I've been trying lots of models, looking for something that checks all of the boxes. Thus, my year was way too busy and expensive in terms of Spyderco purchases:
154CM Manix 2 LW,
KW 204p PM2 (sold),
back lock Lil'Native,
HAP40 Stretch (sold),
smooth G10 Cruwear Manix 2,
Cruwear Military (sold),
DLT M390 PM2,
Cruwear Delica (sold),
CPM 4V Lil'Native (sold),
Cruwear & Micarta Shaman,
M390 Para 3 LW,
M390 Manix 2
I bought many, sold some, and need to sell some more. Of these 2019 purchases:
-The 154CM Manix LW was a great yard work knife.
-The AEB-L Urban reminded me that basic steels are still cool.
-I used the red DLT PM2 the most.
-I enjoyed the Crucarta Shaman the most.
-The Mantra 2 isn't as awesome as I'd hoped due to lockstick, small-framelock-ergos, and the flimsy wire clip.
-The Para 3 LW model is too forward heavy, so it's also not as awesome as I'd hoped.
-I was too late to pickup a Police 4 due to unwarranted hesitation.
Overall, the Police 4 is my biggest purchasing regret, but I wouldn't carry such a big knife as often as I'd like anyway. I do have a Rex 45 Military to console me for now, so I'll manage.
My biggest knife regret was that I messed up the free-hand sharpening of my PM2 a couple of months ago. It was really irritating, and I don't want to risk doing that to light users and pricey pieces, so I purchased a Hapstone V7 to help keep some of my bevels perfect. Keeping consistent/known angles (esp when going really acute) can also help me compare and harness different steels' potentials better.
My greatest knife success this year was snagging two Crucarta Shamans (before realizing they'd be so hard to get) and then being able to help out someone who wasnt able to find one.
I need to resist the urge, but the Swick 5 is already on my mind.
I would like to try more K390 or any Maxamet.
I hope Spyderco decides to bring us some K490, SRS-15, Vanax SC, and some other interesting steels.
Own: VG-10 Delica, Old S30V Native, modified Breeden Rescue, VG-10 Delica, HAP40 Endura, ZDP-189 Dragonfly, S110V Manix 2 LW,Pakkawood Delica, Cruwear Para 3, SE H1 Dragonfly, M4 Manix 2, HAP40 Caly 3, smooth G10 S90V Native, K390 Urban, Pakkawood Dragonfly, smooth G10 Cruwear PM2, SE Pacific Salt, HAP40 Jazzlica, Blurple Native, P.I.T.S., DLC Manix 2, REX 45 PM2, REX 45 Para 3, XHP Manix 2 LW, Superblue Caly 3, DLT 20CV PM2, Rhino, SB Calypso Jr., B70P, PMA11, K03, G10 ZDP-189 Stretch 2, Kapara, REX 45 Military, 154CM Manix 2 LW, KW 204p PM2, Swick, Supergold Delica, back lock Lil'Native, AEB-L Urban, HAP40 Stretch, smooth G10 Cruwear Manix 2, Cruwear Military, M390 PM2, Cruwear Delica, CPM 4V Lil'Native, Mantra 2, Cru-Carta Shaman, M390 Para 3 LW, M390 Manix 2 , K390 Police 4.
Waiting for: K490, Swick 5, and something purple.