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Ladies and Gentlemen, I come to you with what I hope will be a interesting and open discussion. I pose to you this questions:

What makes you buy a knife and why do you?

There is a plethora of knives on the market. Everything from $5 Chinese or Pakistan made knives to custom makers charging $500 to $2000 You shop at your local big box store and buy a serviceable knife for $30 which will last a lifetime if treated correctly. I can find damascus blades on ebay of dubious quality for little money. There are interchangable blade knives, pocket knives, fixed blades and on and on.....so what makes you buy and why. Discuss

Have a great Friday

Ross
 

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I'm very much a function-over-form kinda guy who tends to seek out the most cost-effective and efficient tool for the job. I carry a cheap box cutter at work, keep a Kershaw pocket knife on me at all times, and a 6" Victorinox knife for butcher work. My exception would be a nice Marble that I got for Christmas one year that handles most of my field-dressing and skinning chores.

I do have a few lower-end collectible knives that I've gotten as gifts over the years, and I try to make sure all of them get used for their designated function at least once before putting them up.

All that said, at some point in my life, I'd like to blow four-digit money on a high-end custom blade, just to have one. I'm not quite at that point in my life yet, however.
 

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Not a collector and have no interest in becoming one down the line. To me I treat knives like any other tool I have. I buy what is something that will work for the situation, could care less about looks or style.

I use a lot more filleting knives than hunting, and I do not carry a knife on a regular basis, i'm to old to use it to defend myself that's why god made glocks.
For hunting I have a Buck folding knife in my pack, my fishing knives on the boat are Dexters and my good filleting knives are 7" from Wüsthof.
All my knives I usually only buy new ones if I lose one or it wears away from sharpening.
I look for durability and something that has a good quality carbon steel blade and will hold an edge, not rust since the knives on the boat are exposed to the weather from May till the boat comes out of the water sometimes as late as January.
The Dexter's, Wüsthof's and Chicago Cutlery brands worked well for what I use them for and they were everything I expected from a knife.
 

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I love my Wustoff fillet knives!
 

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Why???? because I like them!!!
That being said, I prolly buy 1-12 a year of all styles, shapes and sizes. Last expensive one I bought was a tactical from a young fella from St Mary's. Why??? He is startin' out and figgered he needed the support.
All that being said, I make anywhere from 100 to 200 knives a year. Mebbe it's an addiction, who can say for sure. I can't (BOG)
 

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sometimes I even keep 1 or 3 of my own.
 

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Like jmbear and birch, I buy one when I need it(rarely)as a tool and for function. Most are pocket folders. Buck folder in my pack for gutting bigger game, a slim Case with bird gut hook, leatherman tool I used daily for 20 years. I have a U.S.N sheath knife dad was given by his uncle in 1944. A few years ago I resurrected a Boy scout knife I got almost 30 years ago to replace my original knife I got when I was 11. The original's bail loop stake broke . I carry the scout knife on a belt clip every day . I even have my dads scout knife he got when he was 11 in 1941. The blade is about 1/4 wide from all the sharpening. He carried that knife until he retired . I have a bunch of knives that were given as gifts,mostly cheap junk but all for show. The knife I most appreciate is one I was given recently by Blacksmith here. I won the longest turkey beard contest and he made me a custom knife. I don't use it as much as I should . Have butchered 2 deer, a few rabbits and squirrels and pheasants with it since I got it. Which reminds me ,I owe him a picture of me and the knife in use. Kinda hard unless somebody else is taking the picture!
 

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Like jmbear and birch, I buy one when I need it(rarely)as a tool and for function. Most are pocket folders. Buck folder in my pack for gutting bigger game, a slim Case with bird gut hook, leatherman tool I used daily for 20 years. I have a U.S.N sheath knife dad was given by his uncle in 1944. A few years ago I resurrected a Boy scout knife I got almost 30 years ago to replace my original knife I got when I was 11. The original's bail loop stake broke . I carry the scout knife on a belt clip every day . I even have my dads scout knife he got when he was 11 in 1941. The blade is about 1/4 wide from all the sharpening. He carried that knife until he retired . I have a bunch of knives that were given as gifts,mostly cheap junk but all for show. The knife I most appreciate is one I was given recently by Blacksmith here. I won the longest turkey beard contest and he made me a custom knife. I don't use it as much as I should . Have butchered 2 deer, a few rabbits and squirrels and pheasants with it since I got it. Which reminds me ,I owe him a picture of me and the knife in use. Kinda hard unless somebody else is taking the picture!
Wald Jager: Still waiting on that picture!!!!!!!!!!!!! I buy a knife because it feels good and must be of quality. I also like buying knives that a lot of aren't made. I bought a tactical folder from Queen in Titusville they say they aren't going to make anymore. The problem is my son loves it. I like knives from smaller companies. Two great knife companies in Titusville you can buy right at the company location. I stop when ever I can. Be safe and don't cut your self. Thanks (will be looking for that picture) P.S. Glad to see you are using the knife that makes me feel good Thanks:smile:
 

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Nothing makes me like losing the one I have.
I am right there with you my brother. Unfortunately, I am one of them people who loses knives, umbrellas, socks (only one of a pair), sunglasses and binoculars (this is a problem) on a scale that keeps the industries that produce these items in business.

But I have developed a liking for Sodbuster and Cheetah Case knives as the ones I like best and buy when I need to.
 

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Interesting stuff. I find myself torn on this, issue. I am a function guy, I want things that work and work well and keep working. But I do have a weakness for knives that are pretty and look nice. Course I am cheap and would rather make them than buy them lol.

I do have a bit of the collecting bug I will admit and have several knives around. I like knives you can use though for the most part. I love being part of a special knife that means something to the owner. Making a blade with a antler handle from an animal that was from a special hunt, or using wood from an old barn on someones property, to me it doesnt get much better.

Keep the discussion goin its interesting to hear your thoughts.

Ross

Ps: Binoculars, you lose binoculars....get to get a handle on that one :)
 

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Yep, knives are tools. And I'm a tool junkie! hehe
Not all knives are created equal , some are for slicing, some are for chopping, skinning , all sorts of uses. A general purpose knife is what???? I carry several daily for several specific uses. From GFP to serious social situations....
 

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Since I have all the knives I'll ever need outside the kitchen, I buy knives because I want them.

Very much a fan of Great Eastern Cutlery (GEC) traditionals. It took me about a year of looking and pondering before I was ready to spend the extra money for one (comparable pattern in Case or Queen). But once I took that plunge, I am most happy. LionSteel is going to be releasing a traditional barlow pattern later on this year. I like their Opera models (both large and small versions).
 

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Since I have all the knives I'll ever need outside the kitchen, I buy knives because I want them.

Very much a fan of Great Eastern Cutlery (GEC) traditionals. It took me about a year of looking and pondering before I was ready to spend the extra money for one (comparable pattern in Case or Queen). But once I took that plunge, I am most happy. LionSteel is going to be releasing a traditional barlow pattern later on this year. I like their Opera models (both large and small versions).
The people in N.E. PA. are lucky to have at least three knife making companies in the area,( Good ones to boot) Love going to the companies to look and shop. By the way going to Bark River knives in june to their grind in to make a knife. I make my own knives now but love the chance to look and gain info on the art of making knives at other shops. Thanks
 

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For awhile I collected medium sized drop point fixed blade knives that featured interesting handles. Some were Chinese imports such as Rough Rider and others. I sought good quality knives but before long my collection became too large. Resale is weak for imports. So finally told myself to stop buying. So it goes.

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I've carried a pocket knife since I was 10 years old on the farm, soon be 77. I just like knives have a few Bucks, folding and hunting knives, not a collector as such, but I have a few knives...
 

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I have too many knives now, but still buy them when I see one I like. I enjoy walking around flea markets, yard sales and even a couple auction houses and picking old knives up cheap. Some I keep, and some I give away, and some I flip for a small profit on a couple vintage sportsmens groups on Facebook. If I like the way it feels or if I think I can make a couple bucks on it, I'll buy it.
 

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if i like them or not. i have knives i paid 1 dollar for and knives that were well over a grand. i like knives.
 
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