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The Wait Is Over. From this thread, orders for the 2023 BladeForums Traditional Knife are open & here's your handy order button. OPEN TO ALL MEMBERS $200 ea, one per household, must have been a member prior to 3/2023
Just got back from a camping/dove trip this weekend. Used your big false edge hunter all weekend to perform various tasks. It worked like a champ!!!
I use almost all my knives at one time or another and I don't mind spending up to about 300-350 on any of them. This is not somthing that I purchase on a monthly basis though. I am most comfortable in the 150 an' below range for a daily abuser (not user) as I can bite the bullet if I tear one up.
Once again, good job on the knife. Keep em coming.
I checked out your website and I really liked the frog hunter. Your price range is just about the maximum I would pay for a handmade or custom knife. I may be an exception, but I do not overly care for "art" in my knives for mere aesthetical reasons. If beauty follows from strength and function all the better, but beauty for its own sake is not why I buy a knife. Good luck in your business.
For me, a knife's worth is mainly in the function, not the form. My custom knives are all hardcore users and I don't own anything I wouldn't want to use. I do not buy knives for looking at or hanging on walls, so the fit/finish details that require a LOT of work from the knifemaker's standpoint are often lost on me. I can appreciate a work of art like the next guy, but for my own $$ I want a knife that performs and feels good above all else. Looks, polishing, and all that jazz is secondary to me. That said, I can greatly appreciate the amount of work that goes into a knife or anything handmade, for that matter, so I make these statements with that in mind. The great thing about custom knives is that you can get a custom made hand forged patch knife for $20-$30 at a knife show, and you can also pay $10,000 for a knife at a show, so custom makers run the whole spectrum.
I have come to be of the opinion that I can get a simple fixed-blade using knife from a very skilled but not particularly well known maker for around $200-$250. This will be a knife that is at least the functional equivalent of any other knife costing more.
I only buy knives that I would feel comfortable using, so my upper end depends probably equally on my current financial situation and my love for good knives. So far, $600 is about as far as I have been willing to go for big blades, nice temper lines, and hard to find items like custom butterfly knives. I will probably spend around a $1,000 on a really good short sword blade someday from somebody like Don Fogg.
If you talk to many knife makers, resistance will start at about 200.00 . Look at the knives for sale area, and you see that the 100 - 200 area is where the movement is. Some will pay for ego, and intangibles, but the average age for knife purchasers on this forum does not give them large budgets for knife purchases.
I am in the process of buying a Genovese sub-hilt fighter with mastadon ivory scales made in '76. It is in pristine condition. Price range: more than $500, less than $1000 (sorry for being vague, the deal isn't consumated). I will post a pic for oohs and aahs when I get it. I have been oohing and aahing since I saw it.
Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
I'm a cheap guy, so I tend to charge more for blades than I'm willing to spend myself. My max so far for a blade has been the $260.00 that I shelled out for a Starfire katana. (Had a really nice balance to it)
For using blades, I rarely go above $50.00, in the rare instance when I can convince the spousal unit, I'll go as high as $200.00, but only if I've sold something recently to justify it.
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