Read the review of the ATR in the July issue of <i>Tactical Knives</i> for more information. I myself am comfortable with the Gunting and carry the live or drone versions alternatively. (Both of which, BTW, are over $100.00 MSRP) The ATR is an effective MBC folder and your value will depend on its use and what you're going to put into it.
Although it doesn't guarantee quality or justify price I find the $100 limit viewpoint prevalent in people buying SCUBA equipment as well. Many folks question why I buy a $400.00 plus regulator and rather than go into flow volumes, ease of breathing, quality, and maintenance issues, my response is usually, "How much is your life worth?"
I know we're not talking life or death with the ATR but you have to set your own value and decide what is important in an MBC rated knife, a collector's knife, or anything else you want to own. Your own value and utilization should drive what you can and will pay to achieve optimum satisfaction. Worth, effectively, is relative.
I, myself, would think much more than twice about buying a "$200.00 pistol". Unless you've got a buddy who's going to sell you a seriously good pistol for the price of the ATR, I wouldn't trust a $200 surplus handgun without wondering what in the flaming hubs of Hades is wrong with it and how many rounds down the tube before it jams or fails on me - but then your buddy could probably sell you his new ATR at a bargain price too.
I may reconsider this opinion based on whether that's $200 Canadian or $200 US for those customs you're talking about. Aw heck! Either way, that would be one heck of a bargain for a custom. Keep me on the list and send pics!! <img src="smile.gif" width=15 height=15 align=middle border=0>
BTW: I do have an ATR and believe it is a finely crafted tool well worth the much less than $200 price I paid as a collector. I just prefer the Gunting as an MBC carry due to the fexibility it offers along the application of force scale.
Edited by - java on 5/15/2004 2:56:10 PM