I think my point got lost in my explanation. I revised my post above to make it more clear. Lower-end knives that release from shaking (such as Smith & Wesson) are dangerous. I don't know if they are a threat to the public, but they are certainly a threat to the user. My point was that a lower-end knife by a reputable maker, such as Kershaw, is a much better option than a low-end knife that is simply not put together right. In the past, many of the knives sold by Walmart fell into the not-put-together-right category. For the casual buyer, a cheap Walmart Kershaw is a much better purchase than a normal cheap knife of dubious origin.