Evil D wrote: ↑
Wed Jan 15, 2020 4:09 pm
I suspect that's exactly the goal here. I'd be surprised if they went so far as to get a proprietary steel just for a sprint run.
The two features of a knife that I most associate with a Spyderco are the hole and compression lock. The opening hole is not proprietary to Spyderco, and the patent for the compression lock will be expiring in the next two or so years. Undoubtedly there will be copycats (and Spyderco should be flattered). However, a proprietary steel will once again set the company apart from its peers.
You also have the economies of scale issue that certainly points to a widespread adoption of the steel across most of (all of?) the Golden line. No doubt, substantial time and money went into the development of this steel. Making this steel for only a limited run would mean either a money-losing venture on behalf of Spyderco (I don't see them doing that — selling products at a loss is a good way to go out of business) or selling at a high premium that would put the knife outside the realm of possibility for many users. So Spyderco's investment will pay off over the long-run when the steel gets adopted into the top sellers.