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Knife Maker’s Friday Five #19: Buy Good Tools!

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In this video, Walter Sorrells talks about why buying high quality tools is important to knife makers and how not to break the bank in the process of buying such tools. This includes strategies for optimizing the tools that you have and for accumulating the best quality tools that you can without having to dig too deep into your pockets.

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There are a lot of situations where if you don’t have the right tools, so you just create all kinds of frustration for yourself. The problem with buying good tools is that they are made from high quality materials, by experienced professional workers and a company that knows what they’re doing. If any of those aspects are missing, the tools that you buy are just not going to be that good. All of that comes with a price.

The first strategy is to get the low hanging fruit. For example, high quality belt grinders are not cheap but they are one of the basic tools for knife makers. However, you don’t have to start with them. You can make a really high quality knife with a hacksaw and a file. Start where $10-$20 will buy you a high quality tool and then move up to the more expensive things as you start to get deeper into the craft.

Along those lines, it’s really important to research. Don’t buy tools that you don’t need. Once you feel like you’ve understood what’s out there, you can make a better and more informed choice. Lean how to buy tools only for what you need. There’s a flip side to that. Don’t buy something inadequate just because you think you need it now. High quality tools almost always turn out to have all kinds of uses that you never anticipated. It does whatever it is that you want it to do and more.

In conclusion, take your time, identify exactly what you need, do your research, shop carefully, and when you bring home that really fine tool, you’re going to be very happy that you did.

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