Well the SRK and A1 are virtually identical in size and profile, neither is dwarfed or out of class. Rock on if you’ve had good experience with Fallkniven’s laminated stuff, they have such a great reputation. But there are some awesome competitive/value options. The SRK is offered in a laminated stainless like the A1, too, btw. I believe the advantage of CPM-3V is better toughness than a VG-10 core, while still being semi-stainless; so at the same price as an A1, that might be a difficult trade off to decide on. Because that VG-10 edge will definitely chip in real use. After all, that’s the point of laminating softer steel, to get better overall resilience, otherwise the VG-10 alone would just crumble over time. That’s where I was commenting that I like the value of a less expensive carbon steel like SK-5. It’s not going to hold an edge as well as 3V or be rust resistant as VG-10, but it’s really tough and still easy to take care of. I’ve only used my SRK out on the farm and for backyard firewood, but it’s never chipped and just rips through wood forever. And personally I prefer sharpening dull and rolled edges like that - taking chips out of my VG-10 folders is a huge pain in the neck.