As I mentioned the other night, I am now the proud owner of a presentation grade Damascus steel, snakewood scaled, Kim Breed Model 15. The “common” version of this knife, with g-10 scales and 80CrV2 steel was the first custom knife purchase I ever made, at the 2014 Blade Show.
I carry that knife probably 50% of the time. It is a special knife, with a greater emotional value to me than your typical EDC tool. While it is a fantastic knife, and the most expensive one I had ever purchased, it is meant to be used. I am not afraid to scratch it up – at least once I began to put a patina on it and it was no longer in new condition.
My other expensive knives, namely my Wilmont Wharny and Caleb White Penance, are in my regular use rotation. Granted, those knives were given to me with the express purpose of putting them to the test, so I would be out of line putting them up on the shelf.
My new Breed is in a class by itself. It is slightly thinner than my “common” Model 15, but still plenty robust enough to be a strong tool. However, I don’t imagine that I will ever use this knife. I would be more tempted were I not to own my other one, but even then I don’t think that I could. It might seem like blasphemy to put a knife away to remain unused, but I want to leave it pristine.
I have one safe queen firearm, my Grandfather’s 100-year old LC Smith side-by-side 20ga. It was used for a portion of its life, and I felt no qualms about taking it dove hunting a couple of times. It is a wonderfully light and balanced gun, and while I don’t want to stress the stock (it has some slight cracking/wood-grain separation on the stress point when the barrel is broken open), I am happy knowing that it remains usable.
Both of my Kim Breed knives are heirloom quality, and I hope to one day pass them on to each of my children. Only time will tell which one will be the most appropriate version to give to which child, but barring a massive mind-fart on my part, they should easily outlast me.
Do you have a safe queen? Is it because of the knife’s inherent value, or are there sentimental reasons for putting it on the shelf? Do you have a major disagreement with my choice?