A lot of the folks I know that enjoy knives have said that they bought some knife but that it's too pretty or too expensive to use. While there are lots of knives that were only meant for show, that were built more as a work of art than a tool, most knives were made to be used.
So here is Jim's Philosophy on Knives and other comparable products. As usual, the value of my advice is just what you good folk pay for it, very little
How many of you will spend $300.00 to $900.00 on a new handgun or rifle that you'll never shoot?
How many of you spend $20,000 to $30,000 on a new car or truck and then just park them in the garage to look at?
"But Wait, those are different", you say.
How? Both of those are equal or greater expenses than a knife? Both of those depreciate far more than a used knife would. And you'll use your knife almost as often as you would a car or truck, and probably far more often than your pistol or rifle.
So stop and think about those knives that are just sitting in the drawer. Maybe they'd enjoy getting out and about, doing a little work and accomplishing something that they can brag about when you once again lock them away.
sig_230, I plead guilty as charged.
I agree with your philosophy in theory, but for some reason I don't practice it, at least not with my knives.
About ten years ago, I bought some Blackjack and Ek knives, and I put them to good use. I figured they were a cheaper alternative to Randalls, and it wouldn't matter if they saw alot of wear and tear. I realize that's flawed thinking because Randalls were made to be used, and they stand behind their knives.
But since Blackjack and Ek went out of business and their knives achieved collector status, I put them away and I don't use them much anymore. Same goes for my EDI Genesis I folder. They were only produced a few years, so you don't find many of them around.
All my guns are shooters though. I wouldn't buy a gun just for collector value, though that certainly does add to it.
My knives are the same as my guns. Bought to use. If I cant use it, it doesnt hang around long.
Now if I was independantly wealthy......I would have a complete gun and knife collection for use and one for show. Unfortunately, that isnt the case yet.
When you have a big collection, its hard to use
all your knives. I selected out a number of pieces, 18 or 20,custom and factory, and carry one or two as the mood or need strikes me-small
ones in NYC, larger out here in the Long Island
boonies. Every one is usable, but it seems
foolish to carry a $1600 Lile, better a $200 SOG- does the same job, just with less style.