Last month my brother had one of his Victronix pocket knifes blade come back against him and sliced his index finger very badly and after that it made me sort of start looking at different knives that have locking blades. Well I have to admit I have not bought a pocket knife since the late 1970's when I purchased a Buck Stockman and since it was bigger than I liked in closed length I bought a Buck Cadet a few months later. None of these knives have locking blades. But no big deal because I hardly ever carry a pocket knife anymore but that's about to change. So lately I became somewhat bewildered watching some pistol reviews on YouTube where some guy was using a pocket knife as a pointer or as a sizing graphic and they usually were very fast one handed opening knives and I always wondered how they did that. Remember I have not bought a pocket knife since the 70's and now I have been reading up on a LOT of knives this weekend and have discovered that most are one handed flick openers or outright switch blades whether they call them that or not. Not sure how they got those things out in the legal market but they seem pretty neat as long as the thing does not go off in your pocket after bumping into something. Anyway after watching a NutNFancy video about the Buck Vantage Select I ordered one online for myself and one for my brother for $23.95 each. This is the smaller model 340. I will probably make another purchase of a higher quality knife with better blade steel later on but wanted some feed back on some brands such as Spyderco,Benchmade,Buck,Kershaw,etc. from those of you that own them. I prefer a non serrated blade and a closed length of no more than four inches in length. The one deal killer is anything made in Red China. No compromise with me there. After looking at several websites I find it irritating that a lot of makers do not tell you where their product is made. At least Buck does. Pocket knives have come one hell of a long ways in the last few years with their opening and locking mechanisms,steel quality,pocket clips,and of course price.