I had read somewhere that they were having issues with the Elmax steel. Something to do with their supplier not being able to keep up with demand? I don't know how true that is but I've noticed most of the newer models are S30V and S35V steel.They wouldn't even let me order one of the BW for whatever reasons. Said it was being phased out. Doesn't make sense since it's on their site. I'll have to her back.