With the FRN police model coming out soon, which I think is a great move by Spyderco.
Back when the Police model was introduced, all the Police officers guns were solid steel. The belief was that if you wanted tough and reliability, steel was the only way to go. It was thought that plastic was not up to the job and they were most likely correct back then.
But now; the large majority pistols carried by Police are partly plastic and plastic has proven its strength and reliability. Plus I think Police officers would appreciate the light weight of plastic pistol over the all steel pistols.
I think this is where the Spyderco Police FRN model will shine.
Now every office should have a back up knife. But I can’t see the Rookie making come back in FRN. If it followed the same generational changes of the Police model, it would look much like other Spyderco models in production.
So back to the Endela; how about the next Endela be aimed at being a backup for the Police model. Give it the same setup as the Police; same colour, steel. I’m ok with VG-10, (H-1 would be better,
LC200N would be superb.) for a knife that is carried every day but not necessarily used every day, stainless steel is the way to go. And if the blade can’t be sharpened with what ever sharpener you can find in the kitchen draw, then it is not going to be a good knife for most officers.
why stop at the Endela?
How about a complete Series (Officer Series? Professional Series?) all the way down the size range.
Marketed at Police officers. Pick your main knife and a back up or 2 or 3. All with the same manual of arms; a size for all uses and a size for every pocket.
And remember not all Police wear blue.