I am by no means a hardcore knife collector. From my teenage years I started “collecting” knives. Not having tons of cash meant that I mainly bought Spanish knives (El Cheapo!).
I saved up some money and bought one Spyderco and two Kershaw knives. In the end I had about 40 knives and I still have some of these in a wooden box.
I realised a few years on that I was reluctant to use most of the knives I owned and I decided to only get knives that I was prepared to use.
I have kept a “pocket knife” in my pocket just about every day for the last 8 years now. I don’t want to keep any knife on me that I’m going to think twice about using for any purpose.
Wire, wood, plastic, screws, biltong – whatever, I must be prepared to use my knife on it.