My Spyderco Top Five Challenge

June 13, 2018

Last year, I got called out on Instagram for a Top Five Challenge. The point of this challenge is to show the five favorite knives in your collection. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say this kind of challenge is not easy! I went at it from the angle of ‘my top five most used EDC folders’. No surprise, they’re (almost) all Spyderco knives.

Delica
The Spyderco Delica is one of the first knives I got, which taught me that great performance can be had in an affordable package. I have a bunch of Delicas and this older left-handed Delica 3 CF sprint run is a very refined representation of the design.

Caly 3
While the Spyderco Military introduced me to the full flat grind back in the day, my Calypso Jr. was probably carried and used more, because of its size. I used the heck out my Calypso Jr. since I only had like five spydies at the time. If only I got called out for a #topfivechallenge then, it would’ve been very easy! I’m hooked on the Calypso pattern and like the upgrade into the Caly 3 design. I have picked up quite a few variations over the years. This Caly 3 with a ZDP-189 laminated blade and carbon fiber handle is one of my current favorites.

Lum Chinese Folder
The Lum Chinese Folder is an amazingly stylish looking folder that doesn’t sacrifice much in utility value. It is perhaps the start of Spyderco’s series of ethnic folders. For me, the Chinese Folder is proof that knives can be useful AND pretty! This sample was a distributor exclusive I think, and it features a full ZDP189 blade and black almite handle scales.

Stretch
The Stretch is my all-time favorite utility folder by Spyderco, period. It’s got everything I like: right size, full flat grind, spot on ergonomics and it is 100% lefty compatible. It’s big enough to tackle any reasonable chore I have encountered over the years, and its profile is still compact and ‘social’ enough to carry almost anywhere. The second generation of the Stetch, the Stretch 2, is OK but I prefer the original. This Stretch with a full ZDP189 blade and peel-ply carbon fiber handle is my favorite of the line. I consider this Sal’s best design to date.

Ed Schempp Custom Bowie
This custom version of the Spyderco Schempp Bowie is the crown jewel in my collection. It is a recent acquisition and my first true custom knife. Ed made it to my personal preferences: left-handed, lightning strike carbon fiber handle, mokume bolster, cladded CPM154/S90V steel blade, and a pocket clip. The pinnacle of my collection!

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Spyderco CountyComm Exclusive Tan Ladybug 3 & Victorinox Classic

April 27, 2018

I have a fascination with the Spyderco Ladybug series, and Spyderco keeps bringing out new variations to add to my collection. This tan version in H1 was an exclusive for CountyComm that came out a few years ago. I finally found the right Victorinox Classic SD to mate it to. This combo rides in my watchpocket and fulfill all my ‘tool’ needs in everyday life. The Ladybug is both a back-up knife or when I want to demonstrate the value of a good knife to a nervous non-knife person.

This particular combo will make a nice summer carry companion!


Spyderco 2018 Production Samples Overview

April 9, 2018

Thank you all for checking out my Spyderco Amsterdam Meet 2018 report! For ease of browsing through all the various new knives, I’ve compiled this thumbnail overview that links to the various posts. I’ve also added this overview to the Prototypes page, where you can find my prototype photos from years past.

 


Parata, Nati Amor, Jim Ankerson/Darrin Sanders


Brouwer, Amalgam, Jonathan McNees


Alistair Phillips, Reinhold Rhino, Paysan


Techno 2, Kevin Smock, Hanan


Lil’ Native Backlock, Mantra 3, ClipiTool Rescue


Respect, ClipiTool Standard, Zoomer


Video – Various Production Samples from the Spyderco Amsterdam Meet 2018

March 18, 2018
A little dessert from the Spyderco  Amsterdam Meet 2018! Just before the meet started,  I had the opportunity to take a few close-up videos of some of the knives I had photographed for my other posts. I figure these clips will offer a better impression of the knives’ sizes and how they fit the hand. The labels with numbers on the blades help attendees give feedback on these designs, on special cards that were collected at the end of the meet.

Please note, these are all production samples and I have no information on prices or availability.

This video includes, from start to finish:
1) Paysan, Peter Rassenti design
2) Brouwer, Jerry Brouwer design
3) Respect, Spyderco design
4) Nati Amor, Nati Amor design
5) Lil’ Native Backlock, Spyderco design
6) Mantra 3, Spyderco design
7) Amalgam, Brian Lai design
8) Reinhold Rhino, Michael Reinhold design
9) Zoomer, Thomas Zoomer design
10) Parata, Paul Alexander design
11) Hanan,Brad Southard design
12) Techno 2, Marcin Slysz design
Thanks for watching!

Spyderco 2018 Production Sample – Zoomer

March 9, 2018

Time for the last new knife post in my Spyderco Amsterdam Meet Report 2018! It’s always very cool to see the Spyderco Amsterdam Meets creating a little buzz for new Spyderco designs. But to have the meets help create a new Spyderco collaboration, now that’s a different type of cool. I’m proud to finally show these images of a fellow Dutchman and knife designer, the Zoomer!

I had to do a double take at the smooth handle, amazing how they can machine G-10 this smooth and this consistently. Equally impressive was the hamaguri grind with zero edge though. This knife will be shipped with an elaborate sheath with accessory pockets and a dangling loop for carry. It will be quite the package!

 

Specifications
Overall Length: 25,4 cm / 10 inches
Blade Length: 13,2 cm / 5.20 inches
Blade Thickness: 4 mm / 0.156 inches
Weight: 272 grams / 9.6 ounces


Spyderco 2018 Production Sample – ClipiTool Standard

March 9, 2018

The ClipiTool Standard is very similar to the ClipiTool Rescue, but with a different tool selection. The tools on this variant don’t lock, but the ‘slipit-action’ was solid. The tools are vey easy to access, a lot easier than many other pocket tools out there. It should be priced well too. If I recall correctly, it should have an MSRP below $100.

 

 

Specifications
Blade – Overall Length: 20,1 cm / 7.9 inches
Blade – Length: 8,9 cm / 3.5 inches
Blade – Thickness: 2.4 mm / 0.94 inches

Can Opener – Overall Length: 14,8 cm / 5.83 inches
Can Opener – Length: 3,6 cm / 1.43 inches
Can Opener – Thickness: 2,4 mm / 0.94 inches

Bottle Opener – Overall Length: 14,9 cm / 5.85 inches
Bottle Opener – Length: 3,7 cm / 1.45 inches
Bottle Opener – Thickness: 2.4 mm / 0.94 inches

Weight: 119 grams / 4.2 ounces


Spyderco 2018 Production Sample – ClipiTool Rescue

March 9, 2018

I’ll admit I never really took to the first series of all-steel smaller clipitools. They were heavy for their size and offered few tools. I might have to adjust that opinion for this design. The ClipiTool feels like a regular EDC folder, but it also happens to have a few extra tools to go with it. The blade is just like any other Spyderco we like; full flat grind, forefinger choil, proper G-10, properly engaging linerlock etc.. The tools also open one-handed. The rescue hook, like the blade, is supported by a linerlock. The overall package is very thin, making it more of an EDC knife/tool combo. I hope this concept does well for Spyderco, with further development I’m hoping to see lefty-friendly tool/blade opening.

 

Specifications
Blade – Overall Length: 20,3 cm / 8.01 inches
Blade – Length: 9,2 cm / 3.61 inches
Blade – Thickness: 2,5 mm / 0.98 inches

Rescue Hook – Overall Length: 16,2 cm / 6.36 inches
Rescue Hook – Length: 5 cm / 1.96 inches
Rescue Hook – Thickness: 2,5 mm / 0.98 inches

Screwdriver – Overall Length: 14 cm / 5.50 inches
Screwdriver – Length: 2,8 cm / 1.10 inches
Screwdriver – Thickness: 2,5 mm / 0.98 inches

Weight: 120 grams / 4.2 ounces