Question Of The Day: What Are We Missing?

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We’ve worked pretty hard over the last three months to bring you a fresh perspective about knives, edged weapons and tools, and self-defense. We’ve launched 244 blog posts into the aether, reviewed 15 knives, and scraped hundreds of Wikipedia images and hours of YouTube videos for your amusement and edification . . .

We even sent out some prizes (which you earned, and of which there will be more to come) and Farago jetted off to cover the Blade Show. I’m corroded with jealousy about that, but I’ll make up for it and go with him next year.

You’ve all done your part out there too, and we’ve grateful. You’ve viewed our articles almost 300,000 times, tolerated our typos, and posted more than 1,700 comments. All in less than three months! And with only a single (richly deserving) troll getting blacklisted.


It’s not yet time for us to pat our own backs. We’ve been doing our thing, and we’re glad you seem to like it. But I know there’s more we could be doing. Or maybe different things we should be doing, and I want you to tell us what they are. What do you want from this site that we’re not giving right now?

We’ve gotten suggestions that we should review more fixed blades, and we’re working on those. We’ve also gotten a request to review more automatics, and that’s another great suggestion. Unfortunately none of us live in states which allow automatic knives (yet) so that’s going to sit on the back burner for a while.

What else would you like to see more of? Kitchen knives? We haven’t even scratched the surface of the Wide World Of Wusthof. What about Balisongs? Once again those are illegal in our states, but we’d love to solicit a guest review if anyone is familiar with them. More hatchets, or tomahawks? Straight razors? Case knives, SAKs, or swords?

Do you enjoy our timely/topical news stories, our Obscure Objects Of Desire, or do you mainly come here for the knife discussions?

Post a comment or send me an email at; we really want your input.

And thanks for reading!

Chris Dumm,



  1. JAS says:

    From my perspective you’re all doing quite well. I would like to see more “knowledge” posts, such as different steels, handle materials, blade and bevel shapes, sharpening techniques, microbevels, biographies of great knife makers like Emerson, the evolution of the Americanized tanto, to name a few…

    1. Oh I got something for you guys! Step by step analysis/design/and build of a high end custom folding knife.

      Expect a serial blog series over the next few months.

      1. JAS says:

        That should be great!!

  2. Too close to Chicago says:

    I love reviews of knives of all kinds, especially reasonably priced blades, which means than $100 to me. Please post more! I also agree with JAS, more knowledge posts would be great too.

  3. Elginite says:

    More on kitchen knives and their uses. A couple of good articles that appeared over at Art of Manliness on key knives and how to use them made me more efficient preparing meals for my family. I am much more likely to debone a chicken than confront a bad guy today, and would find this information of immediate use.

    Here’s a brain-dump of possible topics:
    Knives in the Kitchen: The Chef’s Knife
    Knives in the Kitchen: The Paring Knife
    (…and so on)
    Honing Options
    Cutting Boards: Pros & Cons of Plastic vs. Wood/Bamboo
    Strange but Useful: The Alaskan Ulu
    Kitchen Knives for Self-defense (e.g., What to do if someone breaks in, and the chef’s knife is all you have at hand?)

  4. jwm says:

    Actual knife use stories. How do the fins and swedes actually use their moras in their day to day life. Anybody with any experience in bush living that actually uses their knives and axes on a daily basis.

    It’s fine to have articles about city dwellers pining for automatic knives but I’d like to see some meat and patatos field use of edged tools.

  5. Franky Fingers says:

    Your doing alright.

    Personally I would like to see:

    Practical knife reviews both fixed and folders.

    Some “Tacticool” stuff


    Perhaps some defensive knife training reviews. Not necessarily the elite super cool knife system of the day unless it actually looks practical. Maybe debunking some of the dogma out there.

    Educational stuff on knife selection / steel selection base don primary usage.

    If I had really good ideas I would have my own blog 🙂

  6. Colby says:

    Perhaps some supplemental field reviews when someone has some experience using some these knives for their actual intended purpose, particularly with hunting, fishing, and agricultural knife designs.

    The rope and cardboard cutting are good analytical metrics. But actually using knives processing game, field dressing, skinning, processing, etc., can tell a reader what to expect out of a knife in the real world, such as what happens when you are elbow deep inside a deer’s or elk’s chest cavity with a knife that is just a little too long for the job, despite its premium steel, optimal bevel, and other neat features. In that kind situation only experience reveals that a long knife only makes the two handed job of cutting the esophagus and trachea a bit too crowded and you’d better bring plenty of band-aids if you want to gut your deer with your new custom Bowie knife.

    However, given how busy you guys are keeping up with this blog and trying to bring us all the latest “cutting edge” news on knives, it’s understandable if y’all don’t often get chance to get out and put your knives to work in the field. I’d be happy to offer my general experiences with the use of different knife designs in various hunting and agricultural applications if y’all ever deemed it relevant to your interests. I can’t speak to defensive tactics and knife designs though. I hope I never get the crash course in that either.

  7. Nate says:

    Once I move out of California and into Wyoming in August, I’ll be glad to review some autos

  8. David says:

    Doing a great job so far. I guess if you had to take a que from TTAG I would say some historical blades (you have already done a few that might qualify as this) and historical uses of axes, knives, spears, swords, etc. But that might just be me.

    1. D says:

      That would be a fun read 🙂

  9. Jose A Hernandez says:

    It has been really interesting and actually fun to read about the art/science of knife making and also to have an opportunity to learn a bit about the intended purpose of some of the commonly available designs. It is tough to be both entertaining and educational but this site (as well as its parent site) has passed this goal with flying colors.

    I’d like to see an honest review/comparison of available cane swords and also some idea as to the legality of carrying these canes in some of our states.

  10. Dennis Wilson says:

    i’d like to see something on knife sharpening; which tools/techniques work the best. what type of knife/steel is easiest or hardest to keep sharp. should your defensive blade ever be used for double duty or should you carry another blade for utility purposes?

  11. Mark N. says:

    I have to agree that the mystery of the various steels would be something I would enjoy. Manufacturers through these things out they like we are already supposed to know. I think a part of Buck’s site has some info on this, but I know there must be more. Really enjoyed the article about the sword maker–and there are a number of custom makers I would love to read more about, as opposed to reviews of Cold Steel Valiant and other large commercial concerns. One of them is Paul Champagne, another is Czech smith Patrick Barta. Stunning stuff from artists who have delved deeply into the ancient secrets of steel and building swords.

  12. JAS says:

    In the legal front State preemption laws are a huge deal and should be addressed strongly. Here is the state (pun) of the mess:

    Take Florida for example. Florida issues a CWFL. That is a Concealed Weapons and Firearms License. As far as the state is concerned, You can carry pretty much anything you want, with some general exceptions in a concealed manner.

    Where it got screwed up was when the Florida legislature, in their effort to make state concealed carry laws uniform wrote a law that Preempted municipalities from enacting laws that went against the state law. Unfortunately, when they wrote the law the mentioned FIREARMS specifically, and nothing else.

    This left the field wide open for municipalities to deal with knives and other weapons as they see fit. It’s a mess. In Dade county you can carry a firearm concealed but you will get a minimum of six months in jail for carrying an assisted opening (not automatic) knife. In Bradenton Beach knives are restricted to 2.5 inches in the parking lot of an establishment that sells alcohol (any restaurant). And the list goes on and on. Most states are the same.

    This is a really important issue.

    1. JAS says:

      Ran out of edit time but here is a link to Florida Carry that spotlights the issue:

  13. Mark says:

    I think you’re doing great. Love the site.
    If you could add some more under “Ask a Knifemaker” I don’t make knives but I was captivated by the Kephart series. I’d love to see some posts showing knifemakers going about their craft.I find the history of knives/shapes fascinating.
    And only because I saw it in one of the comments I’d love to see see a comparison of “European working man’s” spearpoints- the Mercator Black Cat, the douk douk squirrel and the Aitor Agricola.

  14. Eric J. says:

    How about a few reviews of more “tame” knives, like the classic non-locking multiple blade folders from Case, Buck, Bear & Son, etc.? Posts on the merits and intended (and real world) uses of the various blade shapes would be cool too. Also, sharpening techniques, the various preferred methods of carry and blade deployment… Maybe a series of how-to’s (e.g., proper methods for cutting or chopping certain things, testing the sharpness of a blade, etc.) TTAG is great because of the sheer wealth of information about guns and the gun world. TTAK is great too, but it’d be even better if an interested party could make it their one-stop knife destination without having to resort to Google so much to learn things related to the practical considerations of choosing and using a knife.

  15. Bob Damon says:

    Some reviews of training academies or classes for knife training.
    Some places related to knives to visit when traveling.
    The Higgins Armory in Worchester, Ma is devoted to swords.
    They also have a sword school.

    I agree with the idea of some historical knives, and the stories behind them.
    A review of the iconic Woodsman Pal might be interesting.
    And a review and test of a ballistic knife would be interesting.
    Finally, a review of stab proof vests. Not all bullet proof vests are stab proof, and there are specific vests that are just rated for stab protection.

  16. Mina Bulbul says:

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