Sal, as an avid hunter I have very biased opinions on the Pro Grip & the Pro vent.
I like the VG-10 as a hunters steel choice, the finer grain seems to glide through flesh and sinew.
The overall blade shape is damned near perfect for outdoor use 3.5 would be about right.
Flat grind I LOVE on EDC knives, I used to feel the hollow grind worked better on hunting use but after much testing on both styles I honestly can't tell a big difference between the 2, in short the F/F grind would appeal to the mass market more IMO.
PLEASE keep the original blade shape overall along with the Wegner this is the most useful shape I've seen on a folder for hunting use.
The lower point works great for field dressing chores yet leaves enough belly for skinning.
I 2nd Ted's suggestion on the compression lock idea, I find it feels more secure to me than the Wegner liner lock.
The open spine is also much eaier to clean.
The only draw backs to the original design that I have any problems with is as many have stated above the clip.
SS ambi screw in clip would work for me.
Scales- IMO this model would need dual liners which should appeal to the MBC crowd as well.
G-10 heavily textured slabs round off the sharp corners, this would be grippy when wet and covered in slime.
The 3D might be too hard to clean in camp.
Adding blade ramp grooves sounds like a good idea also.
I as a hunter would like a high visibility color avalible in the G-10, sometimes black is hard to find in the dark wet leaves of our fall season although blaze orange wouldn't work for the M/M ELU.
Some would like the camo effect such as the scales on the B/M Ares folders, something to think about in limited runs.
As an EDC Ti liners would decrease the bulk to weight ratio some.
On my hunting blades I like a lanyard, maybe I'm paranoid but having it attached to my wrist just feels more secure, and I say this to vote for tip up carry IMO it's a PIA to attach a useful lanyard and the stuff it all in my pocket on tip down knives.
I agree it's time for an update of this <img src="spyder.gif" width=15 height=15 align=middle border=0> which is already 1 of my favorites. Ron