I imagine many of you, like me, are unlikely to afford to carry a $200 or $300 knife. Duty knives get used. They get carried in all conditions, nicked up, scratched up, broken and lost. Someone will ask, “Well, what’s your life worth?” A fair question, but hardly to the point when Bobby needs braces, Brenda needs school books, the spouse needs work clothes or a newer car. Sometimes you have to go with what you can get.
Cheap knives are seldom a good idea in any event. The cheaper they are, the shoddier the workmanship and cheaper the steels. They can be unsafe. It’s good to go with a low-cost line from a big maker. In that way, you often get more than your money’s worth.