Odd reasons a purchase was questioned by others

Hickory n steel

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We all get this response, we're proud of a new knife or tool and are unashamed of what it cost so when we show it to someone and they ask how much we don't think anything of telling them.
Very often their response is " you paid that much for a knife ! ", But what are some of the odd reasons the price you payed was questioned ?
Today I showed a coworker the Utica multimaster I recently bought for $35 and their response was " that's not bad " but when I showed them the little Sebertool M2 that I paid $37 for last week their response was " you paid way too much for that little thing ".
Apparently it should only cost $5 because it's tiny.

There was also the orange Case peanut I bought a few months ago for about $45 that I showed someone and their response was " for that price it should have more blades than just two ".

And another knife I bought one time that had a plain black handle and got the response that for what it cost the handle should at least be a cool color or something, and the knife was only $20.
 
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" you payed that much for a knife ! "

I always reply - Yeah try buying a Gucci, Hermes, Dior or Chanel handbag for your gf/fiancee/wife $2,500-$5,000 on the average or more.. For that price you can buy many awesome knives. And those handbags depreciate like motherf..... At least knives you could trade/sell.

People have no clue of value.
 

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People only understand their own hobbies. Spending more than 2 seconds thinking about the price of someone else's hobby is too much to ask, so the automatic response is "that's too expensive".

I'm sure we've all been guilty of it at some point.
 

Hickory n steel

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I probably am overthinking this, but I find it interesting what a non knife nut considers a factor in cost or value.

Small ones should be cheap, plain ones should be fancier, and multi bladed knives should have the maximum number of blades.


It would be fun to set a bunch of my knives on a table and have someone put them in order of least to most expensive and see why they made each choice.
 

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There is NO ONE where I work that understands the value of any knife, when they see a folder I have and I tell them how much it was, their eyes go wide and stare at me like WHAT??? I think that knife people do have more iron in their blood, just a strong need for a sharp blade.

Many years ago I was working in Mexico City, on the outskirts of that very large city at a glass bottle factory, training people there on some of our equipment they recently bought. I had two translators from Monterey to help with the training. As I was there I asked if any of the workers were knife guys, none, BUT they all carried hacksaw blades that had been sharpened and an impromptu handle of wrapped electrical tape. Not the prettiest things in the world but they would cut! So, while we struggle with what knife to get or which one to carry, there are many that really don't put much thought to that at all and think us all mad...and maybe they are closer than we like to admit ;)

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I don’t think I’ve had anyone rude enough to ask what I spent on a knife. Nor a car or a gun.

Unless I can’t stop talking about the cost.
 
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There is NO ONE where I work that understands the value of any knife, when they see a folder I have and I tell them how much it was, their eyes go wide and stare at me like WHAT??? I think that knife people do have more iron in their blood, just a strong need for a sharp blade.

Many years ago I was working in Mexico City, on the outskirts of that very large city at a glass bottle factory, training people there on some of our equipment they recently bought. I had two translators from Monterey to help with the training. As I was there I asked if any of the workers were knife guys, none, BUT they all carried hacksaw blades that had been sharpened and an impromptu handle of wrapped electrical tape. Not the prettiest things in the world but they would cut! So, while we struggle with what knife to get or which one to carry, there are many that really don't put much thought to that at all and think us all mad...and maybe they are closer than we like to admit ;)

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Try talking to people who collect watches. I bet many here would be shocked at the money they spend on their hobby, ours would be like petty cash :D

you aint lying im a member at watchuseek dot com and i collect here and there . i paid 2,500 bucks for a limited Kazimon bronze first run of 5 i had number 5 .
 
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If someone says you paid too much, just tell them you can afford it and if they worked harder (or stayed in school, had a better job, etc. etc...) they might be able to afford one too.
 
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I have a few expensive pursuits. Photography is insane when you buy nice
lenses. On the upside...you can use them for years. Nightvision is also very pricey.
But worth it. I have a Flir and can see heat...something I wanted for decades but
is only now "affordable". In comparison to those knives are a budget friendly
pursuit! I don't have any Shiros or other super exotic blades so I consider my knives
to be priced pretty low for what I get from them.
It could be worse. High end watch collecting, exotic cars, boating, etc.

Some hobbies are more expensive than others! I don't care what others think about
my spending. It makes sense to me. Muggles are muggles because they don't understand.
And that is fine too.

I like weather instruments too. I have a decent barometer collection. I am fortunate
that most people go digital so I could buy very high end Aneroid ships Barometers
for pennies on the dollar. Like getting a custom Shiro for 50 bucks!
I am a geek. I am used to people not understanding...
 

Hickory n steel

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you aint lying im a member at watchuseek dot com and i collect here and there . i paid 2,500 bucks for a limited Kazimon bronze first run of 5 i had number 5 .
Currently I'm fine with my $30 Casio watches and would never spend that much on a watch, but while I don't really have a personal understanding of the watch hobby I would not question your purchase of a watch that expensive because know it's a hobby like any other.
 

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I get this question reasonably frequently.

Some of my friends have all their money in guns, some in optics for the guns, some in toys and trinkets, nick nacks and what have you. Pens, bags, watches....

I work with several gun nuts. Some have an affinity for decent knives.



My father will spend decent money on a rifle, and as much or more on a decent scope without too much thought... he has a custom knife that my uncle made 30 years ago..... he has no desire to lay out money for custom knives. His nicest knives are ones I've bought him!!! (Other than that one custom).

My brother in law (married to my younger sister) wears a $4000 or so watch....but scoffs at the price of a mid level knife like a Busse, or custom knife price. He bought his first Glock (first gun at all) and was too cheap to purchase any high capacity magazines. The 10 rounders were cheaper than the 17 rounders!! (Few bucks more each!!) He will buy my sister a 3k road bike without even a thought, snow board and ski gear, boat and wake board gear.... or a new SUV..... but a $500 knife is a waste to him!!
 
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