It is certainly not just bragging rights.
High edge retention steels will cut order of magnitudes longer than basic steels like 1095.
There are often strength improvements to be had as well.
I still like 1095 and other steels like 5160, 52100, 01 15n20 for how easy it is to sharpen.
I used to strop my knives a lot on a leather strop loaded with chromium oxide.
I found, after stopping, they cleanly, easily shave in either direction. Slice paper like a champ....but didn't easily bite into soft tomatoes. If I went back and refreshed the edge on a diamond stone or...
Always nice to see.
It is good eggs like this that continue to make Bladeforums a worthwhile place to hang out.
I have won knives in giveaways, been gifted knives and have gifted knives to others on here.
I always appreciate a good deed like passing a knife on without markup!!
I have about 10 Opinel. Carbon and a few stainless less.
The carbon is easy to sharpen. Holds an edge about whst you would expect for a simple carbon steel at middling hardness. I would prefer harder steel, but I still carry and use the carbon versions. I have several in their stainless, which...
Nice to see if has re-acquired some patina on the paper micarta!!
I regret selling that one. I did it when I was buying a house right during Christmas (without consulting the wife). I was worried about presents for the boys, hidden/unexpected closing costs (unnecessarily as it turned out)...