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 Spin FrameLock Knife Review

Spyderco is based in Golden, Colorado. This knife company produces knives and knife sharpeners. Sal Glesser is the man behind this company, with the very first product being the Portable Hand in 1976. This was a spider-shaped device, with a series of angles, ball joints, and alligator clips that helped people such as jewelers work with small parts. Sal and his wife converted an old bread delivery truck into a motor-home and traveled to different knife shows. As their success grew, they moved from the bread truck to a truck and trailer. They settled in Colorado in 1978. This was the year that they began producing knife sharpeners and three years later, they produced their first folding knife. This was the first knife to feature a round hole in the blade designed for fast, one-handed and ambidextrous open, which is now Spyderco’s trademark. Spyderco also claims that this was the first knife to feature a pocket clip on the right side of the handle.

They are actually the company that pioneered many features that are now the standard in folding knives, including the pocket lip, serrations, and the opening hole. A large part of Spyderco production is outsourced to foreign contractors in countries such as Japan, Taiwan, Italy, and China. Spyderco knives have a reputation for their simplicity, reliability, good ergonomics, and their functional aesthetics. Their knives are popular with many markets—from private citizens to fire and rescue and even to law enforcement officers.

Spyderco has collaborate with 30 custom knife makers, athletes, and self-defense instructors for designs and have innovated over 20 different blade materials.

Spyderco Spin Knife
Spyderco Spin Knife

Spyderco is a high quality brand that is going to tackle your needs effortlessly. Spyderco knives are also a good budget choice, because they usually won’t break the bank. That being said, you also don’t have to worry about these knives lacking quality—they are still made with high quality, durable materials. Not only will they be able to assist you with your needs, Spyderco knives are going to look good while doing it.

Spyderco is known for producing limited edition models, which they refer to as sprint runs. These limited runs are usually versions of discontinued models with different blade and handle materials, although some are completely new models. Today, we are going to be going over the Spyderco Spin FrameLock knife with a handle made out of Nishijin Glass Fiber, which does happen to be included in one of their sprint runs.

 

The Designer:

The main man behind this knife is Eric Glesser. He is known to be the second most important designer at Spyderco and is Sal Glesser’s (head designer) son. He has been working under the instruction of Sal throughout the years and has created many of Spyderco’s most well-known knives such as the Tenacious, Manix 2, and Dodo. Knife designing must run in his blood because he has a fantastic understanding of knife designs and ergonomics. Eric has become a bigger presence in the Spyderco company and we expect to see his phenomenal designs for a while longer.

 

The Blade:

The blade on the Spin is made out of VG-10 stainless steel. This steel is a cutlery grade stainless steel that is produced in Japan. The G in the name stands for “Gold” because this steel has reached a gold standard. This steel was originally aimed at Japanese chefs, but it quickly found its way into sports cutlery and for good reason: this steel holds an edge fairly well and has exceptional ability to withstand rust. VG-10 steel is a high carbon steel, which gives it its durability that it is known and loved for. This steel is very hard and you can achieve a very sharp edge on this knife; unfortunately, it has been prone to chipping.

This knife has been finished with a satin finish. This is the most popular finish on knives in the market today, because it offers you such a traditional look. This finish makes it so that the blade color doesn’t steal the show—it blends in, but in a good way. This finish is very medium in terms of luster—the mirror polish finish is definitely more reflective than this finish and it is not as matte as a stonewashed finish. This finish is created by repeatedly sanding the blade in one direction with an increasing level of an abrasive. This means that the sandpaper used to sand the steel will continually get finer and finer. The resulting metal shows of the bevels and the fine line in the steel exceptionally. The satin finish is a classic and will never go out of style. This was also the perfect option for the Spyderco Spin because the handle is supposed to steal the show.

This knife features a Wharncliffe style of blade. This blade shape is very similar to the sheepsfoot blade, but should not be confused with each other because they do have very different purposes. The classic Wharncliffe blade basically looks like a drop point blade that has been flipped over, meaning that the straight edge is the sharp edge. However, this Spyderco blade does not sport the traditional Wharncliffe blade, instead, the blade is much more triangular with both edges (the sharpened and unsharpened) being straight. But, when the unsharpened edge gets near the tip, it does curve, so as not to create a pointy tip. This creates a false-point, meaning that you the point itself isn’t’ sharp. This feature of the blade style is one of its perks, but it also is one of the drawbacks to this shape. For starters, this false point means that you are much safer when using this knife: there is no way that you are going to accidently stab yourself or someone else. However, this false point also means that if you are in desperate need of piercing or stabbing something, you are not going to accomplish that. Really, you have to look at what you hope to do with this knife before deciding if the Wharncliffe blade style is going to be a hindrance or a perk. The history of the Wharncliffe blade style does get muddled, with a few different stories claiming to be accurate. But regardless of the history, the Wharncliffe blade shape proves to be a very useful blade. This is also a great everyday blade if you work in an office setting, because the Wharncliffe blade excels at slicing open boxes, envelopes, and other basic everyday uses. On the flip side, this knife is not going to be very good for preparing food because of its lack of belly.

This Spyderco sports a plain edge. This enables the Spin to take on a wider variety of tasks and it will provide you with much cleaner cuts than a serrated blade would. Additionally, the plain blade makes sharpening this blade a breeze, and you can get it sharper than you could if it was serrated. Since this knife is going to be more of a general-utility blade, the plain edge was the perfect option for it.

 

The Handle:

The handle on the spin knife is made out of Blue Nishijin Glass Fiber on one of the handle scales and a traditional stainless steel handle scale on the other side.

Inspired by a centuries-old traditional Japanese weaving style called Nishijin, the highly polished glass fiber scale reveals a complex internal pattern that is strikingly beautiful. The stainless steel handle provides the knife with excellent durability and resistance to corrosion, but it is not lightweight. Because it is only one of the handle scales, this should not weigh the knife down too much, instead, it just adds the durability and heftiness that you desire out of your knife. The stainless steel handle scale has a few perks form being strong and durable to just how corrosion resistant it is. However, this scale is going to be more slippery than the Glass Fiber handle scale. The stainless steel handle scale has also been finished with a satin finish, to perfectly match with the sleek blade.

On the butt of the handle, there has been a lanyard hole carved out. This is definitely a smaller knife, and you can actually attach this to a lanyard and wear it around your neck if you desire. If that is not something that you would want to do, you can easily attach a traditional lanyard and carry it how you normally would.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The Spin comes with a three-screwed stainless clothing clip that positons the knife tip down in a pocket and also offers a way to money-clip your cash or attach to a necktie. This stainless steel clip is highly polished and the screws keeping it attached to the handle match with the rest of the hardware on this knife. This pocket clip is longer, so it will stay snug in your pocket, perfectly concealed.

 

The Mechanism:

This knife features Spyderco’s trademark thumb hole to assist you in opening it. This mechanism has been around since the 1980s and although you might find the thumb hole on knives made by different brands, Spyderco is the one that perfected it and then made it wildly popular. Opening a folder that has been equipped with a thumb hole is exactly like using a thumb stud. Because of the very design, it is always going to be ambidextrous. And, many knife enthusiasts actually prefer the hole to the stud because it does not protrude from the blade. To use the hole, you get traction with your thumb through the whole and then manually flip the blade open. It is simple, it’s easy, and there is no way that the hole can malfunction. There is no better opening mechanism.

This knife features Chris Reeve’s Integral Lock Mechanism or the RIL that will lock the blade securely open. This locking mechanism was created by the custom knife maker Chris reeve and is a design modification of the Liner Lock. He altered it so that the knife sues the handle scale as the lock’s liner. With the back portion of the handle doubling as both handle and lock, the need for internal liners is eliminated and the knife can be manufactured incredibly slim, yet still very strong. This is another reason why the stainless steel handle scale is such a benefit—it houses the RIL mechanism that will securely lock the blade open. The stainless steel gives it the sturdiness to work correctly at all times, working to never fail you.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this bite size knife is 1.812 inches long with a thickness of .093 inches. The overall length of the knife when it is opened is a micro 4.125 inches, sporting a closed length of 2.438 inches long. This knife weighs in at a measly 1.3 ounces—the perfect size and weight to constantly have on you, preparing you for whatever might come your way.

 

Conclusion:

The Spyderco Spin, designed by Eric Glesser, now comes with the special Blue Nishijin glass fiber handle. This handle is ancient Japanese inspired and provides you with a unique look that you are not going to find anywhere else. The opposite handle scale is stainless steel, to give you the extra weight you need to really get behind your cutting. This knife boasts a Wharncliffe style, VG-10 stainless steel blade that is perfect for serious detail cuts. This steel is low maintenance, resisting rust effortlessly to make your life a little easier. The locking mechanism was designed by Chris Reeve and uses the handle scale as the lock’s liner. The Spin comes with a pocket clip that can be doubled as a money clip. This clip is designed for right-side tip-down carry to ensure both convenience and ease of access. This limited-edition Sprint run puts a new “Spin” on a classic Spyderco design and is sure to be in high demand. Pick up this limited edition Blue Nishijin glass fiber version of the Spin today at BladeOps.

 

 

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

 

Spyderco Native 5 40th Anniversary Model

Spyderco Native 5 40th Anniversary
Spyderco Native 5 40th Anniversary

When a company sets out to create a special-edition product to celebrate a milestone anniversary in its progress from startup to success, the result typically aims for the combination of special high-grade materials, either in an all-new design or in a command-performance version of a time-tested, popular offering. As Spyderco’s 40th year in business arrives, the company has done just that in creating the model C41CF40TH Native 5 Carbon Fiber Damascus, based on the enduring Native family and dressed up in premium materials.

 

Throughout its four decades, Spyderco has relished its reputation for ignoring tradition when it stands in the way of innovation. The head of the company enjoys the doubting comments of those who don’t quite understand his company’s focus on researching the best (and often the most interesting) ways to solve technical problems, meeting needs that customers don’t necessarily realize they have, giving quality control obsessive attention, and always looking for the best blend of performance, reliability, and enduring materials. That focus has enabled Spyderco to invent and engineer features that stand today as normative expectations of what a folding knife is and does, including the pocket clip and the serrated cutting edge. The company’s history includes numerous collaborations with custom designers and expert users, and the introduction of more than a dozen blade steels. From launch to 40th anniversary, Spyderco epitomizes entrepreneurial spirit, beginning with founder Sal Glesser and wife Gail Glesser traveling the knife show route in a converted bread truck.

 

Given that history, you won’t be surprised at the attention to detail and the carefully considered specifications that make this Spyderco anniversary knife much more than a commemorative issue. The Native 5 Carbon Fiber Damascus emerges from Spyderco’s headquarters and manufacturing facility in Golden, Colorado, as a limited edition (Sprint Run, in Spyderco’s vernacular) that’s certain to find a home in many prized collections.

Blade Profile

Among Spyderco’s offerings, the Native series forms a signature family of knives that feature designs refined over the course of multiple generations of products. Building a premium commemorative edition of the company’s practical, affordable Native tools recognizes the importance of the Native series within the Spyderco product line, at the same time that it adds materials that elevate the anniversary edition to the level of hard-working art.

 

Spyderco pioneered the leaf-shaped blade as a slightly asymmetrical version of the spear-point profile. You won’t find a swage on the spine of this design, but you will find the signature Spyderco Trademark Round Hole in the blade itself to make it an ambidextrous knife you can open with just one hand. The leaf shape doesn’t include the ample belly curve you’d find on a drop-point profile to increase the area of the cutting edge.

 

Instead of a traditional forefinger groove on the bottom edge of the handle, Spyderco uses a jimped choil that removes a curved area from the blade between the cutting edge and the handle. The shape of the choil blends seamlessly into the corresponding curve of the handle’s front quillon. A second set of jimping grooves appears on the spine of the blade just in front of the handle.

 

For this momentous special edition knife, Spyderco adds its 40th anniversary logo to the left side of the blade, laser engraved next to the company logo. The company name and the name of the blade steel appear on two lines of type, parallel to the ends of the handle and located between the sets of jimping grooves on the spine and cutting edge of the blade.

 

Spyderco offers the Native 5 Carbon Fiber Damascus with a full flat grind on a single-edged blade. This edge style lightens blade weight and reduces the tendency for a blade to drag through the material it cuts. Spyderco also refers to this unserrated blade grind as a smooth edge.

Blade Finish

No coating for this Spyderco knife: Black-finished blades may offer tactical advantages in terms of their ability to make knives virtually disappear in the dark, but when a product features a steel as beautiful as the Damasteel DS93X Thor pattern used for this anniversary knife, covering up the intricate whorls and swirls of its pattern with a coating would constitute a waste of a premium material.

Blade Steel

With names such as Björkman’s Twist, Odins Eye, Vinland, and Thor, the products of Sweden’s Damasteel sound like places and people in an epic saga. In choosing Damasteel’s DS93X Thor for the Native 5 Carbon Fiber Damascus, Spyderco incorporated Damasteel’s 20th anniversary pattern into its own celebratory product.

 

Damascus steel consists of a combination of two or more steels. In the crucible steel of ancient Persia, secret recipes produced smelted results that used poor grades of steel by modern standards. The process of repeated twisting, folding, and forging, and the many-layered results it produced, aimed to overcome the weakness that could beset long-bladed weapons in which the grain of the metal needed to align along the long dimension to reduce the chance of breakage across the blade. In modern production, Damascus steel often is produced by welding the two steels together in a seven-layer sandwich, and then forging and folding the result over and over again until it consists of more than 100 layers. The combination typically matches up a high- and a low-carbon steel, marrying high-carbon’s strength and eventual bright color with low-carbon’s softness and dark appearance.

 

Headquartered in Söderfors, Sweden, Damasteel operates in a village with nearly 350 years of steel-making tradition. The proprietary Damasteel process dates to 1992 and brings the ancient art of Damascus steelmaking into the very modern day. Instead of being smelted, heat treated, and formed, Damasteel uses gas atomization to produce a powdered result. As molten steel flows through a small nozzle under high pressure from an inert gas, the steel piles up in tiny particles, each one a miniature ingot representing a thorough mixture of its component elements. Next, the powder loads into a canister for processing under heat and pressure, which densifies it into a capsule approximately 30% smaller than the material that enters the forming container. This capsule moves on for forging and rolling into the proper dimensions for the final patterning process.

 

Ancient or modern, the process of forging and layering Damascus steel produces dramatic patterns of light and dark metal across the billets that result from it. Many of Damasteel’s patterns carry trademarks denoting their uniqueness. The patterns stem from planned fabrication sequences that create a predictably exotic appearance in the steel. Unlike textures that only exist on the surface of a steel, Damasteel patterns run all the way through the metal. The patterns snap to life after the steel undergoes chemical processes, including etching with various acid mixtures that yield specific shades of light, dark, or bright gray on the two alloys combined in the forged metal. These etching solutions consist of hydrochloric or sulfuric acids and other chemicals.

 

Martensitic steels demonstrate a specialized tetragonal crystal structure. Damasteel’s martensitic stainless Damascus steel combines two powder-based Swedish alloys that result from cutting-edge metallurgy. RWL 34, the bright high-carbon steel, features 1.05% carbon, 14.00% chromium, 0.50% manganese, 4.00% molybdenum, 0.50% silicon, and 0.20% vanadium. It takes its name from the initials of the knife maker Bob Loveless. PMC 27, the dark low-carbon steel, incorporates 0.60% carbon, which technically classifies it as a medium-carbon steel, along with 13.00% chromium, and 0.50% manganese. Both of these component alloys represent variations on a classic 420-type steel, although PMC 27 contains more carbon than standard 420 steels do. The alloys used in Damasteel’s martensitic products feature the hardness and corrosion resistance necessary for an effective blade steel. In general, hardness comes from the carbon, chromium, and silicon, and manganese content; toughness from vanadium; corrosion resistance from chromium and molybdenum; wear resistance from carbon and manganese; and edge retention from molybdenum.

 

Among the basic performance parameters that characterize knife steels, hardness measures a material’s ability to resist impact. The Rockwell Hardness Scales quantify this property, with the C scale used to characterize knife steels. Toughness, which exists on a continuum with hardness, represents a steel’s damage resistance and its capacity to bend rather than break. Wear resistance defines a steel’s ability to withstand the twin forces of abrasion and adhesion. Abrasion results when a steel comes in contact with a rough substance; adhesion, when the steel picks up material dislodged from another surface. Corrosion resistance quantifies a steel’s lack of oxidation when it encounters environmental elements such as moisture and salt. Finally, edge retention provides a subjective measure of a steel’s continued sharpness despite use.

Handle Materials

Carbon fiber composites provide light weight, rigidity, and a high strength-to-weight ratio, characteristics that offer obvious benefits in knife handle fabrication. The carbon filaments come from precursor polymers, which are spun into yarns about the diameter of a human hair, heat treated to remove impurities, and formed into unidirectional or woven sheets. These sheets can be layered at 60-degree angles or combined with a backing material. With the application of a thermoset or thermoplastic resin, the desired “sandwich” of carbon fiber is molded and formed under heat and pressure. Short-run parts can be produced in a vacuum mold or fashioned from carbon fiber that’s impregnated with resin before being shaped. For quick production of large batches of parts, carbon fiber can be produced under compression in a highly precise mold. Some complex parts require the use of a filament winder to position the carbon fiber around a core shape.

 

The Spyderco model C41CF40TH Native 5 Carbon Fiber Damascus uses handle scales milled from carbon fiber. If Spyderco had attempted to mold in the knife’s distinctive sunburst surface texture, the result would show softer lines than the crisp precision that results from machining the carbon fiber instead.

Handle Design

This is no quietly plain knife handle. On Spyderco’s model C41CF40TH Native 5 Carbon Fiber Damascus, CNC-machined carbon fiber handle scales feature a sunburst pattern milled into the surface of the material. The rays of the sunburst fan out from a point located in the middle of the area occupied by the knife’s back lock. The pattern combines aesthetic appeal with the grip assistance of a texture permanently built into precisely milled parts. The shape of the handle also enhances your grip, with a quillon at the front of the handle belly to protect the user from the injuries that can result if fingers accidentally slide onto the cutting surface of the blade during a hard strike or forceful move. The jimped choil in the blade edge and the point of the quillon form a continuous semi-circular curve that leads into the shape of the handle belly. The butt of the knife culminates in a rounded point that echoes the curves of the rest of the handle. The back lock on the spine of the handle curves into the scales in a shape that parallels the finger-grooved belly.

 

Four Torx screws, including the blade pivot, secure the Native 5 Carbon Fiber Damascus together. A lanyard hole, centered in the width of the handle, appears near the butt of the knife, adjacent to sets of attachment holes that accommodate alternative positions for the knife’s four pocket clip attachment.

Lock Mechanism

To hold a blade safely and securely in an open position, Spyderco uses 12 different systems in its knives, including nine locking and three non-locking mechanisms. The back lock located on the handle spine of the model C41CF40TH Native 5 Carbon Fiber Damascus represents a refinement of a design that Spyderco introduced many years ago, and that the company uses on its entire Native family. This lock uses a rocker arm with a center pivot hole and a lug on the front end. The lug engages with a notch in the tang of the knife blade near the pivot screw. In profile, the lock silhouette might remind you of the shape of a long pipe wrench.

 

The manual operation nature of a back lock knife like the Spyderco Native 5 Carbon Fiber Damascus means that it can’t match the virtually instant blade deployment of an automatic design. To open the knife, position the pad of your thumb in the Spyderco Trademark Round Hole and slide the blade away from the handle. Wait for a click that indicates the back lock has engaged.

Pocket Clip

The stainless steel pocket clip on the Spyderco Native 5 Carbon Fiber Damascus represents the company’s most-implemented clip style. Attached with three Torx screws, this clip features an ambidextrous, reversible design that accommodates tip-up or tip-down carry positions. The knife handle incorporates two sets of attachment holes on each scale, one set at each end. This four-position flexible clip style characterizes the entire Spyderco Native family.

Knife Dimensions and Weight

Spyderco’s model C41CF40TH Native 5 Carbon Fiber Damascus measures 6.95 inches long overall and 3.97 inches long closed. Its blade measures 2.98 inches long and 0.122 inches thick, with a cutting edge that measures 2.48 inches. The knife weighs 2.7 ounces.

Other Considerations

If you enjoy adding limited-edition knives to your collection, either to use and admire every day or to retain in as-new condition as appreciable assets, the model C41CF40TH Native 5 Carbon Fiber Damascus represents a must have. Its premium materials, thoughtful design features, ambidextrous clip attachment, and collectable nature give it a special significance, especially for those who appreciate Spyderco knives. The knife includes a padded zipper pouch for storage.

 

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  Native 5 Carbon Fiber Damascus
Model number C41CF40TH
Weight 2.7 oz.
Overall length 6.95″
Closed length 3.97″
Blade length 2.98″
Cutting edge length 2.48″
Blade thickness 0.122″
Edge Plain
Edge length 2.48″
Steel DS93X THOR
Grind Full-Flat
Lock type Back lock
Handle Fluted carbon fiber
Clip 4-position ambidextrous (Left/right, tip-up/tip-down)
Origin USA

Spyderco Khalsa is here!

Spyderco Khalsa
Spyderco Khalsa

The Spyderco Khalsa (C40GP) has once again been re-released back into the ranks of quality Spyderco folding knives! Knife maker Jot Singh Khalsa and Spyderco first introduced the knife back in 2000 however things didn’t quite pan out but now it has been reformulated and re-released in a limited quantity sprint-run that would be sure to offer a one-of-a-kind uniqueness to any knife collection. Right out of the gate, you can see the large “hump” that appears on the blade which can easily be used as a thumb ramp and even doubles as a finger guard. Surprisingly, the design of the knife offers the user many different grip options from traditional usage to finer tasks.

This knife features a reversible pocket clip for tip-down carry and offers very smooth action with its very unique spider hole. The lockup on the Khalsa is rock solid, as any Spyderco knife would be, and can be easily operated with one hand–liner lock and all.

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Aogami Super Blue Steel and the Spyderco Endura4

Spyderco Sprint Run Endura4
Spyderco Endura4 with Aogami Super Blue Flat Ground blade.

On Friday, we received our shipment of the Sprint Run of Spyderco Endura4 knives with Aogami Super Blue steel blades.  I had a passing knowledge of Aogami but nothing in-depth–so I figured I would research it and get some information.  Aogami Super Blue blade steel is manufactured by one of Japan’s leading steel manufacturers.  Hitachi Metals Ltd. makes the steel.  To produce it, Hitachi combines a higher percentage of carbon, chromium and tungsten than they use in their Aogami Blue #1 steel.  If fact, it has 1.4% to 1.5% carbon, .3% to .5% chromium and 2.0% to 2.5% Tungsten.  They also mix in .3% to .5% molybdenum as well as .5% vanadium.  This special, rich combination of chemicals combine to give knife lovers one of the most amazing steels available.  Aogami Super Blue is capable of extreme sharpness.  It also has a high hardness level and gives great cutting performance as well as edge retention.  This durable blade steel is in huge demand.  Aogami is not stainless steel and requires diligent care to maintain it corrosion free–just like any other carbon steel.

In this latest iteration of the Endura4, Spyderco matched up a core of Aogami Super Blue sandwiched betweeen layers of 420J1 stainless steel.  Combine this full flat ground blade with grey FRN handle scales and you have a terrific sprint run knife.

SPECIFICATIONS OF the ENDURA 4 with Aogami Super Blue Steel:

length overall 8.78″ (223 mm)
blade length 3.80″ (97 mm)
blade steel Laminated Super Blue / 420J1
length closed 4.98″ (126 mm)
cutting edge 3.44″ (87 mm)
weight 3.3 oz (94 g)
blade thickness 0.118″ (3 mm)
handle material FRN