Still the same stuff just higher costs. Sounds like Spencer Frazier wants to build a bigger house. A little history of SOG. Catalogs in th 90's would praise Spencer as "The Brainchild of modern knife design" No. Must be something in the water on the west coast. Emerson seems to have the same attitude. Also back in the day, SOG lied about their blade steels. They listed them as 440A and 440C when they were really AUS6A and AUS8A. Later they were busted for listing their knives as Made in the USA but they were really made in Japan and possibly assembled in the US. Fast forward to SHOT 2019. The SEAL XR is what operators asked for, $35V.....maybe but most of us in the military don't know or care what steel is on our knives. Plastic handles??? I don't think anyone gets excited over plastic. SEAL XR for some $170 made in Taiwan? Could have been made in the US if SOG had a manufacturing base. ZT must be stealing their "market share". ZT has lots of knives in that price range made here with S35V but no plastic handles. Give it some time and Spencer will take credit for the Axis lock on all his "maybe it's D2 steel" bladed folders which are flooding the market like all these new chinese companies. I recommend everyone pass on this company. Too much BS going on. Stick with other companies. Especially the ones that actually make knives not just market them.