I'll chime in and just say that they have their place for all of the reasons folks have listed here and many more. There's definitely a beauty and a craftsmanship to well made Traditionals and like any art form, if people enjoy them, what's the big deal? The initial inference of your post was along the lines of "I can't believe people still buy these, because I PERSONALLY do not like them. They should all go away!" It really smacks of "But, why do you neeed"ism. You should stop that, because it's a bad look. Let folks enjoy what they enjoy. Me? I personally own and enjoy knives of all types.