So I know some makers make knives with and without pins in the handles, and I know what their purpose used to be, and they still do help keep handles aligned in extreme situations.
But with the crazy several-ton epoxies of the 21st century, are they really needed, or are they mostly decorative? Does making a pinless handle require some kind of extra care, strategy, and effort?
I'm getting the feeling it's like a differential heat treat, where 1% of people can tell there's some difference, but for 99%, it's just a touch of class and visual appeal. I personally don't like knives to have plain old handles, but I just got curious.