Brian, Hello, yeah I agree with you & the one thing that I do like about the line of CRKT fixed blades are that they are cheap. With them all being full tanged knives this means that you can slam them through pretty much anything and you know that they will not collapse, the tip may break off because of slightly inferior materials used in its manufacture but for $30 - $50 U.S. Dollars who can complain? This is why I primarily use them as "throw aways" once out and in play I do not care if it goes home with me or not as long as it helps me meet my end goal objective which is to survive the combative situation. I have to say that I really do like the CRKT "Bear Claw", not only is it my EDC ground knife it is also my closed confinement knife which I carry in my Hummer in case anything ever goes down inside the vehicle, it is more than small enough to move it around in the vehicle without hitting the steering wheel, dash board, rear view mirror, console or anything else that larger knives would be hindered by. Go well, ciao. Regards, Guro Dave Gould.