I love having a knife that at first I don't want to use it for things it was actually designed for because I don't want to get it dirty, scratched or whatever. But after the first scratch or anything that happens to it I quit worrying about getting it dirty and then I can get MUCH more pleasure from the knife. The sharpening thing means a lot too. The Sage4 was a huge favorite of mine mainly because I made so many sets of scales for it. So in addition to it being a great knife I could change scales so they match my socks. So I know what you mean about the performance outweighing how a knife looks.babtron wrote: But what put it over the edge and made it my most sentimental knife, was the sharpening experiences I had with it. Upon learning how to sharpen, this knife was my lab rat. I found some rust spots on the edge and decided to convex the edge. It was my first time trying the technique. I ended up grinding away the patina from the first months of use, but it became the sharpest knife I've ever sharpened--adding to the sentimental value. No longer did I care how the blade looked from the grind marks. The cladding especially adds a different look. For me, it's all about how the knife performs now, not how it looks. It isn't the prettiest knife out there, but holy crap does it perform. Quite frankly, after looking at it more, I think it looks awesome. The character on this thing is awesome, especially starting the patina again.