I was looking that way too, but have moved to CPM-154, due to the easier grinding, and generally better stats for knives. I’m considering plasma cutting the blanks, but am currently looking to see what considerations there are when using a PM to cut the blank. Has a bit of vanadium in it, so might not be suitable for a PM cut (think CM-154 is same). Both 154’s are simpler to heat treat than the other tool steels.
Plasma cutting the knife blanks, has a lot of benefits, but does add steps and problems of its own.