Especially in this field, long waiting periods, delays, poor communications and unfulfilled promises are almost completely UNHEARD of. Free market, if buyers don't like the tradeoffs a manufacturer presents them with then there's no demand. Survive! has got more demand than they can handle, so t seems that a lot of folks want more emphasis, and more of their money, spent on what makes a knife work as a tool rather than as a fetish object. They're up-front about what aspects of the knife they spend effort and the customer's money on on and what they don't. If you want a knife that doubles as an item of jewelry there's not exactly a shortage of those- do they ALL have to be like that? It seems quite a number of us don't care greatly about that aspect.