Spyderco 2017 Production Sample – Caly 3 HAP 40

March 1, 2017

The Caly 3 in HAP 40 will be a sprint run that was announced in the 2017 Spyderco catalog. In that respect, this knife wasn’t a huge surprise to see at the meet, but it sure was nice to see and handle it in person. The knife itself is a somewhat of an ‘old friend’ to me, and I’ll be sure to add this variation to my collection of Caly and Calypso designs. The forest-green G-10 is a nice color variation, that I don’t see too often in Spyderco folders.

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Specifications
Overall Length: 17,8 cm / 5.59 inches
Blade Length: 7,8 cm / 2.28 inches
Blade Thickness: 3 mm / 0.11 inches
Weight: 88 grams / 3.10 ounces

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Spyderco PPT Review

August 14, 2011

The PPT appealed to me for two reasons: I really like Fred Perrin Spyderco collaborations, and my growing need carry just one folder.

I’ve been a fan of the Spyderco Perrin collaborations since the Streetbowie came out. I’ll admit I’ve had issues with the sheath, but the knife still is something special. The Streetbowie and Streetbeat (and IMO even the Boker Perrin Neckbowie) kind of look like kitchen knives, but they’re capable of much more than that. I like to think of the PPT as a folding Streetbeat. Another reason for me to consider the PPT is that lately I find myself wanting to carry just one folder. I usually carry two folders; one plain edged and one serrated or one larger and one smaller folder. However, over a year ago I became a father and I find myself carrying a lot more stuff with me than I used to. Carrying just one folder would be more comfortable. I thought this Perrin collaboration could be a good single do-all folder.

Heft
The PPT is different from most Spydies, since Spyderco rarely puts out such a thick and hefty folder. My old large Wegner is reminiscent of the PPT, but still way too heavy for my tastes. The PPT also reminds me of the Stretch 2, but the Perrin collaboration is much a more solid and possibly stronger design. The PPT maybe heavier than an FRN folder, but it’s definitely not too heavy.

Blade
The blade stock seems to stay a little thicker all the way to the tip than most spydies. If I´m going to carry just one folder, I´d like one with a sturdy tip. I´m not a member of the so-called hard-use mafia, but knives get dropped and tips can get bent or broken. That doesn’t seem likely with this knife. The choil is a bit different than the average Spyderco choil. It’s less refined as on a Stretch 2 for example, but it does allow you to choke up on the PPT’s blade. The lock is fine by me. It engages just where I want it to, and it hasn’t moved a millimeter over the past few months.

Jimping
The Streetbowie’s familiar jimping along the spine is present on the PPT, but I must admit it’s a bit disappointing. It works, but barely. It’s just not as sharp and grippy as I would like. The straight layout of the jimping on the flat spine helps in this respect. My thumb just rests on the spine. If this was a ramp, like on a Caly 3.5, where you’re likely to exert more pressure on the jimping, I’d be very unhappy with the PPT.

Handle
The scalloped G10 handle is very nice and different. One advantage of a thick handle is that it gives you something solid to hang on to. The PPT is definitely a fistful of knife. The pattern on the handle is comfortable and grippy and doesn’t cause any hotspots on my hands. Looking inside the handle I found that the liners were actually skeletonized. The combination of titanium and the holes in the liners account for the knife’s reasonable weight.

Clip
The clip is another part of the knife I’m not too crazy about. The flared pointy end is kind of sharp. And it makes it harder to carry the knife under a belt. The flared clip gives too much resistance for a smooth draw in this carry position. The lanyard that comes with the knife, which I took off, definitely had a purpose. You tug on the lanyard and then proceed to grip the handle and draw the knife. The clip does work great in the right front pocket, and that’s how I carry it. The grey deep carry clip is pretty low profile; it never gets any looks or remarks.

Gripping the clip on the jimped part doesn’t squeeze the clip tight to your pocket, like all other Spyderco wireclips tend to do. The draw is smooth and positive. For me, again, the jimping on the clip could be much sharper.

Use
The thing I like best about this Perrin design is the dropped edge. If you hold the knife point forward edge out, you´ll notice that the edge is somewhat below your knuckles. Like a good kitchen knife, this enables you to use the edge for cutting on a board. But I appreciate this feature in all cutting tasks. Being the only folder I carry, the PPT gets used for pretty much everything: food prep, opening boxes, opening wrappers, cutting cords and … entertainment. When I got bored one afternoon I took out my PPT and started cutting up soda cans and chopping plastic water bottles in two. The PPT handled all these cutting tasks with the proverbial aplomb.

Using the PPT in public among non-knife people presented no problems either. I cut up some fruit for my daughter in a shopping mall and helped open a few packages in public and cut some strings etc… for her. Nobody seemed to bat an eye. Passing the knife to some of my NKP relatives garnered comments like ‘it’s solid and hefty’ and ‘kind of looks like a small kitchen knife but heavier’. The PPT does look like a plain working type knife.

I’m very happy with the knife’s performance. S30V is a fine steel with good edge retention. It can go two months -with my uses- before it needs sharpening. It is a bit handle-heavy on some finer chores, but I appreciate that heft when hacking through some vines in my yard. That’s the crux of a single do-all folder. Sooner or later you’ll have to compromise.

Overall
Two things could make the PPT a perfect folder for me; use the hourglass clip seen on many other Spydies and make the jimping sharper. As it is, the PPT is a very nice folder. The knife’s design, heft and blade inspire confidence. It’s a solid hard use folder with plain kitchen-knife type looks.


Spyderco Production Prototype Video – Fred Perrin Folder

March 20, 2010

A walkthrough of the new Spyderco Prototype Fred Perrin Folder, again by Eric Glesser.


Review: Perrin Streetbeat

March 23, 2007
I’ve always liked Spyderco’s fixed blades. They featured sharp edges and the edge geometry has always been geared to slicing as opposed to prying or chopping. As cool as the FRN models were, I and many other wanted to see some higher end fixed blades from Spyderco. The Lum tanto was cool, but not a real user to me. The Streetbeat is –to me- the first high end practical fixed blade from Spyderco. It’s small enough to occasionally carry and use in my urban environment and it’s bound to be the camp knife I’ll reach for this summer.
 
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Blade
The short blade is nice and wide to support that thin and sharp edge. I’ve used the Streetbeat around the house for the past few months. The Streetbeat is an excellent little kitchen knife. I know that’s not a big surprise. The dropped edge and thin edge really come into their own on a cutting board. The jimping on the spine is relatively ‘long’, which is great for finding a grip for your thumb or index finger, even if your hands are wet and gooey.

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Grip
The grip is just about as perfect for a small fixed blade as I can imagine. That big finger cutout keeps my hand where it should be, on the handle and not on the edge. Regardless of whether my hands were wet and slippery from kitchen work. The handle is also rather short. This makes the Streetbeat more comfy to carry on the belt and it makes for a more discreet carry package. Furthermore, that short handle with a round and wide end is perfect for resting in the palm of the hand for certain grips. For when you want to pierce through something tough, for example. On top of all that functional gripping action, the handle looks really pretty. It’s almost a kind of gentleman’s fixed blade. The surface of the Micarta is smooth to the touch, so the Streetbeat is comfortable to use for longer periods of time. I used the Streetbeat for preparing the Christmas dinner with my family, so my Streetbeat saw plenty of food prep action.
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Carry
A few years back I had a passing interest in fixed blades, and when I carried them I preferred the IWB appendix carry. I was inspired by the writings of the late Bob Kasper on that subject. The Streetbeat somehow doesn’t work as well for this. I prefer the Streetbeat as a little belt knife. Just regular vertical carry on the belt behind the hip and the knife is out of the way until I need it.
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Sheath
Sal, I’m sorry to have to say this but the out of the box sheath of the Streetbeat simply isn’t up to par with the rest of the package. I got the opportunity to try out a bunch of different knives and sheaths in the SFO and all of them had a less than perfect fit. The knives all wanted to rattle in their sheaths. The sample I chose in the end worked the best, it was rattle free and had a good tight fit. After a month or so, the sheath wore in a bit and the fit became loose enough to cause a rattle during carry.

I can appreciate how tough it must be to design and make a proper sheath for the Streetbeat. The handle becomes rather narrow at the handle/blade junction; I can imagine that there is very little material for the sheath to hang to, if you want to create a quick draw (with a full grip on the handle) type sheath. Luckily, I was able to obtain this Mike Sastre sheath which works wonderfully. I also wanted a sheath that looked more classy, so it could match that nice looking handle a bit better. That’s why I opted for the carbon fiber pattern concealex.

I don’t think the standard sheath is unsafe, as the retention was still good. It’s just terribly irritating to have this knife rattle in its sheath. I do think that factory sheaths, also from Spyderco, can be perfect and rattle free. The best sheath to date, came with my Moran fixed blades. The Temperance sheath was also really good. The Kumo sheath was OK, but not as nice as the previous ones. I would recommend to get more sheaths designed by the maker of the Moran sheaths. Another point I want to make is, for an expensive and high end fixed blade like the Streetbeat, I’d be more than happy to pay a little extra for a better sheath.

The Streetbeat is a really nice, and nice looking, fixed blade. Once I was happy with the sheath, I finally got to understand a little more about those bushcrafters that extol the virtues of small fixed blades. A knife like the Streetbeat can do more than the average folder, of similar size. It’s just as comfortable and safe to use right or left-handed. It also empties a pocket, where the clipped folder used to be. I really like this size for an EDC fixed blade. The design is excellent for EDC and for all sorts of tasks. It’s a versatile little knife. The downside of fixed blades for EDC is the legal issues involved. Urban carry of fixed blades (even as small as these) is probably frowned upon by the authorities. So for me, the Streetbeat won’t make the carry rotation. That is, until I hit the country side for hiking or camping.
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Overall
I’d like to see more Spyderco fixed blades in this size. I know the ‘Mule’ project is coming up, which is a similar size design, so that takes care of the leaf shape design in a small fixed blade. How about a Streetbeat with a Wharncliffe blade?


Perrin Streetbowie

February 12, 2005

If I could carry a fixed blade concealed, this would be it. The blade’s profile is extremely comfy when worn IWB. The deep finger choil ‘works as advertised’, very secure grip. And the thumb serrations on the spine are as secure as on my Yojimbo. The sheath, however, is pretty bad. The retention is very loose, but the rattle is even worse. This sheath looks more like an FRN injection mold rather than a form fitted concealex sheath. The blade cuts like my Calypo jr., which is impressive given te increased blade thickness. I like to think of it as a ‘poor man’s Rinaldi TTKK’.