Rare Variation of the Spyderco Lum Chinese Folder

May 14, 2016

The Lum Chinese Folder is one of those designs in the Spyderco line-up that I’m really excited about. I appreciate its rare combination of amazing looks and incredible functional utility. I managed to collect most, if not all, of the variations of the Chinese Folder. So you can imaging I am very happy to come across this rare variant of the Chinese Folder!

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This particular knife started its life as part of the Sprint Run Chinese Folder with a blue almite handle, and then it was laser engraved at the factory with this bug-in-the-web pattern. This engraving service, and in particular this design, was advertised by Spyderco in one of its catalogs in the early 2000s. However, I’ve never seen such a Chinese Folder ‘in the wild’.

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The knife itself was in excellent condition. It looked like it was only used for opening mail or boxes until the edge lost its factory-edge. A quick touch-up on my Sharpmaker got the edge back to its proverbial hair-popping sharpness. I also brushed out the lint in the handle and applied a few drops of oil in the pivot to make this unique Chinese Folder 100% functional again.

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The handle has no damage at all from use or carry, I couldn’t find any scuffs or scratches anywhere. I’m very happy to add this unique variant to my collection of Spyderco Lum Chinese Folders.

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Have you seen a similar Chinese folder in the wild, or in your collection?


Spyderco 2016 Prototypes Overview

April 20, 2016

I’ve collected all the 2016 Spyderco Prototypes in the overview below. Click on the prototype name of thumbnail image to check out all the photos and videos. I’ve also added this overview to the Prototypes page.

ATR, Brend/Pirela Mamba, Cara Cara 2 Ti
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Dragonfly HAP40, Lil’ Lum, Ouroboros
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Robin 2 Ti, Reinhold Rhino, Rubicon G10/CF
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Ladybug HAP40, Pattada, Nirvana
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Lil’ Nilakka, Native 5 40th Anniversary, Magnitude
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TAC 1s, Sage 5, Jumpmaster 2
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Meadowlark 2 Ti, Terada Kitchen Knife, Rock Salt Sprint
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Snap-It Salt, Sustain, Packer
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SpydieChef
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Video: Spyderco Booth at IWA 2016

April 10, 2016

A short video impression of the Spyderco Booth at the 2016 IWA Show in Nuremberg Germany. I included some close-up footage, which starts at 1:41 , of some of my favorite new designs this year. These include the Nirvana, Mamba and Native 5 40th Anniversary prototypes.


Video: Spyderco Amsterdam Meet 2016 – Interview with Eric Glesser

March 24, 2016

One last encore. After the meet finished, I filmed this little interview with Spyderco Eric’s Glesser in which he shares his thoughts on the Amsterdam Meet. Thanks for watching!


Video: Spyderco 2016 Production Sample – Stuart Ackerman Sustain

March 23, 2016

Click here for a more detailed look at the Spyderco Stuart Ackerman Sustain production sample. Note that even though Eric refers to this design as the Slither, he also explains that this is Stuart’s name for the custom version of this design. The Spyderco produced knife will be called the Sustain.

Last February, Spyderco organized the 12th annual ‘Amsterdam Meet’ in, you guessed it, Amsterdam the Netherlands. During the meet, Spyderco’s Eric Glesser presented many new concept models, prototypes and production samples that Spyderco is working on. Around 80 knifeknuts attended meet and they were asked for feedback and opinions on the new designs.

 

This year, we used a live videolink to a big screen, so the entire audience could get a closer look at the various details of the knife during Eric’s presentation. This clip is taken from that videolink. I hope you understand that this was not a purpose-made video presentation, but rather a taped portion of a live presentation. Nevertheless this video offers a nice first look at a new Spyderco design and its backstory.


Video: Spyderco 2016 Production Sample – Jumpmaster 2

March 23, 2016

Click here for a more detailed look at the Spyderco Jumpmaster 2 production sample.

Last February, Spyderco organized the 12th annual ‘Amsterdam Meet’ in, you guessed it, Amsterdam the Netherlands. During the meet, Spyderco’s Eric Glesser presented many new concept models, prototypes and production samples that Spyderco is working on. Around 80 knifeknuts attended meet and they were asked for feedback and opinions on the new designs.

This year, we used a live videolink to a big screen, so the entire audience could get a closer look at the various details of the knife during Eric’s presentation. This clip is taken from that videolink. I hope you understand that this was not a purpose-made video presentation, but rather a taped portion of a live presentation. Nevertheless this video offers a nice first look at a new Spyderco design and its backstory.


Video: Spyderco 2016 Production Sample – Gayle Bradley Packer

March 23, 2016

Click here for a more detailed look at the Spyderco Gayle Bradley Packer production sample.

Last February, Spyderco organized the 12th annual ‘Amsterdam Meet’ in, you guessed it, Amsterdam the Netherlands. During the meet, Spyderco’s Eric Glesser presented many new concept models, prototypes and production samples that Spyderco is working on. Around 80 knifeknuts attended meet and they were asked for feedback and opinions on the new designs.

This year, we used a live videolink to a big screen, so the entire audience could get a closer look at the various details of the knife during Eric’s presentation. This clip is taken from that videolink. I hope you understand that this was not a purpose-made video presentation, but rather a taped portion of a live presentation. Nevertheless this video offers a nice first look at a new Spyderco design and its backstory.


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