Hey everyone, hope all is well. My birthday is just around the corner and I have been itching to buy a new knife. Only this time around I am interested in buying a semi-custom folder. Right now I cannot make my mind up on which knife I would want to buy, a Strider SMF or a CRK Sebenza. Both knives have an outstanding track record an will cost me a lot of money (Almost $500, depending on which one I decide to get). I asked my best friend Eric who is the co-owner of my local knife shop, KnivesPlus which knife I should buy. Eric then asked me , "How do you plan on using the knife?" I told him that I would definitely use the knife because I strongly believe that a knife is a tool and should be used instead of collecting dust. Eric strongly dislikes Mick Strider because of his alleged false background and suggested that I should definitely buy the Sebenza because the Sebenza is known for it's rock solid performance and a “bank vault” feel. I totally agree with Eric about the amazing performance of the sebenza, but I have heard some pretty disturbing things about the CRK warranty. I've heard it's limited, because if the knife shows any form of abuse such as "flicking" the knife open, (which is classified as "abuse" according to Chris Reeve) the knife's warranty is voided. I feel that If I am going to spend $400 for a knife then the warranty should allow me to "flick" open the knife if I should choose to do so. Strider knives warranty is almost too good to be true stating that "We (Strider Knives Inc.) are responsible for the condition of EVERY knife that LEAVES our shop, regardless of what has been done by YOU. When the knife leaves here, and we have worked on it, we are responsible for it again." The only thing that prevents me from buying a strider is because of Mick Strider's past allegations. I don't know if any of the things said about Mr. Strider are true, and who am I to judge, it doesn't take away the fact that strider inc. produces some outstanding knives. Eric stated that there are two kinds of knife collectors. The ones who start collecting really expensive knives at first, realizes that knife collecting gets expensive real quick and they will eventually stop collecting knives. Then there's the knife collector who was heavily influenced by someone else that collected knives, so they started out small and bought inexpensive knives and as they learned more about knives, they gradually appreciated the value of a quality knife, so they don't mind paying more. I think that I'm at that stage in my knife collection where I don't mind spending a few more BONES for a knife that I know will perform. I'm sure every knife collector goes through this stage.
In the end I am sure I will go with a strider, which will be the most I have ever spent on a knife. How much money have you spent on a knife? How much is TOO much?