Greetings from my Fortress of Torpor in the fastnesses of Colorado... Wandered in here while looking at references for several stainless knife steels. Noticed that Andy the Aussie was a founding member and several others from other fora I visit are here also. That and the fact that knifies, slicies, and pointy-poker thingies have interested me since about Day One. Simply put, I am a YewEssAy Coloradan cauc male, retired from the security field (most recently), live in a town in the central/southern part of the State most noteable for it's massive human misery/human warehousing industry. The local climate and countryside are both beautiful! Knife collecting seems to come naturally- have a modest collection of various straight-blades, many of them hanging on the wall of our living room. I go for large knives like bowies and kook-er-ez and have a few old interesting examples. My EDC is a Gerber folder with stag grips and thin flat-ground 4" blade with brass bolsters, which Ive had over 20 years. Right proud of that knife, too. A sometime carry would be a 4"-5" carbon five Cold Steel Master Hunter, which I have found useful for most tasks requiring the attention of my knife. Hoping to learn and maybe share blade info and stuff!