Originally Posted by John Griffin
Not suggesting for a second that anybody would or should use a boning knife in the field. My fear is that too much emphasis is being put on the look of the knife and what kind of handle it will have as opposed to the practicalities of the knife. A knife is a tool to you and I, the same way a spanner is to a mechanic. I just want it to do the job and i think this is a good project. It would be nice to get a good practical knife from this and if it looks great all the better.
Just found your site Davy, beautiful looking knives. Don't get me wrong, i love beautifully crafted knives. I just have different priorities to most people i suppose when selecting a knife. It wasn't you i met at Birr
There is always going to be a battle with form over function. Achieving the right mixture is what knifemakers have been trying to do for centuries. We are bold enough to think that we can do it in one small project [wish us luck
As a knife maker I tend to concentrate on the fit and finish I know what steels I prefer to use and why. I know what I like to look for in a knife. I am trying to find out what others look for.
Now I am not dismissing function ... but temporarily I would like to discuss form and why it's important to this
Look at the following knives and see if you can tell just by looking where they come from
Why cant we do this for an Irish knife ?
Whether it be fixed or folding, Wouldn't it be nice if aswell as red hot reliable functionality we could look at a piece and say that's one of those Irish knives.