I truly don't mean to be melodramatic, but am I the only one who is really disappointed by what the new reveal process might mean?
“To better balance the timing between the announcement and actual release of our all-new products, we will be rolling out a new product “reveal” process balancing the excitement and anticipation of the products we show with the timeliness of the products we deliver more carefully than ever before.”
To me, the forthrightness and transparency Spyderco exhibited previously in openly discussing models and variants in various stages of development was one of the primary aspects that set Spyderco above just about every other brand in the industry. The fact that Sal and others were so open about their plans, testing and development really made me a fan of the company, and it let me plan out my purchases (there have been multiple knives from other brands that I held off on purchasing because I knew Spyderco had something in the pipeline that would better fill a particular role for me). I'm not aware of any other company that is so open about its plans. For most of Spyderco's competitors, everything is held extremely close to the chest, then announced mere days before BLADE or when knives are shipped.
It's not yet certain what this change will mean: Will it just be formal announcements in the Catalog and Supplement that will be delayed? Will the Amsterdam meet still include as many nascent products that are in early development? Will Sal and others be more reluctant to confirm certain models, variants, or sprints are in the pipeline than they previously were? Only time will tell, but I can't help but feel saddened about this change.
I certainly don't blame Sal and Co for changing the policy. Every few weeks or so I would see a different thread here from someone whining about how a particular knife had not yet been made available, or that their preorder from some random retailer was taking too long to fulfill. I'm sure there was a much greater frequency of phone calls the company would have to field from similarly petulant, impatient people complaining about knives that were not yet released. There clearly was a cost to Spyderco being different (and in my view better) than the rest of the industry. I'm just sad that these selfish people have won, and have seemingly forced Spyderco to possibly give up one of my favorite aspects of the brand.
So I will still eagerly buy Spydercos, and will still religiously follow RamZar's excellent yearly thread with announced models. Spyderco will remain one of my favorite companies. But I suspect I will miss the time that we were privileged to have been invited to look behind the curtain so to speak, and I will lament that another company I respect has been forced to bow to the pressure of uninformed, angry individuals.