Be warned, this is my most nerdy intro every. Exactly two people will find this funny and one of them is a fictional character named Fraiser Crane. Even Niles didn’t find this anecdote funny.
Once in philosophy graduate school a visiting scholar—Stanley Fish—gave a lecture about Alasdair MacIntyre’s riff on Aristotle’s quote about man being a social animal. There was a group of us that enjoyed Aristotle, though we were decidedly Rawlsians through and through. Fish, thinking it was funny, said that “MacIntyre improved Aristotle because not everyone likes Aristotle.” At the end of his lecture, during question time, I raised my hand and asked: “Who?” Fish replied: “Who what?” To which, much to the pride of my Jesuit teachers, I said: “Who doesn’t like Aristotle but reads things you and MacIntyre write?” The audience laughed, I thought myself very clever, and Fish didn’t respond verbally, but gave me a tip of his imaginary cap acknowledging that pretty much everyone that reads philosophy, even if they disagree with him, still loves reading and talking about Aristotle.
The Indian River Jack is like Aristotle for knives. You might love other kinds of knives, but if you like knives at all you will have a strong attraction the IRJ.
There are few objects, even in the craftsmen-obsessed gear world, that have the simplicity, directness, and feel that the IRJ possesses. At least two companies have made IRJs, Queen and Great Eastern Cutlery, and both were good. Its hard to mess up this formula—nice size, good blade shape, neutral and comfortable handle. The IRJ is the very epitome of the KISS principle. Making good knives is easy in theory—use good materials with an excellent design; making good knives is difficult in practice, as evidenced by how much the IRJ stands out from the crowd. This latest iteration is still a superior knife in every way and this review is largely an excuse to show off some pictures of this absolutely beautiful knife.
I still haven’t broken down and acquired a GEC. There are so many great vintage slipjoints that still have lots of life in them.View Linked Article