So...how many knives do you have?

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  1. Midwest.Bushlore

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    I recently moved and have been trying to get all my crap organized again and I'm kind grappling with how much stuff I have. When I first moved to town in '93 everything I owned fit in my old van. But the last time I moved it took a 20' U-haul, a Jeep and my car! Obviously a person accumulates stuff over the years and that can be good. But at the same time I really seem to have too much stuff. Too much to move, too much to know what I have, too much to ever use!

    Knives are no exception. I've always been into knives, guns, flashlights- guy toys! So was my dad. When he passed away six or seven summers ago I wound up with most of his knives since the rest of the family isn't much into them. He had some nice stuff! But now with his and mine I have just an incredible amount of knives. Dad had Busses but he also had Wahoo Killers! He just loved knives. Cheap knives, expensive knives. Chinese, Japanese, American, he liked them all.

    I have been mulling over culling some of the herd, but I feel some trepidation. Part of it is simply that I like to collect and don't want to have seller's remorse. But honestly, I have Bark Rivers that have never even cut paper! At some point I really need to whittle down the collection to stuff I use, stuff that has sentimental value and stuff that has collector's value.

    So out of idle curiosity I put the question to the forum: How many knives do you have? Not counting flatware or kitchen cutlery, just outdoors-type blades.
     
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    Better question for me is how many have I given away in Pass-around Challenges!
     
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    Too many!
     
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    Not trying to enable, but there is nothing wrong with having a collection. Yours sounds like it is a very sentimental collection as well. @Midwest.Bushlore
     
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    5 sheath knives, a bunch more pocket knives that probably don't count.

    I use 2 regularly.
     
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    Not including kitchen. 5, pocket, 7 inch blade bowie, Canadian Skinner, fillet knife and a mora in shipping as we speak.
     
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    you count knives?
     
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    I can't count that high...
     
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    At least a dozen, probably not two dozen. Some were gifts, some were good deals, some are vintage that I fixed up. I think they have all seen use at one time or another. I have never thought of myself as a collector, but I like to have extras on hand in case I lose one or two, and it's nice to have a few knives to pass along if you meet someone just getting into the outdoors, or is otherwise in need of a knife.
     
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    If you can readily count how many knives you have, you don't have enough knives, get to work correcting that :)
     
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    Just so I could have an answer I did a quick count of what I could easily see; 2 on desk, 10 on dresser, 89 in roller cabinet in gun room. Plus 2 gun safes with a lot of knives stashed away! Maybe I have too many!
     
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    Professionally(cooking); 30+
    Bushcraft; about 6 that are mine
    Woodworking; 4 (not chisels or exacto)

    I'm feeling kind of light though, I'll have to make a few more. :D
     
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    How things change! I'm a history nut. Saw a show about the battle of bannockburn. The real story of the "braveheart" battle. They couldn't find one piece of metal of any kind on the field from the period. Picked clean by locals after the fight. By those standards everyone here is a qualified medieval warlord. ROFL
     
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    I have heard, in some African cultures, a person's wealth is determined not by how much they have, but by how much they have given away. You are truly a rich man Thom.
     
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    I actually only own four (not counting kitchen knives). I do have a forge, though, so I can make new ones anytime I like...:cool:
     
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    Well, according to this video, I have "many".

     
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    I need to take an inventory and start finding new homes for some. This last fall the family was gathered for a funeral and after the ceremony while hanging out and sharing memories, I pulled out a bin filled with knives I haven't used in years. My brother-in-laws and nephews all went away with at least one. I said merry Christmas. Amazing thing is I haven't bought any since but the days not over yet......
     
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    That was also true with local first nations. A potluck/potlache was a feast. They were often held by a person of status. A way to show wealth and reinforce community.
     
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    I have about 15 fixed blade knives (just a guess). However, I only use three: 1 Bark River Bravo 1 LT Hunter and 2 Condor Bushlores (wood and micarta). The Bravo is my go to.
     
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    I am a certified knife nut. I try not to accumulate too much, though. I like having a few options for every category.

    After thinking about it for a minute, I have:

    3 large fixed blades
    6 medium fixed blades
    4 smallish fixed blades
    4 Moras (yes, they get their own category)
    7 folding knives

    I guess that means 24 outdoor and EDC blades for me. However... there are some things that I didn’t include which may skew the count a bit....

    Plus a few multitools (I think 7 total), which I don’t really count as “knives”.

    Plus a few cheap fillet knives (I see these more as kitchen knives).

    Plus a few knives that are retired and/or kept for sentimental reasons (the first decent folder I had as a kid, a knife from my late grandfather’s fish shed).

    Plus a couple of knives I have made. One is a kitchen knife I modded, but still only use as a kitchen knife. I don’t use the other one. I just keep it around to remember my first (poor) attempt at making a knife from scratch.
     
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    a dozen or so, two that get heavy use. I'm a magpie; I buy shiny stuff and then get bored with it.
     
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    4 blades on 2 multi-tools
    1 cheapo "participation" lockback
    2 pocket folders
    2 Eldris
    1 Companion
    1 Opinel

    Plus many kitchen and utility razor knives.
     
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    I have more remorse when a fine tool sits in the closet and doesn't get use. I have 3 fixed blades, 2 SAKs, and a Old Timer carver. That's all. Some days I feel like that is too much.
     
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    I think tools should be used. Last summer I gave away and sold over 3/4 of my knives. I personally don't see the reason to see something sitting in a drawer and it seems a lot of bushcraft has become more about gear than skills. I'm working to downsize my life in general (down to 6 tents and 3 packs, too).

    Not counting professional cooking knives (a few) or carving knives, I have 4 fixed blades (1 is my edc), 2 folders and 2 psk's.
     
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    I have a few but still room for a few more.:D
     
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    Not being a collector or a horder I often eliminate clothing and gear that does not get used. Right now I have 2 knives, a EDC necky that i use for 99.9 percent of my knife use, excluding kitchen work, and a SBT that I take out with me into the wilds in case I need a knife to disassemble trees to find dry wood for fire.
     
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    I only have a few that I use, or keep in my collection. Many are upgrades, as when I stated out, I had no knowledge as far as steel or grinds are concerned. My daughter and son in law are coming down for a visit, and he wants to pick my brain, (for what it's worth) before choosing a knife to buy so he don't end up in the same position that I have been.
     
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    I don't know. I've never gathered them all together in one spot to count 'em...
     
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    I have many but its incl. different Mora carving knives, affordable knife blanks I made into knives, affordable opinels, SAKs and lots of popular Mora's.
    My only fancy knives are my Fallkniven F1's users.....
    There is not one unused knife.
     
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    I've thought about letting some go and in the past did sell some off. My issue is that I like to use different knives depending on my mood. While any of my knives could get the job done I just sometimes feel like using different tools.
     
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    I suppose that I will have to count, but around 350 to 400?
     
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    My Mora has its own category too—the junk drawer. LOL

    Seriously, I only use my Mora for game since it’s plastic and stainless. I’m in a minority on here. The Mora is good for what it is, but it’s not good enough for a go to knife. What the heck Mora?! I’d pay the extra $5 for you to make the companion full tang. Geez.
     
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    Any advice you can give I’m sure will be appreciated. I bought a bushcraft knife before I knew anything about steel, grind, etc. Other than the steel, I ended up not liking the knife. Wish I would have had a teacher.
     
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    I like Moras quite a bit. I think the partial tangs are robust enough for doing just about anything you would need to do.

    If I'm actually going out with the intent to bushcraft, I rarely carry a Mora. I have nicer knives that fill that role. I use my Moras around the garden, around the shop, around the house, as backup blades, for carving, and sometimes as a primary knife for trips where I intend to do mostly hiking and a light blade is more important than a bombproof one.

    I think they are fantastic for what they are. And I think "what they are" can be sufficient for a go to knife. I do, however, usually look elsewhere.
     
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    46 last time I went through my knife draw but there's more floating around the house.
     
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    It would be easier to count how many I have lost.
     
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    I got curious and actually went down and counted.
    I have 7 fixed blades - SET m3, long sissipuukko, two lauris, 2 Moras and a Terava 140. Moras and Terava are truck/bag knives, the lauris and sissipuukko see the most use. Two more knives inbound, so something will get sold soon.
    I have a brand new farmer, griptilian and leatherman wave, all backup EDC stuff.
    I have two opinels.
     
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    They are very good for what they are.
     
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    3- Blind Horse Knives
    1- Adventure Sworn
    1- Ben Akin
    1 - Becker
    1- Sharpfinger
    1 - Camilus
    3- Moras
    Okay, imma stop counting now
     
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    I still need to get that Bagwell, a couple of new kitchen knives, a Cold Steel Taipan in 3V...I know I'm forgetting something here...
     
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    not enough!
     
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    One less than I should have.
    Always.
     
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    Not enough. But, I can only think of 5-6 that I use frequently. Once you find the ones that you really enjoy, it's more difficult to reach for others beside their oilings and upkeep. EDC Opinel, Mora Bushcraft Black, SAK, Wood Jewel puukko, a unique Jeff White, and Stromeng Leuku are the ones I typically find myself carrying, not all at once of course.
     
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    I’m going to go with that. :D

    Funny, if you would of asked that question on a gun forum then you would of been accused of been a ATF agent and there would of been a lot of boating accidents.
     
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    ...a whole bunch
     
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    Most likely over 100 pocket knives but I have never counted them.
     
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    I had 12 outdoor fixed blades at most at one time.

    Down to 4 fixed blades, all specialized. And a folder.

    Really have a hard time keeping stuff I don't use.
     
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