I have some knives that I admire and keep pristine. I've got knives that are users. And then, at the bottom of the list, I've got abusers. Of course, I don't believe in spending $600 on a tac folder, so I don't own any Hinderers or Striders. For folders, I rarely spend more than $100, and I don't think I've ever spent more than $150 (though I have some knives that have appreciated to more than that value over time). I might be willing to go a little more for a fixed blade (300 maybe). Honestly I've got more knives that I will ever use so I don't mind having a few safe queens. If I need to, I can sell a few for some extra cash, or press them into duty as users. By keeping them in pristine condition I have the choice. If I used everything I had equally I'd have a lot less resale value. I still get a lot of enjoyment from my "safe queen" knives, and plenty of work out of my EDC blades, so my strategy works just fine for my needs. With guns, however, I don't buy anything that I don't intend to use.