TLDR; This knife kicks a$$, so throw down the cash.
I understand, we are all willing to spend plenty of money on knives. However, if you are looking for the pinnacle of semi-custom knives, TRC is one of the finest places to look. It was hard for me initially to start using this knife, it was so perfect. The finishing, geometry, grind, sharpness. It really was difficult for me to put this South Pole through serious usage. Throwing down 300 dollars on a blade should result in heirloom quality and the TRC is definitely that. However I exited the honey moon phase and ventured on to my nearby forests. This knife has a wonderful balance between batonning ability and food prep (slicing) ability. I was beyond impressed. I have come to realize that when you spend big money on your favorite things, take cars for example. You do not spend money on a beautiful Porsche to sit in your drive way and look gorgeous for neighbors. You buy a Porsche to get out on the curvy back roads and rip it around because the car is capable of it and performs amazing. In the same sense, this knife does exactly that. The performance of this knife will excel with any task. So yes, you may get a few microscopic scratches and normal wear and tear, but the experiences and memories you make with your new knife will be worth more than your shiny beauty piece for the bookshelf. (Or you can do what I did and buy 2!)