I wanted to share a new project (well, new in the sense that I can share it now). This is the Spyderco Warrior. A little background... The design was driven by Guy Rafaeli. He teaches the Israeli Navy Seals Martial Blade craft. Guy and Sal (the owner of Spyderco) have been friends for years. He needed a knife designed for their needs. Guy worked on it for quite a while and ended up with something he was pleased with. He thought that his design really looked similar to a previous design, which was the Echanis "Warrior". While the Rafaeli version is different from the others and refined for his purpose, the genetics are obvious. There have been a number of variations of the model over the years from a number of makers. We're currently working on the history, seems to be a relatively complicated one. We'd like to provide a history of the design along with the model when it comes out. Chuck Karwan knew Echanis and worked with him. He had planned to write the history for us, but unfortunately, he passed away prior to completing it. Good man, he will be missed. We’re also working with Bob Taylor for historical information. Spyderco has been working on the design for a few years. Guy's requirement for 4mm thick H1 did take a while to develop. Previously, H1 (Spyderco’s Rustproof steel) was only available in 3mm thickness. The design has been refined quite a bit and if put up alongside the original Al Mar Warrior, one can see many differences (for example, the full tang is skeletonized for balance and lighter weight). For anyone unfamiliar with H1, H1 is a nitrogen based austenitic steel that we differentially work-harden that will never rust. There is no heat treating with H1 steel. Differential work-hardening happens when the blade is processed; surface grinding, hollow grinding, edge grinding, and ultimately serration grinding. Each process makes that part that was worked, harder than the balance of the blade. Our H1 blades are averaging Rc 58 at the spine and through the mid 60 Rc range at the edge. The Warrior is moving into production now and the sheath has been chosen, but we always welcome feedback. In my brief time here, it’s been made clear that there are several people who could offer valuable feedback. Sorry for the long post, but thanx Much for looking.