allhatnocattle wrote: ↑Tue Sep 25, 2018 1:51 pmI saw where the folks at ST.nicks had said the same thing about a shaman exclusive. Its not going to be a mom and pop shop exclusive. I’d say your looking at BladeHQ or Knifeworks for an exclusive shaman. they seem (at least to me) the only companies willing to risk capital on more than one exclusive at a time.
A few months ago I believe Sal said that he though there was one dealer exclusive in the works and Spyderco was also "considering" (not nessessarily approved) sprints of Cruwear with Micarta scales and S90V with Carbon Fiber scales. Which of these we see first is anyone's guess. I think the St Nick's Red/DLC 4V would do better a DLT Tan/20CV based on 4V being a a better match for the Shaman in most people's minds and just the better looks overall. A Rex45 Sprint would probably be a good bet as well given how quick the PM2 and Para 3 sold.
If a dealer really wanted to go for the glory they should do a Shaman exclusive in V4E or CPM-3V. That would entice a lot of buyers for the new steel alone. And these steels would be a good fit for the stouter blade and reputation as a "tough" folding knife. I think either of these with DLC or a nice stonewash (preferably half of the run in each finish) and a good color G10 scale (dark brown?) and these would fly off the shelves. A LOT of people want 3V and V4E and 4V folders in beefier models like this.