Spyderco 2017 Production Sample – Ulrich Henneke Opus

March 13, 2017

The Opus was an interesting design that only looked like a cross between a Spyderco Military and a Spyderco (G10) Police, but it also kind of handled like a cross between those designs. Still, the Opus has its own distinct design flair that I liked. The ergos worked pretty good for my hands too.



 

Specifications
Overall Length:  22,5 cm / 8.84 inches
Blade Length: 9,5 cm / 3.75 inches
Blade Thickness: 3 mm / 0.11 inches
Weight: 119 grams / 4.2 ounces


Spyderco 2017 Production Sample – A.T. Barr One-Eyed Jack

March 12, 2017

I think I’ve seen a concept model of A.T. Barr’s One-Eyed Jack some ten years ago during an Amsterdam Meet. I recall that design being rather plain. So I was happily surprised to see this kind of blingy cool and very refined production sample of the One-Eyed Jack. It’s a cliché, but man that Taichung factory can sure turn out some impressive knives!







Specifications
Overall Length:  15,5 cm / 6.10  inches
Blade Length: 6,5 cm / 2.55 inches
Blade Thickness: 3 mm / 0.11 inches
Weight: 104 grams / 3.66 ounces


Spyderco 2017 Production Sample – Meerkat Sprint

March 12, 2017

The Meerkat has been the subject of quite a few sprints over the years and I’d love to add this version to my collection. This HAP40 sprint is basically the same as the Delica, Endura and Stretch HAP40 sprints. However, none of those sport that fun phantom lock!




 

Specifications
Overall Length:  13,5 cm / 5.31  inches
Blade Length: 5,1 cm / 2 inches
Blade Thickness: 2,5 mm / 0.09 inches
Weight: 71 grams / 2.05 ounces


Spyderco 2017 Production Sample – Manix 2 Back Lock

March 12, 2017

The Manix 2 was a nice surprise for the Amsterdam Meet. My first Manix, was in fact one of those hefty Mini Manixes with a back lock. This version is a bit bigger and seemed much lighter than the original Mini Manix. The thick G-10 handle slabs come sans liners! I was happy to note that steel threaded inserts are used to fix the clip, something a lefty like me certainly appreciates. The G-10 also features a very fine but still aggressive texture on the surface. This micro texture seems like a nice compromise between going easy on the pocket but still providing a very positive grip in hand. I’m not sure what the lock strength is on this back lock versus the caged ball lock on the regular Manix 2. This back lock should be easier to manipulate with gloves though. 








Specifications
Overall Length:  20,5 cm / 8.07  inches
Blade Length: 8,5 cm / 3.34 inches
Blade Thickness: 3,5 mm / 0.13 inches
Weight: 127 grams / 4.47 ounces


Spyderco 2017 Production Sample – Manbug Sheepfoot

March 11, 2017

I’m a sucker for Ladybugs, Jesters and the Manbug. So this salt version of the Manbug with a sheepfoot blade is a no-brainer. The tag at the meet said Manbug Sheepfoot, so I’m going with that, even though the catalog lists it as both the Manbug Salt and Manbug Rescue Salt. Whatever the name, this little folder is a must-have for me!


Specifications
Overall Length:  11,2 cm / 4.40  inches
Blade Length: 4,8 cm / 1.90 inches
Blade Thickness: 2,5 mm / 0.09 inches
Weight: 23 grams / 0.8 ounces


Spyderco 2017 Production Sample – Lil’ Temperance 3

March 11, 2017

One of my favorite Spyderco knives from the time I really started to get into the brand was the Lil’ Temperance. So I was excited to see an updated concept model float by at the various Amsterdam Meets over the past 10 years. Finally, the Lil’ Temperance 3 has made it to production. As a purist I regret to see that the new Lil’ Temp does not sport that 3D handle anymore. However, I now can get a proper left-handed version. The grip and feel is very close to the original. Even if it comes in basic black, this is on the top of my wish list!







Specifications
Overall Length:  18,3 cm / 7.19  inches
Blade Length: 7,4 cm / 2.90 inches
Blade Thickness: 4 mm / 0.15 inches
Weight: 113 grams / 4 ounces


Spyderco 2017 Production Sample – Butch Vallotton Lil’ Sub-Hilt

March 11, 2017

The regulare Vallotton sub-hilt did not appeal to me at all; too big, too narrow, too heavy. The Lil’Sub-Hilt however, felt just right in my hand. It reminds me of the vintage Al Mar folders I like so much.









Specifications
Overall Length:  19 cm / 7.48 inches
Blade Length: 8 cm / 3.14 inches
Blade Thickness: 3.2 mm / 0.12 inches
Weight: 149 grams / 5.25 ounces