Do you hoard your Spydercos?

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Do you hoard your Spydercos?

Postby simon711 » Tue Jun 14, 2016 1:33 am

I'm kind of like a squirrel when I buy a Spyderco I like. I need to buy at least 3 of a knife I like. One that I can use, and two back-ups in case anything goes wrong. I have this deep fear that when the knife gets discontinued, I'll never be able to get one again. Does anybody else have this problem?

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Re: Do you hoard your Spydercos?

Postby Surfingringo » Tue Jun 14, 2016 4:41 am

Hi Simon, I'll give you my take on it...its a bit different than some but I'll try not to get too carried away. :rolleyes:

I moved out of the country a long time ago and simplified my life. One of those simplifications was that I let go of everything. I either sold or gave away every single thing that wouldn't fit in a single backpack and I lived that way for YEARS and YEARS. Now I've gotten older and I own a small home here so of course, I've collected a few possessions but I try to keep it really simple still because I fell in love with the sense of liberation I felt from getting rid of all the clutter.

The point of all that is that the same philosophy governs my "knife collecting". I enjoy knives so I buy way more than I need but I definitely don't hoard them. I try to keep things down to 12-15 folders and even then it feels kind of excessive overwhelming. Don't get me wrong, I buy way more than that but I just can't hold on to them. I start feeling nervous, (like I'm letting life get complicated again) so I will sell the extras, or more commonly I give them away. This has the added benefit of making me a bit more discerning about what I choose to purchase. If I just gave aways a $100 knife last week because I didn't need it, it makes me think twice before picking up a new $100 knife that I think I kind of need. :p

Regarding buying multiple copies of the same knife, that is something that I NEVER do. I only have so much money and I would rather try something new every now and then than store up extras of a knife that (if I were honest with myself) I could live quite happily without even owning the original. I also have complete faith that Spyderco is going to continue to produce innovative and interesting tools so I feel no need to anchor myself to a certain point in "knife history". I'll just float down the river and see where it takes me. ;)

Just to be clear, I know I got a bit "philosophical" there, but none of is a judgement about how anyone else goes about their knife collecting. If any of you like to keep a bathtub full of spydercos and swim in them like Scrooge McDuck, then more power to you. I've just found my own level of "knife collecting" that I'm comfortable with. :)

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Re: Do you hoard your Spydercos?

Postby Parhelion » Tue Jun 14, 2016 4:50 am

simon711 wrote:...I need to buy at least 3 of a knife I like. One that I can use, and two back-ups in case anything goes wrong... Does anybody else have this problem?
Nope. It just knives. Very good knives but nevertheless. Actually even a single knife will serve you your whole life.

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Re: Do you hoard your Spydercos?

Postby bearfacedkiller » Tue Jun 14, 2016 5:52 am

There are too many great knives out there for me to be cutting into my budget by buying duplicates. I have enough knives to last me ten lifetimes so if I lose one then so be it. Easy come, easy go. It would be a bummer but oh well. I have misplaced some for quite a while but seem to always find them eventually.
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Re: Do you hoard your Spydercos?

Postby demoncase » Tue Jun 14, 2016 6:51 am

bearfacedkiller wrote:There are too many great knives out there for me to be cutting into my budget by buying duplicates. I have enough knives to last me ten lifetimes so if I lose one then so be it. Easy come, easy go. It would be a bummer but oh well. I have misplaced some for quite a while but seem to always find them eventually.
100% agreed....Duplicates are only in my collection as different variations of the same model- I don't own two of exactly the same model as a 'replacement'. Later iterations or model variants, sure
(I've an Economy, a Delica 1, a Delica 2, a pair of Delica 2s in different edges and a brace of Delica 4s- the Ti Damasteel sprint showpony and an all stainless serrated workhorse)

In brutally simplistic terms- my collection of 114 knives are roughly the same size (2-4") folding knives and thus functionaly interchangeable- ....Obviously, I don't feel that way and understand each one is unique and special- but having 2 or 3 of a particular variation of a model just doesn't work for me: If I can't find my Native III, I'm pretty sure that one of the other knives in that size range I grab from the case will do 90% as well.
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Re: Do you hoard your Spydercos?

Postby Evil D » Tue Jun 14, 2016 6:59 am

I only buy duplicates for knives I'm really really fond of and/or sprints (which if I buy I'm really really fond of also). Otherwise any variations I have or will buy happen because of material changes, different steel and scale etc. I do have a couple standard production knives that are now discontinued that I didn't own until after they were gone that I wish I could (easily and cheaply) buy a backup for, so when the discontinued list comes out each year I make sure to grab one of anything I may want in the future.

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Re: Do you hoard your Spydercos?

Postby PaleMoon » Tue Jun 14, 2016 7:26 am

Very well said Surfingringo! Both my situation and philosophy are very close to yours :)

I will add this, too. As some may know, in Japan there is this very interesting tradition of destroying and rebuilding temples from scratch at specific time intervals to illustrate the concepts of loss and renewal. In a way, this practice thought me not to get too attached to material possessions. As such, if a knife I love is discontinued, I simply remind myself that something equally exciting is certainly coming to replace it.

Unless there was a specific model that was extremely useful for my line of work (User Jazz and his "wharnie delica" from another thread would be an example), I find no use for duplicates.
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Re: Do you hoard your Spydercos?

Postby dplafoll » Tue Jun 14, 2016 7:28 am

I bought a second Dragonfly 2. I had the funds, I love the steel(HAP-40), I love the platform, and since it's a sprint and hard to find, the important factor was that my local B&M held one for me. Otherwise, I don't plan on buying duplicates. I don't have the money, and I'd rather go for highly-curated diversity. That said, there are knives that I would probably own multiple examples, such as various PM2s, or another sprint run of a knife I already have. I also don't count knives in the same family as duplicates, like the Sage or Chaparral. The exception would be if I was able to get a really good deal on something, and if it seemed like I'd be able to possibly unload the extras(like if I found Caly3s for $100; I'd buy two or three and sell all but one).
I will say that I wish I WAS in a financial position to be able to buy duplicates like that. :p
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Re: Do you hoard your Spydercos?

Postby rodloos » Tue Jun 14, 2016 9:18 am

The first time I bought a duplicate it was accidental (I forgot I had already ordered one from a different vendor). But having had a scare where I couldn't find a special Sprint for awhile and fearing I would not ever be able to have that one again, it got to where I sometimes order 2 of the same knife for Sprint runs/dealer exclusives -- my justification was "I can always sell it for more than I paid for it" but in reality I've never been able to bring myself to sell one of my knives. I have gifted them to famly/friends on occasion.

The most "duplicates" I have of the same knife is probably around 4. The wait for the fluted Ti Military was so long, I had built up this unstoppable urge to buy one if I ever saw it available (though one of those 4 I own is the early color-anodized release, the others are uncolored). Of course I still have lots of other millies in other steels/handle variations as well. I still have to fight the urge to buy a fluted Ti Millie whenever I see one, though most dealers have them in stock now.

If you have the money, and the knife is a special combination that really appeals to you, sure, buying a duplicate right up front is cheaper than trying to acquire one after they are discontinued... but be assured Spyderco will still be making more knives that will also be special in their own way :).
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Re: Do you hoard your Spydercos?

Postby Blerv » Tue Jun 14, 2016 9:37 am

I used to. They just don't wear out fast enough to justify (imho). I've sold more duplicates than needed them; like 20 to 0.

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Re: Do you hoard your Spydercos?

Postby wrdwrght » Tue Jun 14, 2016 11:26 am

As was said, one good knife can last a lifetime, so I am certainly hoarding Spydercos.

But I am about to unload some models and varieties (9 in all) that have satisfied my curiosity (curiosity being what led me to acquire them).

The only duplicate Spydie I have ever owned is the M4 Manix2, which has been my favorite steel/design combo since its release (I duplicated this knife because aggressive removal of my patina experiments damaged the lasered markings on my first one). The imminent M4 PM2 will likely lead me unload the damaged one.

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Re: Do you hoard your Spydercos?

Postby Brock O Lee » Tue Jun 14, 2016 12:33 pm

No hoarding here, but I try to sample most of the available steels.
Favourites at the moment: Military 204P, Spydiechef, Sage 2, Pits, Heinnie UKPK, Native Cruwear, Chaparral Ti

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Re: Do you hoard your Spydercos?

Postby Spydergirl88 » Tue Jun 14, 2016 12:38 pm

Brock O Lee wrote:No hoarding here, but I try to sample most of the available steels.
Me too

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Re: Do you hoard your Spydercos?

Postby bh49 » Tue Jun 14, 2016 1:04 pm

I have triples of three of my favorite favorite knives. All of them discontinued a while ago. Used to be worse. At one time I had five of original C83 and four sprints. This is not like I have a huge budget or collection. There are not that many knives, which I love, so I need back-ups.
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Re: Do you hoard your Spydercos?

Postby APS » Tue Jun 14, 2016 1:15 pm

My favorite model and 95% edc is the VG-10 Stretch FRN which is now discontinued and I don't like the new model. So I bought two more and have Andrej's scales on them. Other than that I just buy one of the models I like.

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Re: Do you hoard your Spydercos?

Postby toxophilus » Tue Jun 14, 2016 1:24 pm

I do have some multiples however I plan on passing those onto my kids for the grandchildren!

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Re: Do you hoard your Spydercos?

Postby BTG » Tue Jun 14, 2016 5:51 pm

I hoard...I want them all...seriously, only buy exact duplicates if I REALLY love a knive and plan on EDC'ing it...but for collecting I'll get 1 of each far Delica's are my strongest suit. 27 all different...but all D4's...I'm afraid to try getting older ones..probably 100's.

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Re: Do you hoard your Spydercos?

Postby farnorthdan » Tue Jun 14, 2016 5:53 pm

Hoarder :D (Me)
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Re: Do you hoard your Spydercos?

Postby 10just » Tue Jun 14, 2016 6:05 pm

Thought about buying a duplicate the other day, but if that cash is really burning a hole in your pocket its worth shopping around for a new model.

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Re: Do you hoard your Spydercos?

Postby Tdog » Tue Jun 14, 2016 6:22 pm

Definite hoarder here. :p :p I have multiples of a number of different knives. Some day I'll offer to my kids the ones they want, and sell off a bunch-o Spydies. That day may not be too far off. My office closed a few months back and I'm temporarily retired. :) Been buying for years and have never sold a knife, though gifted many. My kids really don't want to hassle with selling knives, and there's limited space on a boat. Already started the yard sales to thin out years of accumulated "junk" Looking forward to having less to maintain and more free time to fish and dive. Grandchildren are the best :D

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