Ok, so maybe I'm just a little too concerned with it, but this seems to be an issue with more and more spydies that I've noticed. Before I go on, please know that I have bought literally hundreds (possibly thousands) of Spyderco knives. I've been heavily buying their product since around 2006. I *love* spyderco knives, and they make up at least 90% of my extensive collection. I've been a knife nut and spyderco lover for a long, long time. But, recently I've been noticing a trend with the Golden made spydies that leaves me a little annoyed, but maybe it's just because I pay too much attention to it? As of late (as in the last year or so) I've been seeing a what I consider to be a large variance in the blades, after sharpening. What I mean is that it seems like way, way too much steel is being removed from some knives during sharpening. And again I only notice this on Golden spydies. The majority of the steel removal happens in the ricasso area, but it goes all the way out to the tip, also. In the most extreme example I've seen, it leaves 2 of the same exact knives with blades that are 5/64 different in size - in both length and width (spine to edge). Now, that is not insignificant at all. For me, I can go a whole year (or longer in most circumstances) without ever grinding off that much material, so it hurts to get 2 brand new knives and see that one has a couple years worth of life ground off of it straight from the factory. It isn't ALL knives, please don't let me make it sound like that. It is however, most. I have ordered 11 spyderco knives in the last week alone, and 8 of the 11 are bad enough to really bother me. I find myself ordering duplicates just to (hopefully) get one in the bunch that hasn't had a significant portion of the blade ground away. I've added some pictures below. I can't really illustrate blades being different in actual length and width, so I tried to just show the recent purchases that have been ground away at the ricasso area. The first picture is an M390 military that I got years ago.......back when this wasn't really a problem. Notice how there is no steel removed at the ricasso? That's how the knives (in my opinion) should come. With a fresh edge, but minimal, if any, steel removed. The rest of the pictures hopefully highlight what I am talking about. Again, I feel like I need to reiterate that I love spyderco knives. I'm only making this thread because I've seen this getting worse and worse over time and it's to the point that I cringe when I open boxes of new knives, because I can't stand to see all that steel removed and have blades that are nearly 1/8 of an inch different in size.......when they don't need to be. Thanks for reading, and I hope this doesn't seem like a bash on spyderco. I sincerely do not mean it to be like that. This is a friendly post meant to suggest looking at what I feel is an issue. Thanks everyone, and especially thanks to Sal. M390 Military (Perfect blade, no excessive steel removal. How they ALL used to come) Cruwear Manix (bought 3 of these, 2 were like this) S110V Para 2 (bought 2 of these, both were like this) You get the idea I think. I hope this shows what I'm talking about, and also I hope I made it clear that this isn't only an issue at the ricasso. The blades that have been ground down at the ricasso are almost *always* physically shorter and smaller than their counter parts that haven't been excessively sharpened. Thanks again for reading guys.