The Lil' Temperance 3 has a long history in product development. It was designed as a 3" blade tough MBC model. It's a short, stout folder that was designed for 4 position grip. The blade is thicker, the lock is thicker as well. We went through more than a dozen prototypes in Product development. There were some that wanted it to be a Reeve Integral lock and some protos were made with that lock. From the beginning, I wanted an FRN version with a nested compression lock. Once that was decided on, we worked with the Seki maker to refine the model. The G-10 version is/was a test of the design. Unfortunately making G-10 knives in Seki with the design requirements of this model ended up with an expensive piece. This almost always slows sales. With slower sales, feedback is limited and slow moving inventory is always a headache.
I have designed a number of niche models such as; Lil' Temperance, P'Kal, Karahawk, etc. They have been more expensive than FRN models and sales are slower so whether or not to keep them in the line is always a question.
Ideally, I would like an FRN Lil' Temperance with bi-directional texture and a slight 3D curve to the scale. Nested liners like the G-10 model. Steel is a question because many are complaining that S30V is less in demand because it's an "old" steel. I'm not sure of what type of steel the market for this model would prefer? If I do have the opportunity to make molds for an FRN version, my current consideration is K390.