Spyderco C81 Paramilitary 2 2018 Forum Knife

December 31, 2020

Spyderco was an ‘early adopter’ of online discussion forums. The first forum opened up on BladeForums.com in the 90s, where Sal and several SpyderCrew members would answer questions from fans. More importantly, they asked for feedback which led to several new products and product improvements. In 1999, Spyderco introduced one of the first, if not the first, forum knives for BladeForums.com. A forum knife is usually a variation of an existing design. It shows appreciation to the forumites and -through its sales- help support the forums. Around 2002, Spyderco started their own discussion forum on spyderco.com. And not too long after that, Spyderco offered a new forum knife every few years. The 2018 forum knife, a modified C81 Paramilitary 2, was the last one offered to date.

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Spyderco initially offered the PM2 in S30V steel and a black G-10 handle. Since then, Spyderco has offered a few variations in its catalog. But I won’t even start to try and list the many more variations of the C81 as dealer exclusives and sprint runs. The 2018 forum knife however, still managed to offer something new: a grey G10 handle with a stainless steel laser engraved inlay and a CPMS90V blade.

The 2018 Forum Knife never seemed to get much appreciation. And you’ll rarely see the knife in any Instagram post these days. I don’t think it’s the knife’s fault. It’s just that there are so many dealer exclusives out there of the PM2, and they still keep coming. That way, it’s hard to stand out with a forum knife design. I like it, as I like all the forum knives.

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Some might say the forums are done, with the rise of other social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram. That might be true, but I still enjoy it and appreciate that there are so many different online platforms where knifeknuts can meet each other and discuss, share and celebrate this ‘weird’ hobby of ours.

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Check out the specs and history of the C81 Paramilitary at SpydieWiki.com, and specifically the 2018 forum edition, at Spyderco.com.


Spyderco Amsterdam Meet 2017 Photography Practice

February 19, 2017

It’s almost that time of year again, when Spyderco comes to Amsterdam to give us European knifeknuts a look at the new prototypes that are in development in Golden, Colorado, USA, Earth. I hope to be able to create a, hopefully passable, meet report again this year. A few weeks ago, I dusted off my portable photo studio and got in some practice. I usually shoot outside, so I need the practice with this portable indoors set-up.

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Photography for the Amsterdam Meet is an interesting event. It’s a lot of fun and it can get pretty hectic. Spyderco usually brings about 50 prototypes that sail by my table after 80 knifeknuts handled it. With that amazing amount of prototypes, there’s no time for me to change light set-ups, camera settings or to carefully adjust position, distance etc. So I’m aiming for more for a ‘well-oiled production process’ rather than ‘fine-tuning every single shot’. I shoot as much as I can and afterwards I puzzle which prototypes can be published and which cannot. Then I edit and upload them as soon as possible, after attending the IWA trade Show in Germany (i.e. European SHOT Show).

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I’m happy with these results. I definitely see some areas for improvement, but I think they’re better than the photos I took last year. Mind you, I have no illusion about my skills. I’m certainly no @sharpbycoop. Just an amateur enthusiast who loves Spyderco knives. Thanks for watching!

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Spyderco C98 Poliwog
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Spyderco C92TQP Kopa Turqoise
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Spyderco C114 Delica 4 Lightweight Flatground Purple

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Spyderco C81GCMO2 Paramilitary 2 Camo
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Spyderco C54GBN Calypso
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