I love this topic. I’m also a knife nut, and that was my passion before I got enough disposable income to graduate up to the smoke makers. I’m blessed to make my home in Oregon which has very friendly knife regulations due to the fact that so many manufacturers are around here.
I know this is bragging, but I have photos of myself alongside both Chief “Patches” Watson and Bill Harsey at a show here in Eugene several years ago. Just sayin… They both signed some knives for me too.
I’m a manufacturing engineer and through professional connections I’ve been lucky enough to get an extended tour through the Benchmade factory. Great people making great products right here in the USA! Here’s a stock image of my EDC which I got at the Benchmade factory store. This thing is indestructible. I wouldn’t be without it.