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Hi all, Well My first Spyderco years ago was a BYRD has been a great knife. Not sure why I never got "INTO" collecting them. About 2 weeks ago I attained the P'KAL, I just love the look of the knife, the post on top of the blade (Emerson wave) Deployment device made the knife look futuristic in nature. Being from a engineering background the milling of this post and attaching to the top of blade via screwing in seemed attractive to me personaly, besides adding lightning fast deployment of the blade upon removal from pocket. It has takin a bit of time but I have become comfortable with the "fast draw" Comfortable in pocket, nice slim clean design..
Enough about the P'KAL ! But it has renewed my interest for Spyderco's products. And I have my eyes on a couple more as time and finances allow..
What was it about Spyderco that BIT you ? Design ? Abilitys ? ETC ?
The P'Kal >>>
I have loved pocket knives all my life. Just didn't know you needed to own more than one or two at a time. :) Now I am enlightened and know I need to CARRY at least two, not to mention how many you need to own. lol I decided to finally get a knife that would stay sharp longer than anything I was used to which were Case pocket knives and the like. I tried Gerber, SOG and a few others but Spyderco as a whole has it all over the other companies and products that I've tried. I'll admit there are a lot that I haven't tried. Here are the things I like more about Spyderco knives. I'll try to be brief.
Manufacturing: Very well built in how they work and attention to detail in appearance. I love buying American but when an American company has a factory in Taiwan that makes some of the best knives in the world it's hard to ignore that. Spyderco's Taiwan factory has probably the best fit & finish quality of any Spyderco factory. I don't know why, they just do. This is a well argued fact among Spyderco fans. The lockup is rock solid and blade play is almost non-existant. Very solid folding knives.
Blade steel(s): Spyderco is not scared to try new blade steels and the "worst" steel they use is on par with the best that other companies use. The above average steels that I've used are CPM-S30V, CTS-XHP, ZDP-189 and VG-10. There are several others some of which I haven't used. H-1 is a rust proof steel due to it's lack of carbon. The hardness and edge retention is not on par with some of the higher end steels but is still a fabulous performer. So for people in humid or salt water environments H1 is a very handy steel to use. Or if you perspire during work or play and the knife is in your pocket. Lots of very high quality blade steels. Better than most of the 2 or 3 blade steels other companies use and these steels are very adequate steels for knife blades.
Variety: Lots of very different model types. Small, big, medium knives with differnt blade and handle shapes for differnt uses. Also different types of locks to try. The Sage series was developed as a tribute to different locks and the designers. There are 4 Sage models now and they are working on the 5th now.
Construction: I like knives that use screw together construction. Disassembly for cleaning and top notch maintenance is a plus in my book. You don't really need this ability but I like it.
One-hand opening: This is a huge plus in my book. Also, I like the hole more than a thumb stud for opening the knife.
Spyderco has a great line up of knife models IMO. Also, some of the best quality materials and workmanship. Another thing is the customer service they provide. Personally, I've never seen better with any company or any product. Some are as good but none better.
Excellent post, Jack!
In fact, it's almost like I was channeling my own experience -- thoughts and feelings about Spyderco and the knives that they produce -- through you.
So, thanks! You have expressed Me much more eloquently than I could have ever expressed myself.
Kudos & cheers, my friend!
I would have to say the fact I receive all my Spydercos as gifts, has not hurt. But, it has given me the opportunity to carry some Spydercos that I would not have otherwise bought. Having come to this forum in 2010 a devout Benchmade enthusiast, I wouldn't have spent the money on a Spyderco.
After receiving a few from a vendor, I noticed the lightness in the pocket. The comfortable ergonomics and exceptionally capable blade steel.
I still love my benchmades, but I use my Spydercos.
Just got another Spyderco the other day. Techno. Been wanting this for a while. So I ordered it finally and I'm glad I did. The thing that is special to me about the techno is SOLID. Having a small knife that is capable of harder use is ideal. This way you can cut a small limb with your small knife knowing it can handle a little twisting and a little bit of prying. I know we are not supposed to twist or pry but most of us do it once in a while. For a smaller knife suitable for slacks or jacket pocket the techno might be a little heavy. So a D'fly or Chaparral might be a better choice. The techno slices well IMO. There is a bit more resistance when cutting tough material due to the thicker blade. The thicker spine is very obvious when slicing cardboard. But, if I change the angle of the knife compared to the cardboard from 90 degrees to around 45 degrees the thicker blade is no longer an issue. The bevels that came on my techno were too high for me. So I thinned the edge. Now it cuts a lot better, slicing easier. This is nothing new. Thinner always cuts better. I think this is one of the only absolutes about cutting.