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.





Specifications
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.


 




Specifications
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.







Specifications
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


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