What keeps me with Spyderco is their dedication to superior blade materials that you wouldn't find for under $200 under other brands. Their dedication devoted to the craft is still far above the competitors. From what I see Kershaw tries to come close but always compromises on the blade material. Feel free to correct if I'm wrong but that has been my limited experience.
I brought out 7 blades today that had been used during the week to touch them up again to a very sharp edge. I realized that in these 7 blades, 6 different blade materials were used. Spyderco's dedication to new blade materals in the production world is unmatched. In the pic you have VG-10, S30V, CPM390, CPM M4, ZDP189, and O-1.
Is that possible to get the same experience with other knife producers? Anyway the touch ups are complete and all will easily slice the phonebook paper against the grain.
If you're unable to get another new knife soon or in the immediate future, rejoice in the wealth you already have.
Enjoy your Spydies, keep 'em sharp