Hi guys, I would just like to offer a suggestion for changing your steel choice on your budget knife models from 8Cr13Mov to Sandvik 14C28N. I have noticed a trend in the last couple of years of people being fed up with this steel. I know there is not a lot of difference in performance between the 2 steals. The Sandvik is better but not by a great deal, the change I feel would be more of a customer satisfaction feeling that would help sales. I respect Spyderco as a company and would like to see them doing well. There is somewhat of a shame associated with 8Cr13Mov, I know this might sound like a steel snob thing to say but I think it's valid. The knife review scene is effecting opinions more and more on placed like YouTube. Knife buyers are getting more involved in the review process and influenced by opinions of well known YouTube reviewers. So of course 8Cr13Mov has taken a lot of abuse and is looked down upon in the knife world now. Where as some other more budget steels have a better reputation. Reputation of a steel has an impact of which knife people choose to carry and buy. It can turn a knife somebody loves into a knife they are ashamed to be seen holding. So my advice would be that Spyderco switch their budget line (Tenacious etc) over to the more socially accepted budget steel of Sandvik 14C28N, this steel even though seen as a budget steel is seen as the better option. It has it's own following and fans who love how the steel sharpens up to a razor edge. But as I said this move would be better mainly for the customer satisfaction rather than leaps and bounds of performance improvement.
I noticed when I purchased a Spyderco Grasshopper that you guys already use Sandvik steels on a small amount of your knives, so it shouldn't pose a logistics problem for Spyderco, as you are already holding some of Sandvik steels somewhere, and you must already have a full understanding of how it is heat treated, so it wouldn't require any additional preperation before switching over to the new steel option.
I love how Spyderco have many steel choices in the sprint runs, you guys offer so many options for knife collectors at price points nobody else offers. As far as I am aware I cannot own a Maxamet production knife or a ZDP knife any other way than with spyderco. (Unless I pay thousands for a rockstead, which I won't be doing anytime soon)
I think this is the next step for you guys, to ditch 8Cr13Mov on your budget line, and move to a more accepted steel choice, I know some of you won't care and are happy with your 8Cr13Mov beaters, but I am aiming this change at what I see aa a change in the tides in the knife world. This steel is looked down on more and more as people are influenced by YouTube reviewers, and I think it would be a wise move to just not fight the public opinion and just move with the times and adopt a steel change.
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