Sal posted this message on the British Blades site today:
Pilots went well. Some heat treating issues on the back spring had to be worked out. The vanadium carbides in S30V are so abrasive that the tang was wearing the backspring. Traditional backspring material will not work well for this model.
Blades were cut yesterday, The sample was approved. Backsprings are being cut today.
The G-10 handle sample was approved a couple of weeks ago. They should be cut by now.
A dedicated clip holder screw is being made. The regular barrel / pivot screw interfered slightly with the pocket lip because of the "deep pocket" carry clip. Probably not a big deal to some, but I'm sort of an anal retentive, obsessive/compulsive type of person.
We'll make it as "right" as "right can be".
Just prior to engraving, we'll get back to those that ordered. We'll need to verify final names and numbers for engraving.
I've carried the proto quite a bit. I normally don't carry "slip-joints", but this one is quite acceptable for all of my functions.
When it finally does get to the market, we'll see how good you guys are at designing and naming a dedicated Spyderco model for your country.