Spyderco Assist Lightweight Knife Review

Spyderco is a ground breaking knife company that has been around for about forty years. This company has pioneered many common features that are now typical features for a folding knife. Some of these features are the pocket clip, serrations, and an opening hole. Spyderco has collaborated with over 30 custom knife makers, athletes, and self-defense instructs that have worked to design and produce some of the most innovative knives around. Sal Glesser is the founder of Spyderco and the very first product was released in 1976. This was a “spider-shaped device”, which is actually where this company chose its name. Spyderco produced their first folding knife in 1981. And have since produced some of the top knives around.

 

Today I am going to write about the Spyderco Assist Lightweight knife, which is no exception to the innovative and ground breaking reputation that Spyderco has worked to achieve. This knife speaks to me. I love it. I would recommend it to almost any emergency or rescue professionals. This knife was specifically designed to be a rescue knife. It was designed to Assist, hence the name. First responders and rescue workers have to rely on their knives to function in the trickiest of situations, and you can definitely bet on this knife. Spyderco has been making knives for over twenty-five years and it shows in this knife. You can tell that it was designed by people who knew what they were doing. This knife excels in almost any situation.

 

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of VG-10. This is a fantastic type of steel. The G in the name refers to the fact that it is gold standard stainless steel. The steel is produced in Japan, especially their cutlery knives. This sounds funny to use a popular cutlery steel on a rescue knife, but it actually makes perfect sense. For starters, VG10 holds an incredible edge for long periods of time. Chefs can only produce the best cuts if they have the sharpest knives, plus they don’t have time to be constantly worrying about sharpening them. This steel is also very resistant to rusting. These qualities that make it such an excellent culinary steel also make it an excellent rescue knife steel. You want your edge to be crazy sharp and you want it to last long periods of time. You don’t want to have to worry about needing to sharpen your knife in the field. And, you have no idea what the terrain is going to be like in a rescue situation. The fact that this steel is so resistant to rust is a huge benefit.

This type of steel is also a high carbon steel, oddly enough though, carbon only makes up a small portion of the total blade material. It’s just that all the other metals in this steel are also in small portions. But, because of this, the steel can hold an edge for very long times. And it is an extremely durable steel. With VG-10, you get the hardness of a high carbon steel, but you still get the corrosion resistance of a stainless steel.

The length of the blade on the Assist is 3.68 inches long, out of this length, 3.2 inches are available for cutting. The blade is 0.125 inches thick. The blade has a hollow grind. Hollow grinds are very easy to sharpen, however the edge is more delicate and is slightly less durable. This is a combo blade, but not the usual ratio of serrated vs. plain edge. About 80% of this blade is serrated and the remaining portion is plain edge. The serrated portion is for cutting through thicker materials, such as seat belts. The plain edge portion of this blade is nearest to the tip and it is razor sharp. This is for cutting through things such as clothing. This portion can also be used for detailed cutting.

I feel like people are often turned away from using a serrated blade because they are definitely harder to sharpen than a plain edged blade. But Spyderco has a sweet deal where you can have free-blade sharpening for life. Spyderco has definitely made life easier.

A characteristic of this knife that makes it very unique is that it sports a blunt tip. When I was first in the knife community that seemed weird to me. But, upon further research, I realized just how genius it really is. When you are a first responder or in any rescue situation, you often have to cut people free of things or get very close to them with your knife. However, because you have a sharp tip, you have to be very careful being that close to them because you don’t want to stab them. This is where the blunt tip comes in. You can get as close to the victim as you need and you cannot hurt them with the tip of your knife. This means that if you are cutting a seatbelt off of them, you can really get in that space. Or, if you are in very cramped quarters, you can cut freely without having to worry about further injuring the victim. Another bonus to having a blunt tip that is if the knife is dropped during hectic times, you do not have to worry about the tip stabbing someone on the way down. However, if you are in a situation where you need a tip to stab anything, you are going to be completely out of luck. The blunt tip blade will not be able to stab anything.

On the top, or unsharpened, edge of the blade, there is a wavy pattern, or grooves cut into the blade. This design was actually created by a Swedish fireman. These grooves allow you to place a piece of rope around the knife and then scissor cut the rope. Normally when you are trying to cut through rope or thicker material, you have to have a continual sawing motion going. The scissor cut design lets you just “squeeze cut” the rope. This lets you cut things out of or near people without having to fully open the knife.

On the blade’s spine there is an oversized hole. Spyderco calls this a Cobra Hood; it allows you to open the knife one handed, even if you are wearing thicker gloves.

 

The Handle:

The knife is a large knife, it doesn’t weigh a lot, but it feels sturdy. Many people have said that it first feels very bulky, but as soon as you get used to it, it fits very well in your hand. First responders are often wearing gloves, so this handle was designed with gloved hands in mind.  It is made out of FRN. The FRN, or fiberglass reinforced nylon. This material is made by arranging the nylon fibers haphazardly, which is why it is stronger than G-10, Carbon Fiber, and Micarta—all of which have their fibers arranged in one direction. When the fibers are arranged haphazardly, it is harder to crack. This material is a very strong material that is very resistant to bending. The handle material is also resistant to abrasion and very hard to break. Fortunately, this is a cheap material because the factory can mold it into any shape or texture. FRN has a semi-poor reputation because some brands have struggled to really use the material’s benefits. But, Spyderco has been known to really milk the FRN, so you can expect this handle to be designed very well and for the material to be used to the best of its ability.

The FRN has then been molded with Bi-Directional textured contours and bulges that fit perfectly in your hand. This texturing provides you with excellent no slip grip that takes the worry right out of your mind. This handle comes in many different bright colors including orange, yellow, and black. These bright colors are great, because you might be in dark, dusty, smoky areas. If you happen to misplace your knife, the bright colors will make it easy to find it. Because of the thick finger grooves in this handle, the knife will fit very well in your hand, even though your hand will probably be gloved.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip is ambidextrous, meaning that the knife has been drilled to carry it either left handed or right handed. This is a big bonus, especially on a rescue knife, because you want to feel as comfortable as you possibly can with this. You don’t want to have to awkwardly reach to get your knife out of your pocket. However, the clip can only be carried tip up, so that is a slight drawback.

 

Extras:

This knife has a few extra characteristics that really pull the whole think together to make it an exceptional knife. For starters, if you squeeze the blade deep into the handle, a retractable carbide tip will protrude out from the base. This tip is fantastic for breaking glass of all thickness. The knife also has included a very loud whistle. This is a high pitched, high volume whistle that is going to get people’s attention.

Spyderco Assist Lightweight Knife
Spyderco Assist Lightweight Knife

Pros of the Assist Lightweight:

  • The blade is made out of VG-10 steel, which can hold an edge very well.
  • The steel can get crazy sharp.
  • The steel is very resistant to rust.
  • The blade features a serrated edge and a plain edge.
  • Spyderco has free blade-sharpening for life!
  • Has a blunt tip, so you don’t have to worry about stabbing the victim while in close quarters.
  • On the unsharpened edge of the blade, there are waves to slip a piece of rope in and then scissor cut through, instead of sawing through.
  • There is an oversized hole so you can open the knife even if you have thick gloves on.
  • The handle material is a very strong, very durable, cheap material.
  • The texturing on this knife provides the user with fantastic grip.
  • There is a retractable carbide tip, for glass breaking.
  • There is also a built in whistle, so you can get people’s attention.
  • The handle comes in a variety of different colors.
  • Designed for people who are wearing gloves, everything is going to be easy even when wearing thick gloves.
  • Great for skiers and other outdoor enthusiasts.
  • Comes with a warranty—the details will be included in your purchase.
  • Ambidextrous pocket clip.

 

Cons of the Assist Lightweight:

  • If you want to stab anything, you are completely out of luck.
  • This knife can feel very bulky when you are first using it.
  • This is not a cheap knife, in fact, it is on the more expensive end of the spectrum.
  • There is no belly on this knife, so slicing things is not going to be easy.
  • Does not include a case for carrying.
  • The pocket clip can only be used to carry the knife tip up.

 

Conclusion:

The overall length of this knife is 8.375 inches long while opened and 4.875 inches while closed. This knife weighs only four ounces. This knife has been popular among outdoor sport enthusiasts, such as skiers and snowboarders. This is because you cannot accidently stab yourself, plus, it comes with many extras, such as the whistle and the combo blade. Not only is this a great knife for skiers, snowboarders, rescue workers, and first responders, this knife is great for anyone. This will make a great addition to any emergency kit, because you never know what life is going to throw at you and its best to be prepared. With the whistle, you know that you will be found if you ever become lost. This is not a very cheap knife, in fact, they are on the more expensive end of the spectrum. But, the price is completely worth it, especially since you have a guarantee and free blade-sharpening. Plus, when a company is using the highest quality materials, you know that it is going to be a little more expensive, but worth it. This knife was designed to work in high-pressure situations, so you can count on it to go the distance and not fail you in the biggest time of need.

 

Spyderco Sliverax Flipper Knife Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The Blade:

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

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

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

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

 

The Handle:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The Pocket Clip:

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

 

The Mechanism:

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

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

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

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

 

Spyderco Sliverax Flipper Knife
Spyderco Sliverax Flipper Knife

The Specs:

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

 

Conclusion:

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

 

Spyderco Brown Hundred Pacer Folder Knife Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The Blade:

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

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

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

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

 

The Handle:

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

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

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

 

The Pocket Clip:

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

 

The Mechanism:

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

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

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

 

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

The Specs:

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

 

The Pros of the Spyderco Hundred Pacer:

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

 

The Cons of the Spyderco Hundred Pacer:

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

 

 

Conclusion:

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

 

Spyderco Dark Blue Paramilitary 2 Folder Knife Review

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

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

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

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

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

 

The Blade:

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

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

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

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

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

 

The Handle:

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

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

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

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

 

The Pocket Clip:

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

 

The Mechanism:

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

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

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

 

The Specs:

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

 

Conclusion:

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

 

Spyderco Autonomy Automatic Knife Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The Blade:

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

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

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

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

 

The Handle:

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

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

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

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

 

The Pocket Clip:

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

Spyderco Autonomy Automatic Knife
Spyderco Autonomy Automatic Knife

The Mechanism:

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

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

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

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

 

The Specs:

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

 

The Conclusion:

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

 

Spyderco Tasman Salt 2 Hawkbill Folder Knife Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The Blade:

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

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

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

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

 

The Handle:

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

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

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

 

The Pocket Clip:

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

 

The Mechanism:

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

 

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

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

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

 

The Specs:

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

 

Pros of the Tasman SALT:

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

 

Cons of the Tasman SALT:

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

 

Conclusion:

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

 

Spyderco White One-Eyed Jack Folder Knife Review

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The Blade:

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

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

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

 

The Handle:

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

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

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

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

 

The Pocket Clip:

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

 

The Mechanism:

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

The Specs:

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

 

Conclusion:

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