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…

16 Responses to “About Phyreblade”

  1. November 25, 2007 at 10:07 pm

    Cool, thanks, Hamed, I will definitely be looking into getting that book…

  2. July 9, 2008 at 12:52 am

    I need your help. If I send you pictures of this sword/weapon/don’t know what it is, can you please identify it so that I may research this recent obsession to stay up until 2am? Pretty please. I do not know how to post pics, never posted on a blog. Do I just get your email & send them to you? AAHHHH. I need an expert. Thanks so much. This is my last resort other than taking this thing to the street & asking. Nae

  3. July 9, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    Hey Natalie,

    How about you email me pics of this thing and let me see if i can figure out what it is. My email is phyreblade at gmail dot com. Let me know if you decide to send me those pics…

  4. 5 Humanizer
    September 11, 2008 at 2:45 am

    Just a quick question. A Knife is a tool and some artists have taken that tool and turned it into something entirely useless. Have you come across any other tools that an artist has rendered entirely useless like a shovel? Maybe a stupid question but I just thought I’d ask. Keep up the good work.

  5. September 12, 2008 at 2:22 pm


    Thank you for your comments on “My[confined]Space in regards to my photo.
    “Cav Arms Girls”
    I appreciate the positive feedback. Feel free to hit me up via myspace.
    I would have just added you but it seems you have been on in a bit, so I figured it
    may be easier just to contact you through here.

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  6. September 13, 2008 at 4:32 am

    LOL the only stupid question is the one that isn’t asked. Unless it’s a really, really stupid question… 😀 But your’s isn’t. I have seen art installations that used a large number of regular woodworking implements suspended in mid air… But they did not change the physical design of the tools, so I don’t think that counts. As for shovels, well, I have seen a lot of different modifications done to them especially the small trench shovels, but have yet to see one completely defiled by an “artiste”…

    It was my pleasure. Though I didn’t think anyone ever followed the comments about themselves over on MCS. I guess I should know better… 🙂 I rarely go on myspace any more… But I may jump on sometime and say hi…

  7. 8 AJ
    October 9, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f5/Ornamental_katar.jpg person who made this did a nice job, i would gladly use it

  8. October 12, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    LOL a monkey Katar… 😉 That is a good looking Katar… 🙂

  9. 10 AJ
    October 13, 2008 at 12:39 am

    lol i was sufing for something else and this came up O.o

  10. 11 AJ
    October 13, 2008 at 1:23 am

    surfing O.o my bad

  11. 12 Nich
    November 18, 2008 at 5:37 am

    Hey, I’ve read most all of this blog from the ground up, and never thought to post, so I’m giving it a shot now as I’ve thought up a nice little question to twiddle with and you’re the best one I could think of to answer. Have you ever come across a weapon that’s tried to do way to many different tasks and gotten it right? Like a hunting knife that throws in aspects from several other tools to provide all around utility but doesn’t come off as gaudy or poorly thought out. Sorry if you have done a piece on one of these before and I didn’t notice, I haven’t been doing much but checking updates since I found the site.

  12. December 8, 2008 at 5:41 am

    out of curiosity, what were you looking for?

    Now that is an interesting question. I can’t say I’ve found many knives that crammed a bunch of different functionalities together and not come off like a gimmick knife. There is one exception that comes to mind, I think it was called the paratrax bowie, it combined a camp blade, utility saw, and small utility knife into one tool. Short of a (properly designed) regular survival knife it is the only design that tries to do a number of different things and does well for the things it is specifically designed to do.

    Knives are very simple tools, and the work best when designed for a specific task. Trying to squeeze more functionality out of a single blade makes it jack of all trades but master of none. The only other design I can think of that can do this is a swiss army knife or similar multi tool and that is because they actually have multiple blades and multiple tools, each specialized for a specific purpose…

  13. 14 fueoria
    December 9, 2008 at 6:23 am

    knifes are quite dangerous u could kill someone or even yourself

  14. January 26, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    I like to use knives to cut my cheese. :]

  15. 16 Cossack
    May 13, 2011 at 8:03 am

    I am about to apply for a very conservative position that offers me a great renumeration package . I am of the greatest hope that you will alow me to change my postings name from my real name as i am aware that this will be checked by my possible future employer . my email is shinobi21178@hotmail.com pls verify.

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