I'm not disagreeing with you at all, just wanted to point out that the difference in your original comment was about more than just blade material :)
And I was looking at actual prices, not hyper inflated msrp. They seem to be extra terrible about setting unrealistic MSRPs 🙄
No retailer will ever sell them at those prices, it's an artificial value...there's a term for it, but it escapes me at the moment.
The shark you mention, assuming we're looking at the 4" version, on white mountain knives for example, can be had for:
$50 in g10/d2, not $70
$100 in s35vn/cf, not $150
$175 in s35vn/ti/cf, not $250
Meaning the MSRP is artificially inflated by 40-50%
The real retail prices aren't unreachable for the materials (again, if they're on par with brands like Kizer, WE, Bestech, etc), though they are still a little high in my personal opinion, especially for a relative newcomer.
Artisan also offers a 3" version of the shark that sells on that same site for $155....so let's assume they price their s35vn at $20/inch.
Then this knife, at 3.5" could be assumed to retail around $165 by comparison (I know, not an axact science, just spitballing here), making a decent group buy price somewhere in the $130-150 range (10-20% discount)
With the shorter blade length, despite the more intricate milling, i just can't imagine we'll see this going for that much more than the larger Shark once other places start carrying it
there's also no mention here of whether this one comes with the tin and pouch...so knock off another $15 if not (which is MORE then fair I think, considering they regularly knock off that much or more for a pouch only)
P. P. S.
At $125 (similar to comparable Kizer/Bestech drops) I'd make this my first test of their products
At $140 I'd strongly consider.
Above $150 for a group buy price? Hard pass.