I've said it several times before here on the forum but it doesn't hurt to repeat it because it did truly change my mindset on how I view knives as tools and necessary gear for all kinds of jobs that you would encounter in every day life.
It was April of 1995 at a Gun Show we had here in Kansas City. We had at the time two very good knife dealers that showed up at all of the Gun Shows. I had been wanting to get a high quality serrated blade and two buddies at the time that I hunted with both said that Spyderco is the only way to go with serrated blades and at the time they really had no serious competition. How true that turned out to be.
So I got a stainless handled, full Spyderedged, GIN-1 MARINER model>> and as many narrators would say "The Rest Is History"
that started an addiction/obsession that hasn't even slowed down since that day in April of 1995.
It wasn't long after that I got my first POLICE model (ATS-55 unit) and my first JD Smith model. You might say that the dam broke