At this point in my knife collection journey, I’ve really grown to admire and appreciate custom knives for the build quality and the fact you can actually speak to and deal with the actual person who made the knife. There is just something about being able to discuss a knife with the individual and have actually made a couple friends in doing so. I’m not knocking lower priced and/or production knives in any way. I still have several. It’s just at this point, I get more satisfaction out of customs and would rather spend more money on fewer generally higher quality knives than probably the same amount of money of a ton of lower priced knives made in a factory by worker number 43. CRK is probably the only exception to this. They are really the only non-custom knives I buy for the most part at this time. That being said, my $30 Rat 2 cuts just as good as my Mayo Wharncliffe. Probably better.