How do you know Benchmade is struggling? If they are, it started with MAP pricing and price increases. Many said they would not buy another BM knife. I did buy one and can honestly say that it is presently my favorite modern folder (Mini Presidio II). But I think the price was a bit high. You like a particular knife and become willing to pay the price, but this has a compounding effect on future purchases. Basically you look elsewhere first.