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 2017 Production Sample – Brad Southard Hanan

March 9, 2017

The Hanan was a nice classy little folder. The flipper, combined with the compression lock, worked very well. I’m not a big fan of that plunged grind on the blade, but I love the dropped tip and light recurve. Also, I really liked the handle design with that classic bolster. Some photos might give the impression that the blade is bead blasted, but that is not the case. The blade features a satin finish, that proved either way too shiny in my photos, or a bit dull and almost like it was bead blasted. I mostly chose the latter during photo selection and editing.

Overall Length:  17,5 cm / 6.88  inches
Blade Length: 7,5 cm / 2.95 inches
Blade Thickness: 3 mm / 0.11 inches
Weight: 82 grams / 2.89 ounces

Spyderco 2015 Production Prototype – Brad Southard ION

March 12, 2015

The ION features a full carbon fiber slightly radiused handle that results in a very light folder for its size. The handle does feature steel liners and I guess the spacer was made from G-10. The flipper worked great on this sample, and it quickly becomes clear why a function opening hole is not needed. The hole in the blade is there solely for trademark purposes. When you look at the exposed locking tab, it might look thin. This part of the linerlock is actually ground down a bit for ease of access. The rest of the linerlock has a full thickness liner. I liked the ergonomic of this little folder a lot, and I can’t wait to get my hands on a production version to give it a good cutting workout. I think this could be a great office folder – classy, light and practical.













Overall Length: 18 cm / 7.09 inches

Blade Length: 8 cm / 3.15 inches

Closed Length: 10 cm / 3.94 inches

Spyderco 2014 Production Sample – Brad Southard flipper in All-Black

March 13, 2014

 We knew this version of the Southard was coming, and it was nice to see it in the flesh! Or more accurately, to see it in steel.

Apart from the all-black hardware, the texture on the G-10 was also different from the first version of the Southard. The very grippy brown G-10 has been replaced by a much smoother (regular) black G-10 pattern on the all-black Southard. It should make the knife much easier to draw from -and put back in- your pocket.







My submission for the 2013 Spyderco Calendar Contest

July 16, 2012

For a few years now, Spyderco has organized a calendar contest on its own factory forum. I though about my submission for a while and I decided to post a Spyderco that technically doesn’t exist yet. Read my motivation below.

Forum Name: Mr Blonde
Model: Spyderco C156GPBN Brad Southard Flipper

A large part of our collective enthusiasm for Spyderco knives, on this forum, is the anticipation for the next new design. Spyderco has always shared new design prototypes with us knifeknuts for feedback before they are finally produced. This knife doesn’t really exist yet, it’s the Brad Southard Flipper prototype that was shown at the 2012 Amsterdam Meet. I was more than happy to take the pictures and share them with my fellow knifeknuts online. Judging from my web statistics, it is the single most anticipated new Spyderco knife for 2013.

Spyderco Prototype Video – Brad Southard Folder

March 15, 2012

Eric Glesser gives a quick overview of the upcoming Brad Southard Folder, a ‘flipper design’ made by Spyderco. Filmed on the showfloor at the IWA in Germany last weekend.

Check out more video on my youtube channel.