Probably the oddest comparison ever, but I'm trying to choose between a $59 knife and a $345 knife and I need some help. I'm thinking of making a bit of a change this year and instead of going with the traditional whitetail style of field dressing and dragging the deer to the truck, I'd like to use a gutless method and pack out quarters. To do this I need a knife that's easy to manipulate, razor sharp, and can hold an edge. I don't however like to carry a lot of gear with me so I'd prefer not have to carry multiple knives if possible. That leads me to my question... if you had 1 knife, would it be a Havalon Torch with replaceable blades, or a fixed blade DiamondBlade Pro Series Pinnacle II? Both are razor sharp, and both either stay sharp or can swap blades cheaply and easily in the field once dull. The thing that has me stumped, from a basic survival/emergency standpoint, does the fixed blade have such a durability and reliability benefit that it out ways the fact that it costs 6 times more.
Thanks for the advise, I'd like to keep on topic of these 2 knives. I know everyone has their favorite brands and all, these are the 2 I'm looking at however.