When I was 14, my first job was in a hardware store. We had a display case, where we kept the more expensive knives/multi tools (Leatherman, Victorinox, a couple nice Case traditionals). One day, the owner decided to start stocking some Spydercos, and we received approx 5 models or so.
I just remember thinking, "man these are some far out designs"... summarily I picked up a Dragonfly and an Endura (in hindsight, wish I had picked up more, as the owner let us purchase items at cost, plus the shipping if we special ordered instead of buying directly from the store stock)
By the time I was 20-22, I had the above mentioned Dragonfly & Endura, along with a Q, a Salsa, and my pride and joy, a Smallfly.
Then, my apartment got broken into, and the lockbox with my Spydies in it was stolen.
I was mad as all hell. Mostly for the violation of privacy that something like that entails, but losing the Smallfly and the Salsa got me real bad. I kinda took a hiatus from gear for maybe 5 years, thinking cheap knives would suffice, and if they went missing, oh well.
Then one day, maybe 6 years ago, I was browsing around on Amazon, trying to get a good deal on a Leatherman Charge TTI, and in the product recommendations saw the Native... mostly, that spear like grind with the swede looked very appealing. Again, I thought, "man, what a far out design." Decided to order a Native as a small folder, and the Tenacious as a larger one to EDC. 2 weeks later, I ordered a gen 1 Manix 2 (hollow ground w/ 154CM steel).
As you can see, things may have escalated from there.