Hmmm... Corduroy's starting to contradict himself here:
"In the knife world I too often feel that to include form or beauty in your assessment of a design means you aren't a 'serious user.' Can you imagine applying that attitude to sports cars? Both objects are functional machines, but both are also toys and status symbols"
OK, I concede I'm typing before my brain can catch up, and when viewed with aesthetics and fit-and-finish in mind, the SOCOM may be the "best." Good utility, great toy, and *major* status symbol. Still doesn't make the price cutoff, though.
Hey, I knew something was wrong when I found myself arguing for ignoring the knife's aesthetic value and only judging it by function. The above quote, from one of my posts on the Spydie forum, represents my real attitudes on this much better.
(Why else would a bear want a pocket?)