The Cruwear Delica and Cru-carta Shaman show that they will continue to be on top as long as Sal and Eric are at the helm. I'm not sure what happened to get Cruwear in Seki knives, but that was a game changer for me as a HUGE fan of both Cruwear and the FRN Seki models, and I hope to see the exclusive series sweep through the whole Seki lineup in the coming months/years. The Cru-carta Shaman was also a massive game changer as I have been wishing for a tough Cruwear/3V/4V folder with Micarta scales for years after owning many 3V/Micarta fixed blades. Unless we see a massive downturn in the economy, I only see demand for Spyderco knives going up from here.
The one thing I would change would be to switch up the steel on new releases from the standard S30V/VG10 to steels that are more in line with the design of each particular model. The Shaman should have been released as a production Cruwear knife, and the Manix Backlock might still be kicking if it was a Cruwear model. I'm not saying that every model needs to be Cruwear, but some are more suited to Cruwear, some to S90V, some to S110V, some to S30V, some to 4V, some to M4, whatever. If they can go straight to M4 or 4V or 3V on collabs, why not straight to Cruwear on an in-house design like the Shaman?? I think Sal mentioned that he is working on a design based on the Shaman. Maybe take that one straight to Cruwear or PD-1 or 4V or even 3V if it is another tough folder, especially something like a linered backlock.
Oh, one last thing I would change is for them to make some 3V folders. CPM-3V with the Delta heat treat is more than suited to a tough folder like the Shaman, C95 Manix, Manix XL, or even a linered Native (Micarta anyone?). Why they haven't done this is beyond me. If the Cru-Carta Shaman would have been a Delta 3V-carta Shaman it would have been even more nutty than we just saw.
Other than these few minor gripes (constructive criticism), there are NO other knife companies that come close to the design, quality, value, variety, and the genuineness, honestly, creativity, ingenuity, and drive for perfection of their owners and employees.
CRU-CARTA THEM ALL!