It is said that imitation is the highest form of flattery. Knife-makers are so many today I honestly think it is very hard to come up with a new or unique design. Think the bottom line is quality, choice of materials, and how some knife makers take such care of their quality control. I was in Wal-Mart the other day in the sporting goods department noticed some throw away folders for $4.97. I am sure Wal-Mart sell a boat load a year. Made in China, poor steel, poor quality, but some people love these knives. The the $4.97 Wally World special looked like another famous make design, did not have that famous make name stamped the copies, and made to sell for $4.97. The sad fact is the Asian Countries are the biggest counterfitters in the world. I have seen Micro-Tech Ultra-Tec OTF Autos that look like the real deal, the boxes, warranty cards, make the unsuspecting buyer think they found the deal of the day. Benchmade Infedel are being counterfitted, same deal box, warranty card, looks like the real deal to the uneducated buyer. Want to feel sorry for a creative artist, remember the photo of the firefighters raising the American flag at ground zero out of the rubble after 09-11-2011. Some news photographer took the image, owned the image, and all of a sudden that image was on t-shirts, plates, and all sorts of things. Poor owner (photographer) of the image got shafted out of royalties, licensing fees, and a whole lot of money. Some would say it is not a big deal, it is just a photo, but it is intellectual property like a knife design that is stamped Emerson, has a Wave and was created by Mr. Emerson. Coping it with out his permissions is a big deal.