I agree 100%. When I joined this forum, I had a Leatherman folder as my EDC knife. Did fine for what I needed it for. Then I got introduced to Spydercos, Benchmades, Bark Rivers, Zero Tolerance, etc. And I've bought many. None of them function at a higher level. None of them have gotten me out of a sitaution that the LM couldn't have. But I bought them because I wanted to. I'm tremendously unlikely to ever need a knife to save myself in a survival situation, but if I did I argue that the Leatherman would function just as well as the others. This issue works in well with the fitness discussion in another thread. People walking (or riding, more likely) around, 100 lbs overweight, with $1,000 of knives, multi-tools, etc. strapped to themselves. They'd not last a day in a survival situation because of their physical condition, but they'd have awesome gear! I say buy whatever the heck you want, but don't stretch and try to make it like you need it because a $30 knife would fail you. The truly prepared person could make that $30 knife last as long as the $300 one.