Well, there have certainly been qhite a few suggestions. And very fine suggestions that would make beautiful knives. Unfortunately we're only talking about 200 - 300 knives for forumites and 200 available to collectors....500 total.
Anything that requires special tooling is not practical. I am not opposed to making a special knife for the forumites, but I'm not going to be able to convince accounting that we should lose money on the project.
No new tooling means that all we can really do is change the color of an existing model and engrave something on the blade. inlays become a problem. Special colors in G10 become a problem in that large volumes of material must be purchased.
We can do neat stuff if we make 1200 to 2000 pieces, but the forum won't support that kind of volume.
If we really want to pull this off, might I suggest the following; A model like the Vesuvius, (made in Golden) silver bug model.
Pick an odd color. We'll make 500, 200 for our collectors and 300 will be engraved for the forumites. Something like "Spyderco forum model 2002".
If we want too much for too little, it becomes a burden to produce.
Please let me know your thoughts.