"The Best" is the Enemy of Good Enough
(ETA: some people read this post as an indictment of people with high-end gear. It isn't; what irks me is when people confuse equipment with training. Buy the best you can afford -- and learn how to use it. No hardware will make you any better than your skill set. Your skills are the only part of the equation uniquely your own. Anyone with a clean record and the bucks can own a good gun -- only a few can shoot it well.)
Tam was looking at some forum where the guys had been posting nicely-composed pictures of Their Gun, Their Knife. Their Wristwatch and sometimes a fat sheaf of high-denomination banknotes.
All of it was high-end stuff. Shiny. Most of it pristine.
H'mmm. Pretty. Very pretty. And yet--
Here's my reaction:
The knife is in and out of my pocket dozens of times a day. It gets used a lot and it's been resharpened many times -- by the power-sharpener folks at gun shows, I'm not after a scary-sharp woodworking edge. My hand knows exactly where it it and I have it out and opened with about as much thought or effort as pushing one's glasses back up. I've run thousands of rounds through Star BM and BKM 9mm handguns, punching paper and trying to knock bowling pins over. I even used it when I took a handgun class.
It's nice to have nice things. It's fun to have really top-shelf things.
It's even better to have things you know very, very well; things that you use every day, know how they feel, know what they'll do and know how to make 'em do it.
Even (maybe especially, go ask 'em) a $400 Sebenza is made to be used. If you just have it and hold it and show it off, all that tells me is that you live under a roof and you had about $400 to spend. If/when you need it, will you have it? Will you be able to reach it and get it open without having to fumble?
Buy good gear -- please! But learn how to use it -- and then actually use it. You may lose the knife or the gun or the watch. You can buy another. You won't lose the knowhow.
* That is, $129 (or a bit more, as that's the aluminum-alloy frame version) and plentiful back when I bought it. Price is up and supply is down, which is the other reason it's become a bedside gun.