I found that pic in an google search, I believe that one is a Blade Forum 03' knife. I posted that pic as a visual reference because you are right JD, there aren't many blue PE spyderhawks out there, mostly all you see is the yellow SE in Spyderco hawkbills. I am starting to develop quite a collection of Yellow and Orange Handled spyderco's, I was hoping for a different color (and plain edge)
I'd still buy one in SE Orange because I've been wanting a larger Hawkbill for a while, and I'm sure I will still love it, I was just hoping for a little variety from the many Yellow/Orange handles and SE hawkbills.
You are 100% right on because they did use the blue PE Spyderhawk as a Forum Knife and it was either in 03 or 04 I forget exactly which it was. But even as a Forum knife I do remember that it really flopped on the sales charts even as a Forum Knife. Then after 04 all of the VG-10 Spyderhawks started disappearing off the landscape.
There was a weird variant and I still have one and I'm referring to the "Endura-Hawk". It was a black handled, fully serrated, VG-10 Spyderhawk that had an Endura handle. I don't know exactly how many of those escaped the factory but they don't show up very often anymore either. The resurrected H-1 Spyderhawk sold several times as many units as the 2003, VG-10 Spyderhawk did.
I haven't seen a blue PE Spyderhawk up for sale or trade in about 4 to 5 years or so. Which is why I do believe it's high time for Spyderco to give the Spyderhawk model another chance hopefully in a new blade steel. I truly believe that would make for a lot of sales. Because now you've got a lot of newbies that want that model very much. Also there are a lot of long time Spyderhawk fans that would really love one in a new blade steel.