I just read the most of the thread and as much as i dream to have the option for spare parts i do realize it's better not to. It will create a lot of troubles for Spyderco. More than the the current situation of not offering spare parts for sale. Imagine the insane amount of parts, even if not readily available, it will take time to make one - backspacer for example. And let's not forget we're humans, we make mistakes. Imagine you order something and you wait two months and it's the wrong part. A real nightmare for both parties. The closest to the reality is we get a spare clip and set of screws in the box. And this will reflect in a slight increase in price. It's only fair. I might get hated, but i'm against Spyderco selling spare parts. It will cause more trouble for them even if done with the intention to help their customers. I mean look at other companies - Hilti for example. I don't know how it is in the US, but here in EU Hilti does not sell any spare parts. Only very specific things. Like blade guard for the circular saw (because it's plastic, if it was a metal one they wouldn't sell this part either). Hilti doesn't sell parts and they don't authorize anyone to do repairs for them. There's a reason for that decision. It makes a lot of people unhappy, but that's the company's politics. The biggest difference is they have big network of stores and repair centers. Back to the topic - we need to realize that whatever we do with our knives it is our responsibility. Unless is a manufacturers defect. I did dip my rex45 in vinegar. It's my decision - i'm not gonna cry if it doesn't work well. I know a lot of folks don't think like that, many people have a lot of collector's pieces, accidents happen, but it is a bit unrealistic to ask for a spare part for a knife that was discontinued years ago. Stay safe folks.