- Oct 11, 2013
Well, from that perspective, then it goes back to what I was saying about value. Knife enthusiasts tend to define the word "value" with a lot more modifiers than just "value for money". I don't think any knife collector who spends say, $600 on a knife is doing it because that knife represents the best "value for the money". Spending that much on a knife means you appreciate a lot of things entirely other than "How much do I need to spend in order to have something that cuts well?" As we all know, a tin can lid rubbed on a concrete curb will cut what you need (albeit in a fashion that's almost as much of a danger to the user as to the material being cut!).Quiet, you are absolutely correct about an Opinel being a very functional knife at the fraction of the cost of something like my Mnandi. The title of the thread was about expensive knives being worth the money so my approach was strictly along the lines of value provided by inexpensive knives versus expensive knives. Again, I think it boils down to need versus want and to how much pleasure you get from using the knife.
So that we can speak in some specifics, I'll mention a specific knife. My Diskin Volcan (I don't have a pic handy, and it's at home, so bear with me). I have a full custom, actually made by Matt Diskin. It's one of my absolute favorite knives. Machined with 3D milling on the scales and hardware, and a giant stabby blade of M390. Beautiful dual-bearing flipper action, the works. I paid around $600 for it. Now, I COULD have just paid the $200 or whatever it is for the Kizer made version, as I believe he farmed some of his designs out to them and this is one of them. It's ultimately VERY similar to my Custom. So, what do I get for that extra $400? Well, it's a design that I wanted for a very long time that I love VERY much, it's actually made by Matt himself (and I even sent it back to him to get tuned last year, so it's mint now), it's got assorted little extra touches that the production version doesn't have, and lastly (and this is huge), it's not made in China. So, it was never even a possibility to me that I'd spend less money for the Kizer. To me, this was $600 well spent.
Does it cut better than a $15 Opinel #8? Ha, not a chance. Would I rather have this Volcan than an Opinel 8? Absolutely. To me, the value is there, and I don't need to justify the purchase to those who don't see the value in it. Their values aren't my values. I just won't sit by and let people attempt to take the position that their values are more important or objectively relevant or correct than mine, because they objectively aren't*.
* Not that you've done this, I'm merely speaking of some attempts at doing this by others in this thread, as always happens.