Overpriced knives in terms of materials, quality & service

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by RamZar, Nov 12, 2015.

  1. craytab

    craytab Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2012
    CRKT is this for me. I buy knives in many different price ranges. At the low end I find CRKT to be lacking in regards to materials, higher in price than competitors, and have a questionable history in design flaws/fit-finish issues.

    The knives they do make of higher quality are not made or designed by them (high-jinx) and are still overpriced given the brand. If I want an expensive lionsteel I'll buy one of their many offerings, for far less than the CRKT they made for them. Charge me near $100 for an AUS8 folder made in Taiwan and I will take my Utilitac II all day everyday, for $25.
  2. KBA


    Apr 27, 2014
    I can see that. Misread your post.
  3. stabman

    stabman Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 17, 2007
    "The Knives I Don't Like Are Overpriced!!!"

    Thread all summed up. ;)
  4. grybsh7

    grybsh7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 5, 2007
    Only 1 knife on RZ's list. My rear is only mildly sore.:D
  5. AmosPaul

    AmosPaul Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 17, 2014
    I completely agree that Northwoods knives are overpriced. Anytime I'm tempted to buy one I can find a GEC built with the same blade steel and same quality for much less. Now that I think about it just about any knife sold by Knives Ship Free is marked way up compared to other Blade Forum dealers.
  6. scoutchris


    Mar 9, 2015
    I LOVE Spyderco. So much so that I have purchased from the factory store at the ridiculous prices just to say that I did.

    Their new knives from Taichung- Slysz, Rubicon, etc... are so horridly overpriced it almost turns me off from the brand.
  7. highestpoint

    highestpoint Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    This is only why I will buy a deal that I can find something 40% or more off on something I've had on the wish list. I've only paid retail for one of my knives and that was my ZT 0630 but that was because I didn't search around and I had been wanting it for several months.
  8. FordFan


    Dec 11, 2012
    I went through a somewhat typical progression from having Case knives as a kid to Benchmade/Spyderco. Then I went to CRK. I researched other higher end knives and decided to get a Hinderer. Received an XM18 opened it, did not like it right away and sent it back for a refund. Only knife I ever sent back or sold so for me I guess that it was overpriced.

    Good and civil thread so far.
  9. katanas


    Jan 6, 2012
    sloth357 has a great point. I've never understood the prices charged by "custom" knife makers compared to production knives unless the knife is truly custom. Custom, to me, means to MY specifications-basically a one off. THAT is worth substantially more because it must be made to certain specifications. My (a little late) point being that if MY particular knife is $450, OK; that does NOT mean the makers nice knife he made is worth $350. Not to me at any rate.
  10. Hairlesstwinkie


    Feb 4, 2013
    For me, to constitute as "overpriced" someone has to be able to make the same thing for less.
  11. blade dude

    blade dude

    Nov 8, 2015
    to me most of the knives in the smkw.com calalog are overpriced except for a few name brands and all the ones for $10
  12. RamZar

    RamZar Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2013
    If a clone maker built an exact copy including materials and quality for less will the original be overpriced? Also, you still have to factor in a premium for levels of after sale service & warranty.
  13. scamero


    Aug 26, 2005
    Funnily enough, I had the opposite happen. Had a sebenza, didn't like it, hardly ever carried it, sold it. Got a hinderer and love it. Different strokes...
  14. Kwon Kwang

    Kwon Kwang

    Jul 7, 2013
    I consider Benchmade, SOG and Emerson to be generally overpriced for their materials, design, QC and F&F.

    To a lesser extent (as the QC and F&F are better) I'll say the same for Spyderco. I still buy Spyderco because I just really like some of their knives.

    Some brands like Strider and Medford just make me laugh with their prices.

    Just my opinion.
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2015
  15. Wunderbar


    May 2, 2003
    Emerson and now Microtech = overpriced.
  16. knifehoarder


    Sep 8, 2014
    Interesting topic. I think it always boils down to perceived value. Things like good steel and other materials, build quality, fit/finish, ergonomics, and action all play into it. There is a wide variation in price, and when looking at things we deem too pricey for what you get, it's always interesting to think about whether their margins or through the roof, or they just don't know how to build a knife in a cost effective manner. Poor initial build quality can lead to delays in service, so that can also play a factor in the ultimate value for the dollar.

    I personally think Shirogorov's flippers, Chris Reeve's Sebenza, TAD Gear's Dauntless, and DPX Gear's folders all represent an excellent value for the dollar. Those all vary widely in price, but there are reasons for it, and of the ones I listed above, I feel like all are excellent in the quality department, but I also think that the more money you spend, the more knife you get (of those listed above).
  17. L.H.S

    L.H.S Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 1, 2013
    In general I agree. Sometimes they have good sale prices.
  18. ArchVV

    ArchVV Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 8, 2015
    Hey at least it isn't the knives I do like that are overpriced...that would be a real problem
  19. Kwon Kwang

    Kwon Kwang

    Jul 7, 2013
    There are lots of knives I like that are overpriced, but I'm just not willing to buy them because I don't think they're worth it. Hell, there's some I did buy that I think (and thought at the time were) are overpriced, too...mostly from Spyderco. There are also some Cold Steel knives that I think are overpriced as well.

    To me, "overpriced" doesn't mean "too expensive for me". To me, "overpriced" means "being sold at a price point higher than what I think the product is worth". There are some inexpensive knives I consider overpriced, too, like the Cold Steel Pendleton Lite Hunter (as they make similar knives with more blade to them for a few dollars cheaper). They make other knives at higher price points I also consider overpriced, such as the San Mai III Gurkha Kukri (I realize it's a very capable blade and San Mai construction is very costly to produce, but friggin hell, $420 street price when the O-1 version is available for less than half that? Give me a break) and their Frontier Bowie (with those materials, I just can't see how the cost is justified). On the flip side, there are somewhat pricey knives I consider to be an exemplary value, such as the San Mai III Recon Tanto and SRK, or the Spyderco Super Blue sprint runs.

    I won't buy a knife that I consider overpriced because I want value for my money, regardless of how much or how little I'm spending.
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2015
  20. Yalius

    Yalius Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 20, 2012
    I think the current prices for Atwood tools and Vox Snails put "overpriced" in a completely new light.

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