Knife Collection Day of Reckoning Coming

I love my knife col­lec­tion. I love good knives, and I insist that dif­fer­ent knives — of dif­fer­ent types but also of dif­fer­ent designs within a type — have their own uses and pur­poses in a kitchen where you pre­pare var­ied cuisines.

How­ever, my pref­er­ences within each knife type is start­ing to gel and I know there are some knives in my 160+ knife col­lec­tion (includ­ing inten­tional dupli­cates) that will sim­ply never become my favorites. These are the knives that, usu­ally for sub­jec­tive rea­sons due to feel and pref­er­ence, I know I will not reach for if there is some­thing else of the same type nearby. These are the ones that just do not suit me very well.

There is a say­ing when it comes to invest­ments: If you wouldn’t buy it now at its cur­rent price, sell it.

That’s the pol­icy that I’m tak­ing as I review my Excel spread­sheet that details out my knife col­lec­tion. Yeah, when you have this many knives, you need to use some way to track everything!

There are cur­rently 16 knives on my def­i­nite to-sell list. There are another 51 that are on the maybe list. These maybe knives are ones that I will need to delib­er­ately use and assess again in the next lit­tle while. This will be the fastest, most con­cen­trated knife com­par­i­son that I will make amongst my knives. Chances are that for many of these knives this will be the last chance I will have to note down what I think of them in some form of review for you.

The impe­tus for doing this is two-fold. First, the Kaneshige nakiri that I described in my pre­vi­ous post has to go. It really doesn’t suit me. The deci­sion to sell that one knife removed a men­tal block and has made almost every other knife that I own a poten­tial item to sell off. Once I removed the men­tal block of “I’m not sell­ing any of these won­der­ful knives!”, every­thing else also became fair game.

Sec­ond, I need to free up some money. I have a lot of money sit­ting around in the form of those knives. I have some debts to pay off, and I intend to spend a bit of money this year on some sky­div­ing jumps and on tar­get prac­tice at the shoot­ing range. My to-sell list of knives rep­re­sents just over $3000 in funds spent in the past. My maybe list of knives rep­re­sents over $12,000 of funds spent in the past. That’s a lot of money tied up in knives that I either already know aren’t at the top of my pick list — and which I would not now buy again — or which I am uncer­tain about.

The knives that I am keep­ing are those that I know, with absolute cer­tainty, fit me and my style or those that I can tell my wife likes to use.

For the ben­e­fit of those of you who appre­ci­ate good knives, I’m going to share peri­odic updates based on my rapid test­ing of the knives on the maybe list.

Until next time, have fun, kick ass, and think about the stuff that you have: if you wouldn’t buy it again now at mar­ket value, sell it.


4 responses

  1. Quick-testing on my knives con­tin­ues. I will post up some quick-reviews as I begin to sell off the knives that I don’t absolutely love.

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