Reading the comments from yesterday’s post about the Extrema Ratio – Glauca B1, many of you have sticker shock from its $650 price tag. Certainly understandable, though the “cool” factor of that knife is off the charts IMHO. I got to play around with it on my recent trip to Ohio, and I can say that holding it felt like almost like holding a pistol – the grip is that ergonomic and locked into your hand.
I personally have never spent more than $150 on a knife -yet. However, I am anxiously awaiting the Blade Show where I will likely blow right past that ceiling to buy an automatic now that they are legal in Tennessee. Just for the cool factor. I doubt I will EDC one, but who knows?
I have a Bob Lee custom recurve bow. It is beautiful to look at and a pleasure to shoot, but if I wanted something practical it is a bit overboard. My Hultafors axe is more expensive than one I could pick up at an outdoor store, but in one season of use I can state it is a finely crafted tool that exceeds most others of its type. I would love to own a Randall knife, but to use such a work of art would be a fiduciary and possibly aesthetic tragedy.
Whether it is cars, guns, knives, homes, or pretty much anything else, there are always categories of “things” which are a reflection of our personalities and thus we spend more than utility would dictate.
Ian, the author/owner of the Extrema uses it daily for its designated purpose, Law Enforcement, which must make the designer of the knife smile a bit inside. If sheer utility were the only determining factor in knife choice, why would 90% of people ever spend more than $20 on a Mora?
So I ask you this:
In your opinion, what is an acceptable amount (raw $ or %) of a premium to pay for a knife beyond its simple utility?