Cheap knives are a bad idea.

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Chapp, Apr 20, 2019.

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  1. soc_monki


    Apr 5, 2019
    I love my atmos! I'm just waiting for Kershaw to do an Atmos Xl... I've got both a Natrix CF and Natrix CF XL. not as inexpensive as an atmos, but also good blades for the money imo.
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  2. Henry Beige

    Henry Beige Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 1, 2015

    Let them eat cake?
    Obvious troll post. Reported.
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  3. KVT


    Feb 17, 2019
    We all bit the troll bait...
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  4. JimMD


    Dec 6, 2017
    I just made a birthday gift for my brother of a $89 Spyderco Chaparral. I think it’s a great small EDC knife for light use.
  5. r redden

    r redden Platinum Member Platinum Member

    May 23, 2015
    I guess I'll chime in with my 2 cents worth I think the OP is probably new to knife collecting or young either way they must have not had a lot of experience with knives or he/she would realize that price don't really have anything to do with it. I have expensive and inexpensive knives most are slipjoints I probably have around 200 knives and over half of them cost less than $90 and none are junk. From vintage USA made NOS Schrade that cost around $25 to new Delica's for around $50 yes VG10 not the best but certainly good enough for me made in Seki Japan and simply an excellent EDC. Then as others have mention there's the Opinel and Vics and even though some have an aversion to knives made in China but the truth is there are some that are less than $20 new that would serve you well. That said I recently bought a Rogers Lambsfoot Barlow from a Sheffield dealer for $98 more than the OP's price point that had the worst F&F I've ever seen in any knife and it was useless. So my suggestion is think about what you are saying when you post and if you are guessing don't post it or you might get the reaction the OP is getting from a bunch of knife crazy folks they will call you out.
  6. AKnife


    May 10, 2009
    You get what you pay for.

    However, there are some nice quality inexpensive knives out there. We're talking sub $30-$50.

    I'd take a "cheap" knife over no knife, just like I'd take a gun over no gun. Price doesn't always correlate with quality and/or reliability.
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  7. scottyj


    Jan 29, 2009
    Really? My $80 dollar Endura 4 will beg to differ.
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  8. rogatsby


    Jun 19, 2018
    Get another one, bro!

    Seriously, the only improvements I would want in the Atmos would be the blade steel and maybe some refinement in the G10 chamfering along the inside edge. The latter is an easy DIY fix. Everything else continues to surprise me about this knife. The detent is amazing. I never miss a flip. Runs on bearings, and is almost fall-shut smooth. Has a true deep carry pocket clip out of the box, and doesn't hang up on your pockets at all. And I was able to disassemble/reassemble it easily, and it was even better after the lubrication. The blade was still centered and I still got a rock solid 40-50% lockup after reassembly. On top of all of that, you get an amazing design from Dmitry Sinkevich with carbon fiber overlays, in a knife that weighs 2 ounces. Now for $30, that's what I call value.
  9. Icky Thump

    Icky Thump Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 8, 2011
    "Bad idea" is my middle name

    A lot of fun out there for $30
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  10. JJ_Colt45

    JJ_Colt45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 11, 2014
    Junk knives ... are a bad idea ... has nothing to do with price.
  11. rogatsby


    Jun 19, 2018
    As would my $85 Dragonfly 2 in ZDP-189, which has a super steel that I almost never have to sharpen, and is an ergonomic beast. Heck, even the regular Dragonfly in VG10 is a beast.
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  12. r redden

    r redden Platinum Member Platinum Member

    May 23, 2015
    I've been eyeballing the Endura and love the looks and profile. And I know your post was simple and short but it said a lot I think you just helped make up my mind. I'm going to buy one and use the heck out of a superb LESS THAN $90 knife. Thanks for posting Scotty. :thumbsup:
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  13. willc

    willc Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 13, 2013
    I don’t know?
    The OP may well believe everything he wrote.
  14. James Y

    James Y

    Feb 18, 1999
    I think you're right, and I fell for it.

  15. Insipid Moniker

    Insipid Moniker Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 28, 2011
    Go talk to line cooks that make their living with a knife and you'll find a huge number of cheap, reliable knives like a Dexter Russell. Expensive knives are largely a luxury items. Cheap ones do a whole lot of work.
  16. Pteronarcyd


    Feb 19, 2019
    You'll have to pry my $39 Cutjack Mini from my cold, dead hand.
  17. scottyj


    Jan 29, 2009
    Do it man. Endura is my favorite folder. I carried a first gen Endura in my pocket every day during Desert Shield/Storm. Never let me down, and gave me a solid comfortable feeling knowing I had that blade in my pocket. Fast forward to now, and I regularly carry the Endura 4 with a plain edge, and Saber grind. Super slim, and so lightweight in the pocket I don't even know its there. Totally badass blade for 80 bucks. At almost four inches of blade its like walking around with a straight razor in your pocket. Go for it. :thumbsup:
  18. GIRLYmann


    Nov 7, 2005
    It has been said that you can't put a price on quality.
    But imho its too high a price to pay when you loose sight of common sense.
    It just really sad when folks buy into fallacy.
    Especially when there is no way for any one individusl to completely know of the existance of every single knife that is availble on the planet for a given price.
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  19. Lapedog


    Dec 7, 2016
    1 dollar short of being good.

    You cheapskate lol.
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  20. A.L.


    Jun 27, 2007
    I can’t really see any backing to your argument. Seems just like opinion rather than any facts.
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