Can you choose ONE attribute.

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by JDRanger, Jan 5, 2020.

  1. JDRanger

    JDRanger Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 14, 2017
    If you have a favorite knife it’s likely has a number of attributes that makes it better than other knives.

    I know this drill is hard because it’s often hard to pick out a favorite in the first place.

    But if you had to choose ONE favorite attribute, what feature would put it over the top?

    It’s unlimited but some could be toughness, good looking, ability to slice, edge retention, classy, great action, blade steel, expense, easy to sharpen, exclusivity, self defense, reputable brand, rust proof, etc.

    I know there’s so many sizes, shapes and uses this is kind of tough (impossible really) but I thought the thread would either be a dud or a lot of fun to make you choose that number ONE down.

    My choice is Edge Retention
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  2. rexromic

    rexromic Gold Member Gold Member

    May 28, 2011
    Simplicity is the key to the brilliance!
  3. dryflytrout


    Jan 15, 2017
    Axis lock.
    I've caught myself a few times now with other knives trying to pull back on the scales to unlock them, like every knife should lock that way.
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  4. jpm2


    Nov 19, 2014
    Edge stability.
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  5. Dcdavis

    Dcdavis Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 13, 2018
    I agree with @rexromic. That plus the overall build quality of CRKs in general
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  6. T.L.E. Sharp

    T.L.E. Sharp Oatmeal Pecan is better than Chocolate-chip. Platinum Member

    Jun 30, 2016
    Slicing ability - Edge retention and really any of the other criteria don't matter much if it won't cut.
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  7. slyraven


    Feb 19, 2019
    +1 life steal, for every damage dealt, add x damage to your own life pool

    oh wait wrong forum.

    I'd say the best attribute of a knife is durability
  8. Mechanical Advantage

    Mechanical Advantage

    Nov 1, 2017
    Assuming that all other aspects are at least adequate, I'd say construction.
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  9. AntDog

    AntDog Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Apr 3, 2001
    Ergonomics. Period.

    If it doesn’t feel great in my hand, on down the road it goes. Everything else is gravy to me.
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  10. lieferung

    lieferung Basic Member Basic Member

    May 24, 2016
    Edge retention. The less sharpening it needs the better.
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  11. Accelerator

    Accelerator Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 16, 2010
    Wow, tough question.

    I’d have to agree on ergonomics. If it doesn’t feel right in the hand, it doesn’t get carried and if it doesn’t get carried, it doesn’t get kept. After that, it would probably be a toss-up between edge retention and cutting ability.
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  12. Ben Dover

    Ben Dover Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 2, 2006
    Edge retention. I want it to "keep on cutting.":D
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  13. Basp2005


    Dec 6, 2015
    One handed operation.
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  14. Ruzster


    May 7, 2001
    That certain something.
    (along with durability)
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  15. 4mer_FMF

    4mer_FMF Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 9, 2016
    Blade shape (including the grind).
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  16. SteelPanther


    Nov 9, 2019
    Just picked up my third Manix so many things about that knife but it's gotta be the ergonomics of it that keep me from carrying any other knife anymore...nothing else feels right in hand
  17. Ajack60

    Ajack60 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 21, 2013
    Customer service quality.
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  18. Bigfattyt

    Bigfattyt Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 23, 2007

    This for edc knives. I sharpen regularly, even when not really needed.....but when I go to slice something, if the knife does not have thin enough geometry to slice/cut efficiently, it does not matter if it is an super steel, one off, custom, or a super low budget knife...

    I have mid-high end user customs(2000k has been my top, so not ths highest of high end). I love Opinel for their thin slicers.

    For choppers or fighters, or other uses, it may not have to be a thin slicer.
  19. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    Optimized form for the context of use.
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  20. superpog

    superpog Basic Member Basic Member

    Nov 9, 2019
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