Whenever new models like the Police LW, Chief, Endela, etc come around there are always a flood of comments about same old black S30V/VG10 and how everyone is waiting for the sprints/exclusives. That is all fine and dandy on a popular knife like the Shaman and Para 3 LW where exclusives are a given, but on the less popular knives, it seems like Spyderco is leaving some money on the table by doing a one and done when they don't sell well.
Case in point, the Manix Backlock. Something people requested for a long time as an alternative to the CBBL. Well it came to everyone's delight, but no one wanted the plain old ho hum black/S30V, so they all waited...and waited...and waited...until it got discontinued!
I don't know Spyderco's sales figures, but it seems like they have to lose money on models like this because they don't sell enough to cover the initial R&D expenses. So why not feed the people what they want and throw out something like a Grey G10/Cruwear sprint? Cruwear is a super hot steel that can sell almost any model these days (if they stick to the Peel Ply G10 and not lame-o smooth scales), and the Manix Backlock is a great format to showcase the toughness of this steel.
Being there are NO current Cruwear options, I say let's get on board with a Gray G10/Cruwear Manix Backlock and give it the treatment it deserves! The CRUWEAR NATION gets a new model! Manix Backlock lovers finally get the model they waited for! And Spyderco can recover some of the costs of developing this model! And who knows, maybe it will sell well enough to include it in round 2 of the Rex45 Sprints alongside a Manix XL, Native, Native LW, and Para 3 LW!!
Who is with me!!!!????