I practically live both these scenarios at the same time since I almost never use anything but the same knife and the same steel. I could probably live the rest of my life with LC200N and be just fine with it, so having any knife design with that steel sounds pretty cool. Some of us have already lived the "any steel in one model" with all the sprint variants coming out. If we're honest with ourselves, steel options really start to be redundant after a while, so many steels are similar enough to each other that you need to jump to far ends of the spectrum to see differences that really matter in real world use, so I don't see much need for infinite steel options in one model because I would just pick the steel I like most and probably never use the others, just like I already do in real life.
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