Ya know Sal I have been accused of being an enabler here on this site when someone is on the fence about buying a knife but this thread.....
I agree with you I purchased Chris Reeve knives first because of the look. That and they also cut good. I also bought a PM2 it was my first Spyderco and I did not like the big hole it did not look good to me. In fact by comparison I thought it looked cheap. Then I realized how perfect the Spydie Hole is compared to studs which also catch on material.
After a little while I found myself carrying the PM2 and using the heck out of it over the different Sebenza's (Spelling?) I also started off with smaller Sebenza knives before going full sized and found out swiftly a larger blade is really handy, not to mention not as likely to cut myself as was the case with closing the smaller models of that knife.
After selling the Sebenzas at a moderate loss, I was hooked on Spyderco. I have purchased and used severalPara 2's then Para3's some just for collection for the steel alone. Then came the Manix's then the sage5, then Yojimbo2 and man did I ever fall in love with the compression lock!
At first I was still trying not to be that guy with a big honking blade.
After Several Para 2's Then purchased a pair of full sized Lionspy's made with elmax and beautifuly polished blades absolutly love all the belly and awesom steel on these, as well as the incredible fit and finish, from here liking the larger blades purchased my first Military in CTS204P and after that started collecting those as well in different steels.
From here purchased a Spyderco Hungarian, then a Pacific Salt Serrated and of course just had to get 2 Spyderco 2018 Forum knifes. And the latest purchase was a Spydiechef I love it so much that I just purchased another one this time a CQI model today.
This is a very expensive hobby!!!!!
The truth of the matter is I have never met a spyderco I did not like and I usually buy two just in case I loose one.
Over the last few years I have learned what I like and those that I no longer want rarely hurt me that badly on the resale that I feel illused for having had the joy of the research the purchase the use and then the final sale.
Different steels in the same exact model will cut and sharpen differently and it is a joy to discover each one. Right now LC200N is really blowing me away by how well balanced it is in terms of ease of sharpening, blade retention, the way it cuts and of course I can leave it wet or not wipe it down 100% and it is still good to go.