...are the so pricey/expensive because:
A) They are very high quality knives/bayonets (cost of labor/materials).
B) They aren't really all that high quality, just hard to come by for civilians (supply/demand).
I hope it's A since I just bought one...
As a knife, compared to others, such as some Tanto's, and custom knives.....they're really not that expensive.
As a knife designed to plunge through a ribcage, and repeatedly bayonetting someone......its well designed for that pupose.
As a general utitlity knife, to cut up meat, or small game.......no, you're better off using a butcher, or knife designed to cut.
Original Phrobis/Buck M9's are by far, the best made M9's.......anything else, is just that.....cheap copies, made by the lowest bidder.