Are Custom Folders Really Worth the Money?

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    Are Custom Folders Really Worth the Money?

    As I am researching knives, steel types, etc., I have run across many custom folder makers. With a price tag of anywhere from $250 - $13,000 ($500 seems to be average), are custom folders really worth the money?

    I can't imagine paying that much for a folding knife, when I could get several Bemchmades, Spydercos, or other quality production knives.

    I get it for fixed blade knives that are going to be used hard, where heat treatment and tempering make a huge difference, but is that a realistic scenario for a folder?


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    About the same as custom handguns. To each their own.
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    Each to his own but in my opinion NO. The folder on the far right is a A.G. Russell, the first one hand opening knife. Built like a tank and lifetime warranty. This is my second. I WORE the first one out. It peeled apples, pried head gaskets off cylinder heads, cut hay bales and even dressed out a deer. Held a edge like nothing I had owned. I used it so much I wore the lock flange out, they replaced the knife. I bought this in about 1980 for $79, today maybe $150-$175. Worth EVERY penny.
    Unless you are looking for a 'purdy blade really shouldn't have to spend more.


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    If someone is a collector and has the money to buy a large ticket item , i say congrats . But if you buy a 15,000.00 knife i doubt you have it in your pocket but it is most likely displayed at home .
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    They're worth the money if you HAVE the money. Many (most?) high end folders are as much art as they are tools. Art costs more money. As tools, I'd feel pretty goofy cutting carving sheet metal with a custom folder. Don't confuse your sports.
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    Depends on what you want the folder for.
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    I value well made things. And I can certainly appreciate knives that are more works of art...but I wont be buying one.

    If something is so fine that it cant be used, I dont want it. Also, I have never lost a gun, but I have lost, or misplaced a pocket knife. I dont like it when its "just" a regular priced good knife, I would absolutely hate it were it to be a $500+ pocket knife.
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    Unless the knife is a auto knife I dont pay more then a 100 or so usally much less.

    It is worth it for auto knife then imop you do get what you pay for .. A nomal pocket knife not so much.

    The knife site I shop at has some very very nice expenscie pocket knives some even with real ivory handles .. But I know they would just sit in a box and be looked at and nothing I owned be it guns or knifes was bought to sit in a box. It is more I just dont have the room or time to deal with that . I only have one knife I wont carry ( nice demscus blade) but that is it

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    It depends. (Where have I heard that before?)


    When it comes right down to it the functionality of a knife resides in its blade and handle shape, material, and heat treating. Those are the critical requirements. Choose a knife properly for its intended use and after that its all window dressing, assuming the fundamental requirements are met.

    Custom makers can not compete with mass production in low cost per unit so they have to compete in the areas of design and materials: newer, better steels, special heat treating, and hand fitting of parts. Folders, by there very nature, require more parts to be well-fitted which is time consuming and error prone. There are fewer quality control issues with a one-piece knife.

    Having said all that, it comes down to what do you want it for. If you are a collector then it is an object of art and the high cost may be worth it. If your life will depend on it it might be worth it, although the mid-priced knifes can be quite competitive in their functionality (design, durability, edge-holding, sharpness, etc.). At some point one reaches the point of diminishing returns. Only you can define where that point is, based on your needs. For me, it's hard to beat a good Spyderco or the like.

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    Economics 101: Value is relative.

    The question isn't whether custom knives are worth the money, it's whether they're worth the money to you. The existence of the custom knife market as a whole is enough to indicate that it's worth the money to enough people to keep a market alive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madcap_Magician View Post
    Economics 101: Value is relative.

    The question isn't whether custom knives are worth the money, it's whether they're worth the money to you. The existence of the custom knife market as a whole is enough to indicate that it's worth the money to enough people to keep a market alive.
    True, but some people who don't know any better will pay a high price for a crappy product sometimes, because the high price tag makes them think it is a quality product.



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    Any thing that says "custom" is always over priced! Must be part of the allure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ghost tracker View Post
    They're worth the money if you HAVE the money. Many (most?) high end folders are as much art as they are tools. Art costs more money. As tools, I'd feel pretty goofy cutting carving sheet metal with a custom folder. Don't confuse your sports.
    This here !!!!!
    If you have the money have at it, but as far as pracvticality goes, there is nothing a 500 dollar custom folder can do that my 50 dollar folder of choice for the day ( i have numerous knives) cant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Badey View Post
    True, but some people who don't know any better will pay a high price for a crappy product sometimes, because the high price tag makes them think it is a quality product.
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    I think these William Henry knives are beautiful works of art.

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    No way in heck I'd open up a UPS box with them, though. Nevertheless, I'd love to have some just to admire.
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