I can see deciding that one wants to have a nice pocket knife, picking a budget that seems like it will guarantee niceness, and then picking something from that budget that you like the look/idea of. Perhaps he went to a local knife shop, they told him the benefits, he found them appealing, but doesn't remember what they were with any specificity going forward.
Plenty of people own expensive watches without being watch enthusiasts or even knowing much about their watch. Plenty of people own expensive cars without being car enthusiasts or even knowing much about their car. I don't see why a pocket knife couldn't be the same. It's not as common, in my experience (few people carry any pocket knife), but not crazy either.
Edit: in terms of a story, a co-worker has an FRN Delica 4 he uses to cut up fruit and such. He's somewhat into cars and guns so I asked him about it. He was aware it was a Spyderco, and he had done some research to determine it was a good knife. But when I asked if it was a Delica he had no idea what that meant, it was a Spyderco. He was interested to see the knife I was carrying at the time by comparison, but was just like "oh, that's nice". Steel or handle material or other differences weren't really noticed. But I suspect it would be the same with cars. If I had a 911 he'd be pretty impressed, but something like a Camaro V6 1LE would probably just get a polite level of faked interest. It's actual track manners, etc, not really being understood or appreciated.
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