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what is so special about this that makes it $250?
most people feel this knife would sell better if it were $100 less. Sal has said that the designer of this knife is extremely detail oriented and that a lot of extra work needs to be done on this folder to meet the designers requirements. 3D machining the titainum is the hardest requirement. I think this ends up costing spyderco more than other companies like Kershaw that have dedicated million dollar CNC machines to 3D milling G10 and titainum for their zero tollerance line. Spyderco has only done 3D machining on a few of their knives like the titainum native, the rubicon and this knife. I'm sure they sell considerably less of these knives compared with what ZT puts out. The fit and finish of these knives is apparently superb--I have heard one review out of about 30 that I came across stating that blade centering was slightly off on their model (corrected by tightening the pivot). That was the only problem with fit and finish I came across. The sebenza is 400-450 and what you pay for there is tight tollerances and exceptional fit and finish--the sebenza really doesn't outclass knives in any other catagory: lock strength, blade steel, ergonomics. I think some of the details in the slysz finish add to cost--rounded spine, mirror polished then stone finished blade, chamfered edges on the handle and round hole. I agree, I wish it were 100 less, but I veiw this knife as a poormans sebenza which lets you experience somthing close to that icon at 60% of the cost. The point of diminishing returns in the folding knife world is probably around $150. Beyond that I think you pay eponentially more for moderate improvements in steel, and fit and finish. A thousand dollar custom does not perform 10x better than a paramilitary, but it will have nicer materials, look nicer and feel better constructed with tighter fitting parts that are more precisely machined
That is a very circumspect and well-reasoned response. Thank you.