Spyderco 2017 Production Sample – Lil’ Temperance 3

March 11, 2017

One of my favorite Spyderco knives from the time I really started to get into the brand was the Lil’ Temperance. So I was excited to see an updated concept model float by at the various Amsterdam Meets over the past 10 years. Finally, the Lil’ Temperance 3 has made it to production. As a purist I regret to see that the new Lil’ Temp does not sport that 3D handle anymore. However, I now can get a proper left-handed version. The grip and feel is very close to the original. Even if it comes in basic black, this is on the top of my wish list!

Overall Length:  18,3 cm / 7.19  inches
Blade Length: 7,4 cm / 2.90 inches
Blade Thickness: 4 mm / 0.15 inches
Weight: 113 grams / 4 ounces


More practice with the new lightbox

February 11, 2015

I was happy with my results so far, but I wanted to get more practice with the new portable lightbox and set-up for the Amsterdam Meet pictures. It helped to work out some kinks and what to look out for when shooting the photos.















Review: Temperance PE, SE, Black & Drone

April 4, 2006

This is my absolute favorite fixed blade to date. The blade is short enough for a folder enthusias to master quickly. The blade cuts like a razor and looks like a benign kitchen knife. The handle is great for MBC in all basic grips, especially the fashionable pikal grip.

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Sal explained to me that this pikal grip was specifically intended for the Temperance, in case you had to use it when attacked by a wild animal, like a cougar. This animal lover would like to think that staying on the trails and stop infringing on wildlife’s habitat with ever expanding suburbs would be a better solution to that particular problem, but for MBC it’s great. The thumb groove in the handle’s butt is a very functional and innovative feature for a reverse edge out grip.

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The sheath is good, retention excellent, souple release and no rattle. I believe the current sheath design features a retention screw to allow for a slightly tighter fit, which I prefer. At least, that’s the version that came with my drone. In practice, I found the relatively short blade to blend perfectly with my MBC skills with folders. I love it so much that I got all variations that I could lay my hands on. Function-wise, I would like to see the edge dropped a bit, so that it is more functional as a kitchen and camp knife, so you can bring more edge to a surface. But it’s perfectly functional as is. I would love to see a Temperance FB with a 7 inch blade and of thicker stock, to go head-to-head with such popular combat knives like the Becker CU7 and the Chris Reeve Green Beret knife.

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