I have several handmade knives.
I have one that was custom made out of a car spring for my father when he was young.
I also have a big whaling knife that I found outside of my cabin in Ambler.
For my use I have several old Sog Bowies(made in Seki Japan not China like now)
I tell you what is most addictive though.
Japanese Samurai swords. Nihonto.
I have 13 different blades that range from Gendai and Gunto production during WWII to three Kamakura(1200AD) era tachi.
I don't use them for cutting brush and I have spent quite a bit polishing them (don't ask) (togishi) and refitting them.
They are a lot like old colts. They have a "smell" of history to them.
I think that Alaskan's can appreciate this feeling.
Once you get started collecting these, you are screwed.
They require constant care and you become caretaker rather than owner.
I can tell you that they appreciate far faster than the market.