I’m sitting in my usual cafe right now…
And, yes, I’m actually working. Online stuff of course (like answering emails, writing this blog post, etc). I mean… it would be a bit weird if I was sitting here in the cafe grinding away at sheets of titanium. The dust would end up in everyone’s coffee. I’d get kicked out.
I do have titanium with me though – and here’s my current key-chain right now:
The split-ring in the middle is a recent addition. I never made it. It was Sunny – he’s another guy who, like me, likes to have his Grade 5 Titanium screaming and begging for mercy on a daily basis!
In other news:
Remember the post I did a few days ago about making a knife (click here to check it out if you missed it).
Well, I asked for some comments from you with regards to steel to use, etc.
And by god did you deliver!
The number of comments I received and the quality of the information was incredible. I printed the whole lot out – 25 pages of them.
I realised a few things from those comments:
You are awesome (but you already knew that)
You are bend-over-backwards helpful (but I already knew that)
I know absolutely NOTHING about knives.
Here’s the problem…
I initially thought I would just “make a knife”. A bit of steel here… a bit of grinding there… a little assembly… and voila, a knife.
But, um, it seems that this is now an impossibility for me.
If you already know a little about me, then you’ll already understand why I can’t just cobble-together a knife.
But, for those people out there who are not aware of my obsessive-compulsive tendencies and the genetically flawed nature of my personality – here’s some highlights (these are just some of my flaws from “Magnus’ Big Book Of Flaws”):
Flaw #327 –> When buying products… I find myself only be able to buy seemingly over-the-top and over-engineered. Getting the “next-best” version is never an option.
Flaw #328 –> When designing and making my own products… I either produce the exact concept I want …or I don’t make it at all. I won’t make any compromises on method, quality, material, and so on.
Flaw #130 –> There is a BIG box of “rejects” in my workshop. Most of it is just minor blemishes and scratches I am unable fix. People continue to ask me to sell them the rejects – but I just can’t allow sub-perfect products to go out in the world.
Actually, here’s some of the rejects I’m talking about:
Flaw #842 –> I do everything I can to not buy shoes that have laces (damn I hate tying laces …it seems so unnecessary in this modern world)
Flaw #76 –> I can’t sell titanium products that have “machining lines” on them. Other makers seem to be fine with this – but I just can’t get my head around it. There is something “unfinished” about it.
Here’s an example of my Scalper Titanium Bottle Opener with and without surface finishing to take the lines out and make it smoother to touch:
So, yeah, I’m probably more flawed than most.
On the plus side… it does mean that when I design, make and sell a product …then it’s pretty much the best.
Back to the “The Knife”…
Now that the die-hard, raving-fans have had an absolute field-day in the comments …I now well and truly have to completely re-think this knife concept.
Like I said…
I initially was going to just make a knife. Simple.
But now it’s not simple.
Because of the comments (and emails) I’ve received I am now forced to carefully consider:
— Blade design
— Blade material
— Blade edge
— Folding mechanism
— Left/Right handed
— Locking mechanism
— Etc, etc, etc.
I am now genetically pre-disposed to use the best steel for the job (which means researching it fully) …I have to get the blade design right (for this knife’s specific purpose) …and, well, pretty much everything.
Now that I’m aware that there are better options than I initially thought – I have to actually follow these better options so that I know I’m choosing the BEST option.
Man, I was so ignorant to knives three days ago. I’m still ignorant now… but I now KNOW I’m ignorant. 😛
More on the knife soon!