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 Dragonfly, S110V Manix 2 LW,Pakkawood Delica, Cruwear Para 3, SE H1 Dragonfly, M4 Manix 2, HAP40 Caly 3, smooth G10 S90V Native, K390 Urban, Pakkawood Dragonfly, smooth G10 Cruwear PM2, SE Pacific Salt, HAP40 Jazzlica, Blurple Native, P.I.T.S., DLC Manix 2, REX 45 PM2, REX 45 Para 3, XHP Manix 2 LW, Superblue Caly 3, DLT 20CV PM2, Rhino, SB Calypso Jr., B70P, PMA11, K03, G10 ZDP-189 Stretch 2, Kapara, REX 45 Military, 154CM Manix 2 LW, KW 204p PM2, Swick, Supergold Delica, back lock Lil'Native, AEB-L Urban, HAP40 Stretch, smooth G10 Cruwear Manix 2, Cruwear Military, M390 PM2, Cruwear Delica, CPM 4V Lil'Native, Mantra 2, Cruwear & Micarta Shaman, M390 Para 3 LW, M390 Manix 2 , K390 Police 4.
Waiting for: Swick 5, and something purple.