Support BladeForums! Paid memberships don't see ads! I don't agree with this analogy. I think the purpose of Damasteel is to provide both beauty and performance. From what little I know about damasteel (from reading about it before/after I purchased mine at BLADE is the Damasteel flat out performs. That combined with the beauty of the pattern is enough for me. I am not a collector. I use my knives so I was always a bit hesitant to purchase a damascus blade CRK. I know many use them and I am sure I was just overthinking it but the Damasteel seems to alleviate all my fears.