May 16, 20184673 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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This Microtech DOC, in Elmax steel, is my former grail, and current edc. The knife came with the updated pocket clip (2016) and has been flawless from the beginning. I have never needed to contact Microtec customer service so, no horror stories here.
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If it ever needs service, I will actually send it back to Microtech. It gets used almost daily with ZERO issues so they have earned my business as far as service. I would absolutely buy this knife again if I lost it.
That is such a nice looking knife!
I got a steal of a deal on a nice piece of INFI steel. A Busse NMFBM for $800NZD. Last time I checked, they are worth about 3 times that if you want to try and get one now. It's a freakin' beast of a blade, and the destruction test on a Busse blade, (seen here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwcRSU0R8kE ) was what really convinced me.
Most I've spent to date was $240 on a Boker Special Run Applegate 6" 154CM Tanto Blade; always loved Applegate designs. As for my Grail, it is another knife I have limited "need" for: Fallkniven NL1 Northern Light Thor Bowie 10" VG10 tipping the scales at $530.
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The most I've spent is $250 on a small Sebenza. My grail knife is a Shamwari from Gareth Bull.
About $272 for an Evan John Venom New Concept. Wonderful knife. The grail knife would be a Reate Horizon D. Oh yeah!
The most I've spent to date is $35 on a CRKT M4-02W just this past month. I've carried a folder for years, but always carried something that was $15-$20. I lost the knife I had carried for five or six years last month and started researching knives and know that I'm probably going to buy a Bradford Guardian 3 soon, so that will make my most expensive about $150.
The most I've spent on a knife was $129.00 on a Spyderco Chaparral Rafir Noble. I'm not likely to spend that much again.
NormH
That's a good looking knife...do you have pics? If you are only gonna get one...:D
All my knives are sub $200. Most folders are all stainless or frn with vg10 blades. My fixed blades are all 1095 steel except for a couple D2 steel one. I like durable utilitarian minimal maintenance knives. if I could, i'd like to have a plain Norseman someday as my grail knife. Just have other priorities.
My most expensive knife by now, paid 630 Eur in Germany, and also my grail and my user, the Chris Reeve Large Inkosi Insingo with Black Micarta Inlays.
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The most I spent was$100 on a Kershaw knockout m390 or in the army I spent $75 on a sk5 tanto carbon 5 blade that was a lot for a soldier back then I've had lots of spyderco knives most fell apart an it was hard to get parts back then ,emerson was one I wanted but a chisel grind seems half done to me I mean if you have a stone to do one side you can do both .the knife I always wanted a real fairborn Sykes
125€ for Yaxell chef knife is most I have spend. And don't see spending much more in a near future. Grail knife would be Cough customs Resolute MkIII. Simple, yet elegant tool.
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Jeero
Gough, not Cough.
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
Those knives are truly fearsome
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
bdpf
I also spent $350 for the GSD LIONG MIA...WHAT'S funny is I also bought two , one for the bling version and then the white on black handle. I gave the bling to my son as a gift and miss it now.
Wow, I must be a cheap *@#$^). 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.
Mike11C
You did well on your choice. I would like to own one.
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 those
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Two Norseman at 925 each.
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