It's the same as shaving stuff! You can get a shave with a Bic disposable and a can of goo. You can go better with a plain DE, a cheapo shaving soap and a boar brush. We like the quality razors, quality brushes and soaps. Where do we stop?
I carry a small pocket knife for everyday use, a Spyderco Meercat. Small and fairly unthreatening. I work in an office so a large backwoods survival knife is not really needed! (As I'm in Britain, I could go to jail for five years for carrying that little Spidie as it's a locking blade and they are illegal to carry without good reason and I don't think opening mail and cutting apples would be seen as good reason!)
As a hobby, I make Scandinavian fixed blade Puukos using bought in quality Finnish and Norwegian blades as I don't have a forge, fixing them with good looking hardwood handles from woods such as cocobolo, snakewood, lacewood, thuya burl.
They would work as well with a plain cheap handle like cherry but they do look good! Definitely couldn't carry one of them in the street!
Try everything in life except incest & morris dancing - Guy Warrack (1900-86).