I'm wondering the above as I order another CRKT Pilar, as it happens. I have one right now that's wicked sharp and serves as an OK box cutter/letter opener, but I tried slicing strawberries with it and .... yeah, it just wasn't meant to be. The design is somehow too charming for me to resist, but the chubbiness of that blade does nothing for me other than add pointless weight and reduce slicing ability. Which is leaving me to wonder: why are so many folders out there, even smaller ones, so thick? I believe you could slim down the majority of folding knives out there today and it would only improve their functionality, without significantly reducing their durability. I suspect arguments about "standing up to hard use" are underrating the toughness of thinner blades. Besides, how many people are really using a Pilar-sized folding knife primarily as an axe/prybar? (And if so, why not a fixed blade?) Are there thick blade fans out there who object? Am I just neglecting some common use cases, or is this all just marketing to people who don't much care about how well a knife actually cuts?