I saved the Chaparral 3 for the last video I shot at the IWA show. This knife is one of my favorites and Eric Glesser was kind enough to help me shoot this video. Although I have no concrete info, I’m guessing this won’t be a cheap knife. I suspect the handle on this Chaparral 3 takes a lot of machining time, and with those close tolerances, it can’t be cheap. In my opinion, the stepped titanium pattern is even nicer in persan than in video or pictures. The ergos were great too, no sharp edges where they shouldn’t be.
Eric Glesser presents the ClipiTool, an upcoming concept model knife/tool combo by Spyderco.
A presentation of the upcoming Hungarian Ethnic Folder; a collaboration between Spyderco & Gabor Szakonyi.
The Serrrata is one of my favorite Spyderco prototypes from this year’s Amsterdam Meet (& IWA show). Eric also provides a litte info on the manufacturing process and challenges for this prototype.
I was at the German IWA Show last weekend, and Eric helped me shoot some videos of a few of the upcoming prototypes. It takes some time to render HD on my old system, so the videos will be posted over the next few days.
First up is a video of the upcoming Dyad Sprint Prototype:
Another design from a knifedesigner that’s also a forumite! Last year’s concept model of the Serrata has seen a bit of ‘spyderization’ but not much I think. This was the last knife from the Amsterdam Meet I could ‘shoot and show’, and I forgot to take some measurements I’m afraid. I think the blade was around 5 inches long. The handle features thin contoured black micarta scales. Although the blade stock seemed thick – compared to the Perrin Streetbowie for example – it handled like a dream. I was kind of looking around for some stuff to cut. The knife moved lightly in the hand. It has excellent ergonomics. The thick blade showed excellent edge geometry. I’d love to put this knife to work. I didn’t see any sheath for the knife. It’s on my wishlist for sure!
And that´s all of the spyderco prototype pictures for this year folks!
A great big thank you to the Spydercrew for allowing me to shoot and share all these pictures of concept models, prototypes and production samples. Which other knife company does this for its afi’s?!
The Perrin Streetbowie is back, now in all black. Apparently the design started out by Fred Perrin, intended for use by the French Armed Forces. The Spyderco Perrin Streetbowie never did become a French army issue knife. Recently, the US armed forced showed interest in the design, but they wanted it in all black. So Spyderco decided to come out with the Perrin Streetbowie in black.
I forgot to take measurements of the Perrin, but according to an older catalog, the Spyderco Perrin Streetbowie measures:
Blade Length: 12,8 cm / 5.05 inch
Overall Length: 23,8 cm / 9.38 inch
The Szabo has hardly hit the market, or so it seems to me, and a variant is already in the works; this time in all black. The handle material seemed to be the same as on the Domino, a decorated glass woven fiber over G-10. Although personally I’m not really into black blades, I have to admit the all black finish on the Szabo Folder looks fearsome!
The approximate specs for the black Szabo Folder are:
Blade Length: 11,7 cm / 4.60 inch
Overall Length: 25,9 cm / 10.19 inch
The Spin was one of Eric Glesser’s earliest designs for Spyderco. The goal was to design a knife his wife would EDC. After a couple of years, the design was discontinued. Now it’s back as a sprint run in blue nishijin carbon fiber. My pics don’t do justice to the blue nishijin, the background is too similar and it kind of washes out the striking pattern. Trust me, if you liked black nishijin carbon fiber, I’m sure you’ll love the blue stuff.
The Mike Draper prototype seemed, to me, a lot like one of the old-fashioned straight Spyderco designs. The knife measured 22,8 cm / 8,9 inch overall, with an estimated blade length of 9.5 cm / 3.7 inch. The knife was a lot lighter in the hand than I initially thought. I’m afraid I didn’t catch much more info on this Mike Draper design.