this is a good point. we are snobs, we want the best we can get for every knife that we like. most people aren't like this though, so that's where Kershaw and CRKT are aiming their products. not at the knife snob who demands atleast S35VN and turns his head as soon as he hears '' assisted with teflon washers'' but at the people who just want a cool looking knife that cuts stuff and will do so for many years if not abused. i do disagree with you on the ZT not making working knives part. what makes you feel ZT knives don't do well in actual use, for me the're great.