Thing is, they never want to pay for it.
Inevitably it'll come up that they want something that's close enough to a sword, and uses whatever's around, but doesn't cost hundreds of dollars. A sharpened, straightened leaf spring in the apocalypse, one of the various ~$100-150 swords that perform far beyond the "cheap" price tag they should hold to get there with high tech steels.
For example, in GURPS Metro, I want the available blades to basically be Cold Steel macheteswords. The problem is pricing. Most of them retail for around $30-50, right where a good quality machete is listed in High Tech. But, the good quality machete uses kukri stats, for a slightly larger chopping knife. A small falchion starts to get up to the right area, identical swing damage to a shortsword at the cost of slightly lower thrusting damage. But, assuming you tone it down to the same good quality at the 60% off, you still only come out to an $80 price tag. Where does the price drop come from? By all accounts, these things are pretty good, all the durability, all the edge. Only real complaint I've heard is the balance historically inaccurate balance, which combined with the tendency of Cold Steel to demonstrate their things by way of ridiculous chopping rather than actual sword things, leads me to believe they may be Cheap (Poorly Balanced); at TL7+ this gives an 80% price break, dropping what amounts to a small full on sword down to a mere $40. In the Metro, because apocalypse, it would only get the regular 60% off.
Just ponderings, because it's one of those near inevitabilities "but what about X! That only costs Y, why can't I have it?" "Because I haven't figured out the stats yet"
Pondered more on the mass produced cutlass (in GURPS stats, a shortsword with a handguard) for $300 instead of , that'd apply to any of them, since they're either stamped steel, or sharpened previously mass produced bits of very similar steel. None of them that I've seen go beyond the 24" that is the top end of a shortsword. 80% off of $300 still leaves you
I think that's close enough to count. Higher quality blades are probably just the same blade with actual care taken to balance them properly.