This is in jest. I've only been on BF a short time but it seems apparent CRK is *that* company where its faithful followers despise any and all changes. I love guitars and motorcycles and two companies come to mind where I'm drawing parallels. Gibson and Harley Davidson. Gibson achieved perfection in 1959 with the Les Paul under the management of Ted McCarty and everything went to shit after he left. The purists hate any alterations made after, even if those changes are actually better, but people don't want them. They want exact copies of what Gibson did in 1959. New bridge that doesn't collapse over time? No, we want the old style! They reinforced the headstock and it's less likely to break? No, I want the old style! Same with HD. Diehards don't want the new crap. Just give me a bike like the old ones. What? An oil cooled Harley? That's blasphemy! Grab a big twin while you still can because once they're gone they're gone forever! This is how I see CRK being treated by its faithful followers. The 21 is the pinnacle of folding knife perfection. How dare they attempt to improve on it? This 31 is a disgrace and not Chris' knife! It's all Tim and Anne's doing but I choose to ignore that the ceramic ball came long before the 31! Quality has gone down the toilet since Chris left. See. Screws on 31s back out but I choose to ignore some 21 had the same problem! Some 31 blades might flex ever so slightly and they all have late lock up. Those are normal traits of a ceramic interface, CRK (the company) even said it's normal, but I don't care because I don't understand! The 21 wasn't like that and therefore better! Buy them while you still can because they will be collectors items!