Spyderco 2012 Prototype – Cricket Nishijin

March 8, 2012

This cricket with a nishijin carbon fiber handle was well received at the meet. Only one side features the unique carbon fiber handle, the clipside is still the same steel integral lock as a regular Cricket. I hope this model does well enough to warrant a serrated version. I prefer my ‘hawk’s –even the small ones- with teeth.

Spyderco 2012 Prototype – Ulrich Hennicke Ulize

March 7, 2012

As I had my head stuck firmly behind my camera in the lightbox by the time I was handed this beautiful slender folder, I had to search for a quote by Sal that explains the origin of the Ulize prototype. Any mistakes in this quote are my own and not Sal’s.

“A police officer in Germany (nickname Sony) had an idea to create a Spyderco knife purpose designed for the “Polizei” in Germany. He wanted a percentage of the sales to go to the families of fallen German policemen. He contacted a custom knifemaker (Ulrich Hennicke) to design and build a prototype to show to Spyderco. Uli sent the knife to us for evaluation. (Uli + Polizei = “Ulize” per Uli)

Uli is an exceptional knife designer and custom knifemaker that is familiar with Spyderco, our designs and our company. We thought the design to be worthy and we showed the prototype model at the meet last year as well as some shows. Response was good to we recreated the design for production. We couldn’t use the custom textured carbon fiber and still make the model affordable, so we opted for a black peel-ply G-10. It does have a 4 way clip. VG-10. If response is good to a production piece, we can consider other handle options.”

Spyderco 2012 Prototype – Caly 3.5 – ZDP/CF

March 7, 2012

I am very happy to see the Caly 3.5 model expanding into new variations! This version is exactly like the Caly 3 with the laminated ZDP 189 blade, except that it’s a Caly 3.5. I noticed that the blade seemed a bit off when I tried to photograph it, and then I noticed the extreme high polish. I’m curious if this polished finish will also be used in final production. This one goes on my wishlist for sure.

Spyderco 2012 Prototype – Dodo Orange G10 Sprint Run

March 5, 2012

The Dodo lives again, at least long enough for a sprint run in orange G10. It was Eric’s first design he made for Spyderco back in ’98.

It features a ‘naked’ ball bearing lock and a single spacer that houses the lock. I love the fact that there are no liners in this knife. Eric was proud to explain that this sprint run was not ‘just the same knife with a color change’. Apparently, the Dodo has been completely re-engineered for this sprint run. This edition uses a blind stop pin and features refinements on the blade’s tang and the ramps for the ball bearing. This sprint Dodo is made to closer tolerances than the first one. The spine of the blade is no longer bead blasted but machined to a nice polish. According to Eric, comparing the first Dodo to this sprint run is good example of the progress the factory in Golden has made over the years.

I have used and carried a Dodo a lot when they first came out, and I still occasionally clip on my blue Dodo. This new sprint run seemed to feel more tightly constructed than the old version, if that makes sense. But I didn’t have my old Dodo to compare the two properly.

Eric did announce a new sprint after this Orange G10. Right now the idea is to make another sprint run with a carbon fiber handle and a ceramic ball. Remember this idea is still long way from production – there was not even a concept model of this proposed idea for a sprint run.