I support Spyderco because of the story below. As a company of great people and great products they fulfilled a long time desire of mine.
I AM NOT SELLING KNIVES NOW. I HAVE NONE FOR SALE AND AM NOT TRYING TO SELL ON THE FORUM.
I never wanted to have a collection of knives. All I wanted for many many years was one knife that would stay sharp and feel good to use. I just never decided to spend the money on better quality knives. I soon found out one wouldn’t be enough but still I didn’t want a collection. So I bought a few nicer knives and a couple of Spydercos. After that is was only Spyderco knives. After getting over 20 or 25 knives I found I was only using a handful of them so decided to sell some to finance getting others in the search for the one (or 5) knife I wanted. Every single Spyderco knife I bought I liked so I had some hard choices to make. Anyway, when I started selling some on eBay I found they were very easy to sell as long as I had taken care of them. Since they were "used" I had to take a loss of course. I didn't create a spreadsheet or anything but I believe I took a loss of 20 to 25% in the long run. Maybe 30% if you include eBay fees and shipping charges but no more. This loss was perfectly fine as far as I'm concerned. What I gained from the money I didn't get back is lots of knowledge about different blade steels, handle ergonomics, locks, etc. I’m no expert but did learn a lot. Mainly, I learned what I liked or disliked in different knives. EBay was the selling path I took. Maybe not the best, just the way I went. Protection for the buyer and seller is the main reason.
So, the reason I'm posting this is if anyone is in the same boat and feels they are getting a collection of knives that aren't used and you don't really want a "collection" they are easily re-sellable at what I'd call a reasonable loss from original purchase price. Use that cash for new knives. I also feel good knowing I was able to help someone get the knife they have been wanting and saving a little money at the same time. This works for me because I’m not selling broken beat up knives. Maybe the new knives you get will take the place of your favorite EDC, maybe they won't. For me, I now have a set of about 5 or 6 Spyderco knives that I'll keep. Different sizes and/or reasons I'll carry one instead of the other.
Here is what I've found to be my favorites. Everyone would not agree with my choices. The good thing about that is Spyderco does have 5 or 6 knives of different models almost anyone would be happy with as a “set” like the one I have decided on.
: Absolute favorite for EDC.
: Second choice for absolute favorite for EDC except the blade is just a tad longer than I prefer. I can easily live with it though and do on many days.
: Would be absolute favorite except too often I need something bigger or stronger. This has got to be one of the best EDC knives in the world. If anyone disagrees with this that’s ok. Everyone has the right to be wrong.
Just kidding. I will add the next Chaparral when I can after it is released.
: Absolute favorite for a small EDC knife. VERY sturdy little guy.
: Second (maybe first, hard to decide) absolute favorite for EDC knife. Another VERY sturdy little guy. I want to keep this one in better shape only because it's a sprint. I did and would EDC it if I didn't have the Manbug which is a normal production knife and easily replaced in necessary.
: This one I will carry in situations where a salt model may be more appropriate. VG-10 properly taken care of is perfectly fine I think around water. Unless you work on a shrimp boat for days at a time at sea or worse conditions regarding corrosion.
Even though I listed whys and whens I would carry different ones they are all interchangeable for me on most days. Also, for a non-working lazy bum like me the Sage4 and GB are far stronger than I need. But I know I have the strength if I need it. I’ll still be getting other knives of course and some I’ll keep and they may replace one or more of the ones I’m keeping now. Or maybe they won’t.
I appreciate Spyderco people and their products because of the knives I’ve bought and used none were junk and all were enjoyable to use while I searched for my favorites. Reminds me of girls.
Did I type that out loud???
Knives are better than girls because none of my knives ever told me I was a stupid jerk and they never wanted me to touch them again.
After about a month of that I dump a girl.