After reading through the comments, being part of the original hype, and succeeding in securing a pm2 on release I felt compelled to respond. Sidenote: I am excited to see some hard use videos with maxamet... I know the Russians won't let us down.
For the people asking: "Is it really worth 200 bucks". Think of it this way... Maxamet is extremely tough to work with, and very few knife makers can
even shape / Heat Treat the way Spyderco has. The finish on the knife I received is absolutely beautiful; I wish we saw more stonewashed blades from Spyderco because it is nothing like the Shaman SW (Which is amazing), and looks more of a satin finish with sw undertones. I don't have much experience with tool steels but being around the community for roughly a year has made me more interested. I've made the Spyderco bushcraft my official camp knife for it's build and O1 steel qualities, so far it has definitely lived up to it's name sake. I also, have a m4 yojimbo I plan to use, and this maxamet pm2 will be a nice additional to the experimental rotation.
I generally edc the tried a true s30v pm2, the shaman and spydiechef... All of which have far exceeded my needs for daily tasks, and even some bullshitty ones (like making pointy spears out of sticks in the middle of the woods). Best part about different steels it's noticing the nuances that come with use and sharpening of the tool. It is definitely a rabbit hole.... when does it stop, and where do we go from here is anyone's guess, but as a consumer I am happy to see so much choice and variety in the market.
Also...... the dlc m4 pm2 from BladeHQ was roughly 175 bucks. So 15 bucks more for one of the few, if only stonewashed pm2s in an exotic rare sought after steel seems reasonable IMO. It is a production piece, but I have a feeling these will slowly trickle into the market instead of coming in waves.