I researched the HD and then the HD2 for sometime before pulling the trigger and I am not dissatisfied. However, I will say that I was not expecting a miracle knife either. I already had a Swedish and White # 2 kono laser as well as lasers from other makers. I like the profile and the steel and I am a laser guy so it was appropriate.I'm now realizing why you guys feel this way.. the hype train reality just hit me. I knew the HD2 sales were all hype and felt the same way towards that knife. I was bitter at the situation and even towards the knife and Konosuke (more to that). I knew many people buying them didn't know what they were buying. I had handled some and know they are overpriced for what they are. It's a good knife, but its not going to be everyone's TKC.
Knowing all that, the HD2 eventually made my bucket list. I gave it a quick touch up and used it this evening. It's a knife that compliments my collection and I'll enjoy using throughout my life. I don't collect knives I won't use & don't keep ones that I don't connect with, they're too costly to have around. I knew what I was buying and I waited for the one I was after. I don't do hype trains.
Now I've accepted, people are buying knives without knowing a thing about them... smh.
In the case of the KS, there is one exception. Those who did their research haven't been able to obtain one. Other knives on the hype train kept restocking every few months, while the KS was being removed from websites all around the world. People reached out on the forums with little to no luck. I realize now that there's a lot of people on a KS hype train and ultimately, some will be disappointed. Yet I'm willing to bet there's more people out there who will love the KS; so it's not all one sided.
I think I will like the KS, if ever I get one as well. As I said, if not, no big deal as someone else will.