N. Brian Huegel wrote:
Paul, I find your logic a little flawed IMHO. You are buying, using, and generally positively commenting on some of the finest (and relatively expensive) knives in the world and yet are too cheap to buy equivalent accessories. Why not just buy and use these knives (http://www.smkw.com/webapp/eCommerce/pr ... B40.html)?
as they will fulfill the same basic purpose.
Buying cheap tools is usually rewarded by the hassle of having to replace them when they inevitably fail. Buy quality once. Quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten.
All I can say is that, in my experience, inexpensive does not always equate to cheap. Back in the day when I use to work on my cars, I had less problems with Craftsman tools than with some of the more expensive brands, including Snap On.
As for the Torx wrenches, all I can say is that I've used my Husky set any number of times over the past six years and have yet to either damage a driver or bugger a screw. And, while Wiha does make driver sets that stores bits in the handle, they are larger, which gives you more leverage and increases the risk of striping a screw. Plus, none that I've found includes all the sizes Spyderco uses. So I'm hard pressed to see the benefit a more expensive Torx wrench set would give me.
Not to mention that, back in 2004, when I first got the unpleasant surprise of finding myself unable to remove the clip from my first Stretch because they were attached with something other than phillips screws, I tried a half dozen hardware stores, a couple Radio Shacks and a hobby shop before stumbling on the Husky set in Home Depot. Have a hunch that, like me, most folks needing one for the first time would rather buy local than order over the internet and wait.
FWIW, I don't drive a BMW, wear a Rolex, or write with a Mont Blanc either. I think Spydercos, while not cheap, are with only rare exceptions not terribly expensive either. If I was a knife snob, and put "quality" above function, I'd carry a William Henry, or at the very least a Chris Reeve. I truth, I'd rather have a VG-10/FRN Stretch in my pocket than either of those brands.
I gravitated to Spyderco because of three things. The midlock, which I have found to be the easiest to use hand-neutral lock. The 50/50 choil, which gives me peace of mind when I need to choke up on a knife. The round hole opener which is the easiest opening system I've ever used and which, IMHO, Spyderco is still the only knife company that has a legitimate right to use. Have yet to find any brand, cheaper or more expensive, I like more.