So I was perusing an online knife dealer and curiously noted that many CS mainstays (such as various Recon 1 models) were not just out of stock but totally absent from the site. I went to the official CS website and checked out their New For 2015 offerings. It looks like they have a bunch of new blades but what surprised me is that they seem to be giving AUS-8 the boot. Most of the knives previously sporting AUS-8 will now have CTS-XHP or BD-1. I'm sure we will hear much more about it soon since SHOT Show starts today. I have mixed feelings about the change. On the one hand it's nice to see they are trying some new and (particularly in the case of XHP) better steels. However it's clear that the prices are going up to match as well.