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There's just no turning back. 348

Global Moderator Zombie Apprentice Posts: 18,498
There's just no turning back.
« on: August 13, 2019, 03:05:24 PM »
I've been browsing the threads discussing a time when many of us had one SAK, one knife, one MT, one light, one whatever item that got us through a day.  Its interesting to hear of what was carried, be it a Craftsmen keychain 4 way screwdriver, simple pocket knife inherited from dad, original PST picked up in the 80's/90's, even a Maglite.

Many decided to keep up with the times.  Newer steels were introduced, newer lights ( LEDs ), more choices of MTs, and a slew of keychain gadgets.  Others stuck with the tools they were familiar with and what worked for them.  Watches are part of the story too.  Solar technology, Atomic time keeping, nearly indestructible watches that pretty much do it all.  Times keep moving as does technology.  A certain segment continued with the tried and true while some tried the newer stuff only to come back to what was familiar and what worked. 

I read over and over again how the search for the perfect tool drives unintended "collections".  There's more to it than that I suspect.  In my estimation there wont be a catch all to describe those of us on this quest for the perfect tool.  Even those who seem to have found the perfect tool for now still seem to be on this quest unwittingly. 

I think once we set upon the quest for the perfect tool its a journey that does slow or even stop but it does in fact continue on and on and on.  Years may go by with the same tool carried over and over again but alas the journey continues.  I see it happen over and over again and its not a bad thing, embrace it.  Have fun with it.         

Esse Quam Videri
Full Member Posts: 110
Re: There's just no turning back.
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2019, 03:25:08 PM »
 :iagree: I switched from SAK to LM to benchmade back to LM and now SAK again.
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 9,468
Re: There's just no turning back.
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2019, 04:45:04 PM »
I can agree with that. On the MT - Gerber and Leatherman and now that I am MT at all. The fix blade and 2 or 3 pocket knives are usually my standard carry now.  :cheers:
No Life Club Posts: 1,006
Re: There's just no turning back.
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2019, 04:52:11 PM »
Over the last 6 years or so, I've had 2 main EDC: first a Compact, and then the Pioneer X.  Happy with both.
But if Vic suddenly started producing the 84mm Golfer (again) or a Cadet X, I'd have to acquire them to try out, and possibly become my new EDC.

- Steve
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 7,314
Re: There's just no turning back.
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2019, 04:58:32 PM »
I've started the journey with a Victorinox Original Traveller (Climber without keyring and hook).
A few years later I saw a friend's new Puma folder and thought I need a folder like that as well and got a Herbertz (around the size of a Buck Ranger).
But quickly figured that wasn't what I need.
So got a Vic. SwissChamp somewhat later.
That was good but got company from a LM OG Supertool another few years after.

The journey stopped a bit here until 2010 where a LM Wave followed etc.etc. etc. ...

I'm not a collector so "mostly" the tools and knifes I buy are to be used. Over the years my needs and habits changed so the tool choices did too.

Sure enough it's nice to be able to change up the EDC a bit from time to time. It's great to have a bit of a choice.

Why should it stop?  :D

Formerly known as MTMatt
Zombie Apprentice Posts: 16,953 I'm not a pessimist, I'm an experienced optimist!
Re: There's just no turning back.
« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2019, 06:05:01 PM »
I don't want to go back to before I had tool options, but I don't want any more options either. I've reached a point where just getting more stuff I don't need just isn't fun anymore. In fact, it's actually rather annoying.

I've dumped the bulk of my stuff in a cardboard box, and stuffed it out of the way. The few tools I've left out, are what I'm going to try and stick with using, only opening that box if I need to replace something that got lost or broke, or in case I get tempted with a purchase, to remind myself that I already have too much.

Many of those items have some kind of story to tell, and I'm in no rush to part with them. However, I don't need to be faced with a double digit number of choices, every time I open the knife/tool. Oddly, since I made that move, I've hardly used any of the options I left out. Just one Swiss knife, two traditional folders, one pliers tools, and one sheath knife. There's several great pocket knives and tools in that box, but I simply don't need them all, nor any more. Neither do I need the constant reminder of how much crap I have that isn't getting used, except if I get the urge for a new shiny.

I guess the primary function of those excess tools now, is to stop me buying more.

The cantankerous but occasionally useful member, formally known as 50ft-trad
No Life Club Posts: 3,902
Re: There's just no turning back.
« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2019, 06:29:23 PM »
I think finding the perfect gear is almost like a rhetorical question, and in the end, it's all about what we "need vs want", kinda half full vs half empty.

If all you want is to find perfect tool/gear/gadget, you might just never find what you need.

But if you find what you need, and happy with it, you won't really want another tool/gear/gadget.
Thread Killer 2019 No Life Club Posts: 3,362
Re: There's just no turning back.
« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2019, 01:31:57 AM »
I just need one more. :cheers:
Global Moderator Point Of No Return Posts: 39,618
Re: There's just no turning back.
« Reply #8 on: August 14, 2019, 01:42:44 AM »
No Life Club Posts: 3,523
Re: There's just no turning back.
« Reply #9 on: August 14, 2019, 12:19:05 PM »
For my a SAK couldn't work simply because of the blade steel.
I'm a steel nerd, not a steel snob, so I don't need "more" than 14C28 or 154CM.

I also looked for the perfect setup, and even my minimalist setup (Skyline/Olight/LM Squirt) cluttered my pockets, I've reverted to just the Skyline or the PM3 for fancy occasions  :P

That said, a slightly upgraded SAK would really be the business.  Apart from the flashlight, a knife covers just about all my needs even when inappropriate to the task.  A SAK with something you could use to scrape or pry and a blade with better edge retention would be a winner....

Fortunately the collection that pains me (financially) is my fixed blades  :facepalm:

My Enlan "locking mechanisms of the world" collection was relatively cheap, the rest are all users.
New User Posts: 4
Re: There's just no turning back.
« Reply #10 on: August 14, 2019, 02:52:33 PM »
Extremely happy with my daily tool companions. A Vic Spirit since 2005 and a Jetbeam torch, since 2011 or 12. I am constantly surrounded by dedicated tools, so the pocket stuff, while constant, and used frequently, are back-ups. Keeps me from being a total victim to the environment, so to speak. I am not all all concerned about how things look, much more interested in how they perform and complete tasks.
Most website ' EDC-whats in your trousers', bag, etc.etc  threads are sleeping aids for me :D
It's one, of many, reasons I frequent this forum. It's a healthy mix of how-to's and what for's type of posts. There is something here for every multi-tool user, collector and fan. :hatsoff:
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 7,314
Re: There's just no turning back.
« Reply #11 on: August 14, 2019, 03:10:46 PM »
Well thanks for your kind words and welcome to  :MTO: Cathode Flats  :hatsoff:

Formerly known as MTMatt
Zombie Apprentice Posts: 18,301 Oxygen and magnesium toghether?! OMg!
Re: There's just no turning back.
« Reply #12 on: August 14, 2019, 04:26:26 PM »

It is just a matter of time before they add the word “Syndrome” after my last name.


Eff the ineffable, scrut the inscrutable.


Global Moderator Zombie Apprentice Posts: 18,498
Re: There's just no turning back.
« Reply #13 on: August 15, 2019, 03:32:51 PM »
 :iagree:  It's nice to hear of tools being used for years and years.  I keep circling back around.  A tool that I moved on from seems to creep back into my carry.  The one SAK that bee my go to is my Manager. 

Esse Quam Videri
Hero Member Posts: 897
Re: There's just no turning back.
« Reply #14 on: Today at 02:48:35 AM »
I started really buying knives after being in the bbn workforce a couple years, circa late 2007. Sometime last year, I hit a wall. Hard. I unloaded, sold, junked, donated, and gave away somewhere around 75 to 80% of my collection. I have around 20 folders left, a couple fixed blades, and still mostly use my Classic. Plus razor blade, plus kitchen knife, yada yada. I just don't use them that much, and no longer enjoy the acquisition part of the hobby.



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