Are expensive knives worth it?

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Excellent point, and I couldn't agree more!!
Those 3 in particular I see as perfect examples.
Quality shoes and tools that cost more up front are more than likely going to prevent VERY expensive medical bills later on.
Also, No less than 700 thread count Egyptian cotton on my mattress (and that's high quality too). Because Getting a good nights sleep on a consistent basis is (to me) a very important and valuable thing.
My wife and I are willing to take on a little debt for any of the above. We would never for my knives, or any of our other hobbies.
Taking on debt for sheets????????

Dave Ramsey just rolled over in his grave.

Seriously, debt for sheets?

Debt for boots?

I got a boot fetish and consider it nescary. But debt? You need a better job, or cut back on coke and hookers.
 
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The real question is 'what is, expensive'? Expensive to one person may not be expensive to another person. But it seems to me that most people are content carrying a less expensive knife because of what they 'expect' will happen during their day. I carry a Carothers DEK1 because of what 'might' happen during my day. I'm confident that she can handle just about any demand that I give to her. Some people say that she is expensive. I don't.
I could've saved some money by buying a bare bones DEK1, but I wanted her to be gorgeous too - and she is gorgeous!
She? don't you think knives are more phallic? Maybe drag queen if as pretty as you say
 
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there's a saying that a knife is only
as good as the edge it holds.
which i might also add knife build
and how well it holds up in use.
i guess one is really paying
for these atributes according to
need and requirements.
if its working knives,
i don't see the need to be paying
a cent more for embelishments though.
expensive is subjective matter.
to each his own.
 

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Taking on debt for sheets????????

Dave Ramsey just rolled over in his grave.

Seriously, debt for sheets?

Debt for boots?

I got a boot fetish and consider it nescary. But debt? You need a better job, or cut back on coke and hookers.
Your argument fails when money is free. It’s all about how you handle your cash in hand and apparent debt. I’d not normally advocate debt, but with current interest rates and incentives to borrowers with good credit, it kinda makes sense.

Let’s ease up on the cola and fish hooks, kay? This is a family area of the forum.
 

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there's a saying that a knife is only
as good as the edge it holds.
which i might also add knife build
and how well it holds up in use.
i guess one is really paying
for these atributes according to
need and requirements.
if its working knives,
i don't see the need to be paying
a cent more for embelishments though.
expensive is subjective matter.
to each his own.

But what if they are gorgeous embellishments? My Carothers DEK1 is gorgeous.
 
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But what if they are gorgeous embellishments? My Carothers DEK1 is gorgeous.
that's so true with no one in control of expenditure.
we are but mere weak mortals :)
there's another universal saying,
that - love is blind .
yeah we all fall for sweet pretty things
at some point.
to that i can only say
falling head over heels
leaves us numb later on
the moment the thrill is gone.... :-(
and like a fool with his money
well you know the rest ,,,,
its like karma at the moment of weakness.
moth to a flame moments ,
when we end up buying now,
only to suffer later. :)
 
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I think it depends on your use and also happiness with it.

Example: Viper cost me about as much as I'm willing (and able) to spend on a knife.
But, it performs, and it's very ergonomic.
I can say the same about Warcraft tanto, 3V is awesome and that thing is a beast of a blade, performance is flawless.

Then you have brands like Rockstead... they should be lightt sabers at that price point, and yet they aren't. And most of people buying them are scared to use them too.

They still find them worth it though, they're either very rich or are just having different priorities in a knife. Or both...
 

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that's so true with no one in control of expenditure.
we are but mere weak mortals :)
there's another universal saying,
that - love is blind .
yeah we all fall for sweet pretty things
at some point.
to that i can only say
falling head over heels
leaves us numb later on
the moment the thrill is gone.... :-(
and like a fool with his money
well you know the rest ,,,,
its like karma at the moment of weakness.
moth to a flame moments ,
when we end up buying now,
only to suffer later. :)

I would agree usually, but not in this case. I'm 61 and not getting any younger. So a splurge every now and then is ok.
 
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I would agree usually, but not in this case. I'm 61 and not getting any younger. So a splurge every now and then is ok.
i opted for frugal mainly
as a choce out of necessity.
yes there is some regret
but i completely understand
personal choices about
sacrifice and paying the ultimate price
of missing out on life's finer things.
like fast cars and ...ahem, all other
desirrable materials wants
imagined or otherwise.
age sorts of constantly reminds us
that we're racing againts
a fast ticking biological clock.
sometimes it gets the best of us
and works against better logical reasoning and judgment.
fanciiful thoughts of chasing down
that P.Y.T.
even if it looks far better on
someone twice or three times younger ;-)
yeah we forget and loose ourselves sometimes
and decide chancing it
on that last hurrah
racy knives and all :)
goals and desires makes life
worth living for.
we are masters of our own destiny.
so here's to power of free will
in pursuit of dreams and personal happness.
 
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I think it depends on your use and also happiness with it.
...

.... most of people buying them are scared to use them too.

They still find them worth it though, they're either very rich or are just having different priorities in a knife. Or both...
yes so true.
but nothing is worst than being
entirely enslave to the care of "precious"...
many may be able to afford
buying expensive.
unfortunately, not super rich
enough to think of using
stuff like "cheap disposable goods". :)
the reality is we have to live within
our respective means.
if one is not comfortably using
something to the max,
perhaps it time to review
the deciding factors
before the next purchase.
 
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yes so true.
but nothing is worst than being
entirely enslave to the care of "precious"...
many may be able to afford
buying expensive.
unfortunately, not super rich
enough to think of using
stuff like "cheap disposable goods". :)
the reality is we have to live within
our respective means.
if one is not comfortably using
something to the max,
perhaps it time to review
the deciding factors
before the next purchase.
Yup, unless you buy a rare piece with intention of selling it in years later for profit - I see no point in keeping them pristine.

My Viper is put to use for example. It's worth is in it's performance.
 
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no regrets then?
excellent!
things are worth every penny
when it works as advertised.
or pay for itself.
 
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no regrets then?
excellent!
things are worth every penny
when it works as advertised.
or pay for itself.
It's a joy to use, to the point where I look for stuff to cut with it.

And then I'm like "wow, it's still sharp!"

It's been 6 months and I'm still impressed by edge holding of M390 :D
 
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great it worked out!
yes some things cannot be measured by money it seems.
like the coutless joy of use.
just ask folks who take up loans
in purchasing whatever, all
because they think its worth it....;-)
 

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200x?? Are you sure you ve got the math right? What is that knife? (Not the Opinel.)
Looks like a GTC custom, so 200x is probably in the ballpark. Heck, if it was one where he used damascus and mokuti 200x would probably be lowball.
 

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Very interesting reading everyone's responses to this topic (especially my own, I'm that important! :cool:).

I notice the discussion of shoes, sheets, beds, etc. However, the difference is that many of these things are "quality of life" products vs the cool kids club or what's the latest greatest etc.

For people like me, and knife with quick opening and closing is a quality of life issue, as flicking/flipping my knives open and closed helps me deal with my anxiety and adhd issues. Spending the money on a knife with great action is worth it to me, to a point. However, along with that fidget friendliness must come a value in materials used as well. Also, there comes a point where price catches up and it goes from something that is helpful to my issues to being more pure vanity. As incredible as my Brian Tighe small Tighe Rod was, I will not replace it after selling it many years ago, and just can't justify the kind of money.

I am willing to spend the extra money on my mattress etc. I'm 6'4" 250 with spine issues and skull issues, I need the extra support. Same with pillows. I started buying American made shoes from San Antonio Shoe makers out of necessity for special size and support after my second stroke, and in general prefer to support US companies. My mattress, frame, pillows, and sheets are all made in the US as well.

Back to the main point about price. Things have changed greatly over the last 7-8 years in the knife world. $80 won't get you an American made Benchmade mini grip anymore. But that $80 bought you 154cm and grivory, and later on questionable QC. Now, for $80, although made in China, I can buy a Civivi Exarch with CF, 9CR damascus, and impeccable fit and finish. With the increase in knife companies, classically expensive brands like CRK are starting to lose traction IMO as the value per $ goes down. There will always be fanbois of these companies, but lets face it they are no longer the benchmark. Hinderer has kept up with the market in upgrading steel, changing to a bearing pivot, introducing new models, etc. So at least there, your money is still buying you the same thing. However, with the ZT collaborations being excellent, same steel, bearing pivots, its hard for me to justify spending the extra money for the "genuine article" as it seems that its just buying prestige.

As expensive is relative, I've gotten to the point where "mid-tech" knives are more prestige than anything else. Now true custom designs (like my dream knife from Alan Davis) are a different story, where you get to basically input to the maker every specific thing you want in the knife. Alan for example, has a range of designs, you can pick from thumb stud, flipper, front flipper, or two handed, handle material, steel, etc. That is worth $800+ to me. A Shiro etc, not so much.
 
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