Like pretty much all the news, some are happy about it, some are sad (and the rest don't care or are totally confused), but you can't fault Spyderco for bringing us a knife we were initially super excited about and offers that amazing handle in a (hopefully much) cheaper version. Pretty sure them not moving the full stock of the 40th's doesn't matter a huge amount to them since it was a tribute knife essentially.
As for other dealers getting word of this, NGK confirmed to me (and without me even asking about it) that this CF/S90V Native 5 and likely the Shaman would come in the next batch delivered to them from Spyderco.
So it seems legit, plus I'm pretty sure the Spydercrew would have chimed in by now saying that NK page was bogus. Cheers, Radioactive