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  1. the-endless-search-for-the-perfect-knife (spelling updated)​ "Endless" Knife � Rolf Hatterscheid

    As a small boy back in the Bronx, I was always interested in finding something of "lasting" value. Steel bolts, hammers and sturdy things interested me. Anything that seemed well made, solid, enduring and indestructable. Well, as Cub Scout time came, I also discovered knives. On my birthday, I received a very nice hunting knife from a German relative in the "old country". Wow, was I impressed. It had a bolted on real stag handle with threaded aluminum pommel and brass guard, with a leather metal capped sheath,seemingly a standard for young boys back then. Although my Dad showed me how to keep it reasonably sharp, I soon learned that knives start to lose their beauty when neglected, which led to my first attempts to remove the light rust stains which came about from storing the knife in it's sheath without cleaning it properly first - no stainless (thank God). Stainless was not popular for serious knives back then anyway. Sandpaper did the job, albeit taking a lot of the finish off the blade but without removing any of the joy of ownership. The handle did loosen up a bit but that was no real problem - just tightened the pommel bolt.

    Although I always seemed to have a reasonable knife available in the next years, I sort of lost sight of many of my earlier boyhood outdoor activities, being in the middle of New York City and all as well as being concerned with getting an education and, long range, good job. When I finally graduated from college and was getting regular paychecks, one of the very first acquisitions I made was a serious folding knife, viz. a Gerber folding hunter with contoured walnut handle and leather belt sheath. I carried that knife just about everywhere, despite it's large size. Being stainless and having learned a few things about knife care, this knife did not have to endure any real abuse and I have it still.

    Fast forward to the present finds me with a collection of knives of all kinds, each bought according to the principle: If it appeals to me I'll have it (within the restrictions of my often very limited budget).

    Also, I seem to be searching for that "everlasting" knife, one with qualities that make it:

    *Rustfree or non-corrodible

    *Unbreakable - not that I abuse my knives, just like the thought

    *Super sharp - holding the sharpness as long as possible

    *Good looking

    Sounds like I was looking for Arthur's sword doesn't it? As usual in life, all things are a compromise and I soon found that all these qualities can hardly be found in a single item, let alone always be desirable.

    Up to now, with respect to the blades themselves, ...