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Re: [OM] Staying Sharp - Cutting it close to being OT

Subject: Re: [OM] Staying Sharp - Cutting it close to being OT
From: ChrisB <ftog@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 4 Aug 2019 06:03:19 +0100
Ken

I’m late to seeing your post, but that knife would have intrigued me as well. I 
love such things, although I normally go for multi-function devices which of 
course are bulkier. 

But it’s also great that you’re able to acquire them at security like that. 

Chris

C M I Barker | Gamlingay


> On 29 Jul 2019, at 07:53, Ken Norton <ken@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> 
> OK, not really on-topic, but that never stopped me before.
> 
> Thanks to the misfortune of another individual, I came into possession
> of a rather uninteresting pocket knife.
> 
> Mind you, I've been meaning to buy a new pocket knife for a while now.
> I purchased the very best $25 department store pocket knife I could
> find about 30 years ago and it has served me pretty well throughout
> the years. Unfortunately, it never did hold an edge and it's bulky and
> heavy. I have friends who collect or buy/sell knives and they have
> some fancy carbon-fiber gizmo with exotic alloy something or another
> thing costing hundreds of dollars. I'd rather have another Zuiko than
> spend hundreds on a knife. But that's me. They laugh and scoff at my
> Kmart special with fake ivory handle.
> 
> A week ago Friday, we dropped our daughters off at the airport for
> them to fly to Korea. While watching them snake through the security
> ropes, we stayed along with them for as long as possible. At one of
> the switchbacks was a table for people to put unacceptable items
> before they reach security check. I've always found interesting items
> in there, but as I've usually been flying myself, I couldn't do
> anything about it. But this time I was able to acquire a couple of
> items. One was an off-brand Leatherman multi-tool. Nothing fancy, but
> one can never have too many of those things. The other was a Klein
> Tools 44034 Pocket Knife.
> 
> I'm rather intrigued by this knife. This is not a fancy knife. It's
> not expensive. It's not Kmart quality either. There is nothing even
> remotely interesting about the knife. The rosewood inlay just makes it
> slightly less homely than that stray dog of unknown lineage. It's
> probably one of the least interesting pocket knifes I've seen.
> 
> It's functional.
> 
> But, it's also very thin. It has decent balance. The blade is the
> correct length and the handle provides just the right amount of
> leverage before the slot's sharp edges dig into your skin. And the
> lock is very solid. It's a tool!  Not a toy. Not an item to show off.
> It's just a stout, sharp and practical tool that disappears into the
> pocket. I'm not sure one can even say that it's better at anything
> than other $40-70 (USD) pocket knives. But surprisingly, this very
> trait of boring and practical is what makes this knife pretty special.
> The size, weight, and thinness means that it can be carried
> everywhere.
> 
> I've read reviews and opinions on this knife and I understand why
> people are so loyal to it. It's been around for many years, is just
> expensive enough to feel bad about losing, but not so expensive that
> people will go right out and buy another one just like it to replace
> the lost one. I have zero doubt that the owner of this knife has
> already picked up another one to replace it.
> 
> Mine shows that it has been around for a while--not shiny new, and has
> been used. I'll gladly keep using it and carrying it around until it
> gets lost too.
> 
> And chances are, I'll go right out and buy one exactly like it to replace it.
> 
> AG Schnozz
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