I felt the same. I thought maybe they were phasing this knife out because of the less popular Molle system until the leather version went on sale for $29.99. Maybe the stainless isn't that popular? Or, maybe they are redesigning this knife. My ONLY complaint with it is that there isn't too much to stop your hand from slipping onto the blade, however, this knife was not made for thrusting forward with it. To me these are great stash knives and that is why I am completely fine with the stainless version. However, if they carbon steel version goes on sale, I would pickup one or two of those as well. I still like the Campanion and think it is a perfect backpup knive.