How much does the look of a knife influence you?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Wil lRogers, Apr 21, 2017.

  1. n850gt

    n850gt Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 5, 2011
    Appearance gets my attention, the other qualities of the knife then play a role as to whether I buy it. So, it's pretty important.

    I think manufacturer reputation is equal to appearance. A funky looking Spyderco will have me clicking 'buy' fast, but a similar knife from another manufacturer I don't know as well, probably not.
  2. ATJ999

    ATJ999 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 12, 2013
    In a way. When buying online, of course, it has to be. I guess I like plain, functional knives. But I won't buy a knife because it "looks cool". My thoughts would be different on the matter if I was a collector though.
  3. Blaser1


    Apr 10, 2017
    there's so many great knives the look great and well built. why get a ugly one
  4. spykez


    Feb 13, 2017
    I'm a sucker for clip point fixed blades and daggers.

    I'm still relatively new to folders, but I think I know what I like. I've mainly been collecting Kershaw Emersons and Emersons. I do have a PM2 and love it, but I'll tell you no lies, I like the Emerson look. Hope I never get a dud.

    If practicool was all it was about, all I'd ever have would be an SAK and a RAT.
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  5. GermanyChris


    Feb 18, 2015
    I think price plays a factor. If I'm just looking something sharp or point I really don't care how it looks as long as it functions. If it's something I'm going to spend good money on or carry with me constantly then looks are important.
  6. K.O.D.

    K.O.D. Sanity Not Included Platinum Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    I look for both form and function, but function is most important. I love Spyderco, but of the ones I have/have had that are aesthetically pleasing to me is my Manix 2 CTS-XHP, with ironwood scales.

    If it doesn't fit my hand well, I won't own it. As far as having both For&F, my Kizer Ki 4423, TSF Beast, Southern Grind Spider Monkey, and Matt Bailey model 2 flipper geek edition are the ones.
  7. leghog


    Aug 10, 2013
    When form follows function, as it should, the look of a knife has great influence on me.
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  8. 115Italian


    Nov 13, 2015
    When something is very functional its looks are appealing to me, for example the spyder hole. For me in a way form and function go hand in hand.
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  9. ThePeacent


    Sep 15, 2013
    If it's something I'll be wearing or showing others all day (backpack, clothes, pen, etc.) looks are very important and a big factor in what I buy or don't buy.
    But in a knife, which is rarely seen by others (in my daily life at least) I put function first, that's the reason I do the ugly and admittedly horrendous "wave mod" on many of my folders. It's of great utility and incredibly useful to me, even though it takes away so much of a folder's beauty and looks.


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  10. Insipid Moniker

    Insipid Moniker Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 28, 2011
    Depends on the knife. I own and carry a number of knives that I don't think are attractive, but the perform well, so they've more than earned their spot. Other knives I own largely because I like their looks and performance is distinctly secondary.
  11. palonej

    palonej Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Aug 5, 2015
    Don't care if the knife is the best functioning cutting tool ever, if it looks like a hot mess to me, I'm moving on.
    Just like when a friend's girlfriend wants to match you up with her friend......she is the best cook with a fantastic personality........NO THANKS!!
    The looks are the first attribute to garner interest.
  12. Wolverine666

    Wolverine666 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 7, 2009
    To me , a knife being pleasing to the eye is a big factor.

    But it's just one of the factors.
  13. HappyDaddy

    HappyDaddy Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 21, 2013
    It's the only consideration that, by itself, can be a deal breaker. I wouldn't buy a knife solely because its aesthetics, but I would certainly NOT buy one because of its aesthetics.
  14. TheEdge01


    Apr 3, 2015
    Looks may get my attention but I take other things into consideration as well, such as the manufacturers reputation, fit and finish, blade steel, action, etc. As far as I go, I'm not a big fan of assisted opening knives, and I have avoided buying knives with this feature even though I liked the looks of the knife.
  15. Cutlover


    Jan 20, 2016
    Aesthetics are of primary importance, followed by performance. That's why I never got any Spydercos for example....excellent reputation, great customer service from what I've read, great quality and use of materials, and great utility from the spydie hole. But their knives are just so damn ugly....

    There are too many good options out there to sacrifice either looks or function. Get a knife that fits your needs the best in both categories.
  16. spyderg


    Sep 28, 2014
    Just as it was when I met my wife, looks got my attention other factors make me commit ; )
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  17. totkst1


    Oct 14, 2016
    i had the same thought about them but then I ordered one on the idea that there were aftermarket scales I could add to it that made it more "good looking" to me at least. Looks however are subject to who is doing the looking
  18. jfindon


    Dec 12, 2006
    I won't buy a knife that's ugly or one that doesn't "speak" to me by looking at it.
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  19. Wolf7


    Jul 11, 2006
    In the age "BI-before internet" I would go to local brick and mortar store and spend hours fondling all the knives they had in display case, so purchase decision was based 50/50 feel & looks. All of theses stores are gone now in the area I live in today.

    Today I live in age of "AI-after internet", so all my buying decisions are primary based on how it looks in print or on PC screen, form and function, does the handle look ergonomically comfortable in any grip, is the blade shape and grind look like it would be great performer, etc?
    I try to visualize how given model would fit into my hand, if it doesn't then I skip that particular model. ex: Spyderco knives have ergonomic BUT too long handle for my hand size which means awkward grip changes under stress, no spydie for me!
    I can't hold them in my hand to see if I like it. One of the reasons I don't like Chris Reeves knives is because handle shape doesn't look very ergonomic and comfortable for me, even though I love his blade shape/grind!

    It must look functional, which usually means it's clean simple visually attractive design! It doesn't need any bells and whistles to look cool but be fugly and useless non-functional at all!

    On paper it may sound great ex: premium materials, f & F, cs, manufacturer etc, but if it looks non functional than I'll NOT buy it!
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  20. grownstar


    Apr 24, 2013
    Looks are a major factor when it comes to my knife purchases.

    What can I say? I'm a shallow dude haha.

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