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What are the most common knife newbie misunderstandings?

Today, we’ll address seven common knife newbie misunderstandings, and hopefully help you understand the world of cutlery a little better, a little quicker.

# The Misconceptions I’m addressing here are…

00:00 Intro
00:38 “The type of steel is the most important thing!”
05:06 “Damascus steels cut better than anything else!”
07:57 “Stainless steels don’t rust!” and “All steels rust!”
11:24 “More expensive knives are better!”
14:47 “Custom knives are the best knives!”
17:54 “Well, if it’s in production, I should be able to buy it!”
22:41 “I can learn what I need to from my favorite YouTuber!”

26 replies on “What are the most common knife newbie misunderstandings?”

All valid points but I tend to start with the handle. If it does not fit my hand for the intended purpose itโ€™s useless to me. Everyday use has to be easy to sharpen. How hard you intend to use the knife determines folder or fixed blade. Convenience of carry shows me how practical a purchase this will be. Blade shape and grind lets me fine tune my decision. The type of blade steel and temper is left to how well you trust the maker cuz you donโ€™t know until you use it and only then you may suspect you do not have what you paid for. Gems like Nick attempt to guide you in the right direction but you will never really know until it is in your hand and you are using it for its intended purpose. All that being said, Nick did guide me to the Rat 1 with D2 steel and it is still my favourite everyday folder although I do now realize that I prefer fixed blades for durability and handle comfort for long term use. A Mora Companion HD will take you a long way for $20-$30 CAD. A Terava Jaakarripukko will last you a lifetime for under $100 CAD. I did not get into watches cuz Nick, a wise man, said so.

YouTube randomly suggested this. Very good information and thank you for your knowledge. But when the guy showing the knives has a bandaid on his finger it made me chuckle a bit

Been an enthusiast since my Dad gave me my first Uncle Henry when I was 8.I would say that noobs first mistake is having 1 knife for everything. Look I has knife!! Yeah, put it away .I love exploring all the options, fixed,folders,small , large,pocket, sheath ,quality, budget and its endless in choice or application. I'll usually carry at least 2, 1 older decent folder with a an easy edge for utility use and then my " carry" knife for the day.Im not crazy tactical but I try and be practical. Depending on what, where and why , I choose a defensive knife to fit.Not gonna wear my Kershaw camp 10 to go to Lonestar Steakhouse (probably).In that scenario any mid to top shelf folder would do.Common sense. I digress, old an ramblin, have a small collection, knives are tools and they all had a purpose in mind when designed.Even on a very modest budget ( and I should know) you can add some quality along the way.Do a little reading ,watch some super awesome characters on YouTube and easy cheesy.Oh , buy bandaids first.Loce ur channel Sir! Thank You๐Ÿค“๐Ÿ—ก๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธโœก๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿบ๐Ÿบ

You totally missed the misconception that a pocket knife is a tactical weapon or the misconception that I gotta buy a $600 sharpening system to get a good working edge or the misconception that overseas produced knives are inferior or the misconception smooth action means fall shut loosey goosey or that if I have custom scales my knife is more valuable. The list goes on and on

personally, as long as it has the Nick Shabazz seal of approval, I'll enjoy it.

I remember your old PM2 review as being Good (based on a scale of Good, Great, Bad, and Ugly) — I have larger hands than most and that knife is perfect for me, I'm still carrying it

For me manufacturing quality is the most important to my with design following. I think you got it right. Steel most people don't need premium steel.

What makes some blade steels better than others? 3 Three components: 1# Heat Treatment + 2# Grind/Geometry + 3# Steel Chemistry

Hey Nick. I have a timex watch with indiglo. It still keeps time, but the glow stopped working. When I push the crown in I see the light at the 6 o'clock, but the dial doesn't light up. Do you have any idea why? I thank you for any ideas, and all your videos.

I am not really in the knife world, I started using knives in a world very different to the one you inhabit. My mum was a cook, and knives were her trade, there was nothing special about the steel, they were carbon steel and sharpened until they wore out. That is the way my dad used knives too. I broke the tip off his old army knife using it to pry. I am a gardener and I use vintage carbon steel, made by long dead blacksmiths, none of this fetishism about unobtanium alloys. For everyday use Opinels are as good as anything, I have a Martinii Puuko I have had for years, so long there are nicks on the blade cos it has had a hard life. So far as folders are concerned, I do not think there is better quality than a Victorinox SAK, they are just so well made, yeah even compared to a Spyderco or fancy knife. I have owned enough bad knives to know what works for me. It is rare that anything happens in the knife world that really impresses me, but the new Victorinox Farmer X has, it has got everything I want for an everyday knife.

I am wondering about rust resistant knives. I get that the blades are resistant to rust or corrosion, but what about the other parts of the knives? I am a fisherman and have tossed many knives due to rust issues due to being forgotten in the tackle box. I need a fishing knife that if I forget about it for a year, it will not rust? I have been eyeing the Spyderco line but wonder about the other parts? Any recommendations?

So much I'd like to "add" but, yea…
In the end You become your own expert. I totally respect all the great things Mr. Shabazz has to say about any knife. He was 70% repsonsible for moving me from the "ignorant / noob / tactikewl" world of knives into the adult world of quality knives. These days I know enough to be able to argue some fine points, but most importantly Own my preferences instead of living by other's.
A great example is the ZT 095bw. Nick liked it but wasn't sold on it, where it is probably my most liked edc. First, I personally Love harpoon blades. Being able to get your thumb out there comfortably is major important to some of my tasks. Mr. Shabazz clearly doesn't need that functionality. And one of the things you learn as you mature is: That is Ok. We each use our knives differntly so expect different things.
I've used that ZT 95 to make a ham sandwich. Cut the fresh bread, cut the ham off the bone, cut the tomatoes, cheese, lettuce, spread the mayo. You'd think the width would make it a bad cheese knife but the thinness makes it work (the blade is almost identical to the Essee Ezula). I use the ZT 95 to cut blackberries back in the parking lot. Don't want those scratching people's paint. Open boxes, pop blisters, shave pine and oak, and on and on. It has served me well. The ZT s35vn steel works for me. It gets beyond shaving sharp, and holds that edge long enough for me.
Meanwhile, I know Spyderco is a great brand. My brother loved them when he was alive. 1) I don't like serrations. Not for me. and 2) I do not know why but that big circle cutout irritates me to no end. I will never buy a Spyderco. Still a very well respected knife maker.
And you know what. That is Ok.
It wont stop me from sharpening my edge by watching Mr. Shabazz.
Rock on, Sir!

Too many people jump right in and obsess over what's strongest fastest , stays sharp forever, and is the most tacticool.
They do this not knowing a more modest thinner bladed knife that just cuts really well is a better place to start, start there then decide if for some reason you need a pocket knife that van handle misuse and abuse.

All sound advice, but may I just argue one point?
Custom doesn't mean "This was made by one person – This was a batch of one" (15:40).
Neither, as you say, does Custom necessarily indicate quality – I could handmake you a knife to order,but as I've never made a knife before it will be crap.
Custom means what it says – made for a customer (i.e. made FOR one person). The customer (not a retailer, but the individual person who will own/use the knife) tells the knifemaker what they require, and the knifemaker makes the knife to their specification. Strictly speaking, if I buy a custom knife second-hand, it ceases to be a custom knife, and becomes an ex-custom knife.
A good example of a Custom product is a bespoke suit. Much of what people describe as Custom is in fact off-the-peg.

Don't feed the parasites!!! Next to, let's have a whale of a time, my all time favorite Nick Shabazz quote.

I tend to favor larger knives in the $40 to $60 range with at least D2 blade steel. After buying and selling/giving away most of my initial knife collection, I now know what works best for my bias and I'm able to make better knife purchases. Thanks for this "review"!

Nick's points about not relying on a singular reviewer remind me of reading books on philosophy: none have ticked absolutely all the boxes for me, but one can synthesize the good from multiple sources. Also, the process of finding those points of difference are an opportunity to examine what it is you're seeking.

For me the main misconception I see is the "best knife". I'll see in knife groups people often ask what's the best knife you can buy for under $500. There's never a x fits all case. It's part of the reason real knife owners become collectors, different knives for different occasions. A knife brand I haven't seen covered on this channel is qsp. I subscribe to going gears edc club box and this month was a qsp Damascus hawk folder. One of the smoothest and probably one of my new favorite sub $100 knives I own. Worth looking in to.

Very valuable video, Nick. Class act on your part to take the time to help folks new(ish) to the hobby. I could have used it in 1990(+-) when I fell headlong into knife lust myself.
Hope all is well with you & the missus. Y'all stay safe! & thanks for the high quality content!

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