Why does Lasso , etc retain control of the Tool Properties panel when, eg, KNIFE is active?

Have some random geometry, a Torus is fine, and select, say, the Rectangle tool. You don’t need to actually Select anything.

Now hit K for Knife. The Knife cursor appears.

But the Tool Properties panel is stuck on the Rectangle tool, which is inconvenient because I’d like to see what the Knife tool is going to do, especially regarding “Occlude Geometry”.

What’s the LOGIC here? Why are the Selection tools so sticky? When I hit “K” I want to see KNIFE properties, and I want to use the Knife, not make a selection, so why is the selection icon still on?