Where to begin…
Well, let me start by saying that I am not a knife expert. Growing up in a developing country, where the use of bladed tools was a frequent occurrence, has provided me with a practical appreciation for blades in general. I have also studied a few martial arts weapons forms, have done a lot of research on different blade types, and have a fairly solid grasp of how different kinds of blades were historically developed and used. I am also a very opinionated bladed weapons fanatic, my opinions usually coming from practical experience, or very tangible historical or physical evidence. However I don’t think any of that neccesarily qualifies me as a “knife expert”.
In fact I am a technology consultant by trade. (Hah! You would never have guessed would you!!) However, as you can probably imagine, my interests run just a *wee bit* wider than that. My interest in blades is actually a byproduct of my natural interest in mechanics and aesthetics, coupled with the fact that my parents, for some heretofore unknown reason, saw fit to throw me feet first in the middle of a martial arts class when I was younger.
My first exposure to martial arts was in the early 1980s with a few years of Tae Kwon Do. When I finally left home to go to college, it seemed natural to continue practicing, and I ended up studying Isshinryu Karate for a while. After leaving college, this general trend continued as I ended up also studying Kung-Fu, as well as Kenpo Karate.
Along the way, what I found the most interesting was how the weapons of each discipline were very specialized for the art they were intended to be used for. Now I had always been interested in weapons, but until actually studying the finer points of various weapons forms, I never really realized how much purpose and engineering went into weapon design. I’ve been studying them ever since.
Thats not to say, that that’s all I study. I love cars, computers (of course!), technology, and nature. Even the mechanics of firearms are amazing to me. Had my Dad and I worked on cars or went shooting together instead of going for Tae Kwon Do, I might be sitting here discussing the intricate details of a Flathead V8, or the pros and cons of the Glock17 against the Springfield XD, H&K P2000 or S&W M&P… But, as usual, I digress.
I consider myself a student of life. I try to look at everything as objectively as possible, and without prejudice or judgment, as much as a human can do this, since I believe it is the only way to see things as they truly are. I am no expert at anything, nor, I believe, is anyone else, really. At best, I think that some people simply have more experience, know certain things better or in greater detail than others.
Anyway if you have any questions, comments, queries, conundrums, confabulations, confucianisms or other concerns you can post a response to the post in question, post in the suggestion box, or just email me at phyreblade at gmail dot com. Just don’t expect me to be much help. I know nothing. I’m just a little squirrel, in a big world, just tryin’ to get a handle on his nuts…