Support BladeForums! Paid memberships don't see ads! I think you have hit the nail on both heads! On the one hand, semi-custom SFOs from GEC have raised the bar of expectations among collectors, who are looking for something semi-hand made. On the other hand, the large numbers of factory made Barlow knives coming in with a variety of brand names from elsewhere has flooded the market for less critical buyers simply interested in the pattern. It is difficult to produce a factory made knife of higher quality in numbers that pay for factory production at a price point that is acceptable. Everyone wants the highest quality for the lowest cost.