Spyderco 2018 Production Sample – Lil’ Native Backlock

March 8, 2018

I got a chance to handle the Lil’ Native with a compression lock at SHOT and last year’s Amsterdam Meet. And although it’s an impressively cool translation of the Native design, I mean it actually felt like handling a dragongly sized Native, it still wasn’t quite what I liked. After collecting and using Spyderco’s for almost 20 years, a Native kind of ‘has to have a backlock’. I can’t give a rational explanation. You all have fun with those compression lock lil’ Natives, this backlock version will be mine.

Overall Length: 15,7 cm / 5.94 inches
Blade Length: 6,3 cm / 2.47 inches
Blade Thickness: 3,7 mm / 0.125 inches
Weight: 60 grams / 2.1 ounces


Spyderco 2018 Production Sample – Brad Southard Hanan

March 8, 2018

The Hanan was shown last year and I can’t really recognize many differences from before. However, Eric pointed out the CQI to the pivot. If you look inside you see phosphor bronze washers, indicating the new ball bearing system that uses bigger balls and slightly thicker steel rings. It certainly flips like a champ. The design reminds me of the Positron, but the Hanan seems a bit more ‘dressed-up’ with that bolster and curvy blade.


Overall Length: 17,3 cm / 6.83 inches
Blade Length: 7,5 cm / 2.95 inches
Blade Thickness: 3.0 mm / 0.118 inches
Weight: 82 grams / 2.9 ounces

Spyderco 2018 Production Sample – Kevin Smock

March 8, 2018

Another interesting new design was the Kevin Smock design collaboration. To me, it looked like a new take on the compression lock. A large button appeard to be connected to the locking tab that pushes away the locking tab to unlock the blade. It was very easy to operate. Eric did mention that they are still working to refine the system, so there could be some changes in the final production version.




Overall Length: 22 cm / 8.66 inches
Blade Length: 8,8 cm / 3.46 inches
Blade Thickness: 3 mm / 0.118 inches
Weight: 104 grams / 3.66 ounces

Spyderco 2018 Production Sample – Marcin Slysz Techno 2

March 7, 2018

The Techno 1 is, to me, a wonderfully quirky design. That massive overbuilt little beast still cuts like many much more ‘dainty’ knife designs. The Techno 2, was noticeably thinner. Although I appreciate the new blade profile and bright green anodized stand-offs, I’m not sure yet I like the thinner profile. Since these changes come from customer requests, for the custom version mind you, so I’m in the minority here.

Overall Length: 15,1 cm / inches
Blade Length: 6,5 cm / inches
Blade Thickness: 4 mm / inches
Weight: 100 grams / ounces

Spyderco 2018 Production Sample – Peter Rassenti Paysan

March 7, 2018

I’m about to commit heresy when I say I never really liked the Nirvana. Sure, I appreciated the cool design and production quality etc… But I just don’t like bead blasted or coated blades for my personal EDC knife. Enter the Paesan, love it! Straight to the top my wishlist. It’s in my favorite size category for pure user knives; folders with around 3,5 to 4 inch blades like the Stretch, ATR and Para 2. I’ve probably said it before and I’ll likely say it again in future Amsterdam Meet posts but this is a must-have, period.

Overall Length: 22 cm / 8.66 inches
Blade Length: 9,8 cm / 3.85 inches
Blade Thickness: 4 mm / 0.157 inches
Weight: 124 grams / ounces

Spyderco 2018 Production Sample – Reinhold Rhino

March 7, 2018

Another customer we’ve seen before is the Reinhold Rhino. I have a weakness for bowie-type designs, and I certainly dig this cool little knife. The cutout in the handle for the opening hole is still ‘deceiving’ for my hand; I keep reaching for a linerlock to close this compression lock folder. I’m sure an evening watching TV opening and closing the Rhino will solve that. The ergos are really good, it fits my hand very well. As a spyderknut, I’m not complaining about the design upgrade to CTS-XHP and the G-10/Carbon Fiber laminate. And….the clip is reversible for lefties! Definitely worth the wait!

Overall Length: 15,1 cm / 5.95 inches
Blade Length: 6 cm / 2.35 inches
Blade Thickness: 3.5 mm / 0.138 inches
Weight: 71 grams / 2.5 ounces

Spyderco 2018 Production Sample – Alistair Phillips

March 7, 2018

This knife was easily my favorite new design from the meet. I ticks all my knife-boxes so to speak: it’s got a perfect bladelength, lowered edge for ergonomic cutting, a slender design easy to carry, lefty-friendly wireclip, and a cool carbon fiber handle with a nice red accent, i.e. the spacer. I absolutely loved it. As a bonus I got to meet Alistair Phillips, who is a very knowledgeable and friendly guy.



Overall Length: 21 cm / 8.26 inches
Blade Length: 9 cm / 3.54 inches
Blade Thickness: 3 mm / 0.11 inches
Weight: 95 grams / 3.35 ounces