I have similar thoughts on a lot of the "super steels". Not that they are bad by any means, but the added cost (not just material costs, but the increased manufacturing costs) don't really justify the premium cost over other proven steels. I suspect most knife companies utilize the premium steels more for marketing than any other reason. I once read a quote somewhere where an old time custom knife maker said if it were up to him, he would make all his knives in 440C and the only reason he didn't was because customers want the latest and greatest steel. That said, I think it's a good move to offer the ESEE line in premium steels since there seems to be a fair amount of requests for it. That's why I like this company. I would steer anyone looking to buy a good field knife towards ESEE. In all honesty there are plenty of companies that make good knives and you couldn't go wrong buying one of theirs. However, I know ESEE is ran by solid people with real world experience. That means a lot.