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I learned years ago that the cost of a knife has nothing to do with it's value.   The knife that has served me the most is a CRT Stiff Kiss I ordered many years ago from Smokey Mountain Knife Works.  An inexpensive knife but I have used it for field dressing deer, cleaning small game and cutting things that it was not designed for.   Most of this happened because it was the knife that was there when the need arose.  It also served as a boot knife when I lost my Gerber Guardian Back Up in a move.

I added the HK-P90 folders to my e-store and they did not sell well even though they were the last of that mode being made by Benchmade.   I have avoided adding knives because they are everywhere and it is hard to beat prices at Wal-mart and other big box stores.  I still have some of HK-P90's but will not carry the new ones once these are gone.  One buyer told me to pull them and put them up for 10 years and they will be valuable so I may do that.

I have decided to find quality budget knives and add them to the store.   I found some K-Bar Skeloton Knives from one distributor and some Gerber's from another.   I purchased a few of the K-bars just to check the quality and I was pleased.  So I ordered more of this model and four more models.  Here is an example of the K-Bar.

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The BK23BP has a 3.25" long 5Cr15 stainless steel blade, measures 6.43" overall and comes with a hard plastic friction lock sheath.

A knife does not have to be expensive to save your life or come in handy when need.  The affordability of these K-Bar knives make them a must for carry or back up.  This model can be carried on a neck chain and will be there when needed.    I am able to sell this knife for $8.75.  No sure if they are out there at a cheaper price but if I find that out I will lower my price some.

I have four more K-Bar models coming in this week and four Gerber Models.  They will all be listed on the store by 9/27/17.  My goal is to keep the cost down by offering inexpensive knives that work.   If someone is ordering other items from the e-store and sees these they know they can buy it with no sales tax or shipping so they may just throw it in their Cart.   I will compete with the "Marts", Amazon and e-bay by pricing mine lower then average and offering the flat rate shipping.   As I am winding down my custom gun business I will have more time to put into the store and hope to find and keep customers by having selection and price.  Running the store beats standing over a 200 degree Parkerizing tank and at a blast cabinet for hours so the Store is my future due to my increasing age and decay.  And yes, for those of you that have AI&P Tactical Shotguns I will be here to keep them running and gunning as long as I breath but those may want these guns have about 6 years to make up their mind.



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I agree most readily, inexpensive does not always mean low quality, and high price does not always mean high quality. Knife snobs would be well served to remember this. My favorite example of this is the Opinel folders, very low priced but extremely nice usable knives, others in clude models you mention and things like the Case Sodbusters and Cold Steel low end blades. 
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A good knife in one's kit is invaluable, and as JD so correctly notes, inexpensive blades can often be the best bangs for the buck. 
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On another forum JD knows all too well, there is a current thread in which the OP is amused at people's reactions to his Benchmade knife costing over $100. Hey, I carry a Gerber 06 FAST, nothing fancy, and it does all I ask of it. Another poster said he carries cheap knives because he is likely to lose them. I know that one all too well. I have lost 4 Normark folders, 3 S&W folders of a neat design that you flicked the handle out to the side, then flipped it like a balisong and the blade cover became part of the grip. And about a half dozen Gerber LST's and Paraframes, and that's before my sons started pilfering my knifes. I just got the Kershaw Amphibian my older son absconded with about 8 years ago back when I found it in his Grandpa's tool box out in the pole shed. (My FIL died in July, we have been going through things at the house getting ready for the sale...) 
Anyhoo, I digress. Good serviceable blades do not have to cost a lot of money, nor do good serviceable guns, if you know what to look for.
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Many years back, I picked up a few Emersons for reasonable prices. Those same knives currently retail for OVER $200, and based on my experiences with them, they don't do anything more or better than my standard Buck folder or any Ontario I have owned. I've found with knives and firearms that many times it's about bragging rights and little else. 
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In this picture there are two blades, a Myerco Blackie Collins Bolt action and a Spyderco Cricket, the Cricket at about $60 cost about twice what the Meyerco cost. I have carried this combination now for about 15 years. I have carried a Blackie Collins Bolt action since the orginal Gerber version about 30 years ago or better, one variant of it has been a companion ever since. When MEyerco came out with the Blackie Collins Bolt action with a pocket clip I, as well as a rather famous person Steven Dick both snapped them  up quick. He was, not sure if still today, a huge fan of this knife design and its bolt action lock along with the design of the handle. Maybe not the best steel ever made, but it has lasted in my pocket and done everything asked for about 15 years, heck I have two more in boxes waiting in case it fails. Cheap, yep, but I have tried to replace it a hundred times in the past 30 years, with some knives that cost up to 10 times what it cost, yes 10 times as some cost over 3 bills,  and the knew blade end up in the knife duffle, and the Bolt Action in my pocket, usually within a week or so. 

Bolt Action lives in my left hip pocket, am leftie which is partly why this lock works best for me, and the Cricket lives in my watch pocket as  my right hand folder. 

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