Yes, the price point could eliminate some steels and would be good to know ahead of time.
I heard that Spyderco's RWL-34 is very well executed. Is it an expensive steel to procure and produce blades from? Otherwise, if it's as good as everyone says, I'd like LC200N for the stainless version. Other intriguing stainlesses are SRS-15 and Super Gold 2 (UNlaminated).
If there will be a stainless and a non-stainless version, I have a suggestion for the latter. No major manufacturer uses it yet (I wish it had made it into the Mule team), but Bohler's K490 would be a great CPM M4 class tool steel with better toughness and corrosion resistance. If that's too expensive, I'd like to see K390, CPM 4V, or CPM Cruwear.
Own: VG-10 Delica, Old S30V Native, modified Breeden Rescue, VG-10 Delica, HAP40 Endura, ZDP-189 DF2, S110V Manix LW,Pakkawood Delica, Cruwear Para 3, SE H1 DF2, M4 Manix 2, HAP40 Caly 3, S90V Native 5, K390 Urban, Pakkawood DF2, Cruwear PM2, SE Pacific Salt, HAP40 Jazzlica, S110V Native, P.I.T.S., DLC Manix 2, REX 45 PM2, Para 3, XHP Manix LW, Superblue Caly 3, 20CV PM2, Rhino, SB Calypso Jr., B70P, PMA11, K03, ZDP-189 Stretch 2, Kapara, REX 45 Military, 154CM Manix LW, 204p PM2, Swick, Supergold Delica, backlock Lil'Native, AEB-L Urban, HAP40 Stretch, KC Cruwear Manix 2, Cruwear Military, M390 PM2, Cruwear Delica, 4V Lil'Native, Mantra 2, CruCarta Shaman, M390 Para 3 LW, M390 Manix 2, K390 Police 4, RexWood Shaman, DLC Cruwear Shaman, Rex 45 Manix 2, Native 5, Native LW, 204p Para 3, S45VN PM2, S90V Manix LW.
Waiting for: K490, Swick 5, and something purple.