The One That Got Away

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by JQuirl, Apr 30, 2020.

  1. JQuirl

    JQuirl Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 24, 2016
    Hi all. As knife enthusiasts, most of us have handled LOTS of knives. Some of us have bought and sold knives in an endless search to find “the one.” I feel that I am not the only one that has sold knives that we have come to regret. That one knife that we wish we still had.

    For me, it was my Grimsmo Rask. I was actually one of the first to preorder a Rask. This was back when I was able to choose the finish on the blade, mill pattern on the frame and clip, coloring, and many other options.

    I paid up front and waited for this knife for almost a year. After it arrived, I was mesmerized by it. It was a custom knife exactly what I wanted. But in the long run, I thought I would like nine Ben Franklins more. I sold the knife here on the forums and as soon as I dropped it in the mail, I immediately regretted it.

    Fast forward a couple of years, we cannot choose how we want a Rask. That’s if we are even lucky enough to get chosen through the lottery drawing. I loved that knife and miss it.

    How about all of you what was your biggest regret in a “let go?”
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  2. willrise

    willrise Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 9, 2003
    Mine was a Mad Dog 14 inch Khyber w/GTL
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  3. Quiet

    Quiet "That guy" Platinum Member

    Oct 11, 2013
    I am thinking back on all the knives I've sold, traded, or given away and can't really think of any standouts. I take pictures of most of my knives, so I still have some memory of them all in some way.

    I guess if I had to pick one, it would probably be my Spyderco Stretch in SuperBlue. I got one when they came out from a local military surplus shop that had a Spyderco Collector Club membership. I needed a quick buck at one point or another, and sold it. When you DO see NIB examples for sale today, they're about three (sometimes four!) times what I paid originally. This is my pic of it:

  4. JQuirl

    JQuirl Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 24, 2016
    It’s funny that we never know what knives will become rare and hard to find. The Stretch is a great knife! Who would have guessed that the Slysz Bowie would be selling three years later for 2.5 times what the original street price was? ‍♂️
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  5. Gizler00

    Gizler00 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Mine would be both the GB1’s I had and let go....

    Well now that I’m thinking about it.

    Large inkosi, small 21 insingo, and my desert blade works abrams
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  6. Danke42


    Feb 10, 2015
    Mine would be one I never even had. Could have been issued a Grohmann Belt Knife issued to me after I finished the Assault Pioneer course and I didn't because it didn't look tactical enough with that leather sheath and wood handles. This was in the 80s in and if you didn't have a Gerber dagger taped on your web gear you were really off the back. I could buy one now no problem but that wouldn't have the same feel.
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  7. JQuirl

    JQuirl Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 24, 2016
    This would have been awesome!
  8. madcap_magician

    madcap_magician Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 27, 2005
    Many. I had several Benchmade 42s pass through my hands, then went out of the knife collecting scene for a few years. Came back, and they'd been discontinued and were now $350-$500. I sold my last one for I think $115.

    My first custom knife, a Burt Foster utility made to my order. That was $450 at the time, too! Miss that knife.
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  9. Barman1

    Barman1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 21, 2013
    M390 DLT Exclusive Hinderer XM-18 3.5 Gen 5 No Choil Spanto with a few mods including a REK regrind!
    Can't remember who I sold it to but if you ever want to sell it back shoot me a line!
    Seriously, I'll sweeten the deal like insanely.o_O

    I've had Josh regrind quite a few knives over the years and the transformation into a real cutting/slicing tool is astounding.
    I still have two but really should have hung on to all of them.
    A reground Shempp Tuff is also on my regret list right under the XM.
  10. CSG


    Dec 15, 2007
    I can no longer remember the model but someone once gave me very nice Benchmade with aluminum scales and I just don't like metal scales and ended up selling it. In the end, I regretted selling it.
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  11. fishface5

    fishface5 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 3, 2001
    A Crawford clip point neck knife. Sold it in the 90s. Man I wish I had that back.
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  12. GIRLYmann


    Nov 7, 2005
    i've thought hard about this.
    and i've come to the horrible realization
    that its the one thst i spent a couple of
    accumalated man hours just staring at
    in a store display.
    until one fine day it went away for good.
    its the one that haunts me.
    nothing special except its the very one
    which i had pawned of.
    a buck custom elk horn 112 ranger.
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  13. JQuirl

    JQuirl Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 24, 2016
    That’s a bummer. I bet it was a sweet knife.
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  14. RealVendetta


    Sep 30, 2019
    Real Steel S571 Pro is the only knife I should not have sold. Regretted it as soon as I packed it up. Oh well.
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  15. GIRLYmann


    Nov 7, 2005
    argg ... plz don't remind me :)
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  16. gazz98

    gazz98 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2008
    No "major" regrets for me. Mostly "minor" ones. It helps that I have never spent more then $150ish or so on a knife. I'm, ah, frugal, and adhere to a strict budget for most things.

    Kershaw Ram. I still have a Snap on version. Great knife design.
    HK (BM) 14715. Basically an inexpensive BM, D2 steel, and a perfect size for my big hand. I liked the dark tan handle too.
    Buck 110. It was a basic version but had some sentimental value as one of my first knives I bought for myself.
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  17. Knives&Lint

    Knives&Lint Head full of lightnin', hat full of rain Platinum Member

    May 10, 2013
    I'm with Quiet on this one, typically when I sell I don't regret. I've already experienced owning the knife, I have my pics, and most always the funds from the sale of that knife allowed me to experience owning another that I was lusting after.

    If I had to pick one it would be the Boba Fett Ultratech. But the fact is I just didn't carry it, and I figured I'd buy another knife that I would carry with those funds rather than keep it as a novelty. It was a cool knife though, and fun.

    Now that I think of it, there is one from my childhood. When I was in grade school, one of my dad's friends gifted me a Puma folder. It was the coolest thing I had ever seen, and while not my first knife, looking back it might be what sparked my passion for knives. Well, my dad (normally a very generous guy) got it in his head somehow that it was too nice for me to carry and risk loosing, so he "talked me into" (I had no choice in the matter) trading for a very nice filet knife that he cherished and kept in his tackle box. Here's the kicker, that knife would have to stay in his tackle box because that's where we used it. So my own dad pulled the age old school-yard trick of "It'll be bofa ours but we'll keep it at my house" :rolleyes:. I'll bet he still has that old Puma, probably in the same drawer where all of the modern knives I have gifted him over the years sit still in their boxes :p. I'll have to hit him up for it next time I'm down there.
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  18. Wolverine666

    Wolverine666 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 7, 2009
    I truly regret selling both of my Spyderco Nirvanas and my BM 710’s (sighs with profound sadness).
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  19. jideta

    jideta Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 8, 2020
    Al Mar Shugoto, Original Buckmaster, Cold Steel San Mai tanto folder. An original Phrobis M9 got stolen from my car. That hurt.
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  20. allenC


    Jun 18, 2000
    Yeah, I regret selling a few...

    Benchmade Crawford Leopard
    Spyderco micarta Calypso Jr.
    Kershaw titanium Bump
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