I don't think so. If I were still living near the coast, I might want to spend the extra money, but I doubt it. D2 is not bad about rusting if you exert any sort of care. Being 12% chromium, it is close to being "stainless". The only D2 blade that rusted on me was one that I dropped in a yard and it was returned several months later. Yup. Lots of rust. For all around goodness in an EDC, it's hard to beat S35VN. If you plan to pound and hack and stab and otherwise abuse your EDC, D2 just might be a lot better. If I kill my $40 knife, I will not lose sleep. If I killed my Steel Will Apostate 1113, about $160, I would not be happy. The bottom line is always determined by what you want to do with the knife. I have a couple of AC knives in D2. I am very happy with them.