IMHO if you can only have one knife, Function before looksWhile not art, a $15.00 Mora will equal or outperform most of the knives out there. They are an incredible deal, just not that pretty, and work really well at a wide range of tasks. That plastic sheath is real ugly, but functional.
True enough, but there is a certain dignity added to being stabbed with a Bob Loveless or a Randall vs. a dollar store steak knife. I mean, I don’t ever want to be shot either, but if I ever am I hope to hell it isn’t from a Hi-Point.One of my instructors said: "It does not matter if you stab somebody with a $30 or a $300 knife. The outcome is what matters - your enemy should be dead!"
...... fixed so I don't feel bad about the house of steel I could build...there is the right tool for the job at hand so there is no one knife
a knife is a tool so,
you would not use a 30 pound sledge hammer to put down carpet with tacks and you do not use a tack hammer to split fire wood
you may be able to get away with 300 maybe 400 knives properly sized scaled for various tasks