Sunday, April 24, 2016

Perceval La Francais Overview

This is one of the most interesting and difficult to review knife I have ever tried to squeeze into my review scoring system.  In many ways, they break the system--pointing to its inadequacy because of the rigid formulation of the score.  Here is the overview:



Watch for the review on Friday.

12 comments:

  1. Strictly speaking, is it absolutely necessary to squeeze it into the scoring system? I'm sure that most of us who read this site would be ok if you said something like "this knife is difficult to fit into the scoring system point-by-point. Here's what I think of it, and it feels like a score of X." You could give it a score but not necessarily have to break that score down into individual points.

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    1. I totally know what you're saying, but I love seeing reviews of items that really challenge the scoring system. Any scoring system has strengths and weaknesses, and fitting the really "weird" items into the system can really highlight those strengths and weaknesses.

      I think Tony does enough anyway, through his overviews and review summaries, to give us more information than just a score.

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  2. These video overviews would be a great way to actually show performance. Is live to see one of your apple tests for each knife.

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    1. I'd agree with that, lots of talk about looks and blade stock but you only get to see if the geometry and edge grind actually work in the real world about half way through an apple. That's where it all comes together.

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  3. These video overviews would be a great way to actually show performance. Is live to see one of your apple tests for each knife.

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  4. But that's his system. I read the reviews with the caveat that they may be great for ME, eventhough it may not score highly in his classification scheme.

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    1. Same here. I started reading this blog early in my own EDC obsession, and while I've developed tastes similar to Tony's, I've also found where our tastes diverge. I'm not a big fan of QTC pills, for instance, and so a perfect for Tony is not necessarily a perfect for me.

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  5. But that's his system. I read the reviews with the caveat that they may be great for ME, eventhough it may not score highly in his classification scheme.

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  6. I think the limitation of the system is actualy an asset. Like tenchi said, it is his system amd makes a naturally subjective medium in a small way quantifiable. I don't always think the knives that recieve low or high scores are neccecarly better or worse for me, but it alows us to see how Tony sees them and then aline our own preferences . Constraints force us to design within them and it shows what yoi really do.

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  7. Best Made Co distribute Perceval knives, if they are your cup of tea

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  8. How about reserving the right to add one extra point to one category if a knife is seriously outstanding in that area?

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  9. It's not "LA" français, but "LE" français. "Le" is used for all "male" words in french (i know, it's not easy).
    I'm surprised that you can't buy directly this knife on the official website: http://www.couteau.com
    All is translated in english, so you should be able to purchase all the products.
    BTW, nice overview. I own a Perceval also, and love it! I changed only the ebony scales, i prefer american iron wood: https://www.flickr.com/photos/deicidenbf/albums/72157644982585213

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