I just picked one up NIB for $55. I like it! Flips well, sharp as he//, looks great, nice ergos, really cool take-down function. For the price I paid it's a winner.
AUS8 is very usable steel. Sure it's not the latest powdered metallurgy, but for general use it's easy to sharpen, takes a wicked edge, and cuts plenty of cardboard in a single go. Way too many people buy 204P, M4, 20CV, and M390 saying it's the greatest since sliced bread, but never actually use it to even know. And then bash AUS8, 440C and any of the 8cr's. And let's not even get into the heat treat discussion.
CRKT gets a bad rep for blade steel choices, but they do more collaborations than any other brand at a fairly reasonable price. If the collaborators aren't happy with the steel used why aren't they asking CRKT change it? Profit that's why. Still they are putting out some really nice designs that a lot of folks would never be able to otherwise afford.