There are great knife dealers out there and I certainly have some I prefer and repeat business with. But lets be frank: dealers are middlemen. Why should the company producing the product not have a say in the pricing of their own goods and the manner in which their goods are perceived? If a dealer doesn't want to carry a line anymore, let him stop. Another middleman will assuredly step in and reap the profits of peddling those goods. Nobody should be hurt this way. It seems that in the purchasing of goods, it would be easy to throw our arms in the air and wail and thrash ourselves in the knowledge that everything we purchase is produced with the aim of maintaining industry and profit. I see that some of you consider yourselves hardcore capitalists. Let the market play out and observe maturly. Scratching at your eyes and hollering for the government to come in with some decree to save you from the extra 20 or 30 bucks you have to pay for a high quality pocket knife to add to your collection is not the behavior of adults. If those of you who are most upset are correct, then these fine knife companies will go out of business, all of their employees will live in the streets, and you can withhold a coin from their begging cups, arms folded, and proclaim "I told you so" in utter victory.