Well, thought I'd start a Ryu thread, if anything because Enrique requested to see some in his thread. These are the 2 I have. They are some of the smoothest knives I own...BUT....out of every knife of his I have owned (4), all of the spines sit low to the springs. I talked to a couple of purveyors at Blade, and they said the same thing. If it was just 1 or 2 knives that I knew of, I might think it was just flaws. But more than a couple have mentioned this to me. Does anyone else have this experience...is it just one of his hallmarks? I meant to ask him in Atlanta this year but I forgot. Maybe later tonight I'll take some pictures of it.