How often do you see 'higher end' knives out in public (other than in your own pocket)?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by BOSS1, Jun 20, 2018.

  1. PirateSeulb


    Jun 6, 2017
    Nameless Gas Station Knives: Everywhere
    Budget Brands (Kershaw, CRKT, Buck, etc): Frequently
    Knife Brands (Spyderco, Benchmade, ZT, etc): Uncommon
    High End Knives (Emerson, Microtech, CRK, etc): Very Rare
    Custom Knives: The White Whale

    When at Blade Show the first group becomes a White Whale with Budget brands being less frequent and everything above becoming more common by at least twice as much.
  2. BadComrade


    Dec 29, 2017
    My girlfriend's step father pulled out an old spyderco endura from the 80's from his pocket. I said 'nice knife'. He said 'Thanks, I think its called a Spyderco' lol
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  3. BBW

    BBW Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    never unfortunately. One time I went to the local knife store (really big store) and one of the employees which happened to be the manager asked me "is that a shirogorov?" and it lit my face!!! I was smiling ear to ear and proceeded to show it to him
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  4. augustus88


    Oct 13, 2006
    The closest to a high end knife I’ve ever seen outside of my pocket is a tiger stripe Zero Tolerance carried by our wood shop technician. Our Print Services technician carries a Spyderco, but that doesn’t count because I gave it to her as a gift.
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  5. Bad Rattle

    Bad Rattle Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 23, 2017
    That's a hard nope for me as well.
  6. Horsewright

    Horsewright KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 4, 2011
    Often I see customs whether one of mine or somebody else's. However, I live in a world where custom/handmade abounds, saddles, bits, spurs, leggings, tack etc. So seeing a custom knife isn't that unusual. It's fun as a maker to go someplace and see somebody ya don't know wearing one of your knives. Did a thread a while back on it. Kind of fun if cowboy stuff interests you:
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  7. Fred Sanford

    Fred Sanford Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2006
    Where I work (in IT) a lot of the guys carry something. Cold steel, Spyderco, Kershaw, CRKT, and Benchmade. Also, our head of security carries an M4 Benchmade Contego but he used to be in the FBI and is probably 55 years old.

    Outside of work, I've not seen much, other than at the gun range I go to. One of those guys carries an XM-24, another carries a Benchmade Rift, and one carries a ZT 0566 in CF. We all BS about guns and knives when I go to the range so I've gotten to know the guys and they are a good group of dudes.
  8. skyhorse

    skyhorse Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 30, 2010
    I actually had to liberate pocket knives and concealed carry pistols temporally as an armed guard working in the courts.It was interesting to see what people that did edc carried. Lots of Gas Station stuff. Very seldom was there anything we'd consider high end. Never have once seen a CRK or Hinderer in the wild including all the Leos of any flavor.It was mostly Buck,Case and lots of SAK's . The occasional Spyderco or Benchmade I'd enconter would most likely be active duty military. Leos high end that even had one would be mostly Gerber or CRKT fare. I'm working for another agency now and overhead two Leos just yesterday evening discussing one of them delivering a baby when the Mom was injured in an accident . He had no knife to remove clothing and borrowed nail clippers from someone on scene.:eek:
  9. JPD1998

    JPD1998 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 18, 2004
    I've only seen a Sebenza out in the wild and it was before I knew what a Sebenza was.
    The owner of the knife told me it was a "Sebenza" I remembered the name when i joined the forum back in 04.
  10. kniferbro


    Jan 22, 2011
    I see Spydercos and Benchmades fairly frequently. Highest end I've ever seen was a guy carrying a Microtech while I was shopping for wedding bands. By far I see gas station knives the most.
  11. evltcat

    evltcat Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 7, 2011
    I've never seen anyone in my part of SoCal carrying anything we as Knife Knuts would consider high end / custom.
    The most exciting blade sighting I've had this year was a Spyderco PM2 in CF sitting on my phone system contractor's desk.
  12. GB940Rookie


    Apr 19, 2016
    Unfortunately never. I met a guy one time who said he had an Endura but he was scared to carry it because it was too nice.:)

    I’ve had a couple of guys see my knife and say,
    “Wow, you have a Benchmade, those are nice”

    But that’s about it.
  13. kancler

    kancler Moderator Moderator

    Mar 21, 2005
    Rarely :) BUT was impressed when my local plumbing guy had a Strider in his pocket... And yes - he is a Blade forums member :)
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  14. timbo813


    Jun 24, 2014
    Only at work. There is one guy here who is knife nut. (Mostly Spyderco, several Buck, Kershaw, ZT, and one microtech). He has gotten a few coworkers to get 1-2 spyderco's.

    Another guy is friends with a custom maker and has sold a bunch of custom fixed blades at the plant.

    I've never seen anything higher end outside of that. Tons of guys carry knives around here, they just aren't very nice.
  15. Pomsbz


    Jul 31, 2015
    Loads of people here have Leatherman's that they got when going into the army. Quite a few SAK's. Never seen anything particularly better than that though. Was in a camping store today. The knife cabinet was straight out of tacti-silly world.
  16. Monofletch

    Monofletch Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 14, 2010
    I was in QT the other day. Standing in line -I noticed there was a Pirate on this guys pocket clip. I said, “If that is an Emerson I will buy your coffee.” He smiled and said, “It is a Sheepdog and thank you!”. It was a beat to hell, well used Emerson. That is the first and only above average knife I have ever seen “in the wild”.
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  17. 19-3ben


    Jul 27, 2015
    Never. Occasional Gerber or Kershaw clipped to a pocket, and some Buck 110s and Leatherman's on the belts of guys "in the trades" but that's really it.

    I'm nuts. It's the only thing that keeps me from going crazy.
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  18. ucfgrad93


    Dec 13, 2017
    I recently moved, and noticed my realtor carried a ZT.
  19. afishhunter

    afishhunter Basic Member Basic Member

    Oct 21, 2014
    Never see anything above Buck or Old Timer/Uncle Henry in a belt sheath.
    I also see a few multitools of some sort in a belt pouch. (Probably an "off brand" from Lowe's, Home Depot, Auto Parts Store, or Big Box, since most(?) Leatherman's have a clip, and not a pouch.)

    I very rarely see a pocket clip. As for what the clipped knife is? I don't know. I can't ID a knife from the clip.
    The OHO knives I see in the stores are "No Names", CRKT, Ontario, and Spyderco.
  20. Therom


    Nov 13, 2013
    Not so many actually....
    SAKs are commun, but otherwise I have only seen a benchmade, a spyderco, a kershaw and an extrema ratio.
    Recently a CRKT....

    I think the only high end kife I have seen over the last couple of years was a Bastinelli.

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