I think my problem is that I wasnt looking at it as a knife made with premium materials to high quality standards. I was looking at it as $400 MSRP taiwan knife. Thats all I saw. And for a period all I was open to discussing. And I will fully admit. If this was a Taiwan knife, at $200 MSRP with a street price of $120 but had Aus8 blade steel and a steel frame handle then I probably would have not even batted an eyelash. I think my shell shock was from the fact that I just wasnt prepared to see a $400MSRP on an imported Taiwan Knife yet. Now when really being able to look at this with a clear head if the quality is as good as guys say it is and these materials as nice as we all ready know they are then i think its price accordingly. I just wasnt ready for it. I cant really explain why I as the consumer that I am are more open to buying a product of lesser materials at a lesser price if its asian made over one of higher cost but albeit better materials. Maybe its just because that is how it worked for so many years and no that that is changing Im having a hard time acclimating to that change.