Whats the most that you will pay for a knife?


February 28, 2003, 10:24 PM
ME? About $500-$100.:)

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February 28, 2003, 10:58 PM
US$120 cos I'll still have to buy sharpening supplies for that knife as weel as other accessories like a custom holster or scabbard. Total cost = US$150 - 160.

February 28, 2003, 11:06 PM
Purchasing this knife ( a Predator MCS by Jack W. Crain ) which runs $850, would be at the absolute limit of what I would be willing to pay for any knife.
Heck, if it's good enough for Arnold Schwarzenegger ...

Well, um, you get my point.:evil:

February 28, 2003, 11:20 PM
I haven't paid much more than $300 too many times, although the Onion was nearly four times that.

March 1, 2003, 01:23 AM
well our budget limits me to about 100 bucks max...anymore than that and I'd rather spend it on a firearm anyway...priorities...if I win the lottery, of course, all that will change.

March 1, 2003, 01:48 AM
I have only recently gotten into knives. I know I have to spend some $$ to get quality, but so far, I've not had to spend over $100....maybe I just haven't experienced real quality yet :D

March 1, 2003, 09:47 AM
Usually, under $350, but I have paid as much as $1,200 for custom knifemaker made pieces.

If I'm getting production knives for friends I can get great quality knives for $50-$100.

Inspector Callahan
March 1, 2003, 10:33 AM
The most I'm willing to spend in $270 and I won't be spending that until 2005! :what: That's when my Randall 14 will be ready. Other than that, $120 is my absolute limit and that's only because I want a Spyderco Civilian. I can't see spending anywhere over that, especially on a folding knife. The folks that buy (and actually use) Chris Reeve Sebenzas amaze me. Those knives cost upwards of three bills! Sheesh. It's a folder for crying out loud.


March 1, 2003, 11:09 AM
The folks that buy (and actually use) Chris Reeve Sebenzas amaze me.

Well, that would be me and just about everyone I hang with. ;) They're knives; they're meant to be used...

March 1, 2003, 01:03 PM
Sebenza? What is a Sebenza? I have heard alot about them. but have no idea what they look like.:)

Mr Jody Hudson
March 1, 2003, 01:17 PM
I am usually VERY satisfied with Cold Steel and CKT as they are very good working knives and almost always less than $100 and often less than $50 for what I get.

I have paid as much as $3,000 for my own design in a custom knife and I had several of those at one time...

Currently the most expensive single blade knife I have is a Cuda and I got it for less than half price, thus $100. My most expensive SAK currently is the one in my pocket which was about $125 I think.

March 1, 2003, 01:35 PM
I have a cold steele tanto that was given to me a long time ago. I was told that it was over $200 then. I have never paid over $100 but I need a Emersom commander with the wave so, I guess that I will be over the $100 mark soon. I would love a Sebenza and I don't buy anything that I don't intend to carry or use!

March 1, 2003, 01:49 PM
$500 for a working knife.

If I ever get into collecting though, the sky is the limit.

March 1, 2003, 01:52 PM
Sebenza? What is a Sebenza? I have heard alot about them. but have no idea what they look like. :)

Two Sebenzas (mine and lendringser's): An original style and the newer one. A more ruggedly-built folder with such a graceful and simple design and near-custom levels of fit and finish you will not find...

March 1, 2003, 02:22 PM

March 2, 2003, 11:55 PM
I always wanted to get that Jack Crain Life Support System I too as Schuey posted. (The Life Support System II and the Jack Crain Machete were also used in Predator, also wanted to get the Machete. IIRC, the LSS I with saw blade spine was also used in Commando.) But from what I've read about JC, he wasn't the best person to deal with. Also never got a reply from him (years ago) about the LSS I.

Al Mar use to sell a Special Forces model (SF1 or SF01 was what it was called IIRC) that I also liked but never bought.

I've since moved away from short tanged hollow handles so those two are no longer on my list.

If Chris Reeves would sell or special order his one-off machete, I'd be willing to pay $1K for it. (Sort of like a short sword Jeroboam.) It is the Holy Grail of knives for me.

March 3, 2003, 12:16 AM
Ah, just hit Jack Crain's site. The LSS I and the MCS are slightly different (thought they were from the same base design when I saw Predator, just no saw blade). Besides, the saw teeth, looks like the edge goes all the way to the choil on the MCS, different handguards. I could have sworn the Scorpion II (mislabelled as LSS II) was in Predator too. I thought that's what Mack poked the scorpion with on Dillon's shoulder. I'll have to check that movie out again.

March 3, 2003, 09:38 AM
The most I have spent is 1200.00 for a Bagwell Hells Belle Bowie knife.

I have two of these presently.

Some of the folders have cost me 400.00 or more but I normally carry a knives in the 200-300 range.


March 3, 2003, 10:20 AM
OOPPPS, I meant $50-$100. Not $500-$100.:)

March 3, 2003, 12:04 PM
I got my SOG flash II for $44.95 on Amazon. 3.5" blade. The opening and closing are spring assisted. Easy to use. I guess I'll work my way up in blade steel quality some years down the line. Can't justify a Benchmade for twice the price only for blade steel.

I figure I should know how to handle, care, and fight with a knife before I actually get a 'real knife' in the crockadile dundee fashion. I'd want a big piece of steel if I go into a knife fight. Short of that, something nicer than a wal-mart bowie knife will cut my nails just fine. :p

March 3, 2003, 12:31 PM
Most I have paid to date is about $375. IIRC, both my MT UT D/E D/A and Strider BT SS were $375 each.

Before that, I thought I was pretty insane to have spent $200 on my Buckmaster 184. (Though it was worth every last red cent!!! That knife is AWESOME!!! :D )

In the forseeable future, I probably wouldn't go above $400 or so, unless it was absolutely screaming to me.

After that, I really think you're just stuffing extra cash into the makers' pocket unnecessarily.

Mind you, I will most definitely pay for quality (I obviously have) but there comes a point when all you are doing is paying a ridiculous markup because the maker asks it.

March 3, 2003, 12:45 PM
THe most I recall spending on a knife, is about $200.
I've owned knives worth more, but not spent that price to get 'em (People like me, give me nice things ;))
I would pay up to about $1500 for the right knife... such as an Emerson CQC-8, with Wave, and I'd pay Ernie up to 2 grand to make me an ES1-M with a Szabo style Pallasut curve, so it was angled like the Spyderco Ayoob when opened. That is, IF, I had the money to begin with.

Generally though, if I cant get it for under $500, I'm not getting it.
On my current budget, under $100 is about my limit tho, heh.

March 3, 2003, 12:45 PM
Mind you, I will most definitely pay for quality (I obviously have) but there comes a point when all you are doing is paying a ridiculous markup because the maker asks it.

...or you are collecting knives. ;)

I could probably double what I paid for my Onion (and have indeed turned down offers of well more than I paid), but I intend to keep it, because I want a real Ken Onion piece. I've also shelled out for knives from Steve Corkum, Bud Nealy, Kim Breed and am in the process of scoring an Ed Halligan. Why? They're beautiful, well-made, and offer something that the somewhat faddish production Microtechs and MOD's don't, even if that something is mostly intangible... ;) (One thing you don't get from standard production knives is a chance to meet The Guy Who Made Your Knife. :cool: )

March 3, 2003, 01:13 PM
Touche, Tam!

Of course I can understand where you're coming from.

For now though, I'll stick to sub-$400 blades....:cool:

March 3, 2003, 01:35 PM
(One thing you don't get from standard production knives is a chance to meet The Guy Who Made Your Knife. )

Oh yeah! That's the biggie right there. There's nothing better than the opportunity to discuss what YOU want in a knife and having the maker build it for you. Nothing beats the back and forth process that distills various grinds, features, steels, etc into YOUR knife.

BTW, the most I've spent on a knife is $250 so far. I've pretty much decided not to buy a custom folder. The only ones I've handled that impressed me were $500+ (not including the Sebenza). That's too rich for my blood. However, you can get a damn fine fixed blade for just a little more than a factory piece. A good example is Gene Ingram Knives (http://www.gene-ingram.com) .

I ordered a 3" fixed blade hunting knife in O1 tool steel and cocobolo (with sheath) for $90, shipped.

It's very similar to this:


Next time I buy a fixed blade hunting knife, this guy is getting my biz.


March 4, 2003, 12:06 PM
So far about $49, and I felt like I was splurging then!

March 7, 2003, 07:24 PM
$300 on a Randall #1

March 7, 2003, 08:55 PM
$120 for a Randall Attack/Survival, circa 1985.

Read it and weep.

March 7, 2003, 11:33 PM
Damn!:what: :what: :what: :what: :what: :what: :what:

You dudes are wealthy! Can I have a loan? Someone said $850.00? Woah! My sphincter puckers at a $100.00

March 8, 2003, 10:38 AM

There's one other thing that Tam left out - the feel! There are makers that will produce a knife for you that have the perfect balance, curvature of grip and angle of blade made to fit your hand like an extension of the very nerves of your fingers. You get to pay a little (or a lot) more for that. I've picked up a couple of knives from makers at shows that happened to meet that description, but I've had to have the others made to fit me. These knives feel as if they are alive yet completely under my control.

If I keep studying rapier I expect to be looking for such a sword as I've described and I don't want to even start to think what it's going to cost me.

Chris Reeves makes the Sebenza to be used, the name means work. I've cut holes in the sides of 55 gallon steel drums and carved PVC while wearing a full face respirator and sliced tomatoes and sisal rope over the years with it and it's never nicked, chiped, bent, or gotten loose. That's the only reason I carry it on me almost every day. Well, maybe because it's a very elegant design that can do all of this may be the other reason.

March 8, 2003, 03:17 PM
Someone said $850.00? Woah!
*ahem* .. I said "purchasing this knife", implying "if" I were to buy it..

I haven't bought it ...yet.;)

March 8, 2003, 04:54 PM
I wish my most expensive knife only cost $850... ;)

That "hso" guy is worse than a crack dealer, all the time dangling beads & trinkets in front of someone like me who has about zero impulse control. :D

March 8, 2003, 05:06 PM

I'm hurt:eek: that you would say that.

BTW, I just got something that you gotta see. Unique, only one owner, low mileage, offer ends today, ...:evil:

Actually, if any of ya'll need a knife found I'd be happy to include you in my ring, er, circle of clients.

March 8, 2003, 06:00 PM
hso, got any "one owner, low mileage" reasonably priced Ken Onion folders lying around?;)

Harold Mayo
March 8, 2003, 08:36 PM
I paid $500 for a Walter Brend knife several years ago. I thought that was WAY high but I loved the knife. It's worth somewhere in the neighborhood of $1000 now, though.

At present, though, the most I will pay is in the $300-$400 range and no more than that. I don't want art knives and don't want to pay more than that for something that is going to be used. Honestly, I don't really want to pay more than $150 or so but I finally decided to have my favorite maker make a custom knife for me and I have to pay for it or he won't let me have it.


It's the Sunrise Fighter at the top...or a close copy of it (no D-2 steel). Kenny Rowe will make the sheath.

I have really gotten to the point that I despise spending a bunch of money on a sharp piece of steel. I can go to the shop and grind down a piece of steel to razor sharpness, do a rough heat-treat, and be good to go. I'm really only paying for the fit and finish and for something that is (sort of) a one-of-a-kind. I just have to have something different than other people.

March 9, 2003, 11:57 PM

Yep, but first we have to define what "reasonbly priced" means. Email me if you're interested in a very early KO.

March 10, 2003, 07:10 PM
I wouldn't spend more than $150. There are too many quality blades out there for that price or less. It would seem foolish for what I need to pay more. YMMV.

March 11, 2003, 01:42 PM
Email sent, hso.;)

Carlos Cabeza
March 13, 2003, 03:37 PM
Just over $165 for a Benchmade w/ carbon fiber-cocobolo grip and semi- serrated 3.5" blade

August 30, 2008, 12:07 PM
I have collected original WW-II F/S and the most I paid was $2500 for a very rare version of a Wilkinson. Someone was looking for a knife for pallasut techniques somewhere in this thread I think. Here is the knife I designed specifically for that.

Capitaine Nemo
August 30, 2008, 01:21 PM
I bought a Rat Cutlery RC-4 and a sharpshooter sheath for 150$ total and that's all I'll spend on a knife for now. I'm not against paying over 300$ for a Randall or a Busse, but I don't need any at the time.

August 30, 2008, 05:07 PM
So answer me this. At what price range would you refuse to use the knife? I spent $200 on a Civilian back in the day, have had it for years, and refuse to cut so much as a string with it. I know it's a self defense knife, but if I was armed with the Civilian and a pool noodle, I'd use the pool noodle and then go hand to hand, simply because it cost $200, and I want to keep it mint.

I have complete faith in it as a self defense tool, but I can't stand the thought of bad guy blood and guts on it.

Am I weird?:o

August 30, 2008, 05:08 PM
Wow, 5 1/2 year revival!

I think $80 for my CRKT M16 when they were kinda new was they highest I've spent. Next up was like $55 for my Ka-Bar.

I don't know if I could justify spending more then $400 on a knife.

August 30, 2008, 05:16 PM
Mind you, I will most definitely pay for quality (I obviously have) but there comes a point when all you are doing is paying a ridiculous markup because the maker asks it.

Maker doesn't markup the price , the secondary market does. Make a knife , find out how much time you have invested , and how long it takes you to perfect the skills needed , the come tell me how much you are willing to sell it for.

Most I have paid , cant recall exactly , $650 ? It was a Ken Onion MidTech Boa .
since then I put a cap of about $500 on a user , though the 3 I use most now are $300 , $350 and $375.

August 30, 2008, 05:26 PM
though the 3 I use most now are $300 , $350 and $375.

What knives are those?

August 30, 2008, 06:53 PM
I've spent $100 a couple times. Not often but I do. My most expensive is a Mike Wilson Custom Damascus and stabilized maple burl with mosaic pins. Cost me under $200. It was an anniversary gift from my wife. Every knife nut should have at least one custom, right?


I haven't used it yet. Kinda saving it for a special ocassion. Possibly a deer this season. With as little time as I have to spend in the woods, It'll probably go unused for a bit longer than I hope.


August 30, 2008, 07:35 PM
This thread is amazing as I hadn't even thought of making a knife when it was started and now sell some for $350 plus $50 for a sheath.

I've bought a couple of knives in the $425 - $450 range. One was a Trace Rinaldi custom that I bought the Damascus for and is worth way more than I paid for it. JTW has seen that one.

The other was a Strider SnG in a Strider pouch, very special as it had no markings. Strider wanted it back so I traded for another SnG plus a sheath and t-shirt. I lost that SnG and when Strider found out they replaced it. Unbelieveable people there.

I would spend much more if I had the money but I don't.

August 30, 2008, 07:46 PM
What knives are those?

Ken Erickson 3.5 EDC Slipjoint $300

Strider PT CC ( $350 )

Rinaldi Matrix ($375 )

from top to bottom: Strider PT CC , Rinaldi Matrix , Ken Ericson.


August 31, 2008, 12:02 AM
Paid $625.00 for a balisong made to my specifications. Two year wait. In the interm both hands developed kind of severe arthritus. Too painful to flip.
Could no longer justify it. Made a call and sold it. Had it two days after a two year wait.
Such is life.

August 31, 2008, 12:21 AM
Theoretically, I would be willing to spend up to around $3-400 bucks, but I don't think that is actually likely. Just today I spent the most I have ever spent on a knife: $90.00 for a Benchmade Griptilian.

August 31, 2008, 12:37 AM
Ed Fowler, Chris Reeve, D'Holder, Ralph Bone. . . . . I guess the most I've paid for a single knife is around $600 but when i think of the number of times I've actually done that I get a little dizzy. :eek:

August 31, 2008, 12:41 AM
Most.....unsure, but as I've got a 2K+ firearm, I'm sure I can easily spend that much. Though I find outstanding working customs for less than $500.

While I can appreciate safe queens, I can't spend the money on something that will just sit in a safe.

August 31, 2008, 11:27 AM
ust today I spent the most I have ever spent on a knife: $90.00 for a Benchmade Griptilian.
$90 for a Grip ? Ouch...fixed or folder ? Folder can be bought for under $40 and the fixed for $69.95

August 31, 2008, 12:22 PM
I'll pay what I think is a fair price. So far the most I've spent is $200. Although anything with 3 digits in the price tag tends to wind up on a shelf to show off. I refuse to baby a blade although I take care of them so I want something I am not afraid to use. Current carry knife is one of the larger Kershaw Onion designs (I forget the name off hand). My PC blade at work is a Kershaw Chive. The one I have gotten the most use out of is a Buck Woodsman-my first knife, got it when I was 12 and still have it (I'm 52 today)-which they still make so should say something about the design.

August 31, 2008, 12:31 PM

August 31, 2008, 12:42 PM
Sniper5, happy birthday!:D

Hso, the mind boggles. A picture, please?:eek:

August 31, 2008, 12:48 PM


I choked on my cereal when I read that!!
Hso, you really have to post pics or at least a description, it wouldn't be fair to the knife not to be shown off:D

Seriously, WOW!

Knowing you, it's probably a very nice, verrry functional piece and probably being used.

August 31, 2008, 12:57 PM
I concur. If it costs more than my car, I must see it!

Pax Jordana
August 31, 2008, 01:29 PM

The thing is, I really really really enjoy production knives. I stay away from customs like my dad's an alcoholic and they only sell 'em in the back room at the bar.

So really it's ~$50 x some twenty knives..

August 31, 2008, 02:41 PM
$100 +/- $20 is my practical limit. I couldn't pay more for a knife and still be able to use it without worrying too much about it.

So far, the most expensive knife I own cost me around $50.

August 31, 2008, 03:17 PM
I have yet to break the $700 mark, but have exceeded $600 three or four times. Two were custom Striders, one was a pre-owned Bagwell Bowie which had been sharpened incorrectly, therefore the low price, and a custom as-new Randall Number One may have run a bit over six. I recently won an internet auction for a sword which would have cost $700 new, but the seller was new, with no feed-back, and I got it for less than half that. One of the Striders, a limited Joel Pirela collaboration, I traded for another limited Strider plus cash to get my money back.

If I set any new spending records, it will either be for a custom sword, or a Bagwell Bowie, the latter preferably made for my hand size and other body dimensions. That will run into four figures.

Don Gwinn
August 31, 2008, 03:23 PM
Why? Whatcha got?


August 31, 2008, 03:28 PM
The most expensive knife I carry and use is a Strider AR, about $350-$400. If there is time to dig out a cheaper Spyderco or Victorinox, I will do so. I try to save the AR for heavy-duty emergencies, such as the time I opened it and was about to pry a windshield loose from a patrol car. One of my co-workers was inside, unconscious, or perhaps already dead at that point, and the doors were jammed. As it was, the door was finally pried open by the firemen just before I started prying the windshield. Yes, I know you shouldn't pry with a knife, but when a life is in imminent peril, you do what you must with what you have.

Edited to add: Well, now that I think about it, I have carried my Stellite and Ti MSC Karambits a few times, but it is not a habit.

August 31, 2008, 03:35 PM
Mr. Gwinn, if your last post/question was directed at me, thanks, but I am not looking to trade anything right now. The knives mentioned in my first post above, are a Mick Strider Custom Stellite Karambit, and Strider-Pirela Operator #8, in addition to the Randall and Bagwell Bowie already mentioned. I parted with the Operator to help finance a trip to the Blade Show.

August 31, 2008, 03:40 PM
My most expensive users right now would be my Emerson custom CQC-8's and Commander. Paid $550 or so for each one. Normally my users run the area of $300-$475 and are normally production or semi-custom, like Randalls, and a couple Sebenzas. On any given day I carry several knives, usually a couple customs and a couple productions. Lately I've thrown a few Spyderco's and Cold Steel pieces into the mix for mundane cutting needs and to try out different designs and such. As for my limit, I don't really know. If the knife is something I like, and has fit/finish and construction that I feel is worth the price, then I'd have to say the sky's the limit basically. I also like to use everything I buy, regardless of the price, if I think it will just sit around and have no purpose, then I generally try not to buy it. My most expensive edged weapon would be my Howard Clark L6 Katana, followed closely by a piece from Rick Barrett, and then a very nice Nambokucho style katana from the late Bob Engnath.

August 31, 2008, 03:45 PM
That's some crazy stuff, I thought 200.00 was extravagant. I really like those knife shows selling 20 piece lock-blade bone handle blah blah collectors for 15.00... pffft!

August 31, 2008, 03:46 PM
just curious of the people who say they could bring themselves to use a $100+ knife , how much do they spend on their firearms ?
Do they have a limit where they say " I paid $600 for this gun , I couldnt ever shoot it ".

Point is , regardless of the price , it should do the job it is required to do , and if it does it well , why not use it ?

August 31, 2008, 03:56 PM
That's true John. Once I paid over $5k for my Uzi then knives didn't seem so expensive. If you want expensive try becomg a knifemaker, right? :)

August 31, 2008, 05:15 PM
Yeah , only cost me close to $4K to make my first knife :)

August 31, 2008, 05:19 PM
After building this shop and getting a mill and new bandsaw I'm probably only into knifemaking about $60k. :D

August 31, 2008, 06:25 PM
Oh geez, just looked at your site, I know your work. I feel like I'm chatting with a celebrity!

How big is your waiting list?

August 31, 2008, 06:52 PM
dunno yet.

August 31, 2008, 08:33 PM
The question is how much will you spend on a knife? Guess it depends on how much money I have in my pocket when the whim strikes me. I honestly doubt it would exceed $1000. I have been pretty happy with knives valued well under $500 so far and I don't know enough to speculate on them as investments.

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
August 31, 2008, 08:43 PM
I'd probably top out around $200 - maybe $250 for a really nice one.

August 31, 2008, 08:51 PM
Okay, post 18 in this thread from 2003 needs to be updated.

I've since spent 2800.00 for a Bagwell Hells Belle, 1800.00 for a Greg Hamilton bowie and 600.00 on a folder or two.

Imagine the next Bagwell will be well over 3K with the "special" handle material I'm having put on the next Hells Belle. It's 10,000+ year old Mastadon Ivory.:D


August 31, 2008, 11:51 PM
brownie0486, pic after its done please?

September 1, 2008, 12:19 AM
What does a $2800.00 look like any way?

September 1, 2008, 12:51 AM
It's 10,000+ year old Mastadon Ivory.

You harvest that yourself old friend?:neener:

September 1, 2008, 12:57 AM
thirty bucks

Considering that people keep GIVING me knives for free, and I already have so many I'll never wear one out, I'd say $30 is an awful lot.

September 1, 2008, 01:15 AM
What does a $2800.00 look like any way?

See the attachment.


It was procured at a show some 20 years ago on the last day, the last hour for a ridiculously small price. Just a small 8# piece of tusk:D


Might be another 18-22 months off, not sure I'll be able to remember it, but if I do, I'll throw it up here for everyone.


September 1, 2008, 08:24 AM

If you picked up an 8" tusk tip at a show 20 years ago I'd say you got it for a song by today's standard. Nice thing is that after 20 years you can bet it will hold up well also.

I don't suppose you have an apple box of stag sitting round?

September 1, 2008, 09:33 AM
No stag sir.

That tusk block I've got is about 8 inches long, about 9 inches in circumference and is a quartered section from the tusk, so it looks like a piece of sliced pie.


September 1, 2008, 04:27 PM
$3000 Mad Dog Cutlass gowing temper line 19" x 1 3/4" x 1/4" blade of Starrett O-1 with two handed handle and sword sheath. Still 6months out.

September 4, 2008, 07:22 PM
just curious of the people who say they could bring themselves to use a $100+ knife , how much do they spend on their firearms ?
Do they have a limit where they say " I paid $600 for this gun , I couldnt ever shoot it ".

Point is , regardless of the price , it should do the job it is required to do , and if it does it well , why not use it ?

Three reasons. The first being that knives, which are usually fairly compact objects, are fairly easy to lose. I've lost several in my life time, and the fear of losing something that cost me several hundred dollars would keep me from using them much.

The second is that, it is very possible to break a knife during general use. Say you're chopping or batoning a log and you hit a hard knot you weren't expecting, and your knife breaks. Now, if you paid $50 for the knife, you're not out a whole lot. But if it was a $500 or $1000 custom? You just ruined a one of a kind.

And finally...there are still sub $100 knives that are perfectly useable and will get the job done just as well as that $1000 custom.

It'd be like taking a $20,000 custom double gun on a duck hunt in the mud fields of a coastal estuary. You just don't do it, particularly if you have an 870 marine magnum on hand that will do the job just as well, without running the risk of ruining the gun.

Also, the cost of good guns and good knives are completely different. While a good serviceable knife can be had for $10-40, a good serviceable rifle will cost you ten times that amount.

If there were good serviceable rifles to be had for less than $100, I'd be making the same point.

September 4, 2008, 07:44 PM
great points , however when you break it down to a cost per use basis , the knife ends up being a better deal.

I have been using knives , some custom and some productions for years , I have never lost one and I have never broken a quality knife. Broke some lesser expensive ones , say $10-$15 but I dont hold them to the same standards as a $100+ knife.

Perhaps when you pay a bit more for it , you tend to take care of it better and keep track of it more, like an expensive shotgun ;) I do know guys who have the same $20 Remington slipjoint that they bought 25+ years ago.

Knives are not intended to be used for chopping logs or splitting wood , sure some have adapted a design to make a knife more axe like , but it is not its intended use , any more than a butt of a pistol is used for a hammer , though you could use your S&W 627 perf center pistol to baton your custom knife thru firewood , but I would prefer an axe and a good hammer :)

In the end it comes down to perceived value. I couldn't spend $2K on a shotgun as I don't shoot trap/skeet anymore , and don't hunt , however I shoot pistol/rifle a couple weekends a month , but I use my knife every day , many times a day.
Smiles per dollar I call it.

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