This is a discussion on Whats so great about expensive knives? within the Defensive Knives & Other Weapons forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by NCSoxFan I know a guy who carries a high dollar Kimber because, according to him he can't put a value on his ...
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I have some knifes; I can tell you that there is a difference from carbon steel and stainless. To each there own, I prefer carbon Schrade USA 498, Schrade USA UH 172 .The down side they will rust if not oiled.
I have several girlfriends: cheap ones and not so cheap ones.
They all serve a similar purpose, but only to a "point".
The cheap ones don't get things done as nice "all the time" as the not so cheap ones.
Therefore the cheap ones get the daily type tasks
i understand the practical standpoint and that's why i'll always have a use for several cheap ones
But i still like my not so cheap ones better because when it gets down to the serious tasks they perform.
There is something to be said for quality
And when the blade confronts many different surfaces, materials, and hardness quality will be cheaper in the long run
Maybe it's just me but i take better care of the things i have a reason to like better.............
Since this thread got revived - and since I'm still a knife-nut to some extent - I'll add my two-cents.
I'm a self-removed knife collector. I still maintain a decent collection of interesting pieces, but I'm no longer active in the hobby.
With what little knowledge and know-how I have, from those days, I agree 100% with shockwave's sentiments. There was a recent thread in my local CCW community, someone asking for advice for a EDC folder, something that he'd spend some good money on, and you can see that my replies pretty much overlaps with the basic recommendation that shockwave puts forward: Ohioans For Concealed Carry Discussion Forums • View topic - Knife for EDC - Suggestions?
I been very lucky. I've met some very good people in my time in that hobby, people who were selfless with their collections and mentored me. I've been lucky to have owned - and still own - some very desirable pieces.
My recommendation for someone who is simply looking for a nice, durable user is to have a budget of about $100. That's going to guaranty a solid buy, both in terms of the product as well as, usually, the company behind the product (yes, there's plenty of good stuff in the $50 range, but you'll need to know what you're looking for). If you want to spend more for something with a little more sentimental value, $250 to $350 will usually net you some really nice hardware. If you're looking to break into the custom world, $500 is a generous budget, particularly if you can get to a larger regional knife show and/or if you can sit on that money and take your time to research your purchase, joining a couple of online knife-hobby communities to wait for the many good deals that can be had.
All the cheap knives I have seem to lack the ability to "cleave flesh" like a good quality blade will do.
I would rather die standing up than live life on my knees.
My MicroTech HALO V will do the job at hand anytime,and it was well worth the $$$.
I must use my pocket knife 20-30 times a day on a slow day. I am a cabinet maker and use it for everything from sharpening pencils to cutting my meat. I have used them for cutting heavy straps on bundled lumber, plastic sheating, pape,r cardboard and, of course, as a chisel. Hammer on the back of a folding knife if you want to see if it is well made or not. My Kershaw was up the task. If you watch some of the things nuttin' Fancy does to fixed blades you might not be impressed till you try the same things with a cheap knife. I will admit that I have a few cheap knives that I like. I also have a couple of medium priced, $50-$70 knives that I am not impressed with. My most expensive knife is a Cold Steel Military Classic San Mai III. It is a great looking knife and it comes with a great sheath. It also takes an edge like a Razor. I have two Buck Night Hawks that I consider to be great buys. I recently picked up a Boker Dozier for $40 and I think it will make a great EDC knife as soon as I get a proper sheath for it. My largest knife is a Ka-Bar large bowie. It is not expensive for a knife of this size but it will stand up to a lot of punishment. My next folder will be a ZT 0350 and my next fixed blade will be a Cold steel Recon Scout. These are not overly expensive knives but are certainly way above being called cheap.
I tend to find higher priced knifes better made but there are exceptions to that rule. For instance Kersaw Junk Yard Dog, I purchased one for $40 and believe in many ways can stand up to some $200 folders. One of my recent purchases was the Benchmade Bedlam for $180 and can say easily worth every cent dished out for it. One company, Emerson might appear to sell knifes that are overpriced yet if you look closely this company does excellent work and worth shelling out the price Ernie sets for them.
Benchmade Bedlam, Kersaw Junk Yard Dog over a Kimber
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^ Nice. That's a beauty. I'm even happier, as a fellow knife-nut, that it's been put to good (all kinds!) of use.
I sold this recently for more than I paid for it. I enjoyed its beauty for many years.
Lovely post, and quite a complement coming from you, sir!A few months ago the wife and I went on a putt to the ocean, and stumbled across an Arts & Crafts fair. We window shopped visiting with craftsmen, seeing what they create with their hands. In one booth a one off hand made knife caught my eye. It was just beautiful and it fit my hand perfectly. After talking to the maker Michael Igo while admiring his work for a bit, I got his card. Maybe I would get one of his knives for myself at someday.