Spyderco 2011 Prototype – Yojimbo 2

March 6, 2011

The Yojimbo 2 is hefty and stout interpretation of the whanrcliffe folder. It’s light but felt very solid in the hand. I love the melted edges on the handle. I just thought that it’s almost a pity that I don’t have a real need for an MBC folder when Sal talked about how the Yojimbo 2 (as opposed to the Yojimbo 1) would also make a good EDC folder.

The G10 handle is shorter than the first Yojimbo, but still long enough for my hands. In the closed position I could still use the knife as an impact weapon. The opening action was fast and slick and my hand almost automatically slipped into Janich’s preferred grip with the thumb resting on the spine. I am curious why the divot hole was abandoned. The first Yojimbo had it and I liked that feature.

 

The blade seemed a bit thicker than on the Yojimbo 1, but this blade still seemed more than sharp enough to perform its task. Even though I kind of abandoned MBC knife for my personal EDC, I’m tempted to get this one.


Spyderco 2011 Prototype– Des Horn Folder

March 6, 2011

The meets seem to get better each year and this year was no exception and I got the pics to prove it ;). I had a great time meeting the Spydercrew and fellow knifeknuts. There were so many concept models and prototypes; I actually had kind of a hard time keeping track of the various models. I did shoot pics of everyone, but for complete info I hope my fellow spyderknuts will chime in.

Today I’ll focus on two wharncliffe models of opposite ends of the spectrum. First up is the Des Horn Folder by …you guessed it, Des Horn; a South African custom knifemaker. This is a very slick little gent’s folder. The G10 handle is very lightweight and sports a very fine splinter-picker S30V wharncliffe blade. The tip down wireclip is a first for Spyderco.

I really liked how it handled. Even though the knife is aimed at right-handers, I had no trouble flicking it open with my left hand. This one is definitely ‘wish list’ material.


Spyderco Production Prototype Video – Matriarch Sprint Run

March 21, 2010

Michael Janich presents the Matriarch Sprint Run prototype for 2010. He goes over the main features of the knife and its history.


Spyderco Production Prototype Video – UK Penknife FRN, Titanium, Carbon Fiber

March 21, 2010

 Technically the FRN UKPK is not a production prototype, as it’s in the distribution pipeline, but the other two, the titanium and carbon fiber versions, are prototypes. They will become available in the course of this year. Again, my friend Jurphaas provides the great presentation.


Spyderco Production Prototype Video – Jens Anso Zulu

March 21, 2010

 This brief overview of the next Spyderco Jens Anso collaboration prototype, the Zulu, is given by Eric Glesser.


Spyderco Production Prototype Video – Fred Perrin Folder

March 20, 2010

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


Spyderco Caly 3.5 & Flat Grind Delica & Endura Videos

March 18, 2010

Eric Glesser showcasing the new Caly 3.5 production prototype.

Michael Janich giving a brief tour of the new flat grind Delicas and Enduras


Spyderco Paramilitary 2 Prototype Video

March 17, 2010
An overview of the new Paramiltiary 2 prototype, by Eric Glesser. The Para 2 is also compared to the current production Paramilitary.
 

Spyderco Ed Schempp Balance Video

March 15, 2010

This is a short clip of Eric Glesser presenting the Ed Schempp Balance, a Spyderco Production Prototype that’s scheduled to be released in 2010.

 


Spyderco Scoop: Dialex Design Junior

March 14, 2010

This is a real scoop guys! Eric asked me to share the Junior concept model with you guys. What you have seen so far, are production prototypes. This model is still a concept model, therefore it’s a little further away from production than the previous models. Concept models are usually not allowed to be photographed and published, so this is a real scoop.

Spyderco and Dialex haven’t been sitting on their laurels when the Adventura came out. This is the Junior.

I’ll leave the expert presentation to Eric who was kind enough to help me with this video:

Personally, I can see this design being a favorite for various groups of knife afis. The deep choil, compression lock and wide blade could be very appealing to the MBC crowd. The deep choil also lowers the edge which makes the Junior a kind of folding kitchen knife which could be appealing to the outdoor/camping/EDC crowd. I liked it quite a bit, and I noticed that it started growing on me when I handled it for the second time at the IWA Show.

So, what do you think about this design?