Thank you DuckRyder for another excellent cut and post. This A01 just wont die on this forum.. I cannot resist reading and have been doing so for years..as i was once a Honda fanboy. I honestly believe if it was available at Walmart it would lose all its mystique and charm.. but since we have to buy it from dark alleys and the innerwebs... it has become an adventure.
People on car forums seek out the A01 because it isn't made by Fram. I think it is silly to seek out a filter with no end caps to avoid "cardboard" endcaps, but it isn't my time or money, so who am I to judge? Meanwhile everyone else's Honda engine outlasts the rest of the car on jobber oil filters from the quick lube or a Fram made A02 from the dealer.
As far as I'm concerned, both filters are fine but not worth of going through any extra effort or expense to buy.