A rule of thumb I have come to live by
I have certain rules of thumb I live by.
The first two were imparted to me by my father.
#1. Choose Chevy or Ford. Drive one and despise the other and be happy with it. I choose Chevy personally.
#2. When building a wooden fence in West Texas, use screws.
Two more I've developed on my own:
#3. Never eat at any restraunt with the word "taco" in the name.
#4. Never buy a knife that has a gun company's name and logo on it.
Seriously I wish the gun companies would just get the heck out of the knife business. Winchester knives? Chinese crap. Remington knives? Chinese crap. Colt knives? Chinese crap. I've had lots of these pass through my hands. All crap.
Pretty much the only two I've ever encountered that aren't 100% crap are:
#1. The Smith and Wesson knives made by Taylor Cutlery. They aren't crap but egads are they substandard for the most part. You can spend the same $40 on a Buck or a Kershaw or a multitude of other choices and get a real knife for the price of a mediocre one. I've had three of these knives given to me. One broke in casual use. Two others I keep around just because I don't know what else to do with them.
#2. The Taurus knife that's made by Benchmade. This is true irony. Taurus has a reputation even today of spotty quality control on certain models, yet their knife is probably the very best gun company brand knife I've ever heard of. I haven't actually had one of these but it is a Benchmade so it can't be that awful. It's probably actually good.
I have learned that a gun company brand knife is basically like a Pokemon video game: it's a piece of crap that sells because people mindlessly buy brand names.
In reality the gun maker and the knives that bear their name have nothing in common. The truth is I think this is a big mistake on the industry's part. If I judged Colt firearms by the quality of their knives I'd think they were all junk.
Am I wrong? Anyone had a good or at least decent experience with a knife that had a gun company's brandname on it?
I'm a cheapskate when it comes to carry knives
I really tend to mess up the knives that I carry.
I try not to ever spend too much on my knives because I honestly tend to beat them up better than most folks.
For sure...a super quality knife would take a better beating but, I hate to mess up something really nice or get too attached to a great knife.
I usually buy carry knives in the $30 to 40 dollar "max" price range because I know myself well enough to know that I AM eventually going to run it through my meat grinder of life.
I know that at some future point it's going to be the only "TOOL" that I have with me & it's not going to be the exact right tool for the job & I am going to use it and destroy it or (at least) make it look like crap.
It's funny how I really take care of my firearms but, I really do not give too much of a damn for my folding carry knives.
If I ever bought a REALLY NICE EXPENSIVE CUSTOM KNIFE...I would probably just keep it at home and look at it.
I absolutely love them & appreciate them but, I could not carry a super nice custom knife. Maybe to a wedding I could carry it in my Tux pocket but, not every day.