It's not uncommon, nor would it be unrealistic, to expect MD to use different shipping methods for domestic and foreign sales. The fact still remains that their chosen method is TERRRRIBLE for domestic shipping. It takes up to week for me to get any items after they arrive at FedEx, and I'm literally a 5 hour drive from where they ship from.
I can't speak for others on their opinions of 1095. I'm personally alright with it on some knives, but my complaint is that they shouldn't price it like much higher cost / difficult to work steels.
1095 and micarta, in this small of a knife, with a bit of kydex for a sheath? The "MSRP" should be half what it's listed at, and a discounted group buy less than that.
I want this knife, but I'd be happier around $50.