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Whats "mid-priced" and "hi end"...to you?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by waterford, May 20, 2012.

  1. Apec


    Oct 30, 2007
    Microtechs are grossly overpriced, even moreso given their declining QC and lack of customer service. And their tendency to copy designs hasn't helped in that regard either.

    On the original subject
    Mid: 50-100$
    High: 100$+
  2. BladeChick777


    Jun 20, 2011
    Mid: 50-100$
    High: 100$+

    I agree!

    It really is all based on what you like, what you can afford, and how much you're willing to pay.

    I am more than willing to pay $400+ on a good knife. The thing is, I can't, I do not have the money to do so.

    I paid around $125 for my Spyderco Chokwe and that was really pushing it for me. It's a lot of money especially when you don't really have it. But I just HAD to get that knife. So I did lol. And it's high end for me. Even though I own knives that are more high end, it is currently my favorite. And probably will remain my favorite. I'm telling you, I'm going to be buried with that knife.
  3. CrimsonTideShooter


    Oct 23, 2010
    I agree that functionality doesn't increase much past the 100 dollar mark, but saying that fit and finish doesn't increase much is just wrong.

    I've only seen one knife in the 100 dollar range that could even begin to compete with my 400+ dollar knives, and that was a Gayle Bradley. The difference in F&F from 100 to 400 and beyond is pretty substantial.
  4. CrimsonTideShooter


    Oct 23, 2010
    Do you have any direct experience with this supposed "declining QC?" Or are you just parroting what you've heard on the forums?

    My local knife shop has one of the largest selection of Microtechs in the country, and I must say that their F&F is higher and more consistent that most big names in the industry. I'm not a microtech fanboy at all, but there's no denying that they built good knives.

  5. BladeChick777


    Jun 20, 2011
    I have to say that the fit and finish on the Taiwanese made Spydercos are amazing and that they are close to being or are on par with higher end blades. I've owned a few of them and they are just amazing.
    The Sage series, Gayle Bradley, Chokwe, etc.

    If you're looking for a hell of a knife for under $200... I would check those out. =]
  6. grybsh7

    grybsh7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 5, 2007
    Currently I have 12 knives that I rotate carrying.

    2 - $150
    2 - $300
    1 - $350
    1 - $390
    1 - $435
    1 - $510
    1 - $540
    2 - $610
    1 - $800
  7. dennis357


    Jan 13, 2010
    Low priced $15-$45
    mid price $50-$95
    hi priced (and too hi for me) $100 and up
  8. Humppa


    Jul 25, 2010
    I don´t buy such expensive knives, though I use to carry and use them a lot. Mostly traditionals

    - mid-priced til 130 $ (~ 100 €)
    - hi-end over 130 $

    Kind regards
  9. nickortizzle1035


    Dec 30, 2009
    Low: < $60
    Mid: $60 - $175
    High: $175 - $300
    above comfort zone: >$300

    values are subject to change as this addiction progresses....
  10. Stark Knives

    Stark Knives

    Mar 19, 2010
    This is how I feel as well. :)

  11. nufdes


    Apr 4, 2011
    >175 is mid to low
  12. Avira


    Dec 31, 2011
    Low would be under $50.00
    Mid is $50.01 to $300.00
    High is anything above that.
  13. shqxk


    Mar 26, 2012
    Mid : 50-150$

    High : >250$
  14. flipe8


    Oct 24, 2005
    For me, mid-price is in around $150, while high-end starts around $300. I find knives that fall in between these price ranges are almost in a "dark-zone" for some strange reason. I just haven't had much luck smack in the middle of these two price-points.
  15. Apec


    Oct 30, 2007
    I'm obviously parroting, though if you read the automatic forums here on a semi-regular basis, you'll run into enough reports of people getting duds to make it a valid point (i.e. CMTX5 sear issues - which MT refused to fix, 2010 Blade Show UTX-85's, the ones people enjoyed flipping on the exchange here, people having to find dedicated dealers to take care of warranty issues and so forth).

    I own a 2009 Makora II, DLC/PE. Not a lemon, though the only reason I'm keeping it is to have a token OTF in my modest collection. I must admit it is a pretty unique piece, though the anodizing on the body has started to give away to friction from the firing switch.
  16. Charlie Mike

    Charlie Mike Sober since 1-7-14 (still a Paranoid Nutjob) Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 1, 2000
    $200-$500 mid
    $500-$900 mid high
  17. Jaiofspam


    Apr 24, 2006
    low: under $50
    mid: $100-$200
    high: $300+

    and the realms in between are fuzzy lol
  18. Joshua J.

    Joshua J.

    Feb 27, 2005

    You're probably right, though I have read that you will come across flaws in knives at any price range.
    While I don't doubt the extra finishing is there, it's just not significant to me. The way I use knives the extra polish will be roughed up or covered with gunk within a few weeks. You could say I'm the ideal customer for Strider, if only they would make a design I actually like and use more insane steel types.
  19. brandonc


    Mar 16, 2008
    IMO ZT framelocks are definitely high end production. Stronger than Strider or Chris Reeve designs. Price doesn't determine value, Performance does; makers can charge any price they want. Some expensive art knives are worthless.
  20. wolf5391


    Sep 23, 2010
    low end 0-$100


    high end- $500-$1000

    Pocket jewelry/collectors pieces- $1000+

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