Like probably everyone else here, I love Buck Knives, so I’m not trying to bash them; I’m simply trying to get a better understanding of the issues they seem to have with the lock bar, particularly on the 500 series. I’ve found a couple over the last few years that were flush on opening and closing, but most are not flush while closed. I understand that this does not affect the function in any way; however, what I don’t understand is that I’ve seen many lock back knives that are less expensive than the 500 series that the lock bar is fully flush, open and closed. My young son bought me a small lock back for Father’s Day a couple of years ago. He knows I like wooden handle knives, and this one was similar to the 500 series except there was only a bolster on the pivot end. I think the knife costs $20. The lock bar is almost seamless on that knife, open and closed. I’ve looked at others of that same model in the store where he bought it, and they were all like that, so the one I got wasn’t just a fluke. Is it something in the design of the Bucks that makes getting the lock bar flush more difficult during manufacturing? I know some manufacturers use a stop pin to protect the blade edge when closed instead of how the Bucks use a “kick” on the tang of the blade. Is this the reason it’s so hard to find a Buck with a flush lock bar while open and closed? What am I missing? Thanks in advance for your responses?