I've read some of the folks really don't care for the new Idaho Made engraving, but, for me, I've always liked the fact that CRK has kept the blade clear of any logos, as that is what you really see when in use, the handle is, well in your hand the Classy, to me at least, CR logo tells the tale of who made the knife, the addition of having the Idaho Made kinda makes sense to me in a way, hey, they are PROUD of where they are, as most folks are pretty much attached to where they are from and make no bones of protecting it when others try to put it down in one way or another.
Now, when someone mentioned the state of Idaho, what sprang to mind? The Potato right? or Potatoe if you are in a Quail state of mind
So, now when someone says Idaho, I think of Boise and CRK springs to mind, actually always had for me for a long time, but new folks are added to the cutlerly world of collecting every day, so this can be news to them.
And as I recall, on the fixed blades the ones from South Africa now fetch a bit more for the dollar just due to the engraved name on the blades. So years down the line, those without the Idaho Made might fetch more as well and if they decide to drop the engraving, then THOSE with the engraving will be more collectible.
Myself, I don't mind it at all, heck, I'm an American and while I've never been to that particular state...yet...it is part of the country I'm from, so having a discrete marking on the back side where the lock bar is, doesn't detract from the knife...
Just my .02cents but I've seen other knives with where they're made on the blades, which is a bit more distracting, but not overly so, but I'm more of a plain jane kinda guy and like things clean and simple.
One of my favourite shows was Monk, the Obsessive Compulsive Detective, which my wife says I'm becoming TOO much like...but I think that's a good thing! hehe, well somewhat good, at least I keep my car neat and my knives sharp !
Sorry to ramble on, but just a glimpse into how I think might help why I made such a post.