One of the things I value about the Porch is that inexpensive production knives are celebrated right alongside high-dollar custom ones. Does it cut well and do you enjoy using it? Yes? Well, friend, post a picture and you're sure to find folks who share your appreciation of it. A couple of weeks ago I started pondering what a $100 traditional knife starter set might look like. Along the way, I came to the conclusion that it need not be a starter set. I believe with $100 you can build a complete collection that offers a rich and satisfying experience. In fact, I believe that many such collections are possible. I really enjoyed thinking through what my $100 collection would be. It made me think hard about my tastes and what I value in a knife. I'll share my collection below and invite you to do the same. These are the constraints I gave myself, and I ask that you follow them, too, so that we maintain the spirit of the original experiment: - Each knife must be easily obtainable. It's OK to include out-of-production knives as long as they are readily available in new condition. - You do not need to currently own the knives you select. - Any traditional knife is welcome: slipjoints, friction folders, fixed blades, whatever you like that fits in here. - Use realistic prices--no counting on special deals from your rich friend who has too many knives. - Ignore the cost of shipping. My understanding is that we're not supposed to discuss specifics of knife prices here, so please don't itemize the costs of your collection. I'll trust you that you summed them up and they were within the $100 budget. Without further ado, here is my $100 collection: - A. Wright Buffalo Lambsfoot--handsome; hand made; stout, reassuring pull; versatile workhorse. - Camillus #72--wonderful selection of blades for whittling, just sharpen and go; lovely clip main of just the right size; tackles all of my EDC use cases; out of production but still easy to find in new condition on auction sites. - Victorinox Tinker--stainless and sharp; great companion for traveling; easy to replace on the go. I welcome comments and discussion on my collection and encourage you to post your $100 collections, too. I expect there will be a lot of variation based on people's tastes, and I'm looking forward to seeing what folks come up with.