When Benchmade went to MAP they also increased the retail price by about 20% without making any changes to the knives themselves. No steel upgrades or anything. Combine that with the fact many people consider FRN type scales cheap, I can see why some people think the Griptilian is past its prime and dated. Like I have said before I own four even though it is not my favorite folder. There are many things I don’t care for about the Griptilian line but, I have never found any knife that works better in its size and weight. The funny thing is I never really wanted a Griptilian but, I found one at a REI.com used gear sale for $19.93 + tax. Let’s just say twenty bucks for a full size Grip. The tip of the blade was gone but, that’s easy to dress with a file. Twenty dollars for my first Benchmade! Not bad if you ask me.