No worries on replying my friend.
I would say you and I are of like mind on what the Salt ffg, LC200N (or some other steel like VG-10 or S30V, etc..., if the LC200N turns out to be not such a great choice), models potentially offer to the "ultralight crowd" and others like minded, hiking, biking, paddling... kind of human powered travel over distances, long distances...
I went with the "drop point" for numerous reasons: one - I like it aesthetically, two - to me it gives up nothing in use/performance, while decreasing weight, three - maybe even makes it a little more "stabby" - though the only thing I ever find myself "stabby-ing" are plastic/cellophane/mylar type food/chips bags. I'm not saying there isn't a (potential) requirement, or need, beyond that - but so far in my life, I have not required "stabby" beyond food and chip bags. I have now opened two bags of tortilla chips with this Hyker, and it's tip works very nicely.
I noticed you titled this thread (mini)-Bugout alternative.
I'm sure you are aware that the Delica and Bugout are basically exactly the same exact length when folded/carried. The Hyker is lighter though. Even comparing blade lengths of the two Bugouts I have with this Hyker - the difference in blade length is 0.125" (1/8 inch) Or Less. With the Hyker having a 3" blade, it does meet the legality requirements in A Lot of places. I have not found myself wanting for a longer blade when carrying/using the Delica/Hyker either, for whatever that's worth. It is "just" small enough, and "just" big enough, and now light enough @ ≤ 1.8 oz / 51 grams.
Just for the sake of showing it, I'm including a few photos of the Hyker with my two Bugouts - for size comparisons. Basically the same length knife.
Hyker on top of Bugouts:
Bugouts on top of Hyker:
Side by side:
Differences, and HUGE PROS for me, are that big thumb hole, the backlock, and the Hyker is lighter. Why I feel the thumb hole and backlock are a HUGE Pro/Benefit/Advantage over the thumb stud and axis lock are - operation/use in Cold & Wet conditions and/or with gloves/mittens on your hands. In my own experience/uses there is no comparison. The Hyker wins 10 out of 10 times.... and it's lighter
I know a lot of people called the Para 3 lightweight, the "bugout killer" or something like that; but the Para 3 lightweight is heavier than the Delica, and considerably heavier than the bugout. The Delica/Salt/Hyker is the same size as the Bugout, but the Hyker is lighter...
I don't know if there is a "best" way to present this, as "best" is subjective. I'm presenting it this way, and have even started a thread: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=88986
(my first - not counting the fake/counterfeit ones). I haven't checked it today yet, but it hit two pages yesterday
In regards to the wire clip or spoon clip - I have no issues with the spoon clip that is on the knife - but - which ever is lighter between the two is what would be in keeping with the theme here. I also have no issues with the wire clip...
In an effort at keeping costs "low" as to making of it - I'd say keep everything Salt 2 ffg green handle, spoon clip, etc... just make the drop point blade for it. I know a guy who has an already made example
if that would help