Since this awkward question has been asked, and answered—the question being rhetorical, of course Sal is irreplaceable!—I’ll bypass its unfortunate “But, what about us?” implication and just assert that most people don’t have kids to replace themselves.
Rather, most do it—especially once they’ve have actually done it—to be awestruck by the giving of life, then they set about nurturing it. And if they are truly awestruck, they do their damnedest not to waste a real-life opportunity to do good with their “blank slate”.
Because Sal and Gail have so obviously done good, the matter of replacement is just not an issue. Given apples and trees, and the particular species we’re talking about, Spyderco will continue to intrigue us. Of that, I’m confident.
When Sal’s time inevitably comes—and if I don’t beat him through the door—I will surely be grateful that my life included the example of his for a while.
In the meantime, I’m going to savor what else he does, and I imagine he will, too.
ETA: Fine-tuning, in light where this thread has gone.
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on Sun Apr 18, 2021 9:16 am, edited 2 times in total.
...experience the spirit of the design that the designer has built into the 3 D version of his mental idea. - S. Glesser (ever mindful of a mentor’s “Simplicate and add lightness”)