[Homestead] Knives, was More on Gold
erthnsky at bellsouth.net
Thu Dec 25 18:59:16 EST 2008
> Merry Xmas to all also !
> A wholesale price of $7 US apiece (on average) for hunting knives
> varying in length from 8" - 13" including scabbords & small shapening
> stones, regardless of where the stainless came from seems like a
> really good deal. Then there are the shorter straight blades, more
> of a multi-purpose stainless steel knife ($3 - $5 wholesale).
It kinda sounds like inferior quality stuff. You get what you pay for
when it comes to knives.
> The masses can not afford the most expensive knives... but they still
> need knives.
Well, what they need, really need, is a tool that will do the job.
Nothing fancy, but a good tool. They don't need the bells and whistles,
no fancy handles, but because they would be rather unskilled to begin
with, they at least need a quality tool. The 'masses' cannot afford to
hire anything to be done by others, nor can they afford injuring
> There are a lot of people who think differently about bying quality.
> Some will look for quality and buy something of the best quality that
> will last a lifetime. So say for example they spend $200 on a
> single knife. Others will take the same $200, and buy 30-40 cheap
> knives, sell off half of them for $200, get their original money
> back, and keep the balance, using the spares as replacements for when
> the cheaper ones break, get lost, etc.
> People buy the best quality that they can afford,,,,, key word being
Right, but if you are actually using the cheaper knives, then you will
definitely go through 30-40 of the inferior knives in whatever real task
you are trying to perform, OR, you will injury yourself somewhere along
the way and end up spending far more. I understand that you never can
convince people to buy quality-that's a lesson that most folks learn the
hard way-but I just had to make that point.
>> From the point of view of personal use, I would prefer super
>> quality - and if I can't afford, then lots of back-up replacements.
> For guns, I think I would think differently though, as I would guess
> there are probably personal safety issues involved.
A gun is a tool. A knife is a tool. A chainsaw is a tool.
All have personal safety issues. Even if you are going to resell them
and not use them yourself, think about the injury someone else might
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brethren, and to do good is my religion."
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