Help me understand your reasoning. I'm pretty open minded.
I have spent thousands of dollars over the years on Benchmade knives. A portion of that money went to politicians who actively engage in efforts to forcibly remove my rights.
Explain how you could spin this as a "phony" controversy.
Perhaps a more appropriate comparison. Functionally, I'd be hard pressed to decide which of these is the better knife. The radiused titanium scales on the bowie are subtle, but contribute to the overall feel of the knife. Weirdly elegant.
Owned both the Hinderer and the Spyderco. I still own the Slysz Bowie. It's the better knife, somewhat surprisingly.
It compares quite favorably to many knives that are traditionally considered to be higher quality. It's a gem.
My recollection is that my dad bought the one pictured in '84 or '85. It didn't get a lot of use initially, as the men in my family all carry whetstones as a social instrument. At family get togethers, the men (and boys) would sit, drink coffee, and sharpen pocketknives while bs'ing.
So funny. Of course the PM2 is a far better knife than the Leek.
I suppose it's a fun exercise to compare the relative value, but silly to question iconic status, particularly by pointing at simple cost. A Ferrari, for instance, is the automotive definition of iconic, yet a bit spendy...
I had one of the first Millies off the line back in the day. It was lightweight, a tremendous cutter and the size was perfect for me (I've always been a fan of larger knives). I've been all over the place on daily carry, but I always come back to the Millie.
The Ti version satisfies the pride...