While the TB tracker has gotten a lot of grief as being a gimmick knife it has also gotten quite a following from people who really love the knife. I don't mean weekend warriors either, I mean serious knife folks who know a good knife. The TB Tracker is a nitch knife, designed for specific intended tasks and it does do extremely well in those according to those who have actually taken the time to honestly try it and learn to use it. That is the next point, the TB Tracker is not a knife that is just an easy to use blade. It is a blade you need to practice with and get to know and learn to use. Of the many people who do love these knives I have heard most of them remark that you do need to learn how to use it properly to appreciate it.
Folks over at BCUSA started out making fun of the TB Tracker much as folks here are, but then slowly some of the more respected members started coming forward saying how useful the knives were, how good they were, etc. As I mentioned the problem is they don't function like most other knives, so you have to learn to use them differently. Slowly the opinion of the TB Tracker has moved to a more respected one over at BCUSA.
The opinion that the TB Tracker is a gimmick knife is not really valid. It is put out by people who don't have the skills and knowledge to use the knife or who have never used it and are judging by appearance and other people's opinion. The TB Tracker does excel well when paired with the right skill set to use it. For those folks the knife is a great tool, and well made. Of course not everyone has the skills of Tom Brown, and the knife does not magically grant those skills to us, so this knife is a nitch knife. Designed for a very limited amount of knife users.
Sure it is not the perfect knife, no knife is. The TB Tracker has it's place as a specialized knife and if your looking for a knife to fit that need it is a very good knife. However if your just looking for a good camp/bushcraft knife, you can find something better suited to your skill level and experience than the TB Tracker.
My favorite quotes from Rorschach from the comic Watchmen
"Once a man has seen society's black underbelly, he can never turn his back on it. Never pretend, like you do, that it doesn't exist."
"None of you seem to understand. I'm not locked in here with you. You're locked in here with *ME*!"