They admitted they made a mistake in underestimating the demand based on slow sales of the base Shaman. They are "righting this wrong" by already hinting at three more Micarta Shamans.
a Brown Micarta in possible PD-1, that will basically be the same as this one aside from the nearly identical steel being made by a different outfit
an OD Green Micarta in Cruwear if you have to have "Cruwear" stamped on your blade
and a Denim Micarta in 4V or K390, either of which would be great
the sprint game has been going on for ages, this isnt new. long term customers wont be soured because they know how the sprint game works and they know sal will deliver them these alternatives.
The only people who should be sour are the ones who paid $400 or the flippers who wish they sold at the peak of $400 and are watching their valuable asset depreciate.
If you didn't get one have some patience and get one of the next runs as the initial hype wanes.