Had a great (and funny) conversation with Chuck last night. During the reverie we discussed this segment of the forum and how to attract more members.
Knives are better than ever before on the whole. For example, one of the most popular is the Barge, the favorite son to both women and preppers. I buy them in lots at 14 bucks each, and I have trouble hanging onto them. I have more coming this week, in fact.
But we'd like to see other projects and the cutting tools of all members. Gun guys are usually knife guys. And with the influx of Japanese tools and polishes, even a nine dollar knife can become a scalpel.
We should also give a nod to fixed blade knives. Granted, I'm a big fan of the TOPS C.A.T., but the strongest, sharpest and most indestructible knife I own is a Bradford Guardian 4 in 3V alloy. I also have the little Guardian 3 also in 3V alloy, but the TOPS usually steals that position due to familiarity.
So if you have a knife, let's see it. If you want to do a project, show us how it's coming.
BTW, I switched over to Japanese stones simply for the quality. Yes, I still use Edge Pro stones and fixtures from HandAmerican. I also use that big, black brick. I'll steal ideas from anyone.
But 75% of my success is getting advice from Ken Schwartz. I'm also periodically in touch with Rob Babcock, to my thinking he's the best polisher since Dwade Hawley.
Here is my collection of stones, so "May The Schwartz Be With You."