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More than $400 for a pocketknife? You can get a hand-forged katana for that price. I've seen plenty of incredibly well made titanium knives for 1/4 this price.
a couple of things:
on the katana comparison:
- you might be able to get some hand forged katana for this price, but likely it won't be from a well known katana maker (which is what you would have to compare to if you are comparing to Todd Begg) and it likely won't be made from premium grade (read as: costly) materials (e.g. titanium, S35VN or comparable steel)
- most of the people joining this drop probably aren't very interested in a hand forged katana, this is EDC... i have yet to see anyone EDC a katana outside of a cartoon, but you can be sure as hell i am going to carry this thing on a daily basis, and cut cardboard, open boxes, clean my nails, or whatever else i feel like doing with a knife at any given time.
on "other" titanium knifes:
- yes, there are other titanium knives in the $100-$200 range, namely spyderco which make very usable knives out of great quality materials in a variety of designs(well, sorta)... but most of those designs are extremely plain/ordinary and boring... and i should know, i own 3 of them, also, they aren't flippers!
- the blade action is no where near as smooth as that on a high end production knife, which normally speaks towards the tolerances of the machining
- the blades in my titanium spyderco knives are almost constantly becoming off-centered and i have to service them, again this speaks to the tolerances during production
- just came back from a knife show this past weekend, and i was able to handle a Todd Begg Glimpse 5.5(his midtech knife ~$1000) and if this knife is even close to that one, it will be a home run in my opinion
Bullshit but no way in hell you can get a good quality hard forged katana for that. You can't even get a decent production katana for that