The most significant attribute of Becker knives is that I am willing to use them. I have knives that I simply will not use. What good are they? Conversation pieces, I guess. Would I buy the original Kephart knife used by Horace Kephart? Nope.... I wouldn't use it and it would make no sense what so ever to buy such a knife for me regardless of the cost which I think would be high. I have never found the ultimate knife or what some people refer to as "the one". I quit looking or even considering this as something attainable or even important. Doing this kind of thing is mostly for hobbyist fun. Nothing more. I want knives that I am comfortable using if I want to and knives that work for the task at hand. Becker knives in general fulfill those attributes at an affordable price. I think that is precisely what Ethan Becker was trying to accomplish with his knife designs. @YellowSwiss You posted a very nice summary on Becker knives. It is well thought out and pretty comprehensive relative to your appreciation of the Becker line.