"Definitely surprised by the negative comments on the recurve blades.".
It's funny, I don't think poorly of these blades, I just have developed habits in my usage and sharpening techniques such that these became decreasingly appealing to me. They look great, and I own a number of Kershaws and really love them, they just have a more traditional belly. I guess part of it is if most my blades, kitchen, utility, folders, etc, have a traditional profile, then the "manual of arms" is fairly interchangeable. When profiles get more diverse and novel I have to think more...and I'm no good at that