Spyderco 2017 Prototypes Overview

March 23, 2017

Thank you all for following my posts of the Spyderco Amsterdam Meet! I appreciate all the kind words and comments. I do think some photos barely passed muster though, but others turned out really well I think. The real stars, however, are the amazing designs from Spyderco and the custom makers they collaborate with. I’ve collected all the 2017 Spyderco Productions Samples and Concept Models in the overview below. Click on the prototype name of thumbnail image to check out all the photos and videos of that designs. I’ve also added this overview to the Prototypes page, where you can find my prototype photos from years past.

Alycone, ATR, Caly 3 HAP40

Chaparral Rafir Noble, Chinook 4, D’Allara 3

Dog Tag Gen 4, Double Stuff, Fish Hunter

Hatchethawk, Hanan, Hundred Pacer

Jess Horn Grey G-1o, All-Black Karahawk, Lil’ Lum Nishijin

Lil’ Nilakka, Lil’ Subhilt, Lil’ Temperance 3

Manbug Sheepfoot, Manix 2 Back Lock, Meerkat HAP40

One-Eyed Jack, Opus, Para 3 Camo

Paul Alexander Design, Q-Ball, Salt 2 & Tasman Salt 2

Three Blade Rescue, Three Blade Standard


Spyderco 2017 Concept Model – Three Blade Standard

March 15, 2017

The last photo post in my Amsterdam Meet Report 2017, is for the Three Blade Standard concept model. This is a variation of the Three Blade Rescue, with a plain edge and two tools more geared towards everyday carry for most people. Please note, this is a concept model, so it can take a while for the Three Blade Standard to become available and the design might be tweaked as well from these pictures. Thanks for watching!

Spyderco 2017 Concept Model – Three Blade Rescue

March 15, 2017

I can round out my Amsterdam Meet (photo) Report with a concept model, as opposed to the production samples, the  Three Blade Rescue! I’m usually not a fan of multi-bladed tools or knives, but this seemed to handle really well. I can’t recall any specific specifications though, and when the presentation part of the meet closed there wasn’t much time to record any measurements. Still, I liked being able to show off a concept model that is still in development. Since this is a concept model, it can take some time and changes, before the Three Blade Rescue comes to market. 

Spyderco 2017 Production Sample – Salt 2 & Tasman Salt 2

March 15, 2017

It looks like the Salt line will be getting a makeover, with the presentation of the Salt 2. It seemed very familiar to the Delica 4. And like the Delica 4, the Salt 2 will be a bit thicker and stronger than the previous line of Salt folders. I liked the fact that the Salt 2 won’t use any liners, but rather use a specific mold design on the inside of the handle to achieve more rigidity and strength. I love my serrated Salt folder, for travel mostly. I’ll probably upgrade it with a Salt 2.

Overall Length:  18,5 cm / 7.28  inches
Blade Length: 7,7 cm / 3.03 inches
Blade Thickness: 2,5 mm / 0.09 inches
Weight Salt 2: 61 grams / 2.15 ounces, Tasman Salt 2: 58 grams / 2.04 ounces

Spyderco 2017 Production Sample – Q-Ball

March 14, 2017

I see the Q-ball as the next family member of the ‘Spyderco tree’ that gave us the Dodo and Poliwog. The feel was surprisingly familiar. The Q-Ball should be a nice new offering for those looking for a solid little big knife! Unfortunately, at this point in the meet things got a bit hectic so we didn’t manage to collect any measurements.


Spyderco 2017 Production Sample – Paul Alexander Design

March 14, 2017

I think Spyderco did mention a name for this design at the SHOT show. However, I think it turned out that name was already taken, so this design -for now- seems to be known as the ‘Paul Alexander Design’. Alexander also designed the excellent Ouroboros, and this folders seems the be its bigger and flipable brother. It recall it being an exceptionally lightweight design, compared to its size. We had a little snafu weighing this knife, so I can’t give an indication of the knife’s weight. Sorry about that.


Overall Length:  20,5 cm / 8.07 inches
Blade Length: 9 cm / 3.54 inches
Blade Thickness: 3,5 mm / 0.13 inches

Spyderco 2017 Production Sample – Para 3 Camo

March 13, 2017

Not a huge surprise I guess, but I thought it was still nice to see the Para 3 with a G-10 digital camo handle. This was the first ‘production sample’ Para 3 I got to handle, and I appreciate the great ergos. Since I’m personally not a fan of ‘basic black’ G-10, I think I’ll hold out for this version of the Para 3 instead.

Overall Length:  18,5 cm / 7.27  inches
Blade Length: 7,6 cm / 3 inches
Blade Thickness: 3,8 mm / 0.15 inches
Weight: 85 grams / 3 ounces