Abandoning costly G10 for FRN is, of course, a calculated risk for Spyderco. Molds per model are $30,000; so said The Deacon the other day.
I don’t know the rate of sales needed to amortize this investment, let alone turn a profit, but, obviously, the Delica, Endura, and Stretch, among others LWs, crossed a necessary threshold years ago and they persist in their popularity.
Has Spyderco ever jumped to FRN soon after dropping a new model in metal scales or the now canonical G10? If so, that model must have been really compelling. Which one, BTW?
I don’t sense the Chief is in high demand outside a smallish circle, its size impractical for some and a jurisdictional concern for others likely reasons.
What about the similarly large Police, you might ask. Now in its fourth iteration, it may show up in FRN for the first time this year or next. But it’s had over three decades to establish a following...
Don’t get me wrong. My Delica, Endura, Stretches, and a bunch of Salts have won me over to FRN, so I’m hardly opposed to a LW Chief, but I think we’ll need some steel-featuring exclusives to win over the reluctant and reach the necessary threshold.
OTOH, Sal may be predisposed to a LW version sooner, given the Chief’s very long gestation...
I must add, however, that while I like FRN, I won’t be seeking FRN versions of my Chief or Police. Their long lines, and those of the Calypso and Military, want visually flat scales so as not to disturb those lines, in my eyes anyway.