Why can’t Drop make a good cheap knife?
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I’m always in awe over the beauty and craftsmanship of the Drop collaboration knives here. But, I can’t afford any. I don’t have the expendable income to pay $150 for a pocket knife. Why can’t Drop collaborate with a knife maker, and create one that’s like $30? Nobody would expect exquisite craftsmanship. Just a solid, good looking, practical EDC knife that’s just plain good without being expensive. Personally, I love the Damascus & wood look, but even just a high quality steel & a solid handle with a reliable mechanism would be awesome. Drop can do that. Why don’t they?
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Ghostimpala
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May 13, 2020
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InskeepE - take a look at the Esee Avispa. This is an excellent knife at sub $40. Steel is either AUS8 or D2 (D2 is not bad). I know it will sound weird but you can thumb flick using the thumb stud on it with 100% confidence that it will deploy every time with minimal effort. The Blade is centered and the action is smooth even though it rides on washers. Mine was not a fluke. I have 2 and they are exactly the same feel etc. You won’t be disappointed. I will leave you with this. I own several $100 to $200+ knives (it’s not always been that way) and my Avispa (& a Victorinox) is the only sub $100 knife still in my EDC drawer and in constant rotation. Hope that helps you out.
May 13, 2020
InskeepE
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May 8, 2020
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I’m basically just shy of ignorant when it comes to knives. So I actually appreciate the comments. (:
May 8, 2020
erickong
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May 8, 2020
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I think there are a lot of good EDCs out there at that price range already. Don't want to compete in a crowded market
May 8, 2020
ScootJet
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May 8, 2020
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Because you are not going to find "high quality steel" in a $30 knife. Period. Frankly, even asking for a combination of a solid handle AND reliable mechanism is pushing it at the $30 price point. Knives definitely fall into the "you get what you pay for" category. Even a Swiss Army Knife costs $50-60. That's pretty much the lower floor for high quality and anything approaching "solid." Anything cheaper than that will have an inferior hinge/mechanism, a cheap handle (if wooden), and won't hold an edge, which defeats the purpose of making a custom job (aka Massdrop project) to begin with. If you want a decent EDC knife, there is a recommendation list on the r/knifeclub subreddit that has 18 recommendations for the sub-$30 mark. Unfortunately, if you want an EDC knife for anything approaching every day use, you're better off waiting until you can scrape together a little extra cash.
May 8, 2020