JD Spydo wrote: ↑
Tue Sep 17, 2019 7:11 am
Evil D wrote: ↑
Tue Sep 17, 2019 6:12 am
Ulize is top on my wish list. Seems like most of the models I'm most interested in seeing this happen with are also models that didn't really sell that well to begin with so it seems even less likely to happen.
I see what you're saying but I don't agree and here's why. Take the case I've just made that Hawkbill blades for instance have proven without any shred of a doubt that they are 80% better "users" in SE than they are in PE. I don't think anyone here would argue that for a nanosecond with what has been proven to us.
I'm not basing this off of what I think will be a great user or what people like etc, I'm basing it off of the reality that (for example) the Ulize in particular didn't seem like a hot selling knife to begin with. Add to that the fact that SE seems to be the black sheep of the knife world these days thanks to all the social media types who dog on it and I just don't see it being a risk that Spyderco are willing to take. They're reading this forum and all the countless threads that we've made just like this one, if they thought it was financially safe I think we would already have it by now.
Maybe if it were a model that wasn't a collaboration it might be more realistic. I'm not 100% sure how Spyderco handles colab models, I'm not sure if the designer gets a royalty payment on everything sold or if they simply sell the model/design/rights outright to Spyderco. If there's money involved and/or permission from the designer, that plays a part. Maybe Johnny Knifedesigner just doesn't want to see his design in SE. This idea might be better if we push for new Spyderco designs in SE as opposed to asking for discontinued models to be brought back, especially ones that Spyderco may not fully own the rights to. The Ulize for example, there are many ways to make an ergonomic recurve, so if Spyderco can't or won't make a Ulize SE, maybe they'll make their own SE recurve model.
I'm just trying to look at this from a realistic business perspective and try to understand why Spyderco may or may not do it. Obviously I WANT this to happen and I agree that it would be awesome, but passion for the idea alone may not be enough.