I haven't posted before but this question keeps gnawing at me so I thought maybe some of you with more experience might be able to guide me. My grail knife is a chris reeve sebenza and I've finally saved up enough to get it, but then I heard through these forums that CRK are updating to a new steel at the end of the year - S45vn. I've read all the reviews on this steel that I could find, apparently S45vn has added edge retention and corrosion resistance with decreased toughness over S35vn. My question is why is everybody so excited for S45vn over S35vn and is it worth waiting half a year to a year for CRK to release it? Why do knife people prefer edge retention over toughness? Won't the S45vn steel be harder to sharpen at 61 vs the 59 hardness of the S35vn? Is it my imagination or do supersteels feel more brittle compared to the more forgiving "give" of a normal steel? I admit I'm relatively new to this hobby but that's a feeling I get when handling them. Half of my small collection are supersteels like S110v and M390 and the other half are "normal" steels like VG10 and N690 steel. I have had lots of edge problems with the supersteels, but never any problems with the "normal" steels. The tip of my s110v broke off with light usage (my fault) and is super hard to sharpen, but my n690 steel is a joy to sharpen (I love sharpening on my spyderco tri-angle sharpener) and I've batoned my VG10 blade through frozen logs with no edge problems. I don't plan on batoning with a Chris Reeve (some youtuber already did that) but I will be hard using it while camping. Based on all this, is there a real reason to wait for S45vn over S35vn? If there is, I will wait. I'm just a little confused over the amount of excitement for S45vn even though it doesn't seem like much of an upgrade.