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Self defense tool

What tools/gadgets for self defense would you recommend for a small to medium sized woman? [more inside]
posted by jbean on Apr 25, 2014 - 13 answers

Advanced Home Cooks--What's on Your Wishlist? (Assuming You Were Good!)

Cooking is probably my main hobby these days. And, as a late-thirties professional, I have a fully outfitted kitchen. I'm being asked for gift ideas for Christmas, and I think I'll probably limit myself to 1) whisky and 2) stuff for the kitchen. Fellow advanced home cooks with fully stocked kitchens, what's on your wishlist this holiday season? Not looking for gimmicky stuff; rather something I'd actually use for years to come. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Nov 25, 2013 - 53 answers

Help me source my perfect chopping knife

A decade or more ago, in an Asian market somewhere in North America, I came across a chopping knife that became my favorite kitchen tool. It's been lost for more than a year now ... and I am desperate to replace it. But I haven't a clue who the maker was and have had no luck locating anything like it again in the dozen or so markets I've since visited. Help? [more inside]
posted by peakcomm on Nov 19, 2013 - 11 answers

Origin of Hotta-San hunting knife at Best Made?

I've been looking at this knife at Best Made for a while, and I can't seem to find its provenance. Many other products at Best Made are rebranded or what have you versions from known suppliers, but I cannot for the life of me find a knife that resembles the Hotta-san — after looking at hundreds online. Everything I find refers back to Best Made's info. Can anyone unravel this mystery? [more inside]
posted by BlackLeotardFront on Feb 8, 2013 - 8 answers

Geez there's plenty of cake for everyone don't be ridiculous

I remember reading a description of a fair(ish) cake-cutting procedure for an unlimited number of people. It was NOT the one described in this post on the blue with all the broken links. Please help me find either the original source or a more coherent description than the one I provide here. [more inside]
posted by mskyle on Nov 5, 2012 - 10 answers

Finding a good survival knife

A friend of mine has been getting back into camping/hiking/general outdoors-ness recently and has asked for my help locating a good 'survival' knife. [more inside]
posted by skrymir on Sep 5, 2012 - 20 answers

Where can I buy a good knife sharpener in Boston?

Where can I buy a good knife sharpener in the Boston area? [more inside]
posted by JuliaJellicoe on Sep 4, 2012 - 5 answers

Which filleting knife should I buy?

I'm going to buy a filleting knife as a gift. Which make should I buy? [more inside]
posted by jaffacakerhubarb on Jun 12, 2012 - 10 answers

Katahdin Day Hike Trail Route?

What's the best route for a Katahdin Day Hike from Roaring Brook parking lot? [more inside]
posted by bobdylanforever on May 12, 2012 - 2 answers

Looking for a Knife Sharpening System

Looking to buy a knife sharpening system. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Apr 13, 2012 - 27 answers

I'm all out of spoons

Why is modern flatware so huge? Can anyone recommend some nice, not overly expensive, and small flatware sets? [more inside]
posted by instead of three wishes on Feb 10, 2012 - 18 answers

Looking for EDC suggestions...

Looking for suggestions for Everyday Carry (EDC) items. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Feb 1, 2012 - 37 answers

What are your kitchen essentials?

Let's say you're starting from scratch and outfitting a minimalist kitchen. What do you buy? [more inside]
posted by sharkfu on Dec 4, 2011 - 35 answers

I had the time of my knife, and I never felt this way before

Is there anything I can do to restore my beautiful, pristine Sabatier carbon steel knife to its original condition? [more inside]
posted by enzymatic on Sep 2, 2011 - 19 answers

knives across america

Should I carry a concealed knife for self defense? If so, what kind? Are there classes that educate proper knife usage? [more inside]
posted by Jason and Laszlo on Aug 11, 2011 - 52 answers

Cleaning mini multi tools

I have a couple of mini knives/multi-tools (1 Leatherman and 1 Gerber). I like both of them a lot, but they are getting kind of old (1 is 13 years old and the other is about 4 years old). I am looking for a way to clear them properly so that some of the minor rust spots are gone and get rid of all of the "stuff" that has accumulated in the knife over the years. However, where they are so small, I am finding this difficult. Any tips/suggestions as to go about doing this?
posted by dbirchum on Jul 6, 2011 - 11 answers

Is there a NICE credit-card multitool out there?

Is there such a thing as a really nice, possibly handmade, credit-card-sized multitool? Examples of what I'm NOT looking for below the fold. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 27, 2011 - 9 answers

Help me fix mah nife

I have one of the Kershaw SpeedSafe knives designed by Ken Onion. A little while ago the knife stopped opening all the way when I pushed on the back of the blade. I've opened it up and now I need a little guidance. There's a bonus question on cleaning / inhibiting rust as well. [more inside]
posted by BigSky on Mar 11, 2011 - 8 answers

chop chop chop! -shwing!-

We'd like to buy my mom some really good kitchen knives for her birthday. However, we don't really feel like paying $55 for a 4.5 inch knife. [more inside]
posted by joyeuxamelie on Feb 14, 2011 - 40 answers

How to cut veggies so they're totally cut?

When trying to cut vegetables with my new, sharp Shun santoku knife, I find that a simple chop is not cutting through all the way through the skin. So for example, I'll have slices of diced bell peppers that are diced 97% of the way through, but still hang together. I think it's a problem in my technique. After I push down all the way, am I supposed to slide the knife backward to complete the cut? Or wiggle the knife a little left and right (though this produces an unpleasant screech as the knife grates against the cutting board)? Or just slice harder? Or get a different cutting board? Thanks for helping an amateur.
posted by Malad on Feb 9, 2011 - 24 answers

Quality Carry Knife

Looking for a high quality extremely sharp knife that i could carry and will never be used for anything other than last ditch self defense. The two things that it must be...Under $60 and non-fixed blade.
posted by flipmiester99 on Dec 2, 2010 - 25 answers

Please pick out dishes and flatware for me

Please pick out some dishware and flatware for me. I am overwhelmed and you all are better at this than me. [more inside]
posted by k8t on Nov 12, 2010 - 61 answers

Cutting to the heart of the issue.

In the series of movies about Zatoichi, the famed Japanese masseur and blind swordsman, the protagonist wields his sword in an "inverse" position, with the bladed portion of the weapon extending downward from the hand. Is this position unique to Zatoichi, or does it appear in other Japanese--or non-Japanese--styles of swordsmanship? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott on Oct 5, 2010 - 20 answers

Sharpening without scratching

How to keep an electric knife sharpener from scratching the blade? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Jan 7, 2010 - 24 answers

3in Folding Blade in South Africa?

South African Knife Laws Filter: Can I Carry My Pocketknife? [more inside]
posted by Spurious on Dec 27, 2009 - 2 answers

Help identify and find a new version of this knife.

Help find a similar new model of a 10-15 year old paring knife [more inside]
posted by safepants on Dec 19, 2009 - 11 answers

Help me choose a knife, machete and training manuals for self defense.

Help me choose a knife, machete and training manuals for self defense. [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied on Oct 28, 2009 - 53 answers

Butcher knife" or "Butcher's knife?

[EnglishFilter]: "Butcher knife" or "Butcher's knife?" [more inside]
posted by AAAAAThatsFiveAs on Oct 19, 2009 - 16 answers

help me clean and care for a 64 year old knife!

Just inherited a knife from my grandfather on a visit back home. He bought it in 1945; it is stamped "SCHRADE-WALDEN N.Y. U.S.A H-15" it has been in his Silverado's cab for the last 30 years or so, stored in a leather sheath (I've just read that's bad.) I have questions on cleaning it. [more inside]
posted by phritosan on Sep 1, 2009 - 6 answers

Name the knife used in "A Perfect Getaway"?

Name the knife used in "A Perfect Getaway" - seen in the previews, strapped to the leg of one of the male characters. It appears to have a handle that looks like brass knuckles, and generally looks very cool. I'm interested in knowing the model and manufacturer of this knife. Thanks!
posted by Merlin144 on Aug 7, 2009 - 9 answers

Shipping a rifle and knives from Australia to USA. Any tips?

Moving from Melbourne, Australia to Nevada, USA. Need to ship a rifle and some knives to collect when I get there. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by Eastgate on Jul 13, 2009 - 10 answers

One knife to rule them all, find them, bring them, bind them, etc...

What is your favorite pocket knife? [more inside]
posted by tdreyer on Jun 29, 2009 - 47 answers

Cut while skydiving will a person bleed faster?

So my buddy and I watched that old Keanu Reeves film Point Break the other night, and we got to talking. We're thinking that more air pressure causes you to bleed at a more furious pace. So if someone's in a knife fight in a plane, is cut, say across the arm, then jumps out of the airplane to parachute to the ground - will they bleed to death before they hit the ground because the air pressure is causing them to bleed so quickly? It doesn't have to be skydiving, it could be on like, Everest. Will you bleed crazy fast higher up? I know that there are a lot of variables here, but I'm just curious if the thinking is sound.
posted by Sully on Jun 7, 2009 - 22 answers

Two man enter, one man leave

I kinda feel like rounding up a couple of rubber practice knives and coating the edges in lipstick and having some simulated knife fights just for kicks. [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop on May 26, 2009 - 18 answers

TV-movie where a healer slides a lump under a woman's skin

[TVMoviesFilter] Trying to remember an old, cheap-looking movie from a single rememberance: in a room full of rich people, a magician/healer slides a woman's neck tumor/lump through to her finger, at which point he cuts it off with a knife. [more inside]
posted by XiBe on May 14, 2009 - 5 answers

Look sharp!

I'd like to sharpen my knives and pruner, but how? [more inside]
posted by serazin on Apr 16, 2009 - 26 answers

Pocketknife recommendations?

Can you recommend a good woodworking pocket knife for a 12 year old? [more inside]
posted by genefinder on Dec 16, 2008 - 14 answers

How to get a butterfly knife for practice only (i.e., blade quality not necessary)

How can I buy a butterfly knife cheaply if I just want to practice opening it? The hinge should work well, but the blade itself can be hammered out of somebody's garbage can for all I care. The first thing I do will be to dull it. In fact, since I spend a lot of time in Illinois, New Jersey, and New York City where butterfly knives are illegal to carry, it'd probably buy me some peace of mind if this thing didn't have a blade at all, just some appropriately weighted piece of metal. Anyone know where I can get something like this?
posted by d. z. wang on Dec 14, 2008 - 13 answers

kiwi brand knives in calgary

Where can I buy cheap kiwi brand knives in Calgary? [more inside]
posted by PowerCat on Dec 1, 2008 - 1 answer

Spring-assisted knife on a budget?

I am looking for a reliable, reasonable quality spring-assisted knife on a budget. [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway on Nov 9, 2008 - 13 answers

Best way to sharpen?

I have a bunch of dull knives, chisels, etc. I think I'm looking for a bench grinder. Used? New? How do I use it when I've got it? [more inside]
posted by echo target on Oct 27, 2008 - 13 answers

Get off my damn knife!

Why do the slices stick to the side of my chef's knife when I'm slicing apples and such? Is there anything I can do to stop it? It doesn't seem to happen to the TV chefs.
posted by smackfu on Oct 26, 2008 - 9 answers

It cuts/prys/screws like a knife

Where to buy a Gerber Artifact in Toronto, or at least order in Canada. [more inside]
posted by Newbornstranger on Sep 28, 2008 - 1 answer

what is the correct term for musician jump kick

What should I call it when a band is finishing a song and the guitarist hits the last chord while jumping in the air and jack knifing his/her legs back? [more inside]
posted by planetkyoto on Sep 28, 2008 - 17 answers

How was this kitchen knife made?

[ManufacturingFilter] I have a kitchen knife that looks like solid metal, but it's far too light. How was it made? [more inside]
posted by Mike1024 on Sep 14, 2008 - 9 answers

What's the second best way to sharpen knives?

I know. I should use a whetstone, but I haven't really been able to get the hang of it, despite taking a class (and I know to use the honing steel frequently between sharpenings). Can anyone recommend an easy at-home knife sharpening tool that's almost as good as a stone?
posted by SampleSize on Aug 1, 2008 - 30 answers

Rubber Butterfly Knife that Works?

Is there such a thing as a rubber balisong or butterfly knife? What I'm wanting is a balisong that has the approximate heft expected, so it can be tricked with a bit, just without all of the potential for profuse bleeding. [more inside]
posted by grabbingsand on Jul 27, 2008 - 11 answers

I like cutting stuff off walls

Home Improvement Filter: why is it so hard to find an offset tool to remove stuff that is mounted on the wall? What do you use for that purpose? [more inside]
posted by jak68 on Jun 28, 2008 - 16 answers

I want to slice and dice and julienne...but with what?

How do I choose a great chef's knife? Feeling overwhelmed by all the choices. [more inside]
posted by supramarginal on Jun 12, 2008 - 43 answers

Mac me a knife.

Looking for traditional folding knife recommendations... [more inside]
posted by brautigan on Jun 8, 2008 - 16 answers

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