Mass produced Swedish utility knife with plastic handle, plastic sheath and carbon steel blade
Where and how is it used?
Heavy use for wood carving and every day use, kitchen, outdoors, etc
What did you or someone else pay for it?
Why do you want to add it to the museum?
Because it is a product for those who use their hands or make things.
Because it represents exceptional value for money. (dirt cheap whilst being durable, with formidable edge retention and sharpenability)
Because it outperforms much more expensive products hands down but at the same time it won't do brand cult and brand cult idiocy.
Because it shows that high quality goods can be made cheaply and because it demonstrates a reasonable use of plastic.
How was it made?
Is made in a factory
Is produced by local cottage industry
Is made to particular specifications
Is craft / hand-made
Is a service
Materials & Making
Who made or produced your commodity?
Who was paid to make it?
probably Swedish factory workers
What skills does it take to make it?
some sort of machinist
Where was it made?
What does it cost to make it?
What is it made from?
high carbon japanese knife steel
orange polypropylene mould
Buying & Owning
Who decides how much it costs?
manufacturer, retailer, customer
Who or what assesses its quality?
myself in professional use
Where is it sold?
mostly specialist retailers(tools, hardware more so than lifestyle and outdoor) on the high street and online. I have seen some "cool"shops selling it at 100% mark-up, which is fine by me, since the life style oriented middle classes do need punishing
Who or what sells it?
How did this thing arrive from where it was made to where you got it?
depends on retailer
Where is it used?
work, household, leisure
Where is it kept?
Where it's needed
How and by whom is it cared for?
It's kept in working order ( sharp, corrosion free) by myself
How long will it last?
until the blade has been ground down to nothing, probably 5 to ten years of heavy use in wood, more than a life time of casual and light use
Where will it go when it's finished with?
What's left after use will go to the recycling
What is it worth?
Lacking alternatives I would probably pay 4- 5 times its price. If I could not just go out and buy it or an alternative I would value it very highly as an ireplaceable object indeed.
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