Spyderco Sliverax Flipper Knife Review

Spyderco is a cutlery company that is based in Golden, Colorado. They produce knives and sharpeners and actually pioneered many features that are now common in folding knives, including the pocket clip, serrations, and the opening hole. Spyderco has collaborated with 30 custom knife makers, athletes, and self-defense instructors for designs and innovated the usage of 20 different blade materials.

Spyderco was founded by Sal Glesser. The first product Spyderco produced was the Portable Hand in 1976, this “spider-shaped device”, was a series of angles, ball joints, and alligator clips that helped people such as jewelers and hobbyists to work with small parts. Glesser and his wife Gail converted an old bread delivery truck into a motor-home and traveled to shows. As they became more successful, they graduated from the bread truck to a truck and trailer. They settled in Golden, Colorado in November 1978.

Spyderco began producing knife sharpeners in 1979 and produced their first folding knife, the C01 Worker, in 1981. This knife was the first to feature a round hole in the blade designed for fast, one-handed and ambidextrous opening, which is now the company’s trademark. Additionally, the company claims that this was the first knife to feature a pocket clip on the right side of the handle.

Most knives produced by Spyderco are folding knives of various designs, blade steels, handle materials, and locking mechanisms (including two patented proprietary locks); however, they have also produced fixed blade knives for various purposes.

A large part of Spyderco knife production is outsourced to foreign contractors in countries such as Japan, Taiwan, Italy, and China.

Spyderco knives are respected for their simplicity, reliability, good ergonomics, and functional aesthetics. They are popular with many markets including private citizens, fire and rescue personnel, and law enforcement officers.

For his many influences in tactical knife design and many collaborations with custom knife makers, Sal Glesser was inducted into the Blade Magazine Cutlery Hall of Fame at the 2000 Blade Show in Atlanta, Georgia.

Today we will be going over Spyderco’s Sliverax Flipper knife that features a Carbon fiber and G10 Laminate handle and a CPM S30V satin blade. This knife has a very traditional look to it.

 

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of CPM S30V steel. This was developed by Crucible Steel in 2001, with the aid of Chris Reeve who is a knife guru. This is an American made powder steel. It was designed primarily as a cutlery steel and has a lower Vanadium content compared with S60V and S90V to allow for easier grinding. This steel is currently used extensively in high end production knives. Just like 154CM, it has a good compromise between all three steel attributes. Even just five years ago, S30V had a higher price, but as the market has continued growing and newer steels have come out, it has fallen in price and prestige. Although it steel gives you all of the original qualities that it first provided. This steel is known to have the perfect balance between strength, toughness, and edge retention, which is a hard balance to achieve. Really the only drawback that this steel has been reported to having is that it is pretty hard to sharpen and work with.

The blade has been finished with a satin finish. This finish is created by repeatedly sanding the steel in one direction with an increasing level of fine abrasive. This finish is the most popular blade finish that is used on the market today, because it gives such a classic look to your blade. In terms of luster, the satin finish lies right in the middle—in between the polished blade, which is very reflective, and the coated finish, which is matte. This finish is designed to show off the levels and fine lines of the blade’s steel.

The blade has been carved into a leaf shaped blade. This is the signature blade shape of Spyderco. The style of blade got its name because of its resemblance to the foliage of a plant. This was in part a stylistic decision to make the brand’s knives stand out form the crowd, but it also allowed for the inclusion of Spyderco’s signature oversized thumb hole—which is used as a n alternative to a blade flipper. Leaf shaped blades feature a drastic thumb ramp over the thumb hole which usually features grip jimping, and then a straight downward slope toward the point. The belly of the blade follows a slight convex curve toward a harsh point. When Spyderco describes the leaf blade shape they say, “A blade shape developed and refined by Spyderco. It is similar to a spear point, but not completely symmetrical, and has a more acute point and typically no swedge.”

This blade has been designed as an everyday carry knife, so Spyderco has paired the leaf blade style with a plain edge. The plain edge is more equipped to take on a wider variety of tasks than a serrated edge is. The plain edge is better than the serrated when the application involves push cuts. And, the plain edge is superior when extreme control accuracy, and clean cuts are necessary, whether or not the job is push cuts or slices. For example, the plain edge will work better for applications such as shaving, peeling an apple, or skinning a deer. This is because all of those applications involve either mostly push cuts or the need for extreme control.

 

The Handle:

The handle on the Sliverax features a carbon fiber and G-10 laminate handle and stainless steel handle liners.

Carbon fiber is actually a generic term than encompasses the material that have been made out of strands of carbon being woven together and then set in a resin. Carbon fiber is extremely strong, but surprisingly lightweight for the strength that you get behind it. Unfortunately, it is pretty expensive because of the time consuming process it is to create this material. And, although it is extremely strong, it is far from indestructible and does suffer from being brittle. Carbon fiber is brittle because all of the fibers are woven together in a single direction as opposed to being woven haphazardly. So while the handle is going to be practically indestructible in that one direction, when it is stressed in other directions, it will start to break apart. And, because it is brittle, it will rack if it subjected to sharp impacts.

G10 is the common term for a grade of fiberglass composite laminate, which is a cloth material with a resin binder, that is used in a number of everyday carry knives. This material is very similar to carbon fiber when it comes to properties, but they are made through a very different process. The manufacturer makes G10 by taking layers of fiberglass cloth and soaking them in resin. The manufacturer then compresses the layers and bakes them under pressure. G10 is immune to corrosion and rust, is easily textured, and can come in a variety of different patterns. And similarly to Carbon Fiber, G10 tends to be on the more brittle side and does not resist impact well.

The liners on this knife are made out of stainless steel, which provides excellent durability and resistance to corrosion. But, it is not particularly lightweight. Because the stainless steel has only been used as the liners, the added weight will just be added heftiness, but will not weigh your knife down.

The handle has a unique, exaggerated shape that you are not going to find on many other knives. The finger groove is deep, but still elongated. After the finger groove finishes, the handle flares out in an exaggerated curve. Because the finger groove is so deep, it has created a finger guard to protect your fingers from being sliced if you accidentally slip. This is a flipper knife, so the flipper acts as an extra finger guard when the blade is opened. The spine of the handle also features a curve, which helps give you a more comfortable grip on this knife, in case you will need to be using it for long periods of time.

On the butt of the handle, there has been a lanyard hole carved into it. Many people recognize the benefit of using a lanyard on a tactical blade or a hunting knife, but few see the true potential of using a lanyard on your EDC knife. Also, a lot of people feel like the lanyard is just for looks, and while it does add a touch of personal style, it also plays a bigger role. Pocket knives are often kept in your pocket, and many are mostly concealed in your pocket. If you are trying to draw your knife in a hurry, you aren’t going to be able to do it. With a lanyard though, you can easily grasp the lanyard and whip your knife out. Whether it is for opening a letter, or defending yourself, you’ll shave seconds off of withdrawing your knife if you use a lanyard.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip on this knife is reversible for either right or left hand carry, but is only eligible for tip up carry. This is a wire clip, in a sleek silver that matches the rest of the hardware on the Sliverax.

 

The Mechanism:

The Sliverax is a flipper knife that features both the flipper protrusion and Spyderco’s trademark thumb hole. This knife also sports Spyderco’s Compression Lock.

The flipper is a small, sharks fin shaped piece of metal that extends out of the spine of the handle when the blade is closed. To open the knife using the flipper, you manually pull back on this piece, which flips the blade open until it locks into place.

The other way that you can open this blade is by using the classic round thumb hole. This hole was introduced in the 1980s. Opening a folder equipped with a thumb hole is just like using a thumb stud; by its very design, its ambidextrous. And, unlike the stud, it does not protrude from the blade, which is a characteristic loved by many knife enthusiasts.

This knife is equipped with Spyderco’s Compression Locking mechanism. This mechanism uses a leaf-like spring form a split liner in the handle to wedge laterally between a ramp on the blade tang and the stop pin (or anvil pin). Developed and patented by Spyderco, this locking mechanism provides extreme lock strength and ease of use.

 

Spyderco Sliverax Flipper Knife
Spyderco Sliverax Flipper Knife

The Specs:

The blade on the Spyderco Sliverax measures in at 3.48 inches long, with a handle length of 4.52 inches long. When this knife is opened, it measures in at an even 8 inches long. The knife weighs in at 3.3 ounces. Many people prefer their everyday carry knife to weigh in right around 3 ounces, so this Spyderco blade fits the bill perfectly.

 

Conclusion:

Designed by automotive engineer and knife enthusiast Paul Alexander. the new Sliverax is the sum of style and sophistication. Much like his Ouroboros, this slimly profiled knife presents a deep groove for plenty of blade control and the ergonomics keep it comfortable in the hand. Flipper knives are all part of the folder knife category and are easy operated thanks to a pronounced tab that protrudes out of the forward part of the spine and/or thumb hole. This particular flipper utilizes Spyderco’s patented Compression Lock™ mechanism–allowing users to safely close the blade with one hand without ever having the operating hand come near the cutting edge. and the ball bearing washers translates to smooth fluid action. This model, the C228CFP, features a carbon fiber and G-10 laminate handle, nestled stainless steel liners, a leaf shaped style blade in a satin finish, Spyderco’s trademark round hole opening feature and the reversible pocket clip allows for tip up carry only but is eligible for a left or right hand carry option. This knife is going to become your new favorite EDC knife, so come pick up yours today at BladeOps.

 

Spyderco Brown Hundred Pacer Folder Knife Review

Spyderco’s story is one of hard work, ingenuity, and humble beginnings—just like many other stories of how an empire came to be. Sal Glesser, Spyderco’s founder, started the company when he couldn’t find a job. His first project as the “Portable Hand’, which was designed to assist people working with multiple small parts in manufacture, with items such as jewelry, computer makers, and hobbyists. Although this piece didn’t necessarily have a ton to do with knives, it has been known as Sal’s first foray into the knife world. This product made of angles, ball joints, and alligator clips truly did mark the beginning of the company’s design aesthetic.

Sal then moved on to making knife sharpeners after the relatively mediocre response to the Portable Hand, and later on to the manufacturing of folding knives. Him and his wife converted an old bread delivery truck into a mobile unit and began traveling across the country to knife shows. At these events, Sal began to learn more and more about knives, knife making, and the overall industry.

The first knife that Spyderco made was the folding knife C01 Worker. This knife was first introduced in 1981, and contained many of the company’s signature design elements that are now commonly associated with the brad. This knife was also the first knife in the industry to feature the trademark thumbhole. The company also claims that this was the first knife to feature a pocket clip on the right side of the handle to assist with ease of opening and deployment to be used in conjunction with the thumbhole for one handed operation.

Spyderco is now known for their “Sprint Runs” that prove popular among collectors and knife enthusiast. These Sprint Runs are defined by Spyderco as a Limited Edition Production of any Spyderco product in configuration different than what has been previously produced and can include changes in the handler color, materials, blade steel, and coatings.

Sal Glesser is revered in the knife world for his unique vision, groundbreaking products, and continued commitment to constant improvement and innovation. The popularity of Spyderco products has endured because they make sturdy and dependable knives that are built to last, the company has a commitment to continual advancement in manufacturing and material allows for the finest cutting-edge steels and production techniques, and Spyderco’s vision is something many knife enthusiasts can get behind.

When you purchase a Spyderco, you know that you can trust the knife you just purchased.

Today we will be talking about the Spyderco Brown Hundred Pacer Folding knife.

 

The Blade:

The blade on this Spyderco knife is made out of CTS-XHP Stainless Steel. This steel is described as “a powered metallurgy, air-hardening, high carbon, high chromium, corrosion-resistant alloy. It can be considered either a high hardness 440C stainless steel or a corrosion-resistant D2 tool steel. CTS XHP alloy passes corrosion resistance equivalent to 440C stainless steel and can attain a maximum hardness of 64 HRC. In addition, the composition of CTS HXP alloy has been balanced so that it can attain a minimum hardness of 60 HRC when air cooled.” This steel is high performance steel perfect for a knife that is going to need high performance. This is a premium steel.

The Hundred Pacer’s Blade has been finished satin. The satin blade finish is created by repeatedly sanding it in one direction with an increasing level of fine sandpaper. This finish is known for showing off the fine lines of the steel as well as the bevels of the blade. This is one of the most traditional blade finishes that is on the market today; giving you a medium level of luster.

The blade has been carved into a trailing point blade shape. This is a lightweight knife that has a back edge that curves upward. The trailing point style gets its name from the point which trials higher than the generalized axis of the spine of the knife blade. One of the biggest advantages of this blade style is that it provides a large curved cutting area, or belly, that makes this blade shape optimal for slicing or skinning. The trailing point blade offers the sharpest point for fine, delicate, and small work, such as skinning and caping game or fish. To best use this knife in that scenario, the user will draw the knife towards themselves in a sweeping motion, which will cleanly separate the skin from the game or fish. This style of knife is most commonly found on skinning and fillet knives. However, there are a few disadvantages to this style of blade. The biggest disadvantage is that it does have a weaker point. This blade style is designed specifically for fine delicate work, so it will easily bend or even break if it is used on tougher materials. However, this trialing point blade is nowhere near as weak as some of the skinnier knives, because it is a wider blade that you would normally find.

This Spyderco knife has a plain edge, which is one continuous straight edge that sports no teeth. The plain edge is going to give you cleaner cuts than a serrated blade, as well as being optimal for tasks that require push cuts. A push cut is where you push the blade into and up whatever you are cutting. Some examples of this is when you are shaving, peeling an apple, or skinning a deer. The plain edge is also going to prepare you to take on a wider variety of tasks, although if you need to saw through a thicker material—you should be looking for a serrated blade.

 

The Handle:

The handle on this knife is made out of tan and brown G-10. G-10 is a laminate composite made of fiberglass. To make this material, the manufacturer takes layers of fiberglass cloth and soaks them in resin. Then the manufacturer compresses them and bakes them under pressure. By going through this process, the material becomes very tough, hard, lightweight, and strong. G-10 is even considered to be the toughest of all the fiberglass resin laminates and stronger than Micarta. But, because it is harder than Micarta, it also becomes more brittle than Micarta. G-10 has very similar properties to carbon fiber, although it is much cheaper than carbon fiber because it is slightly inferior. And while it is cheaper to produce than carbon fiber, it still has to be cut and machined into shape which is not as economical as the injection molding process that is used in FRN or GFN handles. Checkering and other patterns add texture to the handle, which makes for a solid, comfortable grip. The production process utilizes many layers of cloth, so the manufacturer can use layers of the same color or varying different colors.

The handle on the Spyderco Tan Hundred Pacer alternates form tan and brown sections. It has been intensely checkered to create enough texture that you will have a solid hold on it in most situations. This knife is made up of many different curves, instead of sharp angles, including the pattern on the handle. Each section of color curves before the next section begins.

The handle has an extremely elongated finger groove and the spine is also curved, which creates a comfortable handle, even if you are using it for long periods of time. The butt of the handle does sport a rectangular lanyard hole.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip on this Spyderco knife is a wire clip. This clip is a reversible pocket clip, which means that it can be attached for either left or right handed carry. This is a huge advantage because it means that you can carry it on whichever side is most comfortable for you. However, it is only designed for tip up carry.

 

The Mechanism:

This knife is a manual folding knife that uses Spyderco’s trademark round hole as well as a liner locking mechanism.

The round hole allows the blade of a folding knife to be swiftly and easily opened only with one hand. This revolutionary feature was granted a U.S. utility patent in 1981 and literally helped define the form of the modern folding knife. Unlike thumb studs, disks, and other one-hand-opening attachments, the hole offers a larger surface area for greater reliability and does not interfere with the cutting action of the blade. This is an iconic symbol for Spyderco, the Trademark Round Hole also serves as a user-friendly alternative to a traditional nail nick in their two-handed opening folders.

Liner locks are one of the more common mechanisms seen on folding knives. This mechanism’s main characteristic is a side spring bar located on the same side as the sharp edge of the blade, which virtually lines the inside of the handle. When the knife is closed, the spring bar is held under tension. When the knife is fully opened, that tension slips the bar inward to make contact with the butt of the blade, keeping it firmly in place and preventing it from closing. Disengaging a liner lock is also very easy, all you have to do is use your thumb to push the spring bar down so that it clears contact form the butt of the blade. Liner locks are beneficial because they allow a knife tow have two true handle sides, which makes it ambidextrous. Another advantage of this locking mechanism is that you can close the knife with one hand. One of the disadvantages is that liner locks aren’t as strong as other locking systems, so it might not be ideal to use this knife for tougher tasks.

 

Spyderco Brown Hundred Pacer Folder Knife
Spyderco Brown Hundred Pacer Folder Knife

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 3.99 inches long, with the handle measuring in at 5.21 inches long. The overall length of this Spyderco when it is opened is 9.2 inches long. This knife weighs in at 5.2 ounces, which is hefty enough that you feel like it can back you up, but not too heavy that it will weigh you down.

 

The Pros of the Spyderco Hundred Pacer:

  • The steel is a well-rounded steel.
  • The steel is a premium, high performance steel, giving this knife the capabilities to take on tougher tasks and last longer.
  • The satin finish gives you a very traditional look.
  • The trailing point is perfect for skinning or slicing because of the large belly.
  • G10 is hard, tough, strong, yet still very lightweight.
  • G10 is the hardest of all resin laminates.
  • There is plenty of texture on the face of the handle so that you can have a solid grip on it in almost any situation.
  • The handle features a lanyard hole.
  • Wire pocket clip cuts down on weight.
  • Reversible pocket clip; so you can carry it on the preferred side.
  • The round hole is easy to use.
  • The round hole does not get in the way or protrude from the blade.
  • You can close the liner lock with only one hand.

 

The Cons of the Spyderco Hundred Pacer:

  • The trailing point blade style is prone to breaking because it has such a fine tip.
  • G-10 is a very brittle because of how hard it is.
  • The pocket clip is only designed for tip up carry.
  • The liner locking mechanism is not going to be strong enough to take on some of the tougher tasks.

 

 

Conclusion:

Designed by knife guru Johnny Liao, the Hundred Pacer was named and modeled after the deadly Taiwanese viper–featuring a snakeskin-like texture and design on the handle in addition to the broad and slightly upswept blade style. The Hundred Pacer utilizes Spyderco’s liner lock mechanism–a leaf-like spring split from the liner to wedge laterally against a ramped surface on the tang of the blade which equates to a strong pronounced lockup. This model, the C225GP, features a dual colored brown and tan G-10 handle, skeletonized stainless steel liners, a swept point style blade in a satin finish, Spyderco’s trademark round hole opening feature and the reversible pocket clip is designed for tip up carry only but is eligible for a left or right hand carry option.

 

Spyderco Dark Blue Paramilitary 2 Folder Knife Review

Spyderco is a Colorado based cutlery company that produces knives and knife sharpeners. Spyderco pioneered many features that are now common in folding knives, including the pocket clip, serrations, and the opening hole. Spyderco has collaborated with 30 custom knife makers, athletes, and self-defense instructors for designs and innovated the usage of 20 different blade materials.

Spyderco was founded by Sal Glesser. The first product Spyderco produced was the Portable Hand in 1976, this “spider-shaped device,” was a series of angles, ball joints, and alligator clips that helped people such as jewelers and hobbyists to work with small parts. Glesser and his wife Gail converted an old bread delivery truck into a motor-home and traveled to shows. As they became more successful, they graduated from the bread truck to a truck and trailer. They settled in Golden Colorado in November 1978. Spyderco began producing knife sharpeners in 1979 and produced their first folding knife, the C01 Worker, in 1981. This knife was the first to feature a round hole in the blade designed for fast, one-handed and ambidextrous opening, which is now the company’s trademark. Additionally, the company claims that this was the first knife to feature a pocket clip on the right side of the handle.

Most knives produced by Spyderco are folding knives of various designs, blade steels, handle materials, and locking mechanisms. However, they have also produced fixed-blade knives for various purposes. Spyderco’s knives are made with plain edge, a partially serrated edge, or a fully serrated “Spyder Edge” configuration. Their most common handle material is FRN and G10, although they make knives with steel handles as well as some limited editions with handles from various other materials.

Something unique to Spyderco is their use of Sprint Runs. Spyderco often produces limited edition models, referred to as sprint runs. These limited runs are generally versions of discontinued models with different blade and hand materials though some are completely new models, such as the Kopa; a dress knife with several variants.

Today we will be going over the Spyderco C81GPDBL2 Dark Blue Paramilitary 2 folding knife.

 

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of CPM S110V stainless steel. This is a high alloy martensitic stainless tool steel produced by the Crucible Particle Metallurgy process. CPM S110V contains a high volume fraction of both vanadium-rich and niobium-rich primary alloy carbides for exceptionally good wear resistance compared to other commercially available PM tool steels. This also offers better corrosion resistance than 440C or CPM S90V. This CPM process results in a fine and uniform carbide distribution in CPM S110V compared to conventionally produced high alloy tool steels which results in relatively good machining, grinding, and toughness characteristics despite the alloy content.

The blade has been satin finished, which is the most traditional blade finish in the cutlery market today. This finish is created by repeatedly sanding the blade in one direction with an increasing level of abrasive, which is usually a sandpaper. The finer the sandpaper (or other abrasive) and the more even the lines, the cleaner the blade is going to look. Like I mentioned, this is the most popular blade finish that is used today because it creates such a classic and traditional look. In terms of luster, the satin finish is right in the middle. A mirror polish finish is going to be much more reflective than the satin finish and a coated finish is going to keep it much more matte than a satin finish. With this blade, you can know that your blade is not going to go out of style. The satin finish also slightly increases the corrosion resistance of the blade, although that characteristic of this blade is not necessarily noteworthy.

The blade has been carved into a clip point blade style. This blade shape is one of the two most popular blade shapes that is used today in the cutlery industry. This is because it is a versatile blade shape that is functional in a wide variety of different situations and tasks. The most common place that you are going to see this blade shape is on the Bowie knife style, but plenty of other pocket and fixed blade knives also sport the clip point blade shape, such as this Paramilitary 2. The blade shape is formed by having the back, or unsharpened, edge run straight form the handle before it stops about halfway up the knife. At this point, it turns and continues to the point of the knife. This section of the blade is referred to as the clip, because it looks as if it has been clipped off of the knife. This section is straight on the Paramilitary 2. Because of the clip, the tip is lowered, which means that you are going to have more control when using the knife for slicing or for fine detail work. One of the other reasons that this blade shape is so all-purpose is because of the large belly that it boasts. The belly makes slicing much simpler, which is going to make the majority of your tasks much simpler. One of the only disadvantages to the clip point blade shape is also one of its key advantages: The clip point has a narrow tip, which means that it is going to be more prone to breaking than say a drop point. However, because the tip is sharper and thinner at the spine, the clip point has been perfectly designed to lend itself to piercing and stabbing. This is also what differentiates the clip point from the drop point—the drop point has a much broader point, so while it is going to be more durable, the drop point does not have the same stabbing capabilities.

On the portion of the blade that is nearest to the spine of the handle, there is a row of very shallow jimping that will assist you in having better grip and more control when you are doing fine detail work with this blade.

This Spyderco knife boasts a plain edge, which helps this knife be the perfect everyday carry knife. The plain edge has equipped this blade to take on a wider variety of tasks while also giving you very clean cuts.

 

The Handle:

The handle on this knife is made out of dark blue G-10. G-10 is a high-pressure fiberglass laminate, which is a kind of composite material. This material is created by stacking multiple layers of glass cloth, soaking it in epoxy resin, and compressing the resulting material under heat until the epoxy cures. This material is manufactured in flat sheets. G-10 is very similar to Micarta and Carbon Fiber laminates, because all of the materials are resin-based laminates. However, in G-10 the base material is glass cloth. G-10 is considered to be the toughest of the glass fiber resin laminates and therefore the most commonly used. G-10 is so widely used because of its high strength, low moisture absorption, and chemical resistance. Because G-10 is created in layers, the manufacturer can create unique colors for knife handles. This Spyderco knife is dark blue G-10. The dark blue color is unique enough that the knife is sure to be a showstopper, but it is also subtle enough that it does not look tacky. This is close to a navy, which is a neutral color, so you won’t have to feel like the handle is the only thing that people can focus on. This material is also easy to texturize, which comes in handy for all-purpose knives, because it means that you can have a good grip on this knife in almost any environment.

Spyderco Dark Blue Paramilitary 2 Folder Knife
Spyderco Dark Blue Paramilitary 2 Folder Knife

The ergonomics of this knife handle have created a very comfortable handle. The center of the handle bottom bellies out to fit your palm well. There is a slight finger groove and a slight finger guard, which helps to keep your fingers safe in case of slippage. The spine of the handle has a slight curve to it.

On the butt of the handle, there has been a lanyard hole carved out. This lanyard hole will come in handy for a variety of reasons, even though this is just an everyday carry knife. For instance, if you have a lanyard attached to your knife, you will be able to withdraw it from your pocket quicker than if you were using your pocket clip. Also, because of this, you can keep your knife more deeply concealed in your pocket. Overall, the lanyard will allow you to keep your knife close by at all times, without the hassle that comes from keeping your knife with you at all times. And, as a side advantage, with a lanyard, you are also able to add a little bit of your own style to your knife.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip has also been finished satin to match the blade, it also contrasts nicely with the dark blue handle. This clip is kept in place by three small, silver screws that match the rest of the hardware on this knife. One of the biggest advantages to the Paramilitary 2 pocket clip is that it is a four-way reversible clip. This means that the clip is fully ambidextrous as well, plus you can carry it in the most comfortable position for yourself. On the pocket clip, Spyderco has stamped their logo near the top.

 

The Mechanism:

This Spyderco knife is a folding knife that uses their round hole to assist you in opening your knife as well as their patented Compression Lock mechanism.

The thumb hole is very simple to use and it essentially replaces the nail nick or the thumb stud on a knife. Spyderco likes the round hole because it allows the blade of a folding knife to be swiftly and easily opened with only one hand. This revolutionary feature was granted a U.S. utility patent in 1981 and literally helped define the form of the modern folding knife. Unlike thumb studs, disks, and other one-hand-opening attachments, the hole offers a larger surface area for greater reliability and does not interfere with the cutting action of the blade. Spyderco has said, “An iconic symbol of our brand, the Trademark Round Hole also serves as a user-friendly alternative to a traditional nail ick in our two-hand-opening folders and a proud expression of our brand identify in our fixed blade knives.”

Their compression lock is a lock mechanism that uses a leaf-like spring from a split liner in the handle to wedge laterally between a ramp on the blade tang and the stop pin. This lock was developed and patented by Spyderco, and it provides extreme lock strength and ease of use.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this Spyderco knife measures in at 3.42 inches long, with the handle measuring in at 4.82 inches long. The overall length of the blade is 8.24 inches long when the knife is opened. The Paramilitary 2 weighs in at 3.9 ounces. This knife was made in the United States of America.

 

Conclusion:

Highly regarded as one of the most popular folder knives ever created, the Spyderco Paramilitary 2 slightly diminishes the exceptional performance and reliability of the Spyderco Military model into a more compact and pocket-friendly design. Each model features a premium stainless steel blade that is supported, this time, by Spyderco’s patented Compression Lock™ mechanism–allowing users to safely close the blade with one hand without ever having the operating hand come near the cutting edge. Much like its larger predecessor, the Paramilitary 2 features a slightly flared base of the handle as well as the integrated jimping which provides increased control with any cutting job. This model, the C81GPDBL2, features a dark blue G-10 handle, a satin finished clip point style blade, Spyderco’s trademark round hole opening feature and an ambidextrous 4-way positional pocket clip which allows for a tip up or tip down carry option on either side of the handle. Pick up this fantastic everyday knife today at BladeOps.

 

Spyderco Autonomy Automatic Knife Review

Spyderco is a Golden Colorado based cutlery company that produces knives and knife sharpeners. Spyderco pioneered many features that are now common in folding knives, including the pocket clip, serrations, and the opening hole. Spyderco has collaborated with 30 custom knife makers, athletes, and self-defense instructors for designs and innovated the usage of 20 different blade materials.

Spyderco was founded by Sal Glesser. The first product Spyderco produced was the Portable Hand in 1976, this “sider-shaped device”, was a series of angles, ball joints, and alligator clips. Spyderco’s founder, Sal Glesser, and his wife Gail, converted an old bread delivery truck into a motor-home and traveled to shows. As the became more successful, they graduated from the bread truck to a truck and trailer. They settled in Golden in November 1978. Spyderco began producing knife sharpeners in 1978 and produced their first folding knife, the C01 Worker in 1981. This knife was the first to feature a round hole in the blade designed for fast, one-handed and ambidextrous opening, which is now the company’s trademark. The company also claims that this was the first knife to feature a pocket clip on the right side of the handle.

Most of the knives that Spyderco produces are folding knives of various designs, blade steels, handle materials, and locking mechanism. But, they do produce some fixed blade knives for various purposes. Many of their knives are produced in the USA, but a good chunk of them are outsourced to foreign contractors in countries such as Japan, Taiwan, Italy, and China.

Spyderco knives are respected for their simplicity, reliability, good ergonomics, and functional aesthetics. Spyderco knives are very popular with many markets including private citizens, fire, and rescue personnel, and law enforcement officers.

The founder, Sal, was inducted into the Blade Magazine Cutlery hall of Fame at the 2000 Blade Show in Georgia for his many influences in tactical knife design, most notably the pocket clip, serrations, and opening hole.

Today we will be going over the Spyderco Autonomy Automatic Knife, with the H-1 Black blade.

 

The Blade:

The blade on this Spyderco blade is made out of H1 steel. This is a high end steel that is form Japan’s Myodo Metals and is basically the ultimate corrosion resistance and essentially does not rust. This is the epitome of a true stainless steel. But, because of this, the blade does come at a price. Unfortunately, the edge retention on this steel is pretty low. This knife has been designed for the coast guard and thus diving, so the steel is the perfect option. The steel does not rust and can be in many wet environments, but it would not make a great steel for an everyday carry knife. This steel is a nitrogen steel, which is used as the iron hardener instead of carbon, which is why the rusting is limited.

The blade is coated with a black finish. There are a variety of benefits to a coated finish, but the biggest ones for this knife is that they help to provide corrosion resistance. So not only are you getting a phenomenal steel that is resistant to corrosion, but Spyderco enhanced it and coated it. Another benefit to a coating finish for this steel is that it is a matte finish, so the reflections are not going to give you away. Unfortunately, coating finishes do scratch off, almost no matter how quality they are. The coating will scratch off at different rates depending on how often and heavily you use it, and at that point, you will have to get the knife recoated to maintain those good benefits.

The Autonomic blade has been carved into a sheepsfoot blade shape. This blade shape is designed for those moments that you want a knife that is perfect for slicing or cutting without worrying about controlling the point. With a sheepsfoot blade, you can avoid an accidental stabbing, which is perfect for the Coast Guard who are constantly rescuing people. The main purpose of a sheepsfoot blade is for cutting and slicing while minimizing the chances of anything accidentally being pierced by the point. The design of a sheepsfoot knife includes a straight edged front blade and a dull back spine that curves down to meet the straight edge. The two blades meet at the tip to form a “false point”. Sheepsfoot knives are very popular among emergency responders who use them to cut seatbelts and other restraints without injuring the victim with a sharp point. They are also very popular among sailors who use them to safely cut rigging without the danger of piercing the sales. This combination truly makes this blade shape the perfect option for the Coast Guard. While the false point is one of the advantages of the sheepsfoot blade, it is also one of the disadvantages, because it is not going to be able to stab if needed.

The blade has been ground into a serrated edge. In this case, it is Spyderco’s custom serrated edge shape called their Spyderedge. This is Spyderco’s two-step serration pattern that consists of one large and two small serrations. The pattern increasing the cutting edge’s surface area by up to 24%. In general, the serrated edge will work better than the plain edge for slicing cuts, especially through hard or tough surfaces, where the serrations tend to grab and cut the surface easily. Some of the cutting power of the serrated edge is due to its format alone, which means that even if the blade is dull, it will be able to perform okay at slicing jobs. This is a big benefit of the Spyderedge, especially on this particular edge, because as you will remember, the steel does not have the best edge holding abilities. But, the serrated edge gets its slicing ability from a number of factors. The high points on the serrations will touch the material first, and this gives those point higher pressure per areas than if the same pressure was applied to a plain blade; which allows the serration to puncture more easily.

 

The Handle:

The handle on this ultimate salt water tool is made out of G-10 with stainless steel liners. G-10 is a grade of Garolite that is a laminate composite made of fiberglass. It has very similar properties to carbon fiber, but because it is slightly inferior, you can get it for a fraction of the cost. To make this formula, the manufacturer takes layers of fiberglass cloth and soaks them in resin, then compresses them and bakes them under pressure. The material that you get is super tough, very hard, strong, and still lightweight. In fact, G-10 is considered the toughest of all the fiberglass laminates and even stronger than Micarta. Other, it is a brittle material. You can add almost any checkering or textures to the handle to provide you with a very solid, and still comfortable grip. Tactical and survival knives really benefit from the qualities of G-10, because it is a durable and lightweight material. As an added bonus, it is a non-porous material, which means that it won’t absorb any of the water if you are using this knife to dive. No absorption means that the maintenance will be very easy and quick. G-10 is cheaper to produce than carbon fiber, but it does still have to be cut and machined into shape, which is not as economical as the injection molding process used in FRN handles, so it is not necessarily a cheap material for you knife handle. This is a tough, light, and durable knife handle material, which is perfect for this coast guard knife. But, it is a brittle material and it does lack elegance, which shouldn’t be too big of a drawback.

The handle has stainless steel handles. Stainless steel provides excellent durability and resistance to corrosion, but it is not a lightweight material. This metal provides the perfect amount of heftiness to this knife. Stainless steel liners are the perfect option for the Spyderco Autonomy because they are strong, durable, and very corrosion resistant.

The handle is black with plenty of texture to give you a secure grip even in wet environments. But, to guarantee that you have the best grip possible, Spyderco has added four deep finger grooves down the length of the handle to give you fingers a good place to hold on to. To keep your fingers safe, there is a rounded finger guard.

And of course there is a lanyard hole carved into the bottom portion of the handle. This is going to be crucial if you are using the knife in the water. You never know when a strong wave is going to hit and you can attach it to a place that gives you continuous access without getting in the way.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip on this knife is a reversible pocket clip that is designed only for tip up carry. This is a skeletonized pocket clip, which means that it is not solid, it is more a wire pocket clip. The pocket clip is black to match the rest of the handle and the hardware on this knife.

Spyderco Autonomy Automatic Knife
Spyderco Autonomy Automatic Knife

The Mechanism:

This is an automatic knife. This means that you need to be very aware of your local knife laws before you buy and purchase this knife. Automatic knives, or switchblades, have a strict set of laws surrounding them and you are fully responsible for the consequences.

A switchblade is a type of knife that has a folding blade that is stored in the handle which is then opened with a spring when the oversized button on the handle is activated. The blade swings open and locks into place when the blade has been fully opened. The blade is unlocked by manually operating a mechanism that unlocks the blade and allows it to be folded and locked in the closed position.

The automatic mechanism is ideal for this Coast Guard knife because when you are wearing large gloves are diving gear, you aren’t going to have the time or ability to manually open the knife.

As a bonus, this knife features a coil spring which is contained in the module that allows for easy replacement without having to disassemble the entire knife, which makes maintenance a breeze in a tight situation.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife is 3.7 inches long, with a handle that measures in at 4.92 inches long. This leaves the overall length of the knife at 8.62 inches long. The Autonomy weighs in at 5.3 ounces. This Spyderco knife was made in the United States of America.

 

The Conclusion:

The Spyderco Autonomy was built to meet the demanding mission requirements of the US Coast Guard rescue swimmers and it offered in 2 different variations. Each model features a slide safety housed near an over-sized firing button which is ideal even while wearing gloves. Other unique, yet very purposeful, qualities include a corrosion resistant coil spring which is nested within the module to allow for easy replacement without having to disassemble the entire knife and a blade shape that features an applicable blunt tip design while still providing a high degree of point utility. The H-1 steel found on this knife is a non-carbon based austenitic steel which means it is not heat treated but, thanks to the small addition of nitrogen, still offers steel-like qualities. This model, C165GSBBK, features a black G-10 handle, stainless steel liners, a fully serrated (Spyderedge) sheepsfoot style blade in a black finish and the reversible pocket clip is designed for tip up carry only but is eligible for a left or right hand carry option. The blade of this knife is one of the most corrosion resistant steels you are going to find, so maintenance is going to be a breeze and you won’t have to worry about taking this knife in the wrong environment. So run on over to BladeOps and pick up your Spyderco Autonomy today and you’ll never be without a reliable tool in any situation or environment.

 

Spyderco Tasman Salt 2 Hawkbill Folder Knife Review

The beginning of Spyderco as we know it today began in 1976 when inventor Sal Glesser created his first product when he wasn’t able to find a job. Surprisingly enough, it wasn’t actually a knife. He called it the Portable Hand. It was a strange-looking device that allowed people like jewelers and hobbyists to work with small parts because it securely held items in place, leaving both hands free for other purposes. The useful device looked freakish, like something you would find in a sci-fi movie, bearing a striking resemblance to a spider.

With the success of the Portable Hand, Sal Glesser and his wife traveled around to trade shows in a converted bread truck before settling in Golden, Colorado in 1978. At the same time, he went around selling the Portable Hand, he also invented the Tri-angle Sharpmaker. The Sharpmaker, which is still in production today, was successful enough to fund some of the research and development on other projects.

Then, in 1981, Spyderco released the C01 Worker. The C01 Worker was a knife of many firsts: the first Spyderco knife, the first to feature the trademark round hole for ambidextrous and one handed opening, the first folder to use the clothing clip. And more importantly, The C01 Worker completely shifted the ways we interact with knives today.

It takes time, effort, and patience to become a popular knife brand, but what helped Spyderco succeed was the philosophy of making the best knife possible. While Sal and his wife traveled and sold their knife sharpeners across the country, they would talk with countless people about what they needed in a knife. Like a sponge, the two soaked up the information and took it to heart.

The result of that information was the creation of knives that were not only unique and original but highly functional. With the help of custom knife maker Al Mar, Sal was able to make contacts in the US that allowed him to manufacture knives at the quality he desired.

While the Spyderco’s logo is a spider, sometimes it does get confused as a tick. The reason it looks this way is because Sal Glesser was intent on using a spider as the logo, but feel the typical long-legged and pointy spider was too aggressive to put on knives. The solution was this “cute” spider.

Since the first knife, Sal has created over 200 models. Year after year, Spyderco releases a plethora of uniquely designed knife that always put function over form. Because of this, many of Spyderco’s knives have changed the knife industry forever. TO this day, the company is still run by family.

Today we will be discussing the New Spyderco Tasman Salt 2 Hawkbill Folder Knife with an H1 steel blade that has been finished satin. This knife spots an FRN handle with Spyderco’s Bi-Directional Texturing.

 

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of H-1 steel. This is a nitrogen steel that is extremely corrosion resistant. Nitrogen is used as the iron hardener instead of carbon, which limits the possibility of rusting, so much that it can actually be used in knives that are designed to go in salt water, which is one of the toughest conditions that knives are used in. This steel hasn’t been known to be a great cutter, because it is poor at retaining an edge. This steel will perform just as well as lower end stainless steels such as 440A. The Tasman Salt knife is one of Spyderco’s SALT series, which are used for diving.

This blade has been satin finished, which is the most popular blade finish on the market to date. This finish is created by repeatedly sanding the blade in one direction with an increasing level of fine sandpaper, which shows off the bevels of the blade as well as the steel’s fine lines. This finish gives you a sleek, traditional look. The blade looks classy, but does not take away from the handle.

The blade itself has been carved into a unique hawkbill style blade. This blade has sometimes been known as the pruner blade, and the origin is lost in times before there really was a cutlery industry. The history traces back to when it began as a harvesting hook for grapes and similar produce. Hawkbill blades also have a long history of being used as a slashing weapon in eastern cultures. The design adapted when electricity began to be sued and the insulation needed to be stripped off the ends. The name of the blade came from the resembles to a hawk’s beak. A hawkbill style blade is simply a blade that has a concave cutting edge and a claw like shape. Hawkbill blades don’t have much of a tip for piercing, but are ideal for cutting and carving, especially long cuts like when installing carpet. The shape of the blade and cutting edge allows the hawkbill to grab material easily and reduces the risk of accidently stabbing yourself if you slip up. The hawkbill blade shape has found resurgence as a defensive tool today with modern tactical and fighting blades. This blade shape is used extensively in gardening tools, because with a regular knife, you will find that the slippery area underneath the bark makes cutting through almost impossible. The hooked end of the Hawkbill acts as a stopping point and makes this job much easier. When using this as a diving knife, you will quickly be able to get yourself unstuck if you happen to become tangled up in some weeds or other muck during your dive.

The blade does sport a plain edge, which is better equipped to take on a variety of different tasks. The plain edge is easier to sharpen, which will come in handy with this specific blade, because the steel does not retain an edge as well as others. The plain edge will also provide you with much cleaner cuts than you would find with a serrated blade. However, a serrated blade would be better suited to saw through some of the thicker or tougher materials that you may encounter.

 

The Handle:

The handle of this blade is made out of Fiberglass Reinforced Nylon, or FRN. This is a nylon-based plastic that is reinforced with Glass Fiber and injection molded for use in knife handles. FRN handles are one of the cheapest and toughest handle materials to produce in large scale production knives. Although it is such a cheap material, it makes for a very tough knife handle material and can take some serious abuse. It is quite a bit more flexible than G-10 and other Resin Laminates, which means that it won’t have the rigidity associated with them. But, it makes up for the lack of rigidity in its impact toughness—seriously, this handle is going to be able to take a beating without breaking, chipping, or snapping. Because it is injection molded (one of the reasons that the cost is so low), practically any texture can be created on the surface, which makes it very versatile.

Because you might be using this knife while you are underwater, or in other wet environments, Spyderco has added extreme texture all over the face of the handle. There is almost a grid pattern carved into the face of the handle, which will help keep your grip secure, even in the slipperiest of scenarios.

The handle has comfortable ergonomics, with a shallow, elongated finger grove on the bottom of the handle. This gives you a comfortable hold, but allows your fingers to fit, even if you are in diving gloves. On the spine of the handle, there is a long row of jimping to give you an even more secure hold to add a measure of controllability while slicing with this blade.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip on this Spyderco knife is a deep carry pocket clip. This clip is made out of titanium and kept in place by three small, silver screws, which match the rest of the hardware on this knife. Titanium offers the best rust resistance of any metal, which makes it perfect for this SALT line knife. The clip is fully reversible which means that you will be able to carry this knife tip up, tip down, and on either r side of the handle for maximum comfort.

 

The Mechanism:

This knife has Spyderco’s large hole to help you open it and features Spyderco’s back lock mechanism.

 

Spyderco Tasman Salt 2 Hawkbill Folder Knife
Spyderco Tasman Salt 2 Hawkbill Folder Knife

Since around the 1980s, the round thumb hole has most often been associated with folding knives from Spyderco. Opening a folder equipped with a thumb hole is just like using a thumb stud. By its very design, it makes the knife ambidextrous. And, many knife lovers favor a hole because unlike a stud, the hole doesn’t protrude from the blade, getting in the way every once in a while.

The back lock is a locking system that is positioned on the back of the handle. It sues a rocker arm that pivots in the center. A lug on one end of the arm engages a notch in the blade’s tang to lock the blade open.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 2.8 inches long, with the handle measuring in at 4.25 inches long. The overall length of the knife when it is opened is 7.05 inches long and it weighs in at 2.1 ounces.

 

Pros of the Tasman SALT:

  • H1 steel is virtually rust resistant. You can use this blade in saltwater and it won’t rust.
  • The satin finish is very traditional.
  • The blade is easily resharpened.
  • The satin finish cuts down slightly on wear and corrosion.
  • The hawkbill blade shape will easily cut through plants.
  • The hawkbill blade shape will reduce accidental piercings.
  • The plain edge is better equipped to take on a wider variety of tasks.
  • The FRN handle is cheap to produce.
  • The handle has plenty of texture to give you a solid grip no matter what environment you are in.
  • The pocket clip is four-way reversible—giving you maximum comfort.
  • The opening hole is an ambidextrous opening mechanism.
  • The knife features Spyderco’s back lock.
  • The 2.1-ounce knife weighs enough to give you some heft, but not too much to weigh you down.
  • Comes in a variety of colors.
  • The hawkbill blade “captures” what it is cutting, which draws it into the cutting edge.

 

Cons of the Tasman SALT:

  • The steel that is chosen does not retain its edge well at all.
  • The hawkbill blade shape is great for a few tasks, but not well equipped for everyday uses.

 

Conclusion:

The Tasman Salt 2 is the latest addition to the Spyderco arsenal of knives–taking the highly praised features of the Spyderco Delica 4 model and supercharging it with a nitrogen-based steel that is virtually rustproof. In addition to the steel, the hawkbill blade is ideal for “capturing” what it is cutting–drawing it into the cutting edge. Offered in multiple colors and blade configurations, each model utilizes Spyderco’s patented Bi-Directional Texturing™ that promotes plenty of grip and the stark positive thumb ramp amplifies that even further. The Tasman Salt 2 family utilizes Spyderco’s back lock mechanism–a locking system positioned on the back of the handle that uses a rocker arm that pivots in the center. This model, the C106PBK2, features a black FRN (Fiberglass Reinforced Nylon) handle, a satin finished hawkbill style blade, Spyderco’s trademark round hole opening feature and the fully reversible 4-way titanium pocket clip allows for a tip up or tip down carry on either side of the handle. This knife will make for your next go-to diving knife, because it doesn’t rust, it is low maintenance, and the Bi-Directional texturing on the handle will give you a solid grip in almost any situation or environment. Pick up this exceptional Spyderco knife today at BladeOps.

 

Spyderco White One-Eyed Jack Folder Knife Review

The beginning of this company as we currently think of it began way back in 1976, when inventor Sal Glesser created his first product after he couldn’t find a job. Surprisingly enough, for such a knife empire, the first product wasn’t even a knife—it was something called the Portable hand. This strange-looking device was created for people such as jewelers and hobbyists to work with small parts because it would hold those items in place, which give the people both of their hands free for other parts of their projects. This product had a unique look, and bore a striking resemblance to a spider, which is where the name of the company stemmed from.

Kenneth T Delavigne wrote a book called Spyderco Story: The New Shape of Sharp in which he says,

“The name Spyderco and the mascot Spider that became embodied in the company’s logo were derived from the word “spyder”, which represented two things: the spiderlike shape of the Portable Hand (Sal’s first patented invention) and the designation some European automakers gave to high performance roadsters. High performance, then and now, was what Sal wanted to provide in whatever products he sold.”

 

It was with this first product that Spyderco came to exists. Because of the success of the Portable Hand, Sal Glesser and his wife, Gail, would travel to trade shows in a converted bread truck. They settled in Colorado in 1978. Around the same time that he was traveling and selling the Portable Hand, Glesser was also inventing the Tri-Angle Sharpmaker, which was successful enough to fund some of the development on other projects.

It wasn’t until 1981 that Spyderco released their first knife, called the C01 Worker. Not only was it the first Spyderco knife, but it was also the first knife that featured the round hole for ambidextrous and one-handed opening and the first folder to use the clothing clip. This was the knife that really set the new standard for pocket knives in our current day and age.

To create the knife that everybody wanted, Glesser and his wife would spend hours talking with people about what they wanted in a knife. They took the ideas to heart and then to the design table. Because of this time, they spent, they are creating knives that are original, innovative, and still aesthetically pleasing.

Since the original knife, Spyderco has produced over 200 models, which have had some great successes in the mix. Sal and Gail, with the help of their son Eric, are still running the family company and employ more than 130 employees.

Today we will be talking about one of their newer knives—the White One-Eyed Jack folder knife that has a CPM S30V blade and a handle made out of G-10 and stainless steel.

Spyderco White One-Eyed Jack Folder Knife
Spyderco White One-Eyed Jack Folder Knife

 

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of CPM S30V stainless steel. This steel that was designed and made by Crucible is considered a premium knife steel. This steel has excellent edge retention while also resisting rust almost effortlessly. Crucible designed this steel in the United Sates specifically for high-end premium pocket knives as well as expensive kitchen cutlery. Because they designed this steel with knives in mind, they have created the perfect balance between edge retention, hardness, and toughness. To add extreme hardness to this steel, Crucible has added vanadium carbides. The vanadium carbides are also where the steel name gets the “V” from. For a while, this steel was one of the best steels that money could buy. Because of this, it did come with a hefty cost. However, since newer Super Steels have been released, and with the competition, the cost of this steel has been driven downward, while still retaining all of the good qualities. There is one disadvantage to this steel which is that it is harder to work with and sharpen than other steels. Not a huge drawback, but it is there.

The blade on this knife has been finished with a satin finish. This finish is one of the most popular blade finishes that is used on the market today. The satin finish is created by repeatedly sanding the steel in one direction with an increasing level of an abrasive material. This process is done to create a little bit of shine, as well as showing off the bevels and the fine lines in the steel. The satin finish lies close to the middle in terms of luster; a mirror finished blade is going to be more reflective than the satin finish and a coated finish is going to be less reflective than a satin finish. Overall, this finish is one of the most traditional looks that you are going to get out of a blade finish.

The blade has been carved into a clip point style, which is one of the most used blade shapes on the market today. This blade style is definitely an all-purpose blade shape. The shape of the blade is formed by having the back edge of the knife run straight form the handle and then stop about halfway up the knife. Then, it turns and continues to the point of the knife. This “cut-out” area is straight on the One-Eyed Jack knife. This cut out area is also referred to as the clip, because the portion looks as if it were clipped out. Because of this clipped portion, it creates a lowered point, which gives the user more control when they are using the knife. And, because the tip is controllable, sharp, and thinner at the spine, a clip point knife is going to be a much better option for stabbing than a drop pint blade. Clip points are also so versatile because they feature such a large belly that is perfect for slicing. Clip point and drop point knife styles are often confused with each other. They are both very similar—they are both designed to be all-purpose knives, they both sport a big belly, and they both have a lowered tip. It is the rest of the tip’s characteristics that separate a clip point form a drop point. A drop point has a much broader tip, which means that you aren’t going to have the same stabbing capabilities that you love from your clip point. However, because it is broader, it is going to be less likely to snap or break and a drop point is going to be able to take on tougher tasks. The clip point isn’t as strong as the drop point, because it does have a relatively narrow tip. This is really one of the clip points only disadvantages, because it is prone to being weak. But, you do get those stabbing capabilities with less drag during insertion and faster withdrawal.

 

The Handle:

The handle is made out of G-10 with stainless steel bolsters and stainless steel liners.

G-10 is a high-pressure fiberglass laminate, which is a kind of composite material. This material is created by stacking multiple layers of glass cloth, which have been soaked in epoxy resin, then compressing them under heat until the epoxy cures. This material is manufactured in flat sheets. This material is very similar to Micarta and Carbon Fiber, because they are all resin-based laminates, except that the base material used is glass cloth. G-10 is the toughest of the glass fiber resin laminates and therefore the most commonly used in knife handles. G-10 is known for its high strength and low moisture absorption. Plus, because of how the material is used, there can be many variations of G10 that are produced in man colors and patterns. The handle on the Spyderco White One-Eyed Jack is a white G-10 that features a red G-10 heart inlay and a black G-10 spade inlay. G-10 is also easily texturized, which makes for exceptional grip on your knife. This knife was designed to look like a collectible knife, but built to be used. So whether you collect knives are use them every single day—this knife meets your needs.

The bolsters and liners are made out of stainless steel, which gives this knife excellent durabily and does add a great resistant to corrosion. Stainless steel is a heavier material, so it does add a little bit of heft behind your knife. But, the liners are skeletonized to keep the weight of this knife down.

On the butt of the handle, there has been a lanyard hole carved in. This is a big bonus for such a versatile knife.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip has been statically designed for tip up carry only on the traditional side of the handle. This pocket clip is also made out of stainless steel and just like the liners, it is skeletonized. The clip is kept in place by a small silver screw that matches the rest of the hardware (and the bolsters) on this knife.

 

The Mechanism:

This knife is a manual folding knife that features Spyderco’s signature round opening hole. This knife also features a liner locking mechanism.

When talking about their signature round hole, they’ve said:

 

“One of the most common question we get from people new to Spyderco knives is ‘Why the Round Hole?’ The round hole allows the blade of a folding knife to be swiftly and easily opened with only one hand. This revolutionary feature was granted a U.S. utility patent in 1981 and literally helped define the form of the modern folding knife. Unlike thumb studs, disks, and other one-hand-opening attachments, the hole offers a larger surface area for greater reliability and does not interfere with the cutting action of the blade. An iconic symbol of our brand, the Trademark Round Hole also serves a s user-friendly alternative to a traditional nail nick in our two-hand-opening folders and a proud expression of our brand identity in our fixed-blade knives.

 

The liner locking mechanism is one of the more common mechanism seen on folding knives. This mechanism’s characteristic component is a side spring bar that is located on the same side as sharp edge of the blade, “lining” the inside of the handle. When the knife is closed, the spring bar is held under tension. When the knife is fully opened, that tension slips the bar inward to make contact with the butt of the blade, which keeps it firmly in place and prevents it from closing. To disengage a liner lock, you have to use your thumb to push the spring bar “down” so that it clears contact form the butt of the blade. This lets you use your index finger to push the blade just enough so that it keeps the bar pushed down so you can remove your thumb from the blade path, then continue to safely close the knife.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this Spyderco knife measures in at 2.49 inches and has a handle that measures in at 3.54 inches long. The overall length of the knife when it is opened is 6.03 inches long. For how small this knife is, it does pack a bit of weight, but nothing that is going to feel too heavy to use as your EDC knife: this knife weighs in at 3.7 ounces.

 

Conclusion:

The One-Eyed Jack is a production folder that exhibits more custom finishes than you would expect. As part of the 2017 mid-year release catalog, this A.T. Barr designed model features a liner lock design and a classy stainless steel bolster and back spacer to really make the competition fold. Whether your intent to collect and display this knife or carry it, this knife was built with the materials to allow either or. This model, the C217GP, features a white polished G-10 handle complete with a G-10 spade and heart inlay, stainless steel bolsters, skeletonized stainless steel liners, a clip point style blade in a satin finish, Spyderco’s trademark round hole opening feature and the pocket clip is statically designed for tip up carry only on the traditional side of the handle. This knife is perfectly balanced between looking pleasing and having the durability to be used for almost any tasks. Come pick up your Spyderco C226GP White One-Eyed Jack Folder knife today from BladeOps.

 

Spyderco Para 3 Knife Review

Spyderco is a knife company founded by Sal Glesser. The very first product that Spyderco ever released was the Portable Hand in 1976. This device was spider shaped and actually gave the company their name. It was a series of angles, ball joints, and alligator clips that helped people with small parts. Since then, they have produced many knives and knife sharpeners. Something unique about Spyderco is that they have actually been the company to pioneer many now common aspects on folding knives, such as the pocket clip, serrations, and the opening hole. Over the years, Spyderco has collaborated with about 30 custom knife makers, athletes, and self-defense instructors to produce designs that are innovative.

People all over enjoy using their Spyderco knives because of how simple and reliable they are. Another thing that people tend to love about Spyderco knives is that they have fantastic ergonomics and functional aesthetics. These knives benefit people from every category, including private citizens, law enforcement officers, and fire and rescue personnel. Spyderco has recently released a new knife called the Para 3. This is a high quality, versatile knife that will benefit you in many different situations.

This knife was actually designed through the original concept of the Spyderco Paramilitary series, which is one of Spyderco’s most popular knives, but then they never actually produced it. It was just recently that Spyderco decided to produce and launch the knife.

Spyderco Para 3 Knife
Spyderco Para 3 Knife

The Blade:

The blade on the Para 3 is ground out of CPM S30V steel. This steel is produced by Crucible, a United States based company. They designed this steel to be used specifically for knives, so you know that you are getting all of the characteristics hat you long for in a knife. Crucible actually designed this steel to be used on high end premium pocket knives and expensive kitchen cutlery. To make this steel truly remarkable, Crucible has added Vanadium Carbides, which helps bring extreme hardness to this steel. In normal steels, when you have extreme hardness, you end up lacking toughness. This is because generally the harder the steel is, the more brittle it will be, and thus the more likely to chip or snap. CPM S30V steel is unique because even though it is crazy hard, it actually still remains most of its toughness. This is a balance that you aren’t going to be able to find in many steels. Not only that, but this steel is extremely rust resistant, cutting down on maintenance and hassle for you. This steel also has fantastic edge retention. A few years after Crucible released this steel, they released an upgraded version of it called S35VN. Because they have released a newer steel, S30V steel is less expensive than it used to be. That means that you get the best balance between all of the characteristics you desire in a knife blade and you won’t break the bank. One of the only drawbacks to this type of steel is that it is a little bit tougher to sharpen. While it is manageable to sharpen without the help of a professional sharpener, beginners probably won’t be able to get a great edge.

The Para 3 has a plain edge with a flat grind. Flat grinds are useful for any general use task. Spyderco has said that the full flat grind will help with “superior balance of strength, point utility, and low-friction cutting performance”. To finish off the blade, Spyderco chose a satin finish. This is actually the most common and typical knife finish. This finish adds a little bit of corrosion resistance to the blade, but if you are looking for a finish that will really prevent corrosion, you should look for a blade that has a mirror or polish finish to it. The satin finish shows off the lines of the knife and cuts down on reflections and glares.  All in all, they have perfected the perfect everyday blade.

The blade on the Para 3 is a leaf blade. This is a signature blade shape of Spyderco. This blade shape gets its name because it resembles a leaf. Spyderco started developing knives with this shape for a few reasons, one is that it set them apart from their competition. But the main reason that they started producing knives with the leaf shaped blade is because it allows room for the Spyderco oversized thumb hole. This thumb hole is what is used to open the knife. This shape of knife has a belly that has a slight curve and then it turns to a harsh point. The belly makes this knife able to slice well. This knife is very similar to a spear point blade, except that it is not a symmetrical blade. The blade can also stab or pierce pretty well. The point on this knife is strong, so you don’t have to worry about the tip of the blade snapping or breaking. This shape of knife blade is excellent for all purpose knives and gives you a great balance between being able to slice and being able to pierce—two of the most important aspects of an everyday knife.

 

The Handle:

The Para 3 is very slim knife and to keep it that way, it features a lightweight, open backed construction style. The knife features stainless steel liners with textured G-10 scales. G-10 is a laminate composite that is made out of fiberglass. G-10 is made by taking layers of fiberglass cloth and then soaking them in a resin. This material is compressed and baked under pressure. G-10 is very similar to carbon fiber, but it can be made for a much more inexpensive cost. This material is very tough, very hard, very lightweight, and very strong. G-10 is actually considered the toughest of all the fiberglass resin laminates and even stronger than Micarta. To give texture, G-10 has checkering or different patterns etched into the material. Because the Para 3 has a less obvious texture if you were looking at it, but it is definitely obvious when you hold it. This handle gives you a solid, comfortable grip. The G-10 handle makes it great for an everyday knife or a tactical knife because the material is rugged, yet still very lightweight. This handle is black with a lanyard hole carved into the bottom. There are some fantastic benefits to using a lanyard with your knife. A lanyard helps to secure your knife against loss, adds better visibility to your knife in case you lose it in the wild or the dark, and adds a little bit of your own personal style to your knife. The butt of the handle has a slight flare to it as well as integrated jimping which helps add extra control to any cutting job that you have.

Spyderco Para 3 Knife--Back
Spyderco Para 3 Knife–Back

The Pocket Clip:

This knife comes with a great pocket clip. This clip is silver with the Spyderco logo etched onto it. The clip is kept in place with three screws. This is a reversible pocket clip, so you can carry it left or right handedly. This pocket clip is ambidextrous friendly. The pocket clip is a tip up or tip down carry. The four-way positional pocket clip is truly exceptional.

 

The Mechanism:

This knife features Spdyerco’s patented Compression Locking system. Spyderco explains how this system works, “by using a leaf-like spring from a split liner in the handle to wedge laterally between a ramp on the blade tang and the stop pin (or anvil pin).” This locking system provides high lock strength and ease of use. This is a manual knife, so you open and close it using the oversized Spyderco hole. However, the Compression Locking system actually allows you to safely close the blade with only one hand. With this locking system, your hand never actually has to come close to the cutting edge of the blade while you are closing it.

 

The Specs:

The overall length of this knife is 7.24 inches long, with a closed length of 4.29 inches long. The blade on the Para 3 is 2.95 inches, so on the smaller side of blade lengths. The edge length is 2.62 inches long. The thickness of the Para’s blade is 0.145 inches. This knife weighs 3.4 ounces.

Spyderco Para 3 Knife
Spyderco Para 3 Knife

The Pros of the Para 3:

  • The steel on this knife is extremely hard and tough.
  • The steel maintains its edge very well and can get a fine edge.
  • The steel is pretty resistant to corrosion, so maintenance time has been cut down.
  • This knife has a full flat grind which is the perfect grind for everyday tasks.
  • The satin finish helps cut down on reflections and glares.
  • The leaf shaped blade is great for every day uses.
  • The leaf blade shape gives you a great balance between stabbing and slicing.
  • The leaf blade shape has a strong tip, so you don’t have to worry about it breaking.
  • This is a slim knife that fits excellently in your hand.
  • G-10 is tough, hard, and durable, yet still lightweight.
  • G-10 is pretty inexpensive, so you get a lot of bang for its buck.
  • The texturing on the G-10 scales provide you with a very solid grip.
  • The handle comes with a lanyard hole drilled into it.
  • The pocket clip is durable and reversible in four different directions.
  • The Compression Locking System is strong and easy to use.
  • This is the perfect everyday knife; it can really handle anything.

 

The Cons of the Para 3:

  • S30V steel is a little tricky to sharpen, this task is going to be a little more difficult for a beginner sharpener.
  • This is a manual folder, so it is not going to open quickly like an automatic knife.

 

Conclusion:

Spyderco is an excellent knife company that has changed folding knives as we know them. They are the company that revolutionized adding a pocket clip to a folding knife, adding serrations to a folding knife, and adding their opening hole to the top of the blade. Spyderco keeps their knives simple yet functional. Every aesthetic option that they add serves a function. The knife company loves the simplicity of Spyderco’s knives while they still function just as well as other company’s knives.

To create another masterpiece, Spyderco based this design off of the beloved Paramilitary series that they have previously produced. They started the blade with a superior stainless steel: CPM S30V. This steel is known for having the best balance between hardness, toughness, and edge retention. Not only that, but it has great corrosion resistance. The shape of the blade is Spyderco’s leaf blade shape, which is a unique, lesser known blade shape. It has similar qualities to a spear point, because it has a belly and a great tip. But it also has very similar qualities as a clip point. Really all you need to know about the leaf blade shape is that it is versatile and the perfect shape for your everyday tasks. The handle is made out of the durable and lightweight G-10. This handle fits in your hand perfectly while also giving you fantastic grip. The butt of the handle is flared to add control to your grip and gives you more security in your cutting. The pocket clip is one of the best—with four way reversible abilities. And last but not least, the Compression Locking system seals the deal at providing you with a masterpiece. This locking system allows you to close the blade with only one hand, all while keeping your fingers out of position from the cutting edge of the blade.

This knife has been designed for quite a while now, but only just made it into production and sales. I would recommend this knife to anyone who is looking for a versatile everyday knife–you can get yours here.

Spyderco ParaMilitary 2 Knife Review

About three months ago I finally broke down and bought the Spyderco ParaMilitary 2 Knife for everyday carry.  I had to see what everyone was talking about.  I know they have been out for several years now, but I had never purchased one.  I’m glad I finally did.

Spyderco ParaMilitary 2
Spyderco ParaMilitary 2

First off, if you haven’t owned a Spyderco knife before, the quality of construction and the materials they use are superb.  The ParaMilitary 2 features a CPM S30V blade and G10 handle scales.  You can pick up the knife with the standard variations of blade finish, either black or satin. You can also choose between a few different G10 handle scales including the standard black or DigiCamo.  I went ahead and picked up the DigiCamo version with a black blade for a couple of reasons.  First, I have many knives with black handles and I was in the mood for something a bit different.  Second, I went with the black blade because I wanted to see how the black finish held up over time.  I’ll address that in a bit.

The very first thing you notice about the ParaMilitary 2 is the size.  It is the perfect size for everyday carry.  The handle measures just under 5″ at 4.81″, thickness is not quite 0.5″, and width is about 1.25″ at the widest points.  This means it fits great in the hand but doesn’t take up too much space in my pocket.

The very next thing I noticed was how easy it was to open and close.  The iconic SpyderHole makes the blade simple to one hand open with your thumb.  Unexpectedly, the blade is just as easy to close one handed.  Just press the spine compression lock with your finger and give the knife a little shake.  Voila, the blade closes up and you can put the knife right back in your pocket.  Since you are able to do everything with one hand, what the ParaMilitary really delivers is freedom, speed, and ease.  You are able to get more things done in a faster time period because you don’t have to use both hands to access and deploy your knife.  You don’t even need both hands to close it and put it away.

The blade opens smooth.  The ParaMilitary 2 uses the Bushing Pivot System.  What is this?  It’s a fancy name for smooth as silk, smooth as butter, smooth as a cat, smooth as … whatever you want to put in here next, it fits.  Take my word for it, the Spyderco Paramilitary 2 opens smooth.   And once you have the blade deployed, the delight factor just keeps rising.

The blade delights with its classic Spyderco style and shape.  With a classic drop point blade curve on the cutting edge, the spine tapers down to a point to create a uniquely Spyderco look and style.  The SpyderHole has a steep thumb ramp behind it with fairly aggressive jimping.  When you hold the knife in the classic saber grip, your thumb is lined up right down the center of the blade to deliver maximum blade control and power.  I haven’t met a cut I don’t enjoy with my ParaMilitary 2 knife.  The sharp tip allows you to pierce everyday things with ease and the classic blade edge shape gives you serious cutting power.  The blade has classic flat grind which allows you to make slicing cuts with ease.  One of my concerns about the ParaMilitary 2 was the elongated shape of the tip.  I was nervous I would “tip” it (knife lingo for breaking the tip off your knife–generally happens when you aren’t using the knife blade to pry rather than cut).  I have used my knife hard over the past several months and have not broken the tip off.  In fact, we have sold hundreds if not thousands of these ParaMilitary 2 knives over the past few years and I haven’t heard of a single case where someone has broken the tip off.  So it appears my concerns were unfounded.  The blade has passed every hard use test I have put it through over the past few months with flying colors.

About a month ago, my oldest son was up visiting.  He saw I had the ParaMilitary 2 and asked if he could use it for a few days to see if he liked it.  I said sure and let him take my knife.  I have never missed one of my knives more. I tried carrying an older knife I used to carry.  It just wasn’t the ParaMilitary 2.  So after a week, I broke down and bought another one–this time with a black blade and a black handle.  Then I drove down to see my son and traded him the new one for my old, trusty Spyderco knife.

The knife carries good, cuts great, and is strong enough for hard work.  In my mind, the Spyderco ParaMilitary 2 is one of the best EDC knives on the market if you are looking for a mid sized folder that delivers.  Check it out, I’m glad I did.  By the way, the black finish on the blade still looks great.

Spyderco BaliYo Pens

Spyderco BaliYo
Spyderco BaliYo Pen

In 1976, Sal and Gail Glesser began traveling across the United States, selling Spyderco’s early products out of a converted bread truck. The company took its name from two inspirations: The look of one of its earliest inventions, a hobbyists’ helper device called the Portable Hand, and the automotive categorization applied to certain high-performance sports cars. The rounded configuration of the company’s arachnid logo reflected Sal Glesser’s desire to make its identity friendly rather than aggressive. His drive to perfect every product Spyderco offered testified to his commitment to excellence.

 

In the years since Spyderco’s founders drove from one knife show to another to promote first their Tri-angle Sharpmaker knife sharpener and, later, their knives, the company grew from kitchen-table sized to become a multimillion-dollar enterprise, headquartered in Golden, Colorado. Many of Spyderco’s design exclusives and innovations first showed up on the C01 Worker, a knife that the company introduced in 1981. These firsts included the Spyderco Trademark Round Hole™, the assistive feature that enables users to open knife blades one handed and ambidextrously, and the pocket clip that Spyderco translated from other types of products to become a fixture of knife design. Throughout its history and into the present, Spyderco has focused its brand on introducing new functional features, new blade steels, new handle scale designs, and an unrelenting focus on using the best materials to make the best products.

 

Second-generation knife maker Eric Glesser carries his father’s dedication to ergonomics and functionality into a new millennium. Along with designs such as the Kit-Carson-inspired Domino flipper, the Signature Series Manix family, and the Tenacious folder, he also transformed his love of knives into something completely different, in the form of the Spyderco BaliYo butterfly knife pen.

 

Butterfly or balisong knives knives date back more than 1,000 years, although the restrictions on their use make them rarities in many parts of the world today. Eric Glesser always has loved them, but these fascinating blades labor under the stigma of illegality in a lengthy list of countries, states, and municipalities. Even in the Philippines, in which butterfly knives originated, only those who can demonstrate a professional need for these unique knives can carry them. Some jurisdictions ban them outright under the same statutory language that regulates automatic, switchblade, gravity, or flick knives; some allow them as collectables but not for sale or purchase; and some ban their use as concealed weapons.

 

With the Spyderco BaliYo pen, the flipping, fanning, and other manipulations that characterize the butterfly knife become a legal pastime that anyone over the age of 5 can enjoy.

 

The Butterfly Knife

Call it a click-clack for the sound it makes as it opens and closes during a flipping maneuver, a fan knife for the way it pivots, or use the traditional Filipino terms Batangas knife or balisong: This enduring pocket-sized blade style conceals itself within its two folding handles. Depending on the construction method, a butterfly knife either conceals its blade within a sandwich of layers of material, or hides it inside a milled or cast channel or groove, with half of the blade inside one and half inside the other of two handles. Regardless of whether it uses the sandwich or the channel method of construction, a butterfly knife incorporates specific and distinctive parts and features.

 

The bite handle of a butterfly knife covers the cutting edge, and typically incorporates the latch that secures the blade in its closed position. The safe handle covers the unsharpened edge. Pivot joint pins allow handles and blade to rotate, while a tang pin keeps the blade from contacting the handle in the closed position, protecting the cutting edge from dulling contact. The user can open the knife with one hand, and can perform fast-opening maneuvers that approach the wizardry of sleight of hand.

 

Given the suspicion that greets many automatic, switchblade, or gravity knives because of their association with self defense and their use as weapons, butterfly knives have become less common, even among collectors. Whereas once they entered the United States by the hundreds of thousands as Asian and European imports, they now lack the legal status to be sold and carried in the U.S. and many other countries. Even the U.S. manufacturers, including Spyderco, who craft knives of this type do so virtually only for an overseas market.

 

In light of the diminished popularity that results from the challenged legal status of butterfly knives, those who love them, including Eric Glesser, must look for other ways of enjoying the unique features they offer beyond their fundamental nature as cutting tools. To rekindle the love of butterfly knives in a form that everyone can enjoy, Eric Glesser designed and Spyderco began marketing the BaliYo pen, first introduced in 2008.

 

Spyderco BaliYo: The Pen That’s Also a Skill Toy

The Spyderco BaliYo pen offers a completely legal outlet for the butterfly knife user’s dazzling dexterity and speed, and the clever rotational, flipping, and hand-to-hand transfer maneuvers that typify the advanced implementation of these knives. In fact, the Spyderco BaliYo makes it possible to perform tricks that would expose a butterfly knife user, and anyone in the vicinity, to the dangers posed by a flying razor-sharp blade. With a little practice and some helpful hints from Spyderco, you can turn the BaliYo into a source of unending entertainment that also fosters hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. At the same time, the Spyderco BaliYo also serves as a high-quality writing instrument. Rather than carrying a banned knife that you risk losing to confiscation as an illegal weapon, you can amaze your friends and family with the skill you gain after you master some basic moves and move on to advanced tricks that swing, flip, and launch the Spyderco BaliYo, as well as transfer it from hand to hand.

 

Spyderco fabricates the BaliYo in three parts, each fabricated from customized injection-molded polymer with stainless steel pivot screws. The two parallel arms that flank the center stem move around it in the same way that butterfly knife handles rotate around their blade. Each arm ends in an opening that incorporates a built-in weight ring, and carries a removable wire clip to help secure the Spyderco BaliYo in your pocket. A third weight ring runs around the center stem just past the twist-open mechanism that reveals the pen. The arms pivot more than 180 degrees, and the brass weight rings balance the handles dynamically so you can flip, swing, and twirl the Spyderco BaliYo to the amazement of friends and family.

 

Since introducing the BaliYo in 2008, Spyderco has strengthened the product, adding durability to the polymer formulation and improving the steel pocket clips. The symmetry, weight balance and ratios, and sturdy design of the Spyderco BaliYo make it a lasting source of battery-free enjoyment, fun, and skilled play. At the same time, it also functions as a high-quality writing instrument. To replace the Spyderco BaliYo ink cartridge, twist clockwise on the ring below the pen point and pull out the tip after you unscrew it. Twist out the cartridge counterclockwise, and close the pen back up after you insert a new refill.

 

Spyderco BaliYo Tricks

The easiest and most basic Spyderco BaliYo trick consists of a move called The Drop. Positioning the closed Spyderco BaliYo with its weight rings pointing up, you pinch the ring at the end of the arm farthest away from your fingers, and allow the BaliYo to drop open. To complete the trick, hold your hand palm up, swing the open handle back up, and catch it to close the BaliYo.

 

The Single Flip, Double Flip, Thumb Roll, Out to In Grip Switch, and Open Thumb Roll round out the introductory series of tricks that Spyderco demonstrates with instructional videos on its BaliYo website. Like many feats of manual dexterity, these tricks make best sense when you see them performed onscreen by an expert rather than simply read descriptions of their steps.

 

Heavy Duty Spyderco BaliYo Models

The Spyderco BaliYo product line separates into two categories, including the heavy duty models that introduced the action pen to Spyderco customers. The initial Spyderco BaliYo offering features a white center stem with red and blue arms. Manufactured in the United States, it includes a blue Fisher Space Pen ink cartridge that can write upside down, under water, and on surfaces that include grease or oil. The Fisher refills cost $5.95 directly from Spyderco.

 

In the years following the butterfly knife pen’s 2008 introduction, Spyderco has added new color themes to the heavy duty lineup of BaliYo pens. Model YUS101 features pink arms and an orange center stem. For 2016, Spyderco has introduced three new colors. The red and black model YUS110 BaliYo sports a black center stem. The green and blue model YUS111 BaliYo has green arms. The glow in the dark model YUS112 looks off white in the daytime, but after exposure to the sun or indoor brightness, it emanates a slightly green glow when you switch off the lights.

 

At 4.25 inches long and 0.41 inches in diameter, the heavy duty Spyderco BaliYo models weigh in at 0.85 ounces and feature a twist-to-open pen mechanism. A one-year warranty covers the product, and Spyderco also makes replacement clips available if you misplace yours. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price of the heavy duty Spyderco BaliYo models is $34.95.

 

If you bought a Spyderco BaliYo in 2008, the product incorporated an instructional DVD, which no longer is included. Instead, Spyderco posts its learning videos online on a website dedicated exclusively to BaliYo.

 

Lightweight Spyderco BaliYo Models

Along with the U.S.-made heavy duty Spyderco BaliYo models, Spyderco also sells two lightweight versions of the product at introductory prices. The company first offered these models in 2009, approximately one year after the heavy duty red, white, and blue BaliYo became a hit.

 

Made in China, lightweight Spyderco BaliYo models come with bodies fabricated entirely in one color. The black model YCN100 and the grey model YCN101 offer the same endless amusement and dexterity building as their U.S.-made product counterparts. Along with differences in materials and place of manufacture, the lightweight Spyderco BaliYos also use a more nearly generic ink cartridge, which writes in blue like the Fisher Space Pen cartridges of the heavy duty Spyderco BaliYo lineup but lacks its advanced output characteristics. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price of the pen is $9.95.

 

The lightweight Spyderco BaliYo pens use a generic blue ink cartridge that’s available as a refill part directly from Spyderco. The shape of the cartridge differs from the profile of the Fisher Space Pen refill used in the heavy duty Spyderco BaliYo pens. The refills cost $0.99 when ordered directly from Spyderco.

 

Heavy Duty Spyderco BaliYo Refills From Fisher Space Pen

Invented by American pen manufacturer Paul C. Fisher, the Fisher Space Pen and its specialized refill cartridges gained fame as an anti-gravity pen in the 1960s. Protected under U.S. Patent # 3,285,228, this innovative writing instrument uses a hermetically sealed, pressurized ink refill that enables it to write in zero gravity, at angles at which traditional pens lose their ability to emit ink, and in environments otherwise hostile to writing instruments, including under water, in high or low temperatures, on plastics and laminated materials, and on wet, oily, or greasy surfaces.

 

Contrary to popular belief, the Fisher Space Pen did not result from an abandoned NASA development program. Although the U.S. space agency did field an ill-fated attempt to create an ink-based writing instrument that could function properly in zero gravity, only to abandon the effort in favor of a return to the humble pencil, the large amount of expenditure that the program engendered did not roll over into the privately funded research that yielded the Fisher Space Pen. Fisher reportedly invested $1 million of his company’s money into the development effort that yielded the Fisher Space Pen.

 

When Paul Fisher approached NASA in 1965 and offered the Fisher Space Pen as a solution to the agency’s flight mission recordkeeping needs, he did so without any prompting from NASA or any other government agency. Like every product and part that must pass advanced military specification testing to gain acceptance in mission critical applications, the Space Pen went through its paces before NASA declared it flight capable in 1967, beginning with Apollo missions. Two years later, Russian cosmonauts also began carrying Fisher Space Pens into orbit on Soyuz flights.

 

Although the decidedly low-tech pencil provided one answer to the need for a space-friendly writing instrument, both wooden and mechanical pencils also presented dangers to astronauts and down sides to their use maintaining in-flight records. First, the graphite dust from pencil leads can damage equipment in a gravity free environment, as can broken pieces of leads and even eraser crumbs. Second, wooden pencils pose a fire threat. Third, both graphite-lead and grease pencils produce impermanent results that smear. Finally, obtaining flight-worthy pencils had proven to be an expensive proposition. The contract NASA signed with Houston-based Tycam Engineering Manufacturing for mechanical pencils in 1965 yielded 34 units at a per-piece cost of $128.89. By contrast, the agency’s initial order for Fisher Space Pens cost $6 per unit.

 

The Fisher Space Pen ink refill uses a nitrogen gas pressurized tungsten carbide shell with precision made parts that form a leak-proof seal. The thixotropic ink stays in a nearly solid state, roughly the consistency of rubber cement, until the ball point mechanism liquefies it in a shearing motion across the writing surface. A float slides inside the refill as the ink level drops in use, separating the writing reservoir from the pressurization medium. The refill operates normally at altitudes up to 12,500 feet, in zero gravity, and in temperatures ranging from -50 degrees F to 400 degrees F. Because of its pressurized design and specialized ink, a Fisher Space pen cartridge lasts approximately three times longer than a traditional unpressurized ball point pen ink supply.

 

Today, you can buy a Fisher Space Pen directly from the company, along with refills that accommodate various brands and models of pens offered by third parties. Paul Fisher set up a separate corporation, established in Boulder City, Nevada, solely to support this unique family of writing instruments. When Fisher died in 2006 at the age of 93, the company stayed in the family as he passed control to his son, Cary Fisher.

 

Other Considerations

Whether you choose a heavy duty or a lightweight model, the Spyderco BaliYo action pen can provide years of fun for adults and children alike. If you’ve always been a fan of butterfly knives but can’t carry them legally where you live, now you can rekindle your love of the dexterous tricks for which these fascinating implements are famed—and share that love with family and friends. The sturdy construction and reasonable price of the Spyderco BaliYo makes it an easy choice for birthday and holiday gifts as well.

Spyderco BaliYo
Spyderco BaliYo Pen

Spyderco ParaMilitary 2 Knife Review and Comparison

Spyderco ParaMilitary 2
Spyderco ParaMilitary 2

Knife owners associate the Spyderco name with innovative products that offer new blade steels, aesthetically advanced handle designs, a primary focus on ergonomics and comfort in use, and lightweight configurations that pack enduring performance. The Para Military 2 family puts the reliable capabilities of Spyderco’s Military Model into a smaller size that offers tactical qualities but can double as an everyday carry. For 2016, Spyderco introduces a refined Para Military 2 lineup of five models, offering finessed feature sets and new blade steel choices. Although Spyderco often produces limited-edition Sprint Runs of Para Military 2 models with special handle-scale colors and blade steels, these five models—the C81GP2 Para Military 2, C81GPBK2 Para Military 2 Black Blade, C81GPDBL2 Para Military 2 CPM S110V, C81GPCMO2 Para Military 2 Camo, and the C81GPCMOBK2 Para Military 2 Camo Black Blade—represent the broadly available year-round production of this knife family.

 

Blade Profile

The blade shape on the Para Military 2 features a modified drop point with a nearly flat spine. Spyderco has made the blade longer on this version of the Para Military 2, lengthening the tip and increasing the amount of cutting edge.

 

The Trademark Round Hole represents Spyderco’s patented innovation in blade deployment: A round opening machined into the blade shape to accommodate the tip of a thumb or finger as it transitions the knife from closed to open position in a one-handed movement. When the knife is closed, the Trademark Round Hole appears in the portion of the blade that projects beyond the handle. On the Para Military 2, which lacks a flipper tab or other assistive mechanisms, the Trademark Round Hole provides the sole means of deploying the blade. Spyderco has enlarged the Trademark Round Hole on the Para Military 2 to 14 millimeters, enhancing its functionality.

 

A jimped thumb ramp on the blade spine helps hold the hand in position during tasks that require heavy pressure. A jimped choil that starts on the blade ricasso (the unsharpened portion of the blade at its thickest point) and continues onto the handle also serves as a forefinger grasping location as needed.

 

Blade Finishes

Spyderco makes the Para Military 2 in five models, but these represent three fundamental versions, based on handle appearance and blade steel. Models C81GP2 and C81GPCMO2 incorporate satin finished blades, the former with black and the latter with green digital camouflage patterned handle scales, both fashioned from G10 continuous-fiber glass laminate. The variations on these two models, designated models C81GPBK2 and C81GPCMOBK2, also feature black and camouflage handle scales respectively, but with Spyderco’s signature Diamond-Like Carbon, or DLC, coating on their blades for a low-contrast black finish. Model C81GPDBL2 incorporates Crucible Industries’ CPM S110V powdered metallurgy steel in a satin finish, and does not come in a corresponding version with a black coated blade.

 

Spyderco’s DLC coating consists of a mixture of graphitic carbon and a diamond-like material. Applied to blades and other knife parts, this nanocomposite virtually eliminates reflectivity at the same time that it boosts resistance to wear and corrosion, and helps reduce friction. All seven types of commercially available DLC consist of an amorphous material with its crystals arranged in cobblestone patterns made up of randomly alternating lattices, including cubic as well as hexagonal structures like those in a beehive. DLC coatings see wide use in medicine, thanks to their biocompatibility with living tissue, as well as on razor blades and in racing engines. DLC coatings also serve to lengthen the life of food processing equipment and to provide electrical insulation.

 

Blade Steels

Over the first 40 years of its company history, Spyderco has developed a well-deserved reputation for innovation, always in the service of producing superior quality and finding better solutions to the challenges of knife design. Look no further than the lengthy list of the blade steels it uses to find evidence of its commitment to refining its materials. The Spyderco Para Military 2 family uses two outstandingly progressive steels in its blade fabrications.

 

Crucible Industries of Solvay, New York, pioneered and patented the process of powdered metallurgy under the trademark Crucible Particle Metallurgy, or CPM. The impetus to invent this process stemmed from the limitations of conventional steel making and the performance drawbacks it introduced into the alloys thus produced.

 

Simple steel consists of a mixture of carbon and iron. As metallurgy in general and blade science in specific have advanced over centuries, steel makers have developed increasingly sophisticated and complex recipes in which other elements join carbon and iron to enhance specific attributes of the resulting metal. Although it might seem that the easiest way to produce an ideal blade steel would be to add as much as possible of every alloying element that produces desirable characteristics, that simplistic approach won’t create the expected result.

 

The principal characteristics for which to evaluate a blade steel alloy include hardness, toughness, wear resistance, corrosion resistance, and edge retention. Some of these characteristics exist on a continuum with each other, with an increase in one causing a corresponding decrease in the other.

 

Toughness and hardness compete with each other for supremacy in typical blade steels. Hardness correlates with resistance to dents and impact. Toughness measures the ability to bend instead of breaking, heading off the chips and cracks that can occur in heavy use. Wear resistance indicates a steel’s ability to avoid the damage caused when it encounters rough surfaces and materials that can adhere to it. Corrosion resistance designates the ability to withstand exposure to the forces that cause oxidation, including humidity, moisture, salt, and other chemicals. Edge retention indicates the ability to stay sharp despite blade use. As corrosion resistance rises, edge retention drops.

 

Obviously, all these qualities offer desirable contributions toward knife performance. Because some of them represent trade-offs with one another, however, steel makers and knife makers must compromise to find a workable balance in their products.

 

Identifying the desired mixture of elements and the proportions thereof forms the first step in producing a blade steel. The acts of conventional steel production involve melting these ingredients together prior to pouring the mixture into the ingot molds that create the first rough form in which steel can be sold and machined.

 

If the act of combining the elements of a steel in a furnace created a homogenous mixture that remained thoroughly blended as it cooled in a mold, the advanced science of Crucible Particle Metallurgy might not have been necessary. Unfortunately, the blend of elements starts to separate as it loses heat, and the individual components become segregated from one another. As a result, the consistency and performance of the resulting metal varies within a single production batch as well as from one batch to another.

 

Ingenuity overcomes obstacles. Crucible Industries invented Crucible Particle Metallurgy to overcome the segregation of elemental steel and retain the homogeneous makeup of the metal past the point of production. In the CPM process, the elemental recipe of a steel melts and mixes in a furnace, but instead of pouring from a ladle into ingot molds, it mists through a small nozzle into a highly pressurized blast of inert gas. The alloy immediately turns into tiny droplets that cool virtually instantaneously, forming powdered particles. Because of the immediacy with which this powder cools and forms, the molten steel doesn’t have time to lose its homogeneity. As a result, every tiny spherical particle becomes an individual ingot that contains the fully mixed, balanced original recipe of the alloy.

 

Powder can’t make blades, however. The output of the particle-making step loads into a pressurized canister for further processing, called sintering. At a temperature just below the melting point of the alloy, the combination of heat and pressure alters the molecular structure of the steel even as it turns it into a larger solid form. These molecular alterations transform the steel into a structure called austenite, in which carbon enters iron molecules. The next step quenches the steel in liquid, air, or oil, causing a rapid temperature drop that produces a second molecular alteration into martensitic steel, in which the carbon becomes a permanent part of the iron. Martensitic steel requires low-temperature heat treatment to overcome its brittleness. This step raises toughness as it reduces hardness and strength by a slight amount. The resulting powdered metallurgy steel demonstrates edge retention and wear resistance beyond anything that conventional steel making can produce.

 

Spyderco has selected two of Crucible Industries’ powdered metallurgy products for the blades of its Para Military 2 models. Models C81GP2, C81GPBK2, C81GPCMO2, and C81GPCMOBK2 use CPM S30V, while Model C81GPDBL2 uses CPM S110V.

 

CPM S30V incorporates 1.45% carbon, 14.00% chromium, 2.00% molybdenum, and 4.00% vanadium. This high-carbon steel displays high toughness, hardness, wear resistance, and corrosion resistance. Carbon increases hardness and wear resistance at the expense of reduced toughness and greater brittleness. The level of chromium content designates CPM S30V as a stainless steel, and contributes to tensile strength and hardness. Molybdenum boosts edge retention as well as high-temperature strength and corrosion resistance. Vanadium produces fine-grained steel with high levels of wear resistance and edge retention. This alloy balances many of the most desirable performance attributes in a single blade steel.

 

CPM S110V includes 2.90% carbon, 15.25% chromium, 2.50% cobalt, 3.00% niobium, 0.40% manganese, 2.25% molybdenum, 0.60% silicon, 0.20% tungsten, and 9.10% vanadium. The addition of niobium boosts CPM S110V’s wear resistance and edge retention. Silicon helps strengthen the steel and remove oxygen from it during production to limit pitting damage. Tungsten heightens wear resistance. The extreme amount of vanadium points to equivalently extreme levels of wear resistance and edge retention. As a result, this premium alloy requires intense skill to machine and sharpen.

 

Handle Materials

Spyderco chose textured G10 laminate for the handle scales on all its Para Military 2 models. What differs among these models isn’t the material, but rather the color in which it’s rendered.

 

Most commonly, G10 appears in solid black, which Spyderco uses on Para Military 2 models C81GP2 and C81GPBK2. Spyderco uses dark blue G10 on those of its knives that feature Crucible Industries’ CPM S110V powdered metallurgy steel blades, so the handle scales on Para Military 2 model C81GPDBL2 appear in that color as a corresponding signal of its blade alloy. On Para Military 2 Camo models C81GPCMO2 and C81GPCMOBK2, Spyderco uses the U.S. Army’s green digital camouflage pattern.

 

G10 originated as a highly water-resistant, electrically non-conductive material used in the production of circuit boards. In combination, the ingredients that make up G10 create a rigid, lightweight, hard, strong product with low moisture absorption and a high resistance to chemicals. This sturdy material consists of a laminate made from layers of fiberglass fabric soaked in an epoxy resin binder, and formed in a mold under heat and pressure. G10’s performance properties remain stable even in harsh environments. The textured surface on these handle scales stems from the molding process that produces G10 parts.

 

To support the Compression Lock mechanism that holds open the blades on Spyderco’s Para Military 2 models, the company uses nested split stainless steel liners formed into a leaf-shaped spring. The rounded end of the lock bar engages into a notched area in the hidden portion of the blade tang, as well as with the stop pin at the spine of the blade.

 

Handle Designs

Regardless of which model of Para Military 2 you choose, the handle incorporates a forefinger groove that forms half of the 50/50 choil on the knife. The butt of the handle culminates in a subtle quillon shape that helps keep the hand from sliding off the knife, and supports the fingers when they grasp in a reversed grip. The Para Military 2 displays Spyderco’s emphasis on ergonomics in every aspect of knife design, especially in terms of handle shapes and their influence on grip positions. For 2016, Spyderco thinned down the heel of the handle to enhance the feel of the Para Military 2 in the hand.

 

Including the pivot, the entire knife assembly fastens together with three Torx screws, two of the same smaller size along with the larger pivot. Para Military 2 models C81GPBK2 and C81GPCMOBK2, which feature black blades, use Torx screws with a matching black finish. Spyderco has enlarged the lanyard hole on the Para Military 2 to incorporate a wider range of materials. Like the Torx screws, the lanyard tube also appears in black on Para Military 2 models with black blades.

 

Because the pocket clip on the Para Military 2 offers ambidextrous attachment and both tip-up and tip-down carry positions, the handle scales on all five models incorporate mounting screw holes at both ends and on both left- and right-hand scales.

 

Blade Deployment and Locking Mechanism

The Spyderco Compression Lock system uses an ingenious implementation of a locking-liner design to provide secure retention of an open blade. The leaf-like shape formed by a split stainless steel liner engages into a notch in the hidden blade tang, locking into the blade itself as well as onto the stop pin located just below the spine inside the handle. This design represents a patented Spyderco invention that users praise for its strong hold as well as the ease with which they can disengage it as and when necessary. All five models in the Para Military 2 family use this innovative lock design. The Para Military 2 family also uses a new system for its bushing pivot, smoothing out the opening action and yielding tighter tolerances in manufacture.

 

Pocket Clips

Spyderco pioneered the implementation of pocket clips from other types of products into the realm of knife designs. The Para Military 2 family offers Spyderco’s most flexible pocket clip: A four-position clip that provides ambidextrous tip-up or tip-down carry depending on its attachment point. On those Para Military 2 models with black blades, the pockets clips and their attachment screws also feature a black finish. For 2016, Spyderco has reduced the handle thickness at the end of these knives, increasing the depth at which the Para Military 2 knives position themselves in a pocket.

 

Knife Dimensions and Weights

All five of the models within the Spyderco Para Military 2 family offer closely comparable dimensional and weight specifications. In fact, the sole difference among them comes in the weight of model C81GPDBL2, the Para Military 2 CPM S110V, which weighs 3.8 ounces, or one-tenth of an ounce less than the other four models.

 

Other than that slight differentiation, all five models measure 8.281 inches overall, with a closed length of 4.812 inches. Their blades measure 3.438 inches long, with a thickness of 0.141 inches and an edge length of 3.078 inches. Handle length equals overall length at 8.281 inches, while handle thickness comes in at 0.46 inches.

 

Other Observations

The Spyderco Para Military 2 family offers enduring popularity based on its performance, reliability, flexibility, and attractive design. Although the 2016 roundup of Para Military 2 models offers refinements that some may see as subtleties rather than big leaps forward, the net effect of the entire suite of improvements continues to make a great paramilitary knife design even better.

 

  Para Military 2 Para Military 2 Black Blade Para Military 2 CPM S110V Para Military 2 Camo Para Military 2 Camo Black Blade
Model number C81GP2 C81GPBK2 C81GPDBL2 C81GPCMO2 C81GPCMOBK2
Weight 3.9 oz. 3.9 oz. 3.8 oz. 3.9 oz. 3.9 oz.
Overall length 8.281″ 8.281″ 8.281″ 8.281″ 8.281″
Closed length 4.812″ 4.812″ 4.812″ 4.812″ 4.812″
Blade style Modified drop-point Modified drop-point Modified drop-point Modified drop-point Modified drop-point
Blade length 3.438″ 3.438″ 3.438″ 3.438″ 3.438″
Blade thickness 0.141″ 0.141″ 0.141″ 0.141″ 0.141″
Edge PlainEdge™ blade PlainEdge™ blade PlainEdge™ blade PlainEdge™ blade PlainEdge™ blade
Edge length 3.078″ 3.078″ 3.078″ 3.078″ 3.078″
Steel Crucible Industries CPM S30V Crucible Industries CPM S30V Crucible Industries CPM S110V Crucible Industries CPM S30V Crucible Industries CPM S30V
Grind Full-Flat Full-Flat Full-Flat Full-Flat Full-Flat
Lock type Compression Compression Compression Compression Compression
Handle length 4.812″ 4.812″ 4.812″ 4.812″ 4.812″
Handle thickness 0.46″ 0.46″ 0.46″ 0.46″ 0.46″
Handle material G10 G10 G10 G10 G10
Handle color Black Black Dark blue Green, digital camouflage pattern Green, digital camouflage pattern
Clip Ambidextrous (Left/right, tip-up) Ambidextrous (Left/right, tip-up) Ambidextrous (Left/right, tip-up) Ambidextrous (Left/right, tip-up) Ambidextrous (Left/right, tip-up)
Best use Tactical Tactical Tactical Tactical Tactical
Origin USA USA USA USA USA
Manufacturer’s suggested retail prices $204.95 $224.95 $249.95 $204.95 $224.95