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    How particular are you with how a knife looks?

    When you are looking to buy a knife, how big of a deciding factor is its appearance?

    Will you buy a blade that's very well made, great cutter, and holds it's edge well but is not well finished, unrounded choil/spine/etc, crappy handle?

    As for me, I'm a 5% looks... 95% performance kinda guy... knife wise... hehe...

    How about you?

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    Looks are very high for me, since I only am considering knives that perform to start with, looks is the deciding factor. The knife has to speak to me. I've learned that many of the knives that get discussed here that people go gaga over I don't like, because of their look. To each their own though.

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    Yes, function over form, for sure....
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    Gotta be a looker too, if you ask me. The handle isn't important, since making them is fun and rewarding. BUT, the knife has to cut like crazy and have potential in the looks department.
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    Quote Originally Posted by karloevaristo View Post
    When you are looking to buy a knife, how big of a deciding factor is its appearance?

    Will you buy a blade that's very well made, great cutter, and holds it's edge well but is not well finished, unrounded choil/spine/etc, crappy handle?

    As for me, I'm a 5% looks... 95% performance kinda guy... knife wise... hehe...

    How about you?
    As you I'd rather have a performer!

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    If it is finished well I'd rate performance over looks every single day.

    Although I don't know if I'd buy a "Hello Kitty" knife even if it outperformed a Suisin Inox Honyaki or Konosuke HD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by karloevaristo View Post
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    Will you buy a blade that's very well made, great cutter, and holds it's edge well but is not well finished, unrounded choil/spine/etc, crappy handle?
    I've bought several Carters, so I guess the answer is "yes".
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    Aesthetics certainly plays its role, and given two knives that perform on the same level I'd always pick the one that I liked to look at more even if the finish level of the knife wasn't the same as another.

    Another example and certainly deserving its own thread is cladded vs. mono-steel. I'd also go mono steel over cladded everytime for a variety of reasons. But yes I have purchased and will purchase again based on looks between two otherwise equal knives.

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    If the steel is great and takes a killer edge and holds it very well, handle and such can be made you your own liking so performance is always going to be #1 in my books, handle would have to be second.

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    I don't care so much about the looks, but with that said, the look of the blade is a definite plus and I would buy a nice damascus or cool blade with 'toothy' cladding any day. The handles don't matter as I can always get them rehandled with something I want.

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