I’m sure you’ll all be devastated to learn that this will be a bit of a cut-down version of my usual ABC Wednesday post (*pause for cries of ‘Oh, shame!’ and pleas for me to write more*), but I’m lining them up to post automatically while we’re away. So anyway, here we are at the letter ‘K‘, and I have one of my favourite things for you!
You see, while this won’t come as any …
… news to my friends and relations, I have rather a fondness for the sharp pointy things. I mean, of course, knives! And I’ve been finding them in the most unexpected places.
You might not be able to see it very well unless you click (and click again on the next page) to enlarge the picture, but this shop, which I found in the back streets of Venice, sold some very interesting knives, so I guess it’s fair to say that it’s a knife shop, of a sort. And as a bonus, you get a nice Kodak sign in the background – Venice being so photogenic and all, they like to sell you photographic stuff when they can. Not so much film these days, but photographic kit of all kinds.
Talking of which – remember this photographic shop in Venice?
I’m sure you do! Quite apart from the Kodak ads and cameras etc in the window, this one had something else to recommend it – the likeness of Johnny Depp!
But back to the knives. I found an interesting knife shop on Pier 39 in San Francisco. Here I am standing in front of it, with my khaki canvas bag.
I bought a neat little knife in this shop – a folding William Henry with a liner lock. A thing of beauty.
It’s also highly practical and I use it a lot, mostly to open packaging of various kinds. It’s incredibly sharp, but I’ve only kut myself on it a couple of times. Ouch! Mmm. Yes, ‘Ouch’ in more ways than one, huh? Sorry about that.
Then we found another knife shop, cunningly disguised as a tea room. Yes, indeed – well, it was a tea room, but they also sold souvenirs so we bought another lovely folding knife, bigger than the William Henry.
This knife, and came in a beautiful wooden presentation box, and it’s a perfectly functional fishing knife – not that I fish, because I consider it a cruel pastime. It’s OK if you eat what you catch, but I don’t.
Well, there you go. That’s all for this week – but don’t forget to take a short trek over to the ABC blog homepage for more links to check out!