Blerv wrote:What do you mean by "doesn't cut it"? That could be toughness, edge retention, corrosion resistance, etc.
What do you intend to use the knife for? Camping folks do all sorts of different chores and define abuse differently.
^--- Those are just questions to help clarify and assist, not judgements.
Lastly to justify price one has to take into account the cost of materials, manufacturing, importing, and in this case the dollar-to-yen conversion.
For $60 give/take I would be hard pressed to find a much better "slicing" knife than the Endura. It's ergonomic, grippy and durable while still staying light and precise with it's blade shape/grind. Something like the Manix2 would likely stand up to camp duties better (depending on your definitions).
Good point on asking what the knife will mainly be used for. Good question to answer so the user of a knife can make a better decision.
About justifying the price that will be different for just about everyone. I remember when I decided to get a "better" quality knife about 6 years ago. I was shocked
at the prices I saw. I had never paid more than $20 for a knife and I thought that was a "nice" one. Now I don't get nervous until the price is over $150 for a "user" knife. That's not because I have more money now, rather I'm just not surprised anymore. Also, I was never unable to "get the job done" with my $10 knives. They weren't as comfortable, edge retention was terrible (which was my main complaint), etc. so now I wish I had looked into better knives about 30 years ago. What I'm getting at is $60 for a "pocket knife" does need to be justified and I think Spyderco's knives justify themselves every time they are used. But you won't know that until you own and use at least one. So, I agree also that the price for an Endura is very justifiable, just surprising at first. I'd also suggest a Delica when time and money permits for the jobs that the Endura is just a little to big for. Those two knives set the standard.