I know knife makers evolve or die, but I am torn wondering if Al himself would approve or not. I guess if the build quality is there then maybe he would be ok or like it. For people complaining about price, Al Mar knives have always been overpriced for the parts, it was the quality of the build you paid for. If these meet that historical quality they are worth the price. That said, my last couple Al Mar knives were lacking in that so I can’t buy without handling the knife I am going to get first. Hope these are great, but in an market where I can’t have free returns I am not even going to consider.