1) Spydercos have become too expensive.
I'm actually using my knives now. Before I just played around and cut rope and cardboard like everyone else. Then I got tired of babying my knives given that they cost over $100 dollars each, sold all the expensive ones, and kept just a delica and manix. Actual use means not only cutting but using the knife to pry something out of place, like a jammed screw, which of course damages the edge severely. I just am tired of babying the knives, but once you do that, you will find that the blade begins to disappear quickly given how much you have to sharpen due to the chips.
2) Life changes
I've become radicalized and a Trump supporter. Accordingly, with a newfound and generous income due to a career change, I'm now running a Kaizen management of personal finances and so am channeling all disposable income into guns, stockpiling ammo, reloading for said ammo, saving up to purchase land, and generally becoming as autonomous as possible. The power wielders of our society clearly despise men like me and want us dead, so I'm planning accordingly. I sold my cts-xhp manix, and now only have a Delica, which is pretty banged up now. So when I look for a Delica replacement with vanadium steel, and see all these $100 plus knives, I also see reloading supplies.
Buck has S30V for $50 dollars, made in the USA. The refinement is lower than Spyderco, of course. I can't shake the need for quality steel and after having to move into a new office at work, with all the cardboard involved, vg-10's lack of edge retention was glaringly exposed. I feel like the super steel rat race has hollowed out the middle-ground s30v level steels. Spyderco selectively offers XHP purely to sell certain models, sprint runs are exorbitantly priced, so s30v is locked in the manix, a knife I like less now after using the delica for so long because of it's girth, and the 120+ Paramilitary.
I had a good time here trying to help newcomers out, and bad times of course as i've chewed out at least a few people off the top of my head. Not sure what else to say. I feel like the whole industry is massively inflated. I don't even use a waterstone when sharpening anymore, I just use the coarse side of an India stone, then the fine side, then a lansky medium ceramic rod, and then a leather strop. All the detail in sharpening, the abrasives, the micro-bevel this or that, the mirror edge, the burr war, doesn't matter anymore, it's just about how quickly I can get from point A to B and still pop hairs off. I guess Accounting does that to you.