I have no argument with your statement, and I have read the link years earlier. I am a vet, and "stolen valor" means a really bad guy in my book. I firmly believe that and have nothing but disdain for such a person. However, I like knives that work well for me. Striders do that, as do CRK's, ZT's, Spydies and others. If I am to be definitive in purchasing knives that only come from "good-meaning" people, then there are certain manufacturers and/or countries...that do NOT have our best interests in mind, but rather are just out there to make a buck..while at the same time perhaps trying to undermine the greater interests of our country at large. I might not like Rick Strider, but that doesn't mean that I would try to destroy his company and the jobs of honorable men and women who work conscientiously in his employ, trying intently to produce a good product as a decent price-point. I just won't go that far. Hate him if you wish, but limit your hatred. You will sleep better at night.