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How I Really Buy Knives

Postby MichaelScott » Tue Apr 23, 2019 10:58 pm

Some time back I developed a theory about how to buy knives. It was logical, efficient and a decent guide for making decisions amongst knives especially if one was concerned with usefulness, price and quality. It’s a shame I don’t follow it. Well, not really because my subjective seat-of-the-pants impulse-driven method has resulted in my acquiring some really good knives that probably wouldn’t have passed the logic test.

The One-Eyed Jack and the Ikuchi are two examples. Very different and amazingly cool and effective. Did I plan to buy them, do comparisons, evaluate their ergonomics and effectiveness? No. It was more like, I must have this knife but I’m not really sure why.

Tonight, thinking about selling a couple that I don’t use all that much I pondered what I would replace them with. Then I remembered that my actual grail Spyderco is a Bob Lum Chinese folder. It just resonates with me for many reasons. It’s one knife I want to have before I die. I found one; I ordered it. I’m happy.

So much for logic.
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Re: How I Really Buy Knives

Postby ZrowsN1s » Wed Apr 24, 2019 12:50 am

:D we want what we want don't we?

The Lum is a good lookin blade. Hope you like it.
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Re: How I Really Buy Knives

Postby Vivi » Wed Apr 24, 2019 1:43 am

I have two criteria for buying knives.

1 - Do I like it?
2 - Will I use it?

Pretty simple and effective. I can make do with 2-3 folders, fixed blades and multitools and feel I have all my bases covered. The rest is just for fun until I get around to selling some off.

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Re: How I Really Buy Knives

Postby TomAiello » Wed Apr 24, 2019 7:26 am

The selection is so varied today that I pretty much settled on "must be both practical and beautiful (at least to my eye)"

A simpler way to state it is "I use it and it makes me giggle when I do." ;)

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Re: How I Really Buy Knives

Postby Albatross » Wed Apr 24, 2019 9:04 am

TomAiello wrote:
Wed Apr 24, 2019 7:26 am
The selection is so varied today that I pretty much settled on "must be both practical and beautiful (at least to my eye)"

A simpler way to state it is "I use it and it makes me giggle when I do." ;)
Hopefully not in public. :D
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Re: How I Really Buy Knives

Postby Doc Dan » Wed Apr 24, 2019 9:20 am

I TRY to look at:

1. Do I like the looks?
2. Do I like the feel in my hand?
3. Do I have a use for it (real or possible)?
4. Do I simply want it for some reason? ;)

To be honest, I do not have a use for most of the knives that I have. Some are simply for a change of carry, some are "what if". I could sell off a whole lot of knives (probably should) and never miss them.
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Re: How I Really Buy Knives

Postby Maximumsmoochy » Wed Apr 24, 2019 1:58 pm

By the time you are reading and posting on knife forums, it's a pretty thin pretence of logical/practical knife purchase habits.

Design aesthetic and enjoyment-in-use are my key values, neither of which hems me in too much during the selection process.
Past: Dragonfly, Air, Rhino, Lil' Native, Brouwer, Native 5, Para 3, Stretch 2, PM2, Smock
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Re: How I Really Buy Knives

Postby bearfacedkiller » Wed Apr 24, 2019 3:25 pm

Do I want it?
Can I afford it?

Not a whole lot more to it for me.
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Re: How I Really Buy Knives

Postby ZrowsN1s » Wed Apr 24, 2019 3:54 pm

TomAiello wrote:
Wed Apr 24, 2019 7:26 am
The selection is so varied today that I pretty much settled on "must be both practical and beautiful (at least to my eye)"

A simpler way to state it is "I use it and it makes me giggle when I do." ;)
I know what you mean the Police4 has a real giggle factor to it :D

Sometimes a knife's aesthetic does it for me, sometimes it's function, the best are those that combine both. Steel choice is a big one for me too.
Carrying 3 knives is perfectly normal :D
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Re: How I Really Buy Knives

Postby Naperville » Wed Apr 24, 2019 4:19 pm

1. Do I like the look of the knife? What does the blade shape and handle say to me materials and design-wise.
2. Is it well made? Where is it made? If it's a folder I'd prefer it not be a liner lock. If it's a fixed blade, I prefer full/exposed tapered tang.
3. Do I have a use for it?
4. Can I afford it? The most expensive knife that I have right now is $800. Not afraid to spend more, but it has to be in the bank.
5. Is it a Sprint Run? I rarely get in on them. Will it be available six months from now, while I plan for the purchase?
6. THE DEAL MAKE/BREAK - What steel is the blade? I refuse to buy it if I do not like the steel.
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Re: How I Really Buy Knives

Postby kodai78 » Wed Apr 24, 2019 4:31 pm

I would like to think that I have a rational process for knife purchases. I can’t buy everything I want. Won’t spend more than $400 again (it was a Chris Reeve knife). I strongly prefer premium materials (the steel and slabs) and for it to be a Spyderco. I buy locking folders. Then I see something I like and I order it. My last purchase was a Smock and I love it. It’s only S30V and Spyderco’s G10 CF fusion so it sort of meets my criteria but it didn’t matter, I just wanted it. Same with the Spydiechef before it, and probably the next knife too! All the rationalization is part of the fun I guess.
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Re: How I Really Buy Knives

Postby Mushroom » Wed Apr 24, 2019 5:00 pm

bearfacedkiller wrote:
Wed Apr 24, 2019 3:25 pm
Do I want it?
Can I afford it?

Not a whole lot more to it for me.
Pretty much how I buy now as well. I'm long past buying for necessity.

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Re: How I Really Buy Knives

Postby JonLeBlanc » Wed Apr 24, 2019 5:04 pm

bearfacedkiller wrote:
Wed Apr 24, 2019 3:25 pm
Do I want it?
Can I afford it?

Not a whole lot more to it for me.
I was thinking the EXACT same thing lol
My collection so far: 52100 Military (2); 52100 PM2 (2); 52100 Para3; Stretch2 V-Toku; KnifeWorks M4 PM2; BentoBox M390 PM2; BentoBox S90V Military; Police4 K390; S110V PM2; SS Delica AUS-6; Wayne Goddard Sprint VG-10
Wish list: Hundred Pacer; Sliverax; Mantra; 52100 PM2 SE; Kapara

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Re: How I Really Buy Knives

Postby Doeswhateveraspidercan » Wed Apr 24, 2019 9:05 pm

bearfacedkiller wrote:
Wed Apr 24, 2019 3:25 pm
Do I want it?
Can I afford it?

Not a whole lot more to it for me.
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I have tried many different High End brands and only Spyderco consistently produces High Quality Knives with the most Innovative Steels and Incredible Designs and often for less money than others.

I have been surprised many times by Sal's design in the dark philosophy and agree with it. How it feels in the hand and how it cuts matters more than how it looks. Lipstick on a pig, does not make it something other than a pig.

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Re: How I Really Buy Knives

Postby Bloke » Thu Apr 25, 2019 5:16 am

Good looking knife. :cool:

I don’t need anymore knives. :rolleyes:

Add to cart. :(

Good looking knife for sure. :)

I don’t need anymore knives. :rolleyes:

Proceed to Checkout. :(

I really like it. :)

I really don’t need anymore knives. :rolleyes:

What’s it matter, as if another one’ll make any difference? :p

Pay Now. :eek:

Hope I like it. :confused:

I really don’t need this knife. :o
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Re: How I Really Buy Knives

Postby MichaelScott » Thu Apr 25, 2019 7:42 am

Bloke wrote:
Thu Apr 25, 2019 5:16 am
Good looking knife. :cool:

I don’t need anymore knives. :rolleyes:

Add to cart. :(

Good looking knife for sure. :)

I don’t need anymore knives. :rolleyes:

Proceed to Checkout. :(

I really like it. :)

I really don’t need anymore knives. :rolleyes:

What’s it matter, as if another one’ll make any difference? :p

Pay Now. :eek:

Hope I like it. :confused:

I really don’t need this knife. :o
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Re: How I Really Buy Knives

Postby TkoK83Spy » Thu Apr 25, 2019 7:50 am

Hahahaha, that's perfect Bloke!!!

I'm a combo of Darby and Bloke's posts.
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