I ordered one of the seconds and left it to settle a few months. The cracks were almost invisible by that stage. I've sealed the handle with multiple layers of cyanoacrylate (polymerised with linseed oil) and polished it up. It's a very durable finish.
It has seen heavy use since (batoning, etc.) and the scales remain solid.
The supplied sheath is not to my liking so I have a DIY one, instead.
I'd recommmend the second as good value compared to the blank as the handle is ergonomically superb and looks stunning, plus you get the sheath. Besides, if my handle falls apart I'll stick some micarta or CF on.
Obviously 01 requires a lot more looking after than the steels we are used to seeing Spyderco use (corrosion-wise.) However, it sharpens easily and the HT seems to be spot on.
It's a great bushcraft knife and the handle has the best ergonomics of any bushcraft knife I've used or made. I would prefer it without the spyder-hole as crud accumulates in it.
Probably the best value knife I've bought (Byrd Crossbill a close second!)