Spyderco 2018 Production Sample – Respect

March 9, 2018

If one thing was hard for me to do after last year’s meet, it was not being able to share photos and info of my favorite design at the 2017 meet. It’s called the Respect now, which is an awesome name for an awesome blade. Mind you, this production sample still has a prototyped polymer handle, it will look and function better with the actual contoured G10 handle. I like the blend of old-school design and new school materials. I like bowies for their historical background and visual design. I might just try to attack our pile of cardboard for recycling with this knife though, just to get some actual use out of this knife. My suburban environment and lack of bushcrafting hobby doesn’t really demand a knife like this. But still, I will get me some respect for sure!

Specifications
Overall Length: 33,4 cm / 13.15 inches
Blade Length: 20,2 cm / 7.49 inches
Blade Thickness: 6 mm / 0.30 inches
Weight: 354 grams / 12.5 ounces

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Spyderco 2018 Production Sample – Mantra 3

March 8, 2018

The Mantra 3 is making my Delica collection look a bit worried. The overall profile is very similar to my beloved Delica designs. There are, however, many differences – the materials, flipper action just to name a few. Customer feedback on the Mantra 1 and 2 apparently was that many customers didn’t like the Ti handle scratching easily, or the ‘staining’ M4 steel blade. This, as well as CQI on the flipper/ball bearing system, has resulted in the Mantra 3. A cool option for those who want something more upscale than a Delica, but still in the same size and weight range.

 

Specifications
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 – 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.

Specifications
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.

 

Specifications
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.

 

 

 

Specifications
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.

Specifications
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.

Specifications
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