I have no shame in admitting that TTAK is a bit of a niche blog. It is safe to call many of those who would read a blog dedicated to knives and knife culture to be “knife hobbiests”. We all EDC (as far as I can tell), and connect with the tradition and history of one of man’s oldest tools. I am certainly spending more time playing with and thinking about knives these days than I ever imagined I would. However, this is only one of the many (too many if you ask my wife) hobbies in which I engage.
Most nights I spend an hour or two in my workshop. I may be writing, testing, tying flies, or just sitting in a chair by the stove watching football. Tonight I started on my Christmas presents – toolbox-style six-pack carriers. Woodworking is actually the angle I used to get in on the ground floor of TTAK when I submitted my Tormek Sharpening System review. There are many ways to sharpen a knife, but the Tormek is absolutely unrivaled when it comes to sharpening plane blades and chisels.
Knives go hand in hand with many of my other hobbies as well. Obviously edged tools are an integral part of fly-fishing and tying as well as hiking, camping, hunting and shooting. I consider myself an above-average home cook, and put my Wustof Classic knives through their paces on a regular basis. I have multiple knives (and an axe and machete) on me when I take my Jeep out rock-crawling. I even did a little flint-knapping as a grad student in Anthropology.
What are your other hobbies? They don’t have to be knife related.