I still have to decide to get one, with high foreign exchange rates really hampering any knife purchases for a while. But I do hope this will not discourage Sal and co. from doing more community requested projects in the future.
This was a community effort from day one thanks to JD and the others, and I for one am really glad that Spyderco really listened to the afis out here and invested money, time and factory resources (which could have been geared towards other more faster, profitable and stress-free projects) into making this knife a reality, with all the recommended changes that the fans have asked for.
Remember that this project started at the height of Covid season and we all know how terrible it was for everyone worldwide, most especially factory workers and shipments of raw materials. Yet Spyderco still pushed thru with this despite challenges with supply chains et. al.
Hoping everyone here remembers that this one wasn't even on Spyderco's regular production pipeline and was only realized because Sal listened to requests for this. With all the problems with the factory, he could have stopped this project any time and not waste any more precious resources and money for a project that may or may not break even for the company. I hope I'm wrong, but there is the possibility that Spyderco might not be making any income on this project in the worst case scenario (again, hoping I'm wrong and this one will still be profitable). Yet - Sal continued with the project. I doubt any other maker would have pushed through with this one.
I don't mean to sound preachy, nor to offend anybody or negate actual user experience here, just a little perspective from a nobody on this. For my part, I really thank Sal for taking on this project and again, hoping for more projects from afi requests.