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Derp! I misread the price as $14.99, which would have been a great price, but $149? And an MSRP of $199? Wow.
Yeah I got a fright as well, that kind of price for a bushcraft knife is way too much when you consider you can get a great quality mora for a fifth of the price. For that price I can go to a master cutler and get something made custom for me.
Could you direct me to a master cutler that will do custom knives this size and steel quality for $150? I've been collecting custom knives for a while and have never come across this quality of knife, custom made, for anything less than $300.
Not in the US off the top of my head, but check local I was surprised at how many people there are that actually can do this stuff, some places in the UK and Scandinavia will charge that much for something very unique(artisinal, cultural, replica etc). Some master cutlers you can find work basically as professional sharpening services, others do custom prop work, and some are also blacksmiths. Looking online usually only takes you to the bigger and more expensive people. Seriously ask around, a local guy particularly one that does other metalwork will probably not only make you one for 150 he could give you a lesson along with it. In practical terms a good knife can be made in next to no time by someone well practised with the materials at hand.
A lot of the money isn't in the blade itself, a good cutler can knock a lot of those out very quickly. Its the individual finishing that costs money as its time consuming, but its also relatively simple and doesn't need a master cutler or smith. You can buy the blade and do the handle and sheath work yourself or contract it out to cheaper specialists.
Just a lot of money, compared to the underlying properties of a more mass produced mora or another quality brand they aren't so much better(if at all) as to warrant the price increase in terms of the physical properties of the blade itself. Most of the guys I know that do bushcraft and survival for a living(soldiers and field instructors) stick with cheaper moras or have bought the blanks from a local cutler and did them themselves the rest. Working knives don't last forever and with good quality blades being very cheap you don't need to break the bank. If you are a collector that is another story, but for something that is going to be used as a tool its better to stick with quality manufactured.
You clearly have no idea what you're talking about so please stop.
Clearly you don't actually work with knives, or heaven forbid had your life depend on one, and just like having a few sitting in a cupboard for you to quietly fondle and keep you company. I've only got years of experience as a field/bush craft instructor on top of being a very well qualified and engineer and material scientist, so what do I know with all my experience and qualifications.
Heaven forbid I should complain about something that uses materials that I can go out and buy for under 15% of the cost and make the thing myself in the workshop or walk down to my local armourer in the morning and pick it up the next day for half the price.
Any my main point is that if you need a knife for bushcraft there are better and cheaper knives and that this isn't a deal its just the normal price for a relatively high end knife. I've had expensive knives before, but my old 1095 carbon steel Mora cost me 12 bucks and lasted several years when more expensive knives fell by the way side. Although personally I would rather spend the money and have one made by a respected single craftsmen than any company, and you can get wonderful blanks by famous cutlers for half the price or less and make it yourself for something fantastic and truly custom.
I also believe if you are spending this kind of money on a knife you should support local craftsmen and businesses and help keep traditional skills alive.
Wow, how ironically convenient that you'd happen to be so perfectly qualified.
You keep shopping at your local armourer's for your fantasy survival classes while I laugh my ass off.