Sal, I think that the market is saturated with S30V. In a knife at this price point, I think a higher end steel, or a different base stainless steel, would help sales tremendously. A change in handle material and/or color as standard might help too. I think the Shaman sprint run demand has shown this. How many black G10 handle, S30V blade knives will an afi buy?
ugaarguy wrote: ↑Mon Nov 11, 2019 3:19 pmSal, I think that the market is saturated with S30V. In a knife at this price point, I think a higher end steel, or a different base stainless steel, would help sales tremendously. A change in handle material and/or color as standard might help too. I think the Shaman sprint run demand has shown this. How many black G10 handle, S30V blade knives will an afi buy?
That´s good to hear!sal wrote: ↑Mon Nov 11, 2019 3:00 pmHi Marc,
We're still playing with stop locks as well. Eric wants to bring out new locks each year. We have a few not used much or at all yet.
With my corrosive sweat, a highly stainless steel is a must for me. But, the afi market seems to like those exotic carbon steels. I think a flat / earth tone green, brown, or tan G10 alone would go a long way on sales. Maybe use the new S45VN as the base blade steel, even though it's probably only slightly better than S30V. I think S45VN with earth tone G10 scales would be superficially different enough to significantly spur sales.steelcity16 wrote: ↑Mon Nov 11, 2019 3:24 pmI do agree with this. And my vote is Cruwear (or PD1) as a well rounded steel that is very stain resistant, tough, and easy to sharpen, with edge holding on par with S30V. 3V with the Delta heat treat or equivalent would also be good as it is also very near stainless with excellent toughness and edge holding. OD Green or Denim Micarta scales would also be amazing if the design allows. Or at the very least maybe foliage green peel ply G10 or OD Green G10 maybe?
I'm no steel nerd yet, but considering the speed at which the Cru-Carta Shaman sold, I doubt you'd be left with a lot of Cru-Wear Millies, even with regular G-10 handles
Yeah i agree, LC200N is great for this. No maintenance issues, super easy to sharpen and it takes a killer edge!Evil D wrote: ↑Mon Nov 11, 2019 3:02 pm
I think you should make both the Police and Military standard production models full on Salt models in LC200N. If not the standard version then at least variants. LC has been great for me and it would be a great steel for a serviceman who doesn't have time to worry about corrosion.
I don’t know what would be easiest to get and what would be the most realistic price wise, but I think that Cruwear or 20CV would be great choices. Both powdered steels, both American, both in vogue. I’m not sure how the timeline would work, but even S45VN would be awesome in the debut.
How much of a price difference would there be between an S30V Military 2 and a BD1N Military 2?
Sal, I can't tell you how happy this makes me. I've been a Spyderco enthusiast for the better part of 10 years now and I've wanted a compression lock Military since the beginning.