The Mastiff wrote:Which steel was on the CF cat again? Was that the one that was made then stopped after problems, then re releasing later a bit different? Man I'm getting too old to keep track of all these.
As NoFair said, S30V. The QC problems were related to overall fit and finish, which likely suffered due to keeping cost low while using top of the line materials. By releasing them again with cheaper materials (blade steel and handle material) while still at a similar price, they likely shifted material costs over to fit and finish costs. I believe the Cat and Chicago were made by a different Taiwanese manufacturer than the usual one. I've got a factory 2nd Chicago and it's pretty rough around the edges.
As for cost of having CF scales made, the OP is probably looking at $50-100. Even though material-wise it may not take a whole lot, it takes just about as much time to make custom scales for a small knife as it does a large one, so labor is a major factor. At least the Cat doesn't have nested liners or any complex machining needed, which could help keep the cost down a little bit.