Betting on a powerful lobby by the EKA is perhaps the best option for now. Defending what we have, trying to prevent regulations and restrictions. All involved letting them realize that knives are tools (Man’s first tool!) and not weapons.
One of the main difficulties are the huge influx of newcomers in the industry. Manufacturers, retailers, knifemakers, suppliers. Every year many newcomers/startups are added to all areas of the knife sector. And all want a slice of the cake. So the cake has to be divided between more and more companies.