I would send it in, but I keep it razor sharp, and there is no need for a sharpening. I would send them the clip only, but whats the point? The clip is next to shot, and I need a new one.
IMO even if the clip is beat up from normal usage, on a folder that costs over $100, the clip should be replaced free. I am a big benchmade nut solely for the reason that their warranty department has re-built three of my afcks with new liners/scales e.t.c. and sent me 3 new clips over the course of 5 years, and I paid a total of $15 shipping for all of this. Thats alot of titanium/g-10/labor to invest in just one customer. I switched to BM after I called and asked for a new clip for my delica (metal version) in 99 and was told I was to be charged for a clip. Figured since Spydee is producing higher priced folders maybe they changed this policy on certain models.
My take on this whole thing, either spydee want to bang out the ELU for every cent possible, or the clips are expensive to produce and giving them away would not be feasible profit wise. I tell you, if I end up buying a spare clip, it will be a while till I buy another spydee SOLELY on that fact alone. If you can't get replacement parts for free or a nominal cost (I think a clip should be $2, and shippable for 34cents, that is reasonable) on a folder with an MSRP near $160 should come with an extra clip, or one available for less than $5. Just IMO guys, not ripping on spyderco, but if I am the only one who sees something wrong here I am whining to the wrong crowd.