Dog Off Leash wrote:
Don't presume to lump me in with a gunstore commando.
I never said a word about you being a gunstore commando.
The phrase never came up in any of my posts and I don't presume to know anything about you other than what little is in this thread. The only thing that I really know about you at all is that apparently I believe in being a little more frugal and careful with my money than you are while at the same time buying something that will last a lifetime if I take care of it, but that's about it.
I'm not gonna start throwing out insults or calling you names simply because we disagree on something. This is a message board meant for discussion, that's all we're doing (having a discussion) as far as I'm concerned.
If you want to continue to surround yourself with mediocre equipment, then be my guest.
Just because a tool or a weapon costs less than something else doesn't automatically make it mediocre, it just means that the one item costs more. Basically it seems like you're assuming that just because something costs more than something else then that automatically means that the higher priced item is better somehow, sometimes that's true and sometimes it isn't. However if that price inscrease isn't accompanied with better materials then this is not the case.
I'm not presuming to know anything about you other than what's in this thread, so don't presume to know what I have surrounding me either. I've made one recommendation (on an axe that is very popular with hunters, campers and preparedness freaks the world over), do you really think that you know everything about me because of that one recommendation?
In the cutlery world (as in others, such as tactical gear, etc) you often get what you pay for.
I'm all for getting quality equipment, but you've yet to tell me what these semi-custom knives with some legend in their own minds name stamped on it can do that good knife made from quality materials, but that's less inexpensive couldn't.
Folks who bargain-basement shop for their equipment shouldn't be surprised with their equipment doesn't perform to par, and/or fails them at a critical moment.
Just because a tool or a weapon costs less than something else doesn't mean that it's bargain basement equipment or mean that it will fail. Exactly how is an axe and axe handle that's made out of steel going to fail me? It's more likely that the composite/synthetic material that makes up the handle of the Shrike would fail before steel would.You're confusing a high price with quality materials and they are NOT the same thing.
I believe in buying good quality items the first time and being done with it, but I'm not going to spend a whole shitload of money on a knife when I can get a good one for between $60 (Ka-Bar) to $200 (Fallkniven, Bark River, Tops, Al Mar, Bob Dozier etc) made out of the same materials as these high priced semi-custom knives and as far as I'm concerned the same thing applies to axes and hatchets as well.