This is a rant but I do have something to share. I hate the way most knives are sold today...in the tough as nails welded shut plastic clamshell packages. I don't have to tell you all that there is a lot of individual variation from item to item, especially at the more modest price points. I want to feel the blade lock into place. I want to feel the blade unlocking. I want to examine the blade for many things...etc, etc. I seldom need to poke my finger into the little hole to feel the wonderful texture of the handle. Gone I guess are the day when a knife came in a nice little box that you could open up. Sure, may places have display models but, as I said, individual QC variation is there. I have found however that if you talk nice to the folks behind the counter they will help out. Twice now, I have asked the folks at Gander to cut the package open for me...and they've done it. I always tell them "I like what I see. If I still like it after further inspection, I will buy it." The first guy, an older guy (my age), did it in a heartbeat...and I bought it. The latest guy really didn't want to. Told me that I could look at the display model. I said "well I want to see this one because I'll be buying this one". He's like "what's the difference?". "Individual variation...." Anyway, with a pained look, he whips out his Gerber multi-tool and cuts open the package of my Gerber Easy-Out. I say "Wow man, that is a nice multi-tool you got there!" He brightens up considerably and we talk Gerber for a few minutes and he's totally over it. The specimen that he cut open for me was just fine and I bought it from him at his register so he got credit. So, the constructive part. If you hate those packages as much as I do, you can ask to have them opened.