Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A Minor Musing About Mixing Knives And Jesus

While he lived on the farm, my father always carried a pocket knife. My mother had a butcher knife that she was particularly fond of when it came time to butcher chickens. To prevent my wife from yelling at me, I will confess only to having not a few full-sized folders and multi tools along with an equal number of the keychain variety. Further I am willing to hold forth for an extended period of time about my conviction that the Cold Steel company's Triad locking mechanism is one of the best locking mechanisms ever invented for a folding knife. All of this is a long way of saying that I have no problems with knives and and an admission that I probably own too many.

I have no problem with Jesus. He died to save the human race from sin. Jesus was seemingly ambivalent about sharp objects. He told his disciples to have some  swords with them, but he wasn't too keen on swords being used in a particular garden, The scriptures seem silent on His view of locking or slipjoint folding knives.

This post is prompted by my discovery of Overcomer Knives, maker of custom knives including Roman Samurai Slayer and the Israelite. Some of the offerings include rams horn scales. The company's website homepage references Luke 22:36-38, the passage that has Jesus telling his disciples to be sure to have swords:
36 Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.
37 For I say unto you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished in me, And he was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things concerning me have an end.
38 And they said, Lord, behold, here are two swords. And he said unto them, It is enough.
On the About Us page contains the following paragraph:
Until a bar stock piece of steel is shaped, heat treated and formed into its Master’s image it will not overcome. Once this steel is made into a knife it becomes an overcomer. It will overcome trials and adversity in the hands of its Master. WHY CHOOSE AN OVERCOMER KNIFE? Jesus Christ is put at the forefront of Overcomer Knives. A samurai sword is highly esteemed by many in this world. It is a religious experience for the sword maker, when making a samurai sword. The sword maker prays to a false god until the completion of the sword. Here at Overcomer Knives, I pray to the true living God, the Lord Jesus Christ, until the completion of a knife. I am self taught and have done extensive research on what type of steel is the best to use. All of my knives are made of air quenched steel, A2, CPM 3V and CPM 4V. All heat treating and tempering is done in my shop with a digital kiln. No two knives are exactly alike. I make my knives as the Spirit of the Lord leads me. The Scandinavian people are true outdoorsmen. This is seen in many of their knife grinds and designs. All of my knives come with a Scandinavian type grind. This is my favorite grind and is ideal for sharpening. I also add an additional edge on top of the Scandinavian grind for added strength. All of my knife designs are original and unique. I make my knives with the Spirit of the Lord leading me. Take a close look at my Roman Samurai Slayer. The Lord gave me this design from an ancient concept of catching an opponent’s blade. This knife can save your life from a Samurai sword attack in a last ditch effort. I test each knife personally with a real Samurai sword to make sure the knife can catch and deter it. All of my knives are guaranteed for life or until the return of Christ, whatever comes first, and against defects in workmanship or materials. A Born Again Christian overcomes through the blood of Jesus Christ. I will build a knife for you that will help you overcome anything the enemy can dish out.
 If I am reading the paragraph correctly, I am supposed to buy a knife from this company because the design came from God and the design will allow me to overcome any pagan samurai I encounter, especially that rare breed of samurai based in Rome. Further, the knifemaker's faith expressed in his prayers apparently will accompany the knife as the new owner takes possession of it and uses it to vanquish the enemy. Given the tone of the passage, it's not quite clear whether the enemy is a physical samurai or the devil taking the form of a "roaring lion seeking whom it may devour." It's also unclear how the company will honor its warranty if Jesus doesn't return until the year 2525.

I don't have a problem with Saddleback Leather including a tract in their briefcases. I'm fine with business owners' claiming that their faith dictates that they close on Sunday. This effort, on the other hand, turns faith into a weird niche marketing tool that equates Christianity to preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse. If I am going to spend hundreds for a single knife instead of shop for the best value under $50, I'll spend a lot of time praying and buyChris Reeve Small Sebenza


P&R said...

Freedom of religion is, by and large, a good thing. It does allow for some rather interesting heresies...

I watched the first video and I pretty much knew what I was going to hear as soon as he said he was based out of Atlanta, GA. There's some solid Christianity that comes out of that city, but there's also this kind of weird, half-baked, apocalyptic God & Country pentacostalism that makes your typical US Marine grunt Lance Corporal seem like a deep thinker.

M Larson said...

I wonder if they will claim that it will allow you to overcome a gun? Then you can now safely bring a knife to a gun fight. Then again, maybe they say the horrible version of Romeo and Juliet by Baz Lurhmann's and then assume that guns can be labeled sword and claim that Jesus commands them to carry two "swords" with them at all times.