I've been looking at collectable pocket knives recently (because of some of you ... you know who you are ) I really like Microtech and have one of their early autos. But every time I went to look at autos I've found an assisted just as good for 1/2 the price (or less). Now the OTF's come and they want 2x the money for an out the front vs. an auto. I just don't get it. I'm really a fixed blade fan and I bought two nice semi-custom Bark Rivers for the price of a Microtech OTF. Just as good steel and you're not going to sell me that an OTF is as strong (or even as quick) as a fixed blade. Now I recently had to go to a folder for discrete carry at work but I found unassisted for 1/8 of the price as the OTF and I'm 100% sure I can find a really good assisted opener for 1/4 the price of an OTF. I have a hard time justifiying a Philosophy of Use that values an OTF over a sidewinder (I'm coining that term ) let aone over a fixed blade. As a collectable, prolly gotta have one at some point. But it's way, way down the list unless I walk into a great deal. I think it's a gimmick, what say you ?