Knives as Personal Effects

While on adventure, or about the house, the importance of a good knife should not be overlooked or under appreciated. 

I carry a knife with me almost everywhere, generally a small folding pocket knife.  Maybe it is just me, but I find uses for it everywhere; opening letters and DVDs, cleaning fingernails, removing zip ties and packing straps, trimming errant flowers from a brides arrangement, cutting limes and stirring cocktails.  I just feel a bit better prepared for the day when I have it, kind of like carrying a bottle opener.

“Excuse me, does anyone have a knife?”

Of course,  How can I help?

From the top; KAI Vapor, CRKT  M16-10z

As a chef I can explain my fascination with knives as a love born of professional admiration.  Using a sharp knife for the task which it was intended is, for me, a fulfilling experience.  Serrated knives for bread and cakes, flexible blades for boning, and nothing carves a prime rib like a carving knife!  Home and professional cooks will all agree that a sharp knife makes the jobs easier (once you get over being afraid, and simply respect a knife that is as sharp as the devil himself), and just like a painter, who will have many brushes that accomplish the same basic task of getting paint to canvass but each with it’s own specific advantages.  A cook with many knives is able to tackle a greater number of culinary endeavours.  I recomend Global knives, they are the ones I use at work.  Single piece construction for simple cleaning and care, high quality steel and a wide selection of knives in several price ranges.

As a Gentleman Adventurer, I will admit to being fascinated by cool knives.  Really, 6 Gents throwing knives at a tree is very funny, and a little bit dangerous.  My favorite knife, by far, is the bowie knife that I received as a graduation present (yes, I made it out of high school on the first try, barely).  It was made by Dave Ellis, a local (now master) knife smith. With a pattern welded blade, mokome gane guard, desert ironwood handle, and stingray skin inlaid leather sheath,  it is awesome.  Just the thing for this Gentleman’s adventures.

lee's favorite knife

One response

  1. ” I recommend Global knives, they are the ones I use at work. Single piece construction for simple cleaning and care, high quality steel and a wide selection of knives in several price ranges.”

    I agree. This is a remarkable brand that is also light but allows you to hold it firmly.

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