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expensive gun / cheap knife - I don't get it!!!

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Yo Mama, Oct 1, 2017.

  1. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    Exactly, I have no problems with my Walmart cloths and 10$ slip on sneakers :D
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  2. Sonnydaze

    Sonnydaze Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 6, 2009
    I carry a Glock or Walther PPS, and I've carried a clipped Sebenza or Zaan for years. Now I've added a custom fixed blade S!K as a cross-draw.
    I've got much more in those two knives than in my handgun. Just a matter in individual taste...not good or bad.
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  3. T.L.E. Sharp

    T.L.E. Sharp I support the 3rd amendment! Platinum Member

    Jun 30, 2016
    It's just what people are into. I get it. I carry a relatively inexpensive gun at <$250, and a knife that's very near the same price.

    The gun just does what it needs to do: goes bang reliably when I pull the trigger, kills what it's pointed at and is comfortable to carry.

    The knife just needs to open with one hand, carry comfortably and cut stuff. Kershaw, with a couple models, does that quite well at a whopping $9.99.

    I'm a knife guy though. I like them. I like them made of titanium, reindeer magic and unobtanium(I'm still mad at Mr. Cameron for this lazy, half-assed mineral name) so I'm willing to pay for it, despite not being practically necessary.

    I'm not a gun guy though. So I'm only willing to pay for what IS practically necessary in that realm.
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  4. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    That's an interesting take on things. Guns are expensive, and expensive to feed. People associate different degrees of value when it comes to their hobbies and tools. It is the human condition.
  5. Deinos

    Deinos Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 7, 2016
    What gun do you carry out of curiosity?
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  6. jill jackson

    jill jackson

    Sep 5, 2006
    Some people just like firearms a lot more than knives. Some like knives better and some like both. What difference does it make? As long as it's their money that's being spent, why even concern yourself about it?
  7. Pilot1

    Pilot1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 24, 2005
    I had some expensive firearms well before I had any expensive knives. The only time I really used a blade other than around the house, food prep, etc was for hunting, and camping. I carried a gun, but no knife daily. Then, for whatever reason started to want a high quality folding knife, did some research, found this site, and started buying some nice folders, and fixed blades. Prior to reading here, I had always been a "Buck" kind of guy, having a 119 for hunting/camp chores, and a SAK for everything else. Several people I know are into guns, but not really knives, so the two are necessarily a package deal.
  8. 3fifty7

    3fifty7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 24, 2016
    Well said. I've seen this time and time again over the last 10-15 years in the "gun world" and it has nearly ruined me of the majority of the culture.
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  9. Frotier76


    Dec 14, 2013
    It makes more sense to carry a fairly pricey gun and a cheap knife instead...

    Heck some people may carry a slipjoint in their pocket or a lockback on their belt...it's entirely preference related.

    Another aspect to that might be blade steel preference.It might make sense to you to have a premium or super steel bladed knife.For other guys those steels might be overkill and they find a piece of 1095 Carbon Tool Steel or 420HC Stainless Steel to be the ticket.Not only because they like how they sharpen up sweet but to quite a few knife users they find the edge retention to be rather adequate.It doesn't take a piece of CTS-XHP or Maxamet to be able to open some blister packs,clean a deer,or carve up some food sticks for the campfire and still remain sharp my friend.
  10. skyhorse

    skyhorse Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 30, 2010
    Never had a knife do this, just sayin. :eek: o_O
  11. T.L.E. Sharp

    T.L.E. Sharp I support the 3rd amendment! Platinum Member

    Jun 30, 2016
    Ruger LCP 2 most days in a back pocket wallet holster.
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  12. lieferung

    lieferung Basic Member Basic Member

    May 24, 2016
    But not everyone buys a gun strictly for defense, just like not everyone buys a knife strictly for cutting use. Some people are collectors, some people enjoy shooting at the range, etc. Just different things to spend money on.
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  13. The_Knife_Man


    May 30, 2014
    To each their own... Everyone has their own priorities... Whether it be an Apple laptop, or a nicer car, expensive camping equipment, electronics, vacations, ect. Everyone chooses to spend there funds differently.

    I don't think 600 bucks for a gun is terribly expensive. You could spend twice as much on a Sig. Or spend spend less on something that will go bang every time.

    Personally if I'm getting a firearm it just needs to be reliable regardless of price. And a pocket knife just needs to cut. How much one chooses to spend on their tools are up to them. I'd assume how often they use it determines the quality of their tools. But of course sometimes your funds speak louder than your needs.
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  14. bikerector

    bikerector Gold Member Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Gold Member

    Nov 16, 2016
    I didn't realize $500-700 for a gun was expensive. Isn't that just a little above entry level ($300-400?).

    Personally, if someone likes expensive guns and finds a way to buy them by buying cheap things elsewhere, I'm all for it. I've personally done this a lot. I buy cheap beer, food, etc. so that I can afford expensive bikes, motorcycle parts, track days (when I used to go to the track), and now knives.

    I don't like it when people "judge" others for how they spend their money though. People shit their pants when they learn I've spent $5,000 on a bicycle to turn around and throw $500-$1,000 more on wheels and tires on it. They really freak out when I tell one race tire can easily cost $75, almost the price of a Walmart bike.

    A little off track there but basically, to each his own. I prefer spending money on things I'll use whether that be a knife, or knives, that I'll carry many days in a year or a bicycle(s) I put 5,000 miles (and many hours) on a year.
  15. deltaboy


    Jul 6, 2014
    Buy what you like and enjoy it!
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  16. Cereal_killer


    Apr 4, 2013
    You know, I'd never even thought of that aspect, great point to argue!
  17. bt93


    May 12, 2015
    500-700 dollars isn't that much for a gun. The money for a Sebenza can buy a lot of ammo for the range. It's all in each individuals priorities. Knives are fun but my 18 dollar Vic Spartan does more than my S-35 Buck Spitfire and I can sharpen the Vic with a rock off the ground if needed.
  18. TheEdge01


    Apr 3, 2015
    Most people view a knife as simply a cutting tool, nothing more, nothing less. The same people view a gun as being superior to a knife in every way other than cutting tasks, therefore paying 500+ dollars for a firearm seems more justifiable than paying more than 50 dollars for a knife, since a cheap knife will do the same thing as a more expensive one.
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  19. Goosey


    Mar 19, 2012
    Guns typically cost more than knives. $1000 knife doesn't match a $1000 gun, just like it doesn't match a $1000 car.
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  20. FullMetalJackass

    FullMetalJackass Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 10, 2016
    Yeah I don't get it either when people don't have matching grip material.



    On the other hand, I'm the proud 3rd owner of a 2006, 230 000 km (175 000 miles) car :) To each their own.

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