To elaborate a bit more (from my understanding) on the San Mai aesthetic that Albatross had mentioned earlier in the thread; this cladding of steels is a tradition that dates back hundreds, if not thousand(s) of years among blacksmiths who forged samurai swords, rather than to solely enhance the stainless abilities (although I'm sure this might be an additional perk). This process allows the inner core steel to be hardened much higher to produce a very fine edge (reminiscent of carbon steels and newer age PM steels, like SG2), while the outer-jacket was to keep toughness and flexibility without allowing the core steel to break due to brittleness, when contacting another sword, or like media (I.E. armor, bone). In pocket knives, I doubt we see the full benefit outside of someone laterally torqueing their knives, but the history behind it is really astounding and certainly shows the level of ingenuity and reverence the Japanese have had for steel for many, many years. So, this is certainly not solely a "cost cutting factor". Hopefully this helps someone overcome their unwelcomingly uneven cladding lines with a bit more knowledge on the Japanese tradition
On topic, I'm bummed I missed out on these runs. I believe I was mere days short of the drop window
. I hope the response of these goes over so well that Spyderco decides to initiate another run!
On the quest for equilibrium...