There are many that denegrate Strider and many that are loyal, even fanatical about them. I'm now in the latter camp and here's why... It's the Las Vegas Knife & Gun Show in '06, and from a guy named Jack Alvarez I buy a black "sterile" SnG. No markings. I post pics on the Strider forum on USN but no one knows about them, so the next day I go back to the show and ask Josh at the Strider table about it. He says "Those were never supposed to be in the hands of the public" and makes it clear they'd like it back. That's enough for me, and I trade it to him for a Green SnG, a sheath and a t-shirt. Fast forward to a month ago, and I lost my SnG. I was sick about it, and told my sheathmaker (Lifter) about it. He makes sheaths for Strider and told Josh about it. I guess Josh remembers me trading the sterile one back to him because next thing I know he sends Lifter a new SnG and I got it yesterday. Unbelievable that they'd give me a knife! This, to me, is the kind of people that make up Strider Knives and I'm proud to own their knives.