VG-10 is probably my favorite steel. However, with spyderco's consistent thin edges, I can work with pretty much all of the steels offered as the edge-angles usually match up with that of the sharpmaker.
I had this exact emotion many years back, it took me quite a bit of trouble tracking down a second Lil' Temp back then. Nowadays, I pay close attention to which knives I really like and make sure I get a spare. Lil' Temps are still well stocked in my collection, as are Chinese Folders and Stretches!
My girls got me the best gifts ever, a custom comic book and a custom folder. The comic is a bout me battling a spaghetti monster, and the folder actually works thanks to a pivot and stop pin. They know me so well!