I'd think the percentage is probably a lot more than 1-2% but I'd agree most will never need that increase. I'm more than happy with my $50-$100 knives. They do all I've asked them to do which isn't much more than cutting a rubber innertube, rope or boxes and such. Some people do have a need for a tougher knife and they are out there at a bit more cost. Some folks just like nice knives of the best quality.One thing to keep in mind is that knives are like everything else. You can buy good quality for $50 or less but you can buy supreme quality for much (much) more. The end result is typically a performance level difference of 1-2% at best, but it's enough if you think you need it or attach some valuation to an items worth based directly upon cost.
For the fishermen out there, think of it as the difference between a G-Loomis and a Sage rod.
In my opinion, most "blade tests" are a load of bovine excrement. While I can appreciate that people test these things for us, I honestly don't see myself using any knife I own as an ad hoc springboard, a folder for pull-ups, or using any type of tool (let alone an edged one) not designed for the task to break apart masonry. Why people think that their blade has to do this stuff, and thus create a valuation of a blades quality upon such ridiculousness, is a complete mystery to me.
I agree. I use all of my pocket knives, and I don't ever remember paying more than $30 for one. I've been using a $12 Winchester pocket knife at work for about three years in a very demanding environment and still depend on it almost daily and never sharpened it. I've also been brutal with it at times and used the back of the blade to turn slotted screws. If I would have bought it myself it might not have lasted this long, but the company paid for it!I have a 10$ frost cutlery knife ive had for 3 years and it holds a blade great. I dont see why everyone thinks expensive = good quailty
still, I just can't think of much any cooler than my Microtech Makora! That precision 'surefire' action feels great!Back when I had more money than brains, I purchased three Microtech auto-blades. The two larger 4-inch were $410.00 and the smaller 3-inch was like’ $300 or so. Seem like a good idea at the time. I still have them and they just returned from the factory again after being sharpened. Frankly, I need three knives like I need a hole in the head.
Perhaps, but what you do for a good "name dropper" to talk about?I have a ton of $10 knives including two autos I picked up at the local gun show that are awesome. I'd put any of my $10 knives up against any by Cold Steel, SOG, Benchmade or anything else. I also have two Spyderco Delicas that I picked up at a gun show for about $35 OTD and feel they are just as quality as any folder going for $100+.
Ya know, that's one thing I keep hearing that puzzles me. How can you guys use these things on a daily basis and not have to sharpen them? Even the better grade of steels need sharpened after some use and the cheap steels get dull quickly. I have a Buck 110 I use at work a lot for cutting rubber, plastics and cardboard and I have to sharpen it a couple times a month at least.If you got a ten dollar whiz bang Ginsu/Samurai knife that never needs sharpening and will field dress a half dozen deer and then skin an over ripe tomato and you got it for ten bucks "you da man".