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One and Done

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Mechanical Advantage, Aug 5, 2019.

  1. Mechanical Advantage

    Mechanical Advantage

    Nov 1, 2017
    I don't want to go on a rant here...

    But I am done buying knives. I just don't have the time, finances, or energy to devote to cruising retailers and forums, looking for the next best thing, or filling that next slot in my collection. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying others shouldn't. If that's your thing, then keep on keepin' on. But it's just not me anymore.

    What I'm looking for is my "last" knife, so to speak (for EDC use, anyway). I used to the the type of person who had one of something, and used the hell out of it. But somehow I got caught up in the "lifestyle", and found myself having a rotation of items - watches, lights, knives, wallets. And yet I was never really satisfied. I gotta' get back to my roots.

    I want this next (and last?) knife to be a "buy it for life" purchase. What I'm thinking is a Para 3 in M390. It may be tricky to snag one, and I may pay a little more than I'd like, but I think it'll be worth it. It's arguably one of the best knives, in one of the best steels, from one of the best companies. The size, ergos, and quality are all what I want. Maybe not the fanciest boutique knife on the market, but I don't care about that anymore.

    I've already made up my mind to a certain extent, so I guess I'm really just looking for a thumbs-up to reassure myself. But I'd be interested to hear what others have to say, either in support of the Para 3 or alternative options.
  2. fishface5


    Feb 3, 2001
    You do you! But I would handle a para 3 before you buy, to be sure it actually fulfills your dreams. Same for any alternate suggestions.
    BBW, ErocSD, cbach8tw and 1 other person like this.
  3. Cscotttsss

    Cscotttsss Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 3, 2015
    Yeah, whatever floats your boat.

    But if your plan is to not buy any more knives I'd be sure to handle some before you make a final decision.

    That said, the Para 3 is an excellent EDC knife with great ergos, action and overall design, and of course you can't go wrong with M390. Plan on changing out the factory clip as it's pretty bad IMO.
    ErocSD likes this.
  4. OilMan

    OilMan Gold Member Gold Member

    May 6, 2004
    I've been in the same boat for over a year but I already bought my "last knife ever".. and a couple more.. It's a hard habit to kick. Good luck.
    Rykjeklut, ironage, vinte77 and 7 others like this.
  5. steff27

    steff27 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 8, 2013
    I think "looking for the one" is how many of us ended up with a collection :)

    I once thought that the PM2 would be it. But although a very good folder, I rarely carried it because of some aspects of the design that also apply to the PM3.

    If you've never carried and used a PM3, maybe get a used one first to try it. And if you like it then, hunt for that M390 variant.
    colin.p likes this.
  6. Peter Hartwig

    Peter Hartwig Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 29, 2008
    But how many will you have to buy for that one :)
    Thinking I would buy just one really good knife is how I got started in high end knives-now many thousands latter
    but good luck-a valid idea just sometimes hard to convert to practice
  7. marcinek


    Jan 9, 2007
    I'm with the rest of the folks. Your plan is flawed.

    You decide you have bought your last knife after you have bought it and think its the best thing ever, last knife you'll ever need.

    Not before.
    Wilfred17, BITEME, cbrstar and 4 others like this.
  8. marcus52AR

    marcus52AR Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 22, 2014
    Hey.. I thought this was a place to come and make us feel okay about our hoard of knives. (And 2 in the mail)
  9. bruno_go


    May 19, 2015
    Will you do the same with "watches, lights and wallets"?
    What About multitools? Guns?
    Will you sell your collection?

    Please, let us know the details and decisions.
    ErocSD likes this.
  10. Korean Hog

    Korean Hog Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 12, 2017
    Spyderco Delica because it handles 99% of everything I come across on a daily basis from packages to duct work to cutting apples and zip ties.
    It's lightweight enough that I can carry it in work pants, board shorts, or gym shorts without feeling weighed down and having one leg of my shorts flop all around from excess weight.

    No body really notices it when I use it in public or in a customer's house while fixing their AC.
    A few people that really only picture like a Case folder or Buck 110 as a pocket knife didn't quite recognize the Delica as an actual knife to begin with; I'm guessing because it has a funky color and shape that would be associated with some kind of safety cutter type of tool rather than an actual pocket knife.

    Everybody's right though, the pursuit of that one is how a lot of folks here end up buying many knives. I've cut way down on knife purchases by limiting myself to certain times of year to buy a knife.
    You could limit it to Birthday, Christmas, and one other special event of your choosing. That's three nice knives a year. Set a budget and don't go overboard, (3Xs $1000 a year might be excessive)
    more like 3 ~$200 knives a year. Or just buy a new one every four months.

    Another method might be to see if you could buy a PM2, PM3, or Delica and set a goal to use it just about all the way up. Use it so much during the day that you have to sharpen it just about everyday.
    Use it till there is visibly like almost a fourth- a third of the actual blade gone before you buy another one. If you do this it will take a long time and you're more likely to lose your knife and need another one before you use it that much.

    Last and most effective option: Get the heck off'a Blade Forums. It's a great place, but without self-control it can be hard not to buy more knives after scrolling through all the pages of reasons why a knife you don't have is so great. I hope you find a way to just buy yourself a few a year that aren't outta budget and that you truly cherish, use, and enjoy. That way you can join in on the conversation and report your findings. Those that purchase less and use a few good blades more can usually give a more accurate depiction of day-to-day carry and long term use. The more the merrier around here in a lot of ways I think. :):thumbsup::thumbsup:
    TenShun705, Skywalker31 and Lapedog like this.
  11. unwisefool

    unwisefool Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 22, 2007
    If I'm only going to get one last knife, then I'm going to make sure it's a little more heirloom quality than a para 3. Just my opinion.
    kp_church and scottyj like this.
  12. Forester_01

    Forester_01 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 20, 2018
    Large Plain jane Sebenza 31 Paired with a zdp delica for breaking down cardboard&packages.
    Mrgauth and Sharp & Fiery like this.
  13. Quiet

    Quiet "That guy" Platinum Member

    Oct 11, 2013
    Man, I am not sure I could stick to just one knife, and if I did, as politely as I can say it, it definitely wouldn't be a Para 3. That said, if that's the one for you then by all means get one of the runs in a higher end steel and enjoy!
  14. miso2

    miso2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 19, 2014
    Good luck.
    See you again here when you have time, money, and energy.
    My hunch tells me it is not too long.
    jfk1110, Lapedog and vwb563 like this.
  15. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    Some might say they bought their last knife about 100 times. I won't ever say that or even think it.

    As for you, why not just use one you already have rather than spending your limited financial resources?
    Sharp & Fiery and jlauffer like this.
  16. vwb563

    vwb563 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 2007
    I enjoy the quest. The search for the ultimate knife. To me a knives are more than just a tool like a hammer would be to a carpenter, they’re a hobby.
  17. GB940Rookie


    Apr 19, 2016
    If I were looking for the one, I would buy the top three, or even top five contenders and judge them in hand. Otherwise I believe you’re just wasting your time. No disrespect intended.
    Last edited: Aug 6, 2019
    bruno_go likes this.
  18. Mechanical Advantage

    Mechanical Advantage

    Nov 1, 2017
    No worries, everyone, it's hard to hurt my feelings. This is great, I need to see things from other points of view. I appreciate it!
    bruno_go and Sharp & Fiery like this.
  19. BilboBaggins

    BilboBaggins Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 14, 2016
    You'll be back to knives. They all come back.

  20. abcdef


    Oct 28, 2005
    1. Buy the Para.
    2. Do a search for "twelve step program to stop buying stuff".

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