Spyderco 2014 Prototypes in Motion – Dice, Chubby, Frontier, Kiwi G-10, Lil’ LionSpy, Native 5 LTWT, PITS

July 22, 2015

This video is a little experiment with my new computer and video-editing software. I used some older footage I shot during the 2014 Spyderco Amsterdam Meet, where Spyderco presented their then-new prototypes.

If you want to see more hi-res photos and read my first impressions of these prototypes, check out the following links to my photos of these 2014 Spyderco prototypes:

Spyderco Dice protototype: https://spydercollector.wordpress.com/2014/03/03/spyderco-2014-production-prototype-dice/

Spyderco Michael Burch Chubby prototype: https://spydercollector.wordpress.com/2014/03/03/spyderco-2014-production-prototype-michael-burch-chubby/

Spyderco Ed Schempp Frontier prototype: https://spydercollector.wordpress.com/2014/03/04/spyderco-2014-production-prototype-ed-schempp-frontier/

Spyderco Kiwi G-10 prototype: https://spydercollector.wordpress.com/2014/03/04/spyderco-2014-production-prototype-kiwi-g-10/

Spyderco Gianni Pauletta Lil’ LionSpy prototype: https://spydercollector.wordpress.com/2014/03/04/spyderco-2014-production-prototype-gianni-pauletta-lil-lionspy/

Spyderco Native 5 Lightweight prototype: https://spydercollector.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/spyderco-2014-production-sample-native-5-lightweight/

Spyderco Mike Read PITS prototype: https://spydercollector.wordpress.com/2014/03/11/spyderco-2014-production-prototype-mike-read-pits/


Spyderco Stretch & Stretch 2 Comparison

June 9, 2015

I have been a big fan of the Spyderco Stretch since the release of the peel-ply carbon fiber & ZDP 189 version. This design, as well as the FRN variants and Damascus sprints, has been in my EDC rotation since it came out. I think it’s the finest utility folder there is, period. Last year, Sal Glesser shared news about a design update for the Stretch on the Spyderco forums. To put it mildly, I was very interested. My Stretch 2 finally came in last week and I’d like to share my first impressions of this updated design, compared to the earlier Stretch.

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When I took the Stretch 2 out of the box, the first thing that struck me was a how great the overall fit and finish is. It’s definitely a (small) step up from my older carbon fiber Stretch. The lock-up is tighter, but the opening action is still very smooth. Unlocking the blade is a bit harder on the ‘2’, but by no means a problem. My older Stretch is well worn from years of use and carry and it unlocks a lot easier than the ‘2’.

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When I compare the blades on both Stretches, it’s clear that the blade on the ‘2’ is a bit wider and tip is more rounded. I’m not sure if this is an advantage. I really like that pointy tip and narrower blade on the previous Stretch design. This allows you to easily make turning cuts in either food, or cardboard for those crafts projects with the kids.

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The earlier Stretches feature a light choil with jimping that worked fine. I appreciate the jimping in the choil, not so much for grip but to let me know by touch that my finger is in the choil and not on the blade. The ‘2’ features a much deeper choil that I really like. I use the choil in 90% of my cutting chores, so a more positive grip in this area is certainly appreciated.  The pinky hook on the handle is all but gone on the Stretch 2. That too, is a feature I really liked on the earlier Stretch design. So I’m not sure I will like this upgrade. The 2’s handle is also a bit wider, to house that slightly wider blade. It does give a better grip, so that’s a plus for me.

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Overall, the Stretch 2 design is a bit more straight design, than the older Stretch. There’s hardly any noticeable downward angle between the blade and handle, when you grip the Stretch 2 as opposed to the earlier Stretch. It’s a feature I really like on the older Stretch, as it makes for a more ergonomic design. So far, I’m not convinced I’ll like the upgraded version better than my trusty and beloved Stretch that I’ve carried for many years. I’ll certainly have fun carrying, cutting and testing out the new Stretch 2 over the next weeks, and I’ll be sure to let you know what I think after a proper review.


Spyderco 2015 Prototypes Overview

April 12, 2015

I’ve collected all the 2015 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.

Ark, Bradley Folder 2, Dog Tag Folder Black G-10/CF
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Firefly, ION, Li’l Lum
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Li’l Temperance 2, Mamba, Mike Draper
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Myrtle, Nirvana, Pingo – Polished Ti
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Raven 2, Roadie, Squeak – Polished Ti
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Squarehead, Tighe Stick, Vrango
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Sprig, Reverse, Ronin 2
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Endeavour, Bradley Bowie, SzaboHawk
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Spyderco 2015 Prototype Video – Brian Tighe Stick

March 23, 2015

Last but not least is this short video I took of the upcoming Spyderco Tighe Stick, designed by Brian Tighe. Eric Glesser gives a quick table top preview of this stunning knife. Again, sorry for the poor video quality. Proper pictures of the Tighe Stick prototype can be found in this post.

I have no information on the planned pricing or availability/shipping dates of this knife, it is still a prototype. These Spyderco production prototypes usually become available within a year.


Spyderco 2015 Prototype Video – Michael Henningsson Vrango

March 22, 2015

Spyderco’s Eric Glesser gives a quick overview of the upcoming Vrango prototype, designed by Michael Henningsson. Again, sorry for the poor video quality. Click here for proper pictures of the Vrango.

I have no information on the planned pricing or availability/shipping dates of this knife, it is still a prototype. These Spyderco production prototypes usually become available within a year.


Spyderco 2015 Production Sample Video – Raven 2

March 22, 2015

A quick table top overview of the upcoming Raven 2 production sample by Spyderco. For a better look at the knife itself, see this post with my pictures and first impressions from the 2015 Amsterdam Meet.

I have no information on the planned pricing or availability/shipping dates of this knife, it is still a prototype. These Spyderco production prototypes usually become available within a year.


Spyderco 2015 Prototypes Video – Squeak & Pingo – Polished Ti

March 21, 2015

A short tabletop review of two upcoming Spyderco prototypes, the sprint run Squeak and Pingo. I notice I didn’t get the zoom working correctly, sorry for the videoquality. Click here for much better images of the Squeak prototype and here to see better photos Pingo prototype.

I have no information on the planned pricing or availability/shipping dates of this knife, it is still a prototype. These Spyderco production prototypes usually become available within a year.


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