Thanx for the input, appreicate.
The bug on the blade has been a big issue at Spyderco, for all of the reasons mentioned.
Hey Paul, the gold bug is gone
. Couldn't get consistent quality.
As far as the "tick" look, think of it as a "cute" spyder.
Thanx Buzzbait. The names are gone from all except the "Salts".
Artists sigs will go on the backside.
The bug was a necessary addition to the hole. It seems there are many companies out there that just want to "look like Spyderco" for some reason.
Steven Dick picked up a fixed blade for me while down in Southern Mexico. It was a traditional Bowie with a round hole at the spine near the hilt. When he asked the maker "why the hole?"
The maker said he'd heard thata a round hole in the blade at the spine near the hilt was "a sign of quality".
Branding is important and as the market gets more competitive, we must be careful.
Thanx again for the input.