I go back and forth on that issue. Now, my idea of "high end" is $100+. I'm not quite to Sebenza territory yet. One day...I will have a left-handed Chris Reeve folder, though! Anyway...Sure, I'm much more protective of my Spyderco Sliverax than I am of my Ontario Rat#2. I'm more likely to EDC the Rat. I'm more likely to let someone else use the Rat. I'm more likely to get the Rat dirty, and I'm totally OK with sharpening it myself. The knife you USE is the best knife; regardless of the price. That said, yeah...I drool over brands, steels, and models I didn't even know about a few years ago. I'm definitely addicted to 'better than average' now. The problem, though, is I'm also much more afraid to use and carry them. If I had a $1000 custom, I'd probably treat it like a safe queen. Which is bad. A knife can be art, but it IS a tool. As someone who's new to collecting, I still need to find that balance, and my place in it/peace with it. PS: I do know I cannot ever go back to just carrying a random, cheap, mall store pocketknife.