Most of the Chinese-manufactured Spyderco knives that I purchase end up as entry-level gifts to budding knife enthusiasts.
I'm always super happy to show off Golden's best work - I've never met anyone who isn't immediately impressed by the quality, fit and finish, and precision of a PM2 (and more recently the Shaman).
I would love to see some cheaper models made in the USA.
As for higher prices on the Chinese-made models, I don't think that would necessarily dissuade me from purchasing them, but if a Tenacious gets close to a Chap LW, I know which model comes with better edge retention....
EDC Rotation: PITS, Shaman, CF S90v Shaman, Ikuchi, Amalgam, CruCarta Shaman, Lil Native, Sage 5 LW, 4V Shaman, Watu, Rex 45 Shaman, Rex 45 Lil Native, S30v Endura, Swayback
Always in Pocket: Hawkbill Dragonfly 2 H1
Special and Sentimental: Southard, Smallfly G10, Squarehead LW, Ouroboros, Calendar Para 3 LW, 40th Anniversary Native
Would like to own again: Sheepsfoot Caribbean
Wishlist: CQI Kapara, Tanto PM2, Shaman Sprints!