera et cetera or manufacturers sprint versions with different steels, different handle colors. They get a design that people like, and they just keep putting it out in different. Steels Unietd it in 'em for you. Need it with the green handle, you know, and he didn't believe in black nudity? You need an strived. Poke you need in one of those little airplane bottles. He needed a little flask unique fifth behind your bar. You need a giant magnum of it's, you know, it's kind of the same thing, it's dealing with the, you know. Is locking onto what hooks people. Right. Well, if, if you are a true collector, you bite on that yet, it's like, yeah, I, I agree. I've got to have that one in that one.

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And that one, the ones who have mastered it for all time case knives as knives. They have no say on the outside twelve to twenty different patterns at most. But the have a smaller grouping of traditional knife patterns that they produce and mass and every year, they come out with a couple of different cover materials this year. It's going to be, you know, blue camel bone, and then everything is in that in a couple of different and people keep buying the same knife. Ning by in that trapper knife. But they buy in this year's handle cover, and I totally get the impulse of the buyer, and I totally get the impulse or the, the instinct of the of the manufacturer to. Why, why, why disturb that beautiful so business washing or are you that type of collector, do you have to have, you know, X knife, in, you know, twenty eight different variations I feel like I could be if money were no issue. I have a couple of doubles. I have a few hinders because I'm the type of person who will buy it with the different blades, not so into buying in the different blade steels. I have to your JIMBO twos. He just because I like the the way they look in the in the steel combinations. But but mostly. No. I am someone who collects on design. So I'll buy a Boker, even though I'm not a big Boker fan abaya Boker, because it's the Boker squeal, and it is a designed by designer of Marlow who's knives. I could never afford. So the way I can get any what is knives as to by Volker. So I'm more design oriented interesting. All right. All right. Well pretty pretty cool show. Bob. Thanks for your, your fantasy Father's Day. Knifeless again production is that the knife junkie doesn't own money is no object. So, you know, MRs knife junkie or fans followers or whatever feeling by the knife junkie, a knife. There you go. There's his list of what fifty knives. I guess. Yeah, you know what? I'll take anyone. I'm sure you would and art and even one. That's not on the list. Yeah. Yeah, exactly. All right. Bob ramming up here. Wanna remind folks that today's podcast has been brought to you by audible? If you're a knife junkie listener, and you like audio, like Bob, and I do we encourage you to get a free audiobook. Download along with your thirty day free trial just by going to honorable trial dot com slash knife junkie, over one hundred eighty thousand titles choose from for your iphone, Android, kindle, or even an MP three player again, free audiobook, download thirty day free trial. All you have to go. To audible trial dot com slash knife junkie, funnel thoughts. Bomb from the knife junkie as we wrap up episode number thirty three of the podcast. Well, I'm not just saying this because I'm you know an obsessive about this. But really, you know, when you think of fathers in the roles they play one of those traditional roles fathers plays teaching a self reliance and the ability to do things by yourself until you really need to ask for help. And one way, you can ensure that you can be self reliant is to have the basic tools for life on you. And one of those things as pocket knife. So I think it makes a great gift for a father for for your son, or for your son on Sunday, which is every other day, the year threat. My my son's birthday is, is right around Father's Day. And whenever I say something about father's day's like, oh, Dan, it's my birthday, and I'm like, okay, yeah. Right. So I get no respect them. Like let me tell you. Let me tell you. All right, for Bob the knife junkie DeMarco, Jim. The knife newbie person. Thanks again, for listening to the knife junkie podcast. Thanks for listening to the knife junkie podcast. If you enjoyed the show, please rate, review review the podcast dot com for show notes for today's episode additional resources and to listen to past episodes. Visit our website the night, junkie dot com. You can also watch our latest videos on YouTube, the ninth dot com slash YouTube outs. Great night photos on the knife, junkie dot com slash Instagram and join our Facebook group, but the knife junkie dot com slash Facebook. And if you have a question or comment emailed them to Bob at the knife, junkie dot com or call our twenty four seven listener line at seven two, four four six six four four seven and you may hear your comment or question answered on upcoming episode of the knife junkie podcast.


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It's The Knife Junkie's first interview episode and today's show features special guest Ian Luwis, a fellow knife lover, knife carrier and martial artist. Bob was excited about doing an interview show and really wanted Ian to be the first guest, so we're glad we could make it happen.

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Knives are meant to be felt not seen ... that's just one of the nuggets of wisdom on Episode #08 of The Knife Junkie Podcast. Listen at https://theknifejunkie.com/08 #knives #knifecollectingClick To Tweet
Pocket Check
Jim continues to carry his Buck Canoe that he picked up in Episode 06. Bob has several knives (again), including his usual Pink Cold Steel Broken Skull, along with a Cold Steel Recon 1 XL and a Case Knives Trapper (yellow with CV steel). And Ian has a Bastinelli Knives Red Folder with a Custom Grind by the maker.
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Pocket CheckJim continues to carry his Victorinox Swiss Army KnifeBob has several knives (again)Spyderco PattadaSwiss Army CamperPink Cold Steel Broken Skull (his usual)
Segment 1 – Maintenance Minute (Slip Joint Pivot Care)The Knife Junkie discusses how the simple use of gun oil can help improve the action on a slip joint knife or otherwise pinned together pocket knife.Segment 2 – Ships in the NightThe Zero Tolerance 0055 knife is featured in this edition of "Ships in the Night." (Watch a quick video review of the ZT0055 in one of the What's in The Knife Junkie's pocket today videos.)

Past EpisodesCatch up on past episodes of The Knife Junkie Podcast.Subscribe to the podcast in your favorite podcast player or by RSS so you automatically receive each new episode.Join The Knife Junkie community and we’ll email you when a new episode comes out so you don’t miss anything.Follow The Knife Junkie• Visit The Knife Junkie website• The Knife Junkie Listener Line -- 724-466-4467• Email The Knife Junkie• Follow The Knife Junkie on YouTube• Follow The Knife Junkie on Instagram• Follow The Knife Junkie on Twitter• Join The Knife Junkie Facebook GroupAffiliate DisclosureIn the name of full transparency, please be aware that this website contains affiliate links and any purchases made through such links will result in a small commission for me (at no extra cost for you). If you use these links, I might be rewarded credit or a small commission of the sale. If you don’t want to use these links, no problem. But know that I truly do appreciate your support.
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On this episode of The Knife Junkie Podcast (episode 09), we talk pet peeves -- or things that knife collectors look for. The Knife Junkie offers 12 pet peeves for your consideration:

Billboarding
Re-curved blade
Blade centering (un-centered blades)
Lock up
Thickness behind the edge
Steel
Action
Tip Up vs. Tip Down
Deep riding pocket clips
Walk and Talk
Blade Pull Scale
Weight

I have issues with all of these to one extent or another, but I encourage you to use these pet peeves as a guide for quality. But don't let any of them stop you from experiencing the breadth and depth that the #knife world offers.Click To Tweet

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Jim continues to carry his Buck Canoe. Bob has four knives in his pocket today. They are:

Zero Tolerance (ZT) 0462
Zero Tolerance (ZT) 0630
Cold Steel Black Talon 2
Great Eastern Cutlery (GEC) 15

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Bob takes a look at the Karambit on this edition of The First Tool
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We travel across the pond to take a look at knife laws in London, England.
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Another YouTube video maker highlights The Knife Junkie Podcast. Today's show features Auston from EpicSnuggleBunny from YouTube and Instagram fame. A well-spoken and thoughtful guest, he and Bob talk knives, of course, videos and other things you'll no doubt find interesting.

The show also features a couple of bits of recent news that Bob and Jim discuss.

If you have any thoughts, or questions, let us know. Call The Knife Junkie listener line at 724-466-4467 and record your comment or question. How knows, you may hear it on an upcoming episode.
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Bob has a couple of knives -- the Massdrop Gavco Thresher and the Great Eastern Cutlery (GEC) #21 Bull Buster.
Auston, the EpicSnuggleBunny, has the Chris Reeves Impinda along with the Reate Knives Kirby Lambert Crossroads knife.

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Feb 24 2019
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