Nobody needs more than one or two pocket knives for their whole life! And that is if you are a rancher or hunting guide. As a pure user, there are much better choices than a GEC in terms of blade steel and durability, and they cost a lot less than a GEC (Buck, Victorinox, and lots of others) - but that’s not why GEC is so popular. Traditional GEC knives are a fun pocket toy and a lovely piece of Americana from when most people made their living in agriculture and ranching, and tools of all types were not so easily available. They are nice knives, yes, but a Buck 301 is a far better choice for everyday use on a practical level. I don’t think anyone out there cares that it is a hassle for you to obtain your 7th or 77th or 700th knife, or that it cost you 75$ more than you were hoping.