I agree with Vivi and Pelagic (AND!) that even a bad buy will deepen an understanding of preferences.
The Southard Flipper was not for me.
In spite of its superb construction and materials, I felt my grip was forced too far back on a handle that offered too little room.
Besides, I felt Spyderco was being a little disloyal to its hallmark Spydiehole. As a former Boy Scout, divided loyalty is hard for me to take.