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One way to determine which knife is your favorite

Postby jackknifeh » Tue Oct 07, 2014 1:08 pm

A few months ago we had a financial issue happen that required that I sell my GB and my Sage4. Since getting these two knives they both have held the "favorite knife" title. Now that we are past the financial tradgedy I just ordered the GB to replace the one I had. I didn't even think twice about which one to get. I may get the Sage4 later but which one to get first was a given. Didn't require any thought at all. It doesn't surprise me that I decided on the GB. What did surprise me a little was how easy a decision it was. I have to say one big factor was the M4 blade steel.

So, while it's not something I hope for anyone, the need to sell knives I love knowing I'd replace them later let me know which one I like more. This is different than deciding which knife to buy when considering two I had never owned. I already knew everything there was to know about both knives. I hope no one else gets to determine their favorite in this manner. OTOH, even the hard times didn't prompt me to sell the Chaparral ti (2). :) So maybe that one is my "real" favorite. :)

Anyway, there's a new GB on it's way. BTW, I was able to find one for $143.97 on ebay. I thought that was a very good price. Now someone will say "Hey, I saw one on Howe's (or somewhere) for $125 or something like that. :)


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Re: One way to determine which knife is your favorite

Postby Strong-Dog » Tue Oct 07, 2014 1:27 pm

I absolutely agree, selling something is the best way to determine how much you really like it. And BTW, if you go over to Bladeforums you can find NIB GBs for $120-130

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Re: One way to determine which knife is your favorite

Postby MacLaren » Tue Oct 07, 2014 2:46 pm

Yeah, no doubt about it.
I'm thinking my Vallotton would be there till the bitter end. I'd sell my 90v and 110v blades before I would it. I just really like that knife.

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Re: One way to determine which knife is your favorite

Postby Invective » Tue Oct 07, 2014 4:08 pm

I recently went through some personal stuff and sold off 80% or so of my collection. Was actually a really nice exercise in realizing what I used my knives for. I sold off almost all my collabs, (left with just the Cento4 and Pink Lum Chinese) and most of my in-house but somehow held on to two Millies and three Natives. So I guess you could say those are my favorite platforms, and they definitely show the use well so I guess it's to be expected! Surprisingly only have three different steels between the five of them, and three of them are full SE! I hope you're proud JD this is your doing!

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Re: One way to determine which knife is your favorite

Postby jackknifeh » Tue Oct 07, 2014 5:10 pm

Strong-Dog wrote:I absolutely agree, selling something is the best way to determine how much you really like it. And BTW, if you go over to Bladeforums you can find NIB GBs for $120-130
Figures. Shoulda shopped more I guess. No matter. I'd have paid what CS sells them for and been happy. :) Still, coulda used the extra $20 for something else I'm sure. Just glad I have a new GB coming. I modded my other one a little. I enlarged the lock access and made it possible to put a wire clip on it. I may enlarge the lock access but that's it. I may make a set of scales some day but as many times as I thought about it on my first one I couldn't come up with anything I'd like more than the CF that the knife comes dressed in. :) I made a bunch of scales for the Sage 4 because the original wood cracked when I snagged my clip on something. I made a bunch of scales for my G-10 Manbug because while grey G-10 isn't ugly and the knife looks fine as is there are lots of options that are as good a scale material and have different looks. The silver bolster on a knife also adds beauty to about any scale material IMO. Maybe I should make scales for the GB with two materials on each side. One would act as a bolster and the other would be at the rear of the handle. There I go, thinking again. :) It's just that the GB is about as perfect as a knife can be. Just my opinion of course. :D

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I forgot. I also forced a patina on the blade as well as stonewashed it on my first GB. I think I'm just going to make sure the pivot stays clean and lubed for corrosion protection but I'll let the blade become what nature and what I use it for decides it should look like. Regarding patina that is. I did like the stonewashed look with the black CF.

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Re: One way to determine which knife is your favorite

Postby Donut » Wed Oct 08, 2014 10:24 am

I want to know when we'll see K390 and 10V and S90V Bradley folder. :)
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Re: One way to determine which knife is your favorite

Postby Evil D » Wed Oct 08, 2014 12:19 pm

It's an interesting idea...what would you part with if you had to and what does that say about your feelings for that knife? Ironically, there are at least 2 that I won't part with for any (reasonable) price, and they're two models that I very rarely carry and honestly don't really have a lot of interest in carrying anymore (Caly 3 and Native LW). They're just sentimental knives that are kind of like timeline events in my "knife life" and I just can't see myself selling or parting with them under any reasonable circumstances.

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Re: One way to determine which knife is your favorite

Postby Strong-Dog » Wed Oct 08, 2014 12:49 pm

I miss my GB now.....**** near perfect knife

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Re: One way to determine which knife is your favorite

Postby gull wing » Wed Oct 08, 2014 3:08 pm

Got to be tough, sell a knife you love, a hard lesson. :(
I've sold a few, but never looked back. Even my Para 2. (still have my old Para 1)

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Re: One way to determine which knife is your favorite

Postby mark jeneson » Thu Oct 09, 2014 8:20 am

There's a couple knives I refuse to sell, even in dire circumstances. Techno is one. And i'm pretty sure the Slysz Bowie is one, so far. If you won't, can't bring yourself to sell it, then you've found a real winner!

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Re: One way to determine which knife is your favorite

Postby JD Spydo » Fri Oct 10, 2014 1:23 pm

Some of my Holy Grail stuff that I will never let go of are my Hawkbills, C-60 Ayoob models, and 2 particular Military models with special steels. I also doubt if any of my Catcherman models will ever come up for sale or trade as well as my original TEMP 1 models (SE & PE).

I'm to the point to where I don't actually have one distinct favorite because I actually have about 8 Spyderco models that qualify as my favorite models which will never be up for sale or trade. Barring something extremely catastrophic of course.

My favorites are determined by actual usage for the most part. Which is why my Ayoob is one of my very favorite folders to carry/EDC. But I have a few others I rotate on a needed basis.

I also have sharpening equipment that I would never sell or trade either.

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Re: One way to determine which knife is your favorite

Postby Doc Dan » Sat Oct 11, 2014 12:00 am

Been there, done that. Painful, to be sure. But, it does show us what is truly needful.


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