A friend of mine who collects knives and edged weapons once told me: “A good knife, it wants to cut you.” When he said it, I thought it was kind of a funny, inscrutable statement. I was working for National Geographic Adventure
at the time, editing a column on adventuring gear. For that column, I’d requested a hand-made titanium flick knife, called a Sebenza, for review from celebrated South African knife-maker Chris Reeve.
This gorgeous knife arrived, I took it out of its box, and within seconds, I was generously bleeding. I gashed my thumb trying to one-handedly flick the stiff blade open and closed. Remembering the animistic wisdom my friend had recently shared, I had to laugh. A good knife, it wants to cut you.