KYCloud9 wrote: ↑
Wed Nov 13, 2019 1:47 pm
Over the last few months I’ve really started to get into this knife business.
Welcome to the forum and the "knife scene"
Maybe you´re aware of that anyway, but there will be (at least) one more Micarta handle sprint of the Shaman, though not in Cruwear, but another steel (see here for example viewtopic.php?f=2&t=85268
So if you´re not particulary only want the Micarta / Cruwear combo: Just watch the forum a bit, and try to get the next Micarta-sprint right when it comes out from an authorized Spyderco dealer
(There is even a rather recent poll somewhere on this forum where you could express your wishes concerning steel).
Generally the Shaman is a great design, and an ergonomic masterpiece imho. But that you could also discover with the base model in G10 and S30V (though Micarta is really nice, no doubt).
I know, you clearly stated you would "not want to start a collection" and only "buy what really peaks our interest", but you also said, you´re "new to the knife scene".
So, just as a suggestion, and to find out what really interests you or what you really like: For the 365 you say you pay for the Shaman sprint, you could also get (from an authorized dealer) for example the G10 Shaman AND a Native Chief (if you like larger knives generally). Or a Caribbean and a Native Chief or Police or Manix XL.
Then you could experience two knives instead of one, find out if for exempla you prefer comp.lock, backlock or CBBL, fnger choil or not, thicker or thinner stock, more neutral or more shaped handle,and so on... and sell the knife you like less eventually.
And, tbh: I have a feeling that it will go this way anyway...
Top three going by pocket-time: Endura 4 in VG 10/Micarta-scales; Stretch 1 in VG 10; Endura 4 in HAP 40