Its all up to the buyer. Per your list; I can't speak for every brand listed, but I would agree that strider and benchmade are definitely overpriced. I like strider, but you don't seem to get a great value for the price. I also would prefer tool steels (A2, D2, O1, 1095) for some of their larger knives but I believe they only stick with S30v. There are much better custom makers for better prices. When i first got into knives I believed benchmade was a quality brand. Now I would never buy one of those mass produced factory knives. I have since sold almost all of my folding knives, but I kept 2. Chris Reeve large and small sebenza 21. Hard to beat their quality for light to medium cutting, and i am a sucker for that titanium!