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jerryd6818 wrote:That Muskrat lives here only because of my "one of everything" accumulation philosophy. No offense to Phil but for me, the entire line of Canal Street knives "have no soul"
It's interesting that I have a sense of "no soul" with two of the patterns you have shown. I detest tacticals, yet I have two that I use all the time, when I wear my bib overalls. I don't mind scraping or cutting anything with either one, no matter the maker.
The Case Russlock is just off limits, totally. Lots of folks think they have "soul". Love the maker but not the style.
Then we get to the Muskrat, that pattern has a lot of "soul"! I've been using an Old Timer Muskrat every year when processing venison for many years and it is just right!
There must be a lot involved when determining if a knife has "soul". Several of these old stockmen feel right at home in my pocket, as does a Queen # 39 during deer season.
americanedgetech wrote:I can relate to the "soul" aspect but talking to them???
I'll just pretend I didn't read that...
For me it is the age or the fact that a knife has had a home(s) before me. Even if a knife was a safe queen, I feel the previous owner(s) in the knife. I respect it more.
New knives always leave me "flat" feeling because I don't really have time to develop that character they need.
I can flip a new knife in seconds, and never even remember I had it but pre-owned knives I remember. I hesitate to sell them at all.
Maybe this is all in my head but I don't think so. It is too deep a feeling to discard.
Besides, my Camillus "Catfish Hunter" told me I was right, and not to worry about it!
Ohhh. Ruslock hate? Really??? I think they are cool as cool gets.