May 16, 20183188 views

Future or Current Grail Knife

What’s the most you’ve spent on a knife or are willing to spend? What’s your grail knife?
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Grail knife is the Martin Caiman 6" for me. Checks all boxes and is beautifully simple.
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I have spent £350.00 on a handmade knife for carving.
Holy Grail for me is the MKT Praetorian
If I remember correctly, the most I've spent on a single knife is about $150 USD, but I've done so on multiple occasions. My EDC folder is a vintage Gerber AirFrame First Production Run, with the machined titanium scales and 154CM blade.
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I also have one of the limited run of 1000 aluminium scale AirFrames that is what I carry for formal occasions, but otherwise does not get used. Its lighter weight makes it more comfortable if I need to clip it to my lingerie, and I know it's always razor sharp.
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I no longer really collect knives. I've divested myself of most of my collection and plan to sell the last few pieces soon. If I can be said to have a "Holy Grail" of knives, it would be to see my own designs put into production:
https://gcvsa.wordpress.com/2012/09/09/the-lotus-the-rose-the-ideal-wilderness-water/
But, I have always lusted after the Cold Steel Imperial Tanto and Imperial Tai-Pan. If I could, I'd like to have matched pairs of each.
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I would love a matched set of short sword and dagger. And a shuang shou jian, but these are just fantasies.
TBPH, I'm far more interested in utilitarian, budget knives, now. Knives are only as good as their edge, and in a real survival situation, I'd rather trust my field sharpening skills on a 420HC blade than hope and pray I don't damage some expensive crucible steel wonder that can't be properly sharpened in the field. Expensive exotic steels make me just not want to use them, so my current go-to set for backcountry use is a set of vintage Gerber Pro-Guide II knives, and while they aren't "ideal", they do get the job done, and I trust my life to them.
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I guess I could say I'd really like a pair of Zhen Chinese chef's knives, one thick and one thin:
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And if I could, I'd replace my Henckels Five Star kitchen knives with a carefully chosen set of Wüsthof Grand Prix II Colors, which sadly seem to be unavailable for the most part in the US:
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The Grand Prix II Colors are marketed to the trade and designed to avoid cross-contamination: red for meat, blue for seafood, green for veg, and yellow for poultry. I'll take a black set for already-cooked food, for the dinner table carving duties.
I bought my Henckels set when I was less experienced with my true needs in the kitchen, and now mostly use only the Kochmesser and paring knife.
I did drool over the Wüsthof 200th Anniversary Set, but I don't "need" them:
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Let me preface this by saying that I have literally zero use for this, nor can I think of a use for it beyond decoration. But this is a Holy Grail knife, one that I'd never spend money on, one that I'd love to have in my collection just for the wow factor. It's the Microtech Jagdkommando. It just looks terrifying. I've seen a couple of knock offs out there, but why bother? It's not like I'm going to need to test functionality on a lesser knife first. It just looks like a monster and I'm in love with the screw-in sheath.
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mumd0g
Just bought my first ultra tech, but yeah this thing is insane!
They cost me very little money, but plenty of time. These are the first, and only knives I have made so far. I made them special for my first elk hunt, and were used to field dress it.
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That's why a lot of this stuff is regional. If there isn't a tradition of certain industries in your area, these things can be hard to find. Nice work. Is it a full convex grind/edge?
L8Brake
Incredible!! Wow brother I’m very impressed
The most I've spent on a knife was a little over 900.00 for a viper MKT I own a Gerber mark 11 that I purchased in 1970 for 25.00 worth close to 2000.00 now my grail knife is the next one that catches my eye.
$1300 for a MKT Praetorian Ti.
My holy grail would be a Vietnam era Randall mdl-15 Airman. Someday. :-)
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The most I've spent on a knife was $350 twice, on a Liong Mah GSD and the WE Eschaton. My 3rd most expensive knife was just purchased a couple of hours ago and it's the CKF Veksha 2.0 for $320. My grail knife would be a Shirogorov F7 from their Custom Division or a Marfione Custom Sigil MK6. Actually, if you lookup "vlads blades" on youtube, pretty much any knife he owns (and he owns a lot) could be a grail knife for me. Heck, even the beads he has on his lanyards cost more than 90% of my knives. Some people have too damn much money LOL! Coming down to planet Earth, a grail that I could "potentially" own would be a Carbon Fiber Koenig Arius (and if we're talking grail, I'd go with the marbled CF style 55 with blue hardware :) ). Those are all production knives. I don't know enough about custom makers since I can't afford them :D
Wow, I must be a cheap *@#$^). The most I've ever spent was $160 for a Benchmade 710 McHenry Williams folder and, only because it was on sale. I won't spend much more than that. I'd buy an anvil and a small forge and make my own first.
Great posts ^^ ... thank you all for sharing some interesting posts. If it's going to be grail knife then one ought to dream the impossible dream ;) ... Jason Knight Damascus Kukri. Black G-10. 11 3/8" blade. OAL 17"
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The Koenig in the photo is a knife that i very much respect i would adore to own. But my Grail at this moment (and for 2 years almost) is the Zero Tolerance 0452. But is costs almost 1k here where i live, so... i dont need a 1k pocket knife, He will have to wait.
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Interesting, I sold a ZT0095 on eBay and I mailed it to Brazil. I think it went for less than $200 so I guess the guy got a really good deal.
Dhill21
Buying direclty is always better, but we pay too a 18% tax by the credit card. Even paying the 18% is cheaper than buying a "already here" ZT, for example. But, it may or not arrive, it can take weeks, even months some times... so its almost a gamble.
I have spent $1,400 for a custom subhilt fighter with a desert ironwood handle. Took almost a year to get from Schuyler Lovestrand. Don’t regret it a bit - it is a work of art and unique. Gimleteye
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Some people say that we are crazy for collecting knives... I say we are not crazy enough.
I've spent around $240.00. For zt hinderer and zt 0920. I usually stick at around 100 - 200. There are a lot of knives I want to own which are more expensive but I am not patient enough when it comes to saving money.
I was about to list this beauty of a nimble beast, a Marfione/Strider MSG3 as my highest single price tag, at $825 retail from PVK in Vegas. Check out the ridiculous CA cancer warning card; there was a version on the box of a new ZT I bought last week. I guess if you want to sell in CA, you have to provide the most vague, pointless, and consequently totally useless product warning label since they began telling people not to make toast in the bathtub:
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...but I actually didnt pay anything for it. It was free, expect for $11.76 to ship. However, I did pay a good percentage of that $825 to the store, but it was for something else entirely that Id placed on layaway. Somehow though, my layaway item vanished (I suspect it was mistakenly sold to another customer), so I was compensated with comparable reward points in the PVK loyalty program. Some people might have balked at not getting a cash refund, but the compensatory points combined with part of my existing balance = free custom MCK piece. It ended up a good deal as far as I'm concerned. One more pic of that lovely integral titanium body and Begg nitride ball pocket clip; apologies for the sub-par phone pic quality:
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My grail? Dozens of them. Today though, I think the maybe it's a GTC Airborne:
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No, wait...the Harkins Triton II. Yeah, that's the one today. I'm a sucker for a sweet OTF:
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Hatuletoh
Very nice, thanks for sharing, that strider style is unique and appealing for sure.
Most I spent was about $350, on the Todd Begg Steelcraft Kwaiken. I could have probably bought something better, but Begg Knives HQ is located about 30-45 minutes away, so they used to be kinda like my idol. Current grail though is my ZT 0462. Better steel and a bit lighter weight.
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SovelissFiremane
Very nice
Will Moon custom so many custom option . Colors scales ,twill inlays,ect blade styles like a kukri style blade $500 or so

https://www.willmooncustomknives.com/
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Dirthole04
Love it. I want one.
Dirthole04
Love those
Two Norseman at 925 each.
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I've spent a few dollars on knives. I have a couple Shirogorov Custom Division, Chris Reeve UG Damasteel, ZT 0777, Benchmade gold class, etc. etc. Has been a hobby of mine for a few years, just whatever catches my eye from $15 Kershaw and CRKT, to the limited run custom production knives. Had the most fun finding all the Spyderco Mules (on top of the case), that took a while to gather but was fun searching for them (and interesting to read about the various metallurgy of each of the blades).
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What in the world for? He has that case full of knives. And you can be certain that the knives he already owned didnt mind if he went out on a Saturday and picked up a another one...or two or three.
Damn nice display case too, I'll bet that cost as much as some of the better knives.
KennyS
Loving that shot. Maybe I will share it with my family to convince them that I don't have an knife problem.
The most I've spent so far is about $300CDN on a ZT0562CF. Amazing knife. My current grail is probably one of the smaller Rassenti Nirvanas with some exotic Damascus/Hamon blade and all of the crazy clips and pivot collars and whatnot. But he'll honestly probably be long retired by the time I work up the justification to buy something like that lol.
The most I've paid for a knife is $150 - and that was a damascus kitchen knife. Highest price for an EDC was roughly $85. I also have a small collection of EDC flashlights, most expensive of which was about $60.
Same as guns, I use all my stuff. No safe queens at my house. I don't buy items to baby them and never actually use them. Especially in the flashlight community, I notice a LOT of people buy these $600-1000 flashlights and keep them wrapped in a leather pouch .... no. Just no. Mine has scuff marks, patina, dents, etc.
Theres no point paying an exorbitant price on any knife. Most knifes can be constructed, of high end materials, and still be reasonably aquired at a fair price. Once you get above a few hundred, your paying for a brand name, not a knife. The most I have been willing to spend on a folder is $140. And that was a top end knife at the time. I can see paying up to $250 if a knife was made of special materials that are exspensive to process, or that was made by a master artisan that only makes a few knifes at a time, and that does masterful work, but only if I really wanted said knife, and had a little spare cash to work with. Typically I dont like to spend more that 40-75 bucks on any knife. As I pay for quality, and reliability not branding. It also depends on the overall size of the knife. Ill pay a little more if there's more length and there for more metal required.
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Thanks for the tip, i do enjoy finding pieces who's quality surpasses their pricepoint. I'll check 'em out some time 👍
The highest price that I have paid is close to $400 for a Konosuke HD2 10" chef knife. The most for a folder is a Benchmade Barrage in M390, $200. A sprint run Spyderco Manix 2 in S90V was close at about $175. I have trouble justifiying paying over $200 for a folder. I started collecting knives about 2 years ago. Like others, I had trouble paying over $30-40 per knife at first. Now that's cheap. I don't know if I have a grail, but if a Protech Les George Rockeye Auto in CPM-D2 or CPM-154 becomes available ($180-200) I won't be able to get the money out of my bank fast enuf. I would like to thank all those who chimed in on this. It was fun to read and the pictures were great. Looking at some of the prices folks were willing to pay, I don't feel so bad about the money I've dropped on knives.
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I hear you dude the money's never enough. Maybe someday, I hope you get your grail
ChickenLover
I have no doubts that I will. The only problem is that my grail is always changing. Perhaps if I could get my Holy Braille, I wouldn't be able to see all these wonderful knives and decide that THIS one is the Grail. (I been working on the Grail Road, all the live long day.......and night) . Thank you for the kind words.
$350 for a Spyderco Paramilitary 2 in Elmax. Best knife EDC knife I’ve ever had.
$610.00 was my high and I can't imagine going higher m I don't regret it . I don't have it handy but I will put a picture up. Latley I have been going crazy and spending between 3 to 450.00 on a half dozen. I am going to think my collection out as soon as I can figure out how to do it on ebay....I get confused and give up but now I am going to put more effort into it.. I love my knives but can't believe let it get to where it is, out of hand.
I spent 650 on a Medford TFF-1. It's an absolute tank. I really want a Rockstead. That'll probably be it for me. The quality... much want.
The most I ever spent was around 3k for an original Vietnam issued Randall #14 with the solingen blade. Current grail is, I dunno, probably an original Randall #2?
$1200 on a Dark Timber Custom
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Mark0313
That’s sweet
Mark0313
That is one purdy knife 😍
Most spent is $180 on a Spyderco PM2 in S110V but I'd be willing to shell out the cash if Massdrop would get an actual good deal on Koenig knives