Spyderco Chaparral Titanium Stepped into my Collection

The Spyderco Chaparral ‘3’ with its stepped titanium handle is the most expensive (MSRP) spydie so far, so this one won’t be a big hit with folks looking for a simple hard working knife. Still, it’s a very striking design and I’m very pleased with it. There has been plenty of discussion about this model being overpriced etc… I won’t get into that, but I will predict that in a couple of years a -lot- of collectors will lament not getting one for this price when they could. The Chaparral ‘3’ is bound to become a ‘grail’ knife for many.

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The fit and finish are simply superb; I couldn’t detect any flaws on the steps or any other part of the knife. The Chaparral opens smoothly and locks up tight, the edge came very sharp from the box and the clip was easy to switch. Basically, it’s a really nice gent’s folder and a great utility EDC folder. The Chaparral makes for a superb universal opener and a limited food prep knife. Function-wise it’s just as nice as my ‘titanium stealth Chaparral’, that I reviewed in more detail back in 2012.

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Handle pattern
As is obvious from the photos, the handle pattern features an intricate design of tiny steps. I understand it takes a lot of fairly complicated machining, and the design took quite some time to develop. Spyderco apparently can only make about 10 per day, so the stepped titanium Chaparral is not going to be widely available at dealers. What impresses me is that there are no curved lines in the handle. All the machining is done with straight cuts.

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Escher
The steps in the Chaparral’s handle remind me of the art by M.C. Escher who, apart from having the best initials ever for rap battles with fellow artists, was a Dutchmen like me. So I carry this little gem with a bit of extra pride. The wow-factor of the design is simply off the charts. The Chaparral stepped titanium is currently the best conversation piece in my collection and it’s the best liked knife by the non-knife people I know. That is, until they hear of the price, or rather my unwillingness to share the actual price when they ask. You’ve been there, right?

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Obsession
As much as I love my spydies, I totally ‘get’ the obsession fellow spyderknuts have with custom knives or mid-techs like the excellent Sebenza by Chris Reeve. Whenever I get that urge, I just clip on the Chaparral ‘3’ and I’m good, knowing that this is a much more ergonomic design with the best opening device for folding knives, the Spyderco opening hole.

Click here to see photos, video and information on the Stepped Titanium Chaparral 2013 prototype.

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3 Responses to Spyderco Chaparral Titanium Stepped into my Collection

  1. Jefferson Davis says:

    To the Spydercollector;

    I try to do as best as I can when it comes to knife collecting. I don’t even know if the knife material is what they say/claim it is — I mean, it might be stamped on the blade as to the material; CPM S30V, or CTS-XHP…of course, the non-Spyder selection too.. ..cuz, my collection pretty much is drawn from the same district (need I say?), it’s all I can afford, unless I’m really missing something where there is a possibility to acquire a “true” name brand folder!

    Thank you very much for listening,

    Jeff D 🙂

    Sent from my iPhone

    >

    • I’m not sure what you’re trying to say, but Spyderco actually ships steel to the Taiwan factory and tests everything that comes back to ensure quality. The Taichung factory in Taiwan wasn’t chosen to make ‘cheap’ knives, but because they can offer the production capacity at the quality Spyderco demands.

  2. Ramin says:

    The intricate milling on the titanium has to be seen up close to be truly appreciated both aesthetically and for the time it takes. I waited a few months after release to get mine at $259 instead of the original $350+. Right now, it’s at around $300 but can be gotten for less. Well worth the $300. I’ll probably pick up a second at some point.

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