The Battle Station by Alex Diaconescu, or Dialex as we know him on the forums, was shown as a concept model last year. I could tell the design has been ‘spyderized’ more. I remember the concept model featuring more and more aggressive jimping and being somehow a little more ‘angular’ and a little stiff to operate. This production prototype was completely smooth to handle and operate.
The knife features a strong backlock, G10 scales and a modern tanto-type blade. The knife felt good in the hand. Apparently, the Battle Station was originally conceived as a self-defense design with a solid non-slip grip. This version indeed still offers a solid grip. The handle is also suitable for a reverse grip; the butt end offers plenty of room for a solid thumb rest. I figure this design would be great for anyone currently looking for a Spyderco tanto folder.
I tried to take some measurements this year, with the excellent help from Spyderco’s Joyce Laituri. We basically took a ruler and measured the bladelength in a straight line from the edge of the handle scale near the pivot, straight to the blade’s tip. Although these are not official or super-accurate specifications, I think they do convey the size of the prototype more accurately than me guesstimating from memory.
For the Battle Station, we measured:
Blade length: 7,6 cm / 2.9 inch
Overall Length: 18,5 cm / 7.28 inch
More tomorrow…(my time)