I received my first Spydie as a gift, back in the 90's. It was an AUS 8 Delica with wide molded clip, but it wasn't quite what I wanted. So a couple of days later I bought the Jess Horn lightweight, also in AUS 8. I carried and used both off and on (and still do) but frankly, they didn't really impress me that much. They were good knives, but not what I called excellent, so my search continued in other directions for several years.
Then, a couple of years ago, someone gave me a newspaper article about VG-10 steel which mentioned Sypderco was using it in a couple of models. The steel looked interesting, so I began looking into Spyderco knives again. I had no idea that they even made higher end knives, as my old AUS 8 blades were what I had associated with the name for years. Now I own about forty, and they are about all I carry and use :D
I don't believe in safe queens, only in pre-need replacements.