A question we get asked a lot when people see the Rockstead Kon, is: "Why does that knife cost €3000?!"
Also, what's the difference between the €3000 knife and a €30 knife?
We try to explain this to people, though not everyone gets it. I guess knives have to be your thing. Unlike clothing, where a simple Prada or Tommy Hilfiger logo can make the difference between a €20 or €200 pair of jeans, with knives you don't pay for a brand or logo. Mostly (and I say this because yes, there are some exceptions), when you see a knife that costs €200, you can pretty much rest assured it's a decent knife.
A lot of factors can add to the price of a knife. The country of manufacture, the fit-and-finish, but most importantly the quality of the material play a huge role. Especially when combining these factors, it really adds up quickly. Higher quality blade steel and maybe some exotic materials like giraffe bone or carbon fiber are obviously more expensive than micarta or oak scales. The same can be said for whether the knife is made in China or in USA. Or whether the knife is made by man or machine.
So in our example of the Rockstead Kon, you have maybe the hardest blade steel in the world, with 80-120 hours of work per knife(!) and the most amazing mirror polish and edge finish I've ever seen, which are done by hand. It comes with a beautiful carved wooden sheath and life-long service. It has the look, feel and quality control of a custom knife. That makes a €3000 knife.
If you compare that to a random factory folder made of 420 steel with little quality control, meaning sloppy fit-and-finish and possibly blade play. If it had a plastic handle and it's made in China, with no sheath or accessoires included, that makes a €10-20 knife.
So I guess what I'm saying is there's almost always an explanation for the price. You just need to ask, before you decide a knife is too expensive. A knife can cost a lot of money, but is doesn't mean it's overpriced, just because you wouldn't pay €3000 for a knife.
Remember, there are people out the who buy a €100.000 car, which loses €30.000 value in just the first year. Or people who spend €65.000 on a watch, which in my opinion is similar to a knife, in the sense that it's a functional tool, as well as a luxury item. Or people who spend €100.000 on a rare stamp they want in their collection. That's a one hundred thousand for a piece of paper smaller than your thumbprint.
I don't have any of these things. But I get it. I understand that people can appreciate craftsmanship and quality. I understand that people want a new addition to their collection. I understand that people want the best of the best. Do you?