I have been pestering my LE rep about getting the 535BK-4 ordered. M390 steel and aluminum scales is a winner for sure.
Is that the 535-3 above the -4? That is a beauty!! I like M390/20CV but an S90V Bugout with carbon fibre scales stock from the factory would end my quest.
Why do they keep using cerakote for blade coatings? DLC (hell even black oxide) is vastly superior, they are asking $250+ for what is essentially a painted blade.
Also why aluminum and not Ti on the 535?
from what i’ve read here & other places, cerakote provides much better corrosion resistance than dlc. i don’t have time to dig it up right now but sal from spyderco was one of the people i remember discussing this. ill see i can find the thread once i get free later.
l’ve thought a lot about this recently as I actually found myself becoming frustrated with BM and the $230 MSRP pricing requirement to “customize” a basic, uncoated, s30 bugout with basic black G10 scales.
Over the last year, and particularly with the 2021 catalog, I’ve realized BM are just no longer for me. Great designs, good knives, but, they have become what I view as a collector/luxury item, with a lean towards fashion, for a price that’s above what I’m willing to pay. Nothing against the company - but just realized they are no longer targeting the market I’m in.