I also love the older Cold Steel knives and haven't bought a CS in ages. It's kind of like Smith & Wesson and Ruger DA revolvers. The old S&W 66 and Ruger Security-Six revolvers were wonderful guns. Then both companies screwed the pooch by putting underlugs on their barrels. Why? I guess to try to look like Pythons. But what did we get? Boat anchors. The S&W 686 and Ruger GP-100s are great range guns, but who wants to carry them hiking, camping, hunting and fishing? Not me. Now Cold Steel has done the same thing. Their knives are big, overtly heavy, and the Tri-Ad locks, while great, just add too many ounces to the mix. And I'm so sick of the stone washed finishes that I've had it with Cold Steel. I found some of my old stash of knives, including three old CS Pro-Lites. With 440A blades. Now most 440A knives are horrible. It's crap steel. But not when it's heat treated by Cold Steel. They did superb work with its limited ruin of 440A. Nasty sharp, and keeps an edge sharp! Now they're gone. Only I have some. And they're great.