I don't mind the reduced head size as long as the internals are at least as robust as they were previously. But Craftsman ratchets are just like the weather in FL, wait a minute and it'll change.
The 1/4" ratchets below are all at least 15 years old (Husky and one Craftsman), the rest much older than that.
Left to right:
• Craftsman 44807 (old style)
• Craftsman 43185
• Craftsman 43795
• Husky 20202
• Stanley Professional 87-137
• Sparta CM-45
The Cornwell, Stanley and Sparta ratchets have a better 'feel' to the mechanism than the Craftsman or Husky. The Husky is particularly bad- coarse, sloppy, and loose
describes the feel and action. Husky 3/8" and 1/2" ratchets are OK, and their polished wrenches I also like- and all are USA when I got mine.