Spyderco 2013 Prototype – Stuart Ackerman Serrata

March 8, 2013

Another design from a knifedesigner that’s also a forumite! Last year’s concept model of the Serrata has seen a bit of ‘spyderization’ but not much I think. This was the last knife from the Amsterdam Meet I could ‘shoot and show’, and I forgot to take some measurements I’m afraid. I think the blade was around 5 inches long. The handle features thin contoured black micarta scales. Although the blade stock seemed thick – compared to the Perrin Streetbowie for example – it handled like a dream. I was kind of looking around for some stuff to cut. The knife moved lightly in the hand. It has excellent ergonomics. The thick blade showed excellent edge geometry. I’d love to put this knife to work. I didn’t see any sheath for the knife. It’s on my wishlist for sure!

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And that´s all of the spyderco prototype pictures for this year folks!

A great big thank you to the Spydercrew for allowing me to shoot and share all these pictures of concept models, prototypes and production samples. Which other knife company does this for its afi’s?!

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Spyderco 2013 Production Sample – Perrin – All Black

March 8, 2013

The Perrin Streetbowie is back, now in all black. Apparently the design started out by Fred Perrin, intended for use by the French Armed Forces. The Spyderco Perrin Streetbowie never did become a French army issue knife. Recently, the US armed forced showed interest in the design, but they wanted it in all black.  So Spyderco decided to come out with the Perrin Streetbowie in black.

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I forgot to take measurements of the Perrin, but according to an older catalog, the Spyderco Perrin Streetbowie measures:

Blade Length: 12,8 cm / 5.05 inch
Overall Length: 23,8 cm / 9.38 inch


Spyderco 2013 Prototype – Szabo Folder – Black

March 8, 2013

The Szabo has hardly hit the market, or so it seems to me, and a variant is already in the works; this time in all black. The handle material seemed to be the same as on the Domino, a decorated glass woven fiber over G-10. Although personally I’m not really into black blades, I have to admit the all black finish on the Szabo Folder looks fearsome!

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The approximate specs for the black Szabo Folder are:

Blade Length: 11,7 cm / 4.60 inch
Overall Length: 25,9 cm / 10.19 inch


Spyderco 2013 Prototype – Spin – Blue Nishijin

March 8, 2013

The Spin was one of Eric Glesser’s earliest designs for Spyderco. The goal was to design a knife his wife would EDC. After a couple of years, the design was discontinued. Now it’s back as a sprint run in blue nishijin carbon fiber. My pics don’t do justice to the blue nishijin, the background is too similar and it kind of washes out the striking pattern. Trust me, if you liked black nishijin carbon fiber, I’m sure you’ll love the blue stuff.

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Spyderco 2013 Prototype – Mike Draper

March 8, 2013

The Mike Draper prototype seemed, to me, a lot like one of the old-fashioned straight Spyderco designs. The knife measured 22,8 cm / 8,9 inch overall, with an estimated blade length of 9.5 cm / 3.7 inch. The knife was a lot lighter in the hand than I initially thought. I’m afraid I didn’t catch much more info on this Mike Draper design.

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Spyderco 2013 Prototype – Chad Los Banos Lava

March 7, 2013

I know the sprint run Lava in blue G-10 is eagerly anticipated by some forumites. And I must agree that the knife is very nice with a G-10 handle. The knife felt a lot lighter in the hand, compared to the SS version. This knife was hard to photograph on the blue cloth background I had with me. I’m not really happy with how these pics turned out, but I hope they give you a decent idea on how the knife will look.

 

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The approximate specifications for the Blue G-1o Lava are:

Blade Length: 4,7 cm / 1.85 inch
Overall Length: 13,1 cm / 5.15 inch


Spyderco 2013 Prototype – Karahawk

March 7, 2013

The Karahawk was not my personal cup of tea, but judging from the comments on my video from SHOT, I realize I’m probably in the minority on this. The blade will be VG-10 and it is planned to come out later this year. I didn’t catch any other specifics from Sal or Eric’s presentation on this knife.

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The specs we measured for the Karahawk are:

Blade Length: 6 cm / 2.36 inch
Overall Length:  16,5 cm / 6.49 inch