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Whats the most that you will pay for a knife?

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by makdaddy03, Feb 28, 2003.

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  1. makdaddy03

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    ME? About $500-$100.:)
     
  2. kannonfyre

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    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.
     
  3. Schuey2002

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    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:
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  4. Tamara

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    I haven't paid much more than $300 too many times, although the Onion was nearly four times that.
     
  5. ahadams

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    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.
     
  6. 10-Ring

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    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
     
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    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.
     
  8. Inspector Callahan

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    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.

    Whatever...
     
  9. Tamara

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    Well, that would be me and just about everyone I hang with. ;) They're knives; they're meant to be used...
     
  10. makdaddy03

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    Sebenza? What is a Sebenza? I have heard alot about them. but have no idea what they look like.:)
     
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    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.
     
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    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!
     
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    $500 for a working knife.

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

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    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...
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.

    Brownie
     
  19. makdaddy03

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    OOPPPS, I meant $50-$100. Not $500-$100.:)
     
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    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
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
  23. Tamara

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    Drjones,

    ...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: )
     
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    Touche, Tam!

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

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

    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:

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

    Chris
     
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