There a lot of things I have to manage to keep this blog running as it passes its 12th year in operation soon. First, I have to keep up with new stuff—steels, brands, trends, what form of Moku Ti to make fun of. Second, I have to avoid writer’s block, which, given that I have never missed a week even when my two children were born and my wife had surgery for cancer, is not much of an issue. Third, I have to find time to write. I am fast writer (hence the plethora of typos), so that is not an issue either. Finally, in some instances, have to really work to avoid getting swept away by hype.
I am a knife enthusiast. I love gear. And so when a good piece of kit comes in, it is hard, often very hard, not to get swept away by the impulse that says: “THIS IS THE GREATEST KNIFE EVER!” Given that I have yet to review a Michael Walker, that statement is, objectively, false, but the impulse is still strong. It also tends to override any semblance of reasonableness in a review.
One way to combat hype is time. There is something intoxicating about pulling a new knife out of a box (and the beauty of the packaging only increases that intoxication). But over time that buzz diminishes (hence the large collection of knives resting in a Gerstner chest just behind me). Often with stuff that really excites me, I just stow it away awhile before I start carrying it. That way my opinion is not hitched to a hype train that pulled out of the station the minute I unboxed the knife.
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