its pretty easy IMO to find a 150-250ish knife that can outperform shuns, globals, german stainless and hattori FH. i dont really think were filling a void there. i think the spirit of this project is to make an american made performer with a great grind, steel, heat treat from a factory with american materials. that is what will separate this knife from everything else out there, right? as long as the handle has a comfortable in hand feel, im happy.
i also dont want to make a vintage knife replica, but a modern knife that pays homage to the knife making history america had once(lamson). does that make sense?