The last time that you had sticker shock?

not2sharp

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I have been a collector for a long time, and realized at a very young age that I was the type of person who derived great joy from chasing, accumulating, cataloging and selling things. It is all a form of entertainment, and knives are one of the areas that I collect.

One of important things that happens to a collector over time is that you develop a broad level of comfort within your field of interest. You encounter common items and whether or not you find it interesting, you are at a point where you instantly Recognize what it is and can make an educated guess at what it should be selling for. It may be a “sprint run” or a clone, there may be additional detail that you would need to appreciate; but, it’s all familiar territory.

But, every so often, and very frequently when you first start in the hobby, you are going to run into things that simply shock you. Usually, it’s the price, although it is not really about the money. It is about your familiarity with the item. So that first encounter with a Randall Made knife, a custom knife or a 19 century Bowie, a vintage katana that is selling for the price of a car; you almost feel a level of physical discomfort.

The last time that I encountered that feeling was a couple of years ago, when I met with a guy who was trying to sell a Malaysian house sword for over a $250,000. A family heirloom perhaps, but that must be quite a neighborhood if everyone is displaying quarter million dollar swords in their entry foyer.

I recall that when I was first starting out, the price of the standard fixed bladeS produced by Buck Knives seem extravagant. Most outdoors men at the time were carrying imports like the G.C.C. Edgebrand line from Solingen, and by comparison the Bucks were at least twice as expensive.

So tell us about the last time that you were shocked by a knife; and for our purposes, it doesn’t matter whether that knife was multimillion art knife at a show or the first time that you gazed upon a Benchmade knife at the local sporting goods.

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not2sharp

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One of the reasons that I brought this up is the common thought that comes up, usually in retrospect, where you or someone suggest that you should have saved up for some grail knife rather then have indulged in an assortment of more common knives. I don’t think that it at all, because at the time that you made your purchases, you probably didn’t appreciate the more premium knife; and may not have bought it even had the funds been burning a hole in your pocket. Premium knives are an acquired taste.

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With what I know now about knives, I usually never get shocked by knife prices. Sometimes I play a guessing game whenever I get an email blast from one of my favorite dealers. I'll see a custom or mid-tech knife advertised in the blast and then guess the price before clicking the link. I'm usually pretty close.

But years ago I opened a package from Chris Reeve knives that was shipped to my boss , inside the package was his large Sebenza and a receipt for $85. I told him it was a nice knife for the price. He told me the receipt was for refurbishing. When I asked the price of the knife, I got sticker shock.
 
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I get it: carbon fiber, yay. But nearly $200 for a factory slipjoint? C'mon.
 
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I spend much time looking at and reading about knives. Very little shocks me about prices, but usually makes me remember Thomas Tusser and Phineas Barnum.
 

guy g

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My sticker shock comes in a different form..
buying a Chris Reeve is a no brainer. My first knife purchase when I was 16-17 was a Buck 112, which was more than most others.. I still have that knife in ready to go shape.
My shock came at Christmas when I went in to a brick and mortar and was looking at a Native 5 in S35vn at 25$ more than online.
That was my Xmas present and I bought it. Then I went back to the same place and bought a Buck 112 micarta and S30v.And yes I would go back again if I need something.
But otherwise it's the same thing as said before.. ' is it worth the price to you?' And I feel I was.
 

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Shorttime that's a real nice looking knife!
 
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With the recent goings on in the world, I started looking at knives I can't carry out of my house, namely autos. I had always known they were expensive but my goodness! Some of those vintage microtechs are ridiculous! Even the recent bm otf I got seemed way up there.

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the thing that gets to me is seeing
some opportunist try to peddle
fakes that are priced more than an original .
this phenomena leaves me speechless...
the internet have spawned unscrupulous
cheats because it operates on faceless
snonymity.
 

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Out of curiosity, I recently checked out what some of the premium Chinese manufacturers are selling these days. I was surprised to see several of their models up in the Hinderer and CRK price-range.
 

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Sticker shock..... I am more apt to feel sticker shock with a folder than a fixed blade. Fixed blades are or can be a thing of beauty where as folders are purely purchased for functional purpose. Sticker shock is all about your financial value perspective and more than likely this is a moving target. This does not apply to a knife you consider sort of a fling.... the cost really doesn't matter for one of these as the choice is very emotional.

I like GEC slip joints and I was surprised at the pricing at first as I was expecting "Case pricing". I didn't consider most Case knives inexpensive. The Tuna Valley knives..... I just ignore due to pricing. I learned about GEC, but the first one over $100 certainly gave me sticker shock. Slip joints to me can be a thing of beauty and I can see why many favor them for collecting. I have just never migrated to the collecting side of things although to some, I guess I am a collector (accumulator to me).

I experienced some sticker shock on the first Randall's I purchased and early handmade knives. I now put handmade stuff into another category in terms of pricing and value. So, it's is very relative and knife specific. But initially, I was thinking of handmade stuff like well made firearms and couldn't understand how a knife could cost so much or in the same general cost area of a well made firearm.

My first handgun was a H&R 22 revolver. When I was thinking about buying, I couldn't understand why someone would pay for a Colt or S&W revolver over something that is half the price of them and still shoots the same caliber bullets. The cost really meant little to me then but I was looking at function and value. I learned......

It was at this time that I bought my first car (post college) and I viewed things much the same way. I could afford a Jaguar at that time, but why would I buy something like that?

In the knife world, it would be comparative to a "gas station knife" or something made for Frost Cutlery versus a name brand knife in a knife store. You learn about these things and what results in the product's pricing.
 
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something I said I would never do! get another CRK,these suckers are expensive, but the value is there and in the back my mind I say its a knife I will own for life or hand down to my son.:thumbsup:
 

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A few years ago, I wanted a new Spyderco Lil' Temperance, until I saw it sold for $190. That's when my outlook changed. I sold my Benchmades and Spydercos when they started MAP and now I'm just as happy carrying my Copperlock day after day. It would take quite a bit to convince me to spend $100 on a knife now.
 

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I get sticker shock quite a bit but in my defense, I'm frugal and have never spent more then $150 or 160 on a knife.

The infamous Strider Spike. Sharpened Ti scraps? Saw one online currently for $300.
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Busse knives in general. Granted, I've never experienced the famous steel and I know that limited production drive the price up.

Quite a few Medfords. I would expect more then D2 blade steel for $1,000 - 1,800.
 

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First time I remember having sticker shock was when I watched a video on the BM 940 by Nutnfancy. I wanted that knife in a bad way. Checked the prices on line and my jaw dropped. The price was running around $200 at the time.
I had a $100 limit at that point in my life.
 

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Today, got an alert on some listings matching an Ebay saved search.
:eek: $130 for a little Buck 305 clipper ?
4 or so different colors of the clipper listed each one at $130. Sure they're NOS from 1989 but that's ridiculous.

Maybe its actually reasonable for a collector I dont know, I'm just looking for a user.
 
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