We had a chance to sit down with the folks at Spyderco to see what they've come up for this year, and as usual, they've come up with some very nice designs. We covered a couple of them at the OR show back in the summer, but we included them here just in case you didn't see them yet. All of the information and photos below are taken directly from the press information provided by Spyderco.
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Always up for something atypical and innovative, the latest from Spyderco is a group of knives called micro-sized SLIPITs. By definition SLIPITS are Spyderco’s non-locking, one-hand open folding knives. Their non-locking aspect classifies them as carry-friendly in many parts of the world which are legally restrictive or not very pocketknife friendly. Micro-sized, means they’re small. We mean really small. The HoneyBee is the second folder in the micro-SLIPIT fraternity and a small step-up, size-wise, from the previously released Bug. Its tiny blade reaches one-and-a-half inches long yet is all business when it comes to cutting. Available with a PlainEdge the Cr13 stainless steel blade stays open when cutting, held open by resistant pressure at the knife’s pivot area. HoneyBee handles are chamfered so there are no squared-off edges digging or biting into a gripping hand. The handle is also stainless steel with a laser engraved Spyderco bug and enough blank area for a small amount of engraving or customization as jewelry or a gift item. Handle lanyard-hole welcomes a chain for wear around a neck or a keychain. Overall: 3-5/8” 92mm. Blade length: 1-5/8” 41mm. Weight: .56oz 15g. Made in China. For more information please contact Spyderco: P.O. Box 800, Dept____. Golden, Colorado 80402-0800. Phone: 800-525-7770, Fax: (303) 278-2229, www.spyderco.com
C134 Gayle Bradley CLIPIT
Texan Gayle Bradley started making custom knives in 1988, joined The American Knifemakers Guild and produces handmade folders and fixed-blades. Customers discovered him and his reputation mushroomed, tagging him as a knifemaker who focused on building exceptional knives for hard-use. Then Gayle won a World Cutting Competition expanding his reputation further by claiming his title with a fixed-blade that plowed through everything including eleven-inches of hanging rope. Bradley knives aren’t for fingernail cleaners or showmen but for use down on the ground – getting gritty and dirty. His first collaboration with a production company we’re glad to say is with Spyderco. The C134 Gayle Bradley Folder pulls together his reputational forte; anteing up a hard-use folder design to which Spyderco added an exotic and premium blade steel and an unexpected touch of gentrification. The blade is hollow-ground satin finished Crucible Steel CPM-M4. Originally M4 made its good name as a tool steel with high resistance to impact. Crucible’s version incorporates their CPM-powdered metal manufacturing process with M4 creating a superfine, consistent steel-grain structure heightening its’ already impressive impact resistance even more. Its modified drop-point blade also has a weight-reducing swedge located at the spine. The handle is twill carbon fiber with a Michael Walker LinerLock® for safe, secure lock up while adding a refined, gentlemanly appearance. Inside are two full-length skeletonized internal liners adding rigidity to the handle that has screw- together construction for adjustments or cleaning. A four-way hourglass clip lets you choose to carry the folder; tip-up/tip-down, left/right handed. Overall: 8-5/64” 205mm. Blade length: 3-7/16” 87mm. Weight: 5.3oz 150g. For more information please contact Spyderco: P.O. Box 800, Dept____. Golden, Colorado 80402-0800. Phone: 800-525-7770, Fax: (303) 278-2229, www.spyderco.com
Aerodynamically the bumble bee shouldn't be able to fly but someone forgot to tell the bee that. It defies both nature and expectations that something that small performs such a grand maneuver. Like bumblebees, Spyderco Bugs perform unexpectedly. The smallest folder in Spyderco’s 2009 lineup, Bugs are just 2-7/8” (73mm) long opened, and closed measure 1-5/8” (41mm). Blade length is 1-5/16” (33mm) and they weigh only .4oz (12g). Bugs are part of the SLIPIT group Spyderco started offering last year, filling the smallest seat in an expanding selection of non-locking slip-joint knives. They have no locking mechanism holding the blade open, relying instead on resistant pressure at the pivot area when the blade is extended and being used. Their blades are 3Cr13Mov steel and available with a PlainEdge. The Bug’s handle offers a flat surface for a small amount of engraving or embellishment and can be customized for use as jewelry or a gift item. Positioned on the end of the handle is a lanyard hole large enough to thread with a chain and worn around the neck or slipped onto a keychain. Made in China. For more information please contact Spyderco: P.O. Box 800, Dept____. Golden, Colorado 80402-0800. Phone: 800-525-7770, Fax: (303) 278-2229, www.spyderco.com
Knives as essential tools exist in every culture on earth. Their shape and style dictated by their people’s needs be those agricultural, spiritual or self preserving. Certainly ethnic styles of cutlery have been lost to history but many designs are still today used and revered in their respective countries. Taking those individual designs and adding a “Spyderco touch” is the core of Spyderco’s Ethnic Series folders and most recently the C132 Spyderco Chokwe. Chokwe people live in the Zambia/Democratic Republic of Congo region of Central Africa. Primarily agricultural, they are gatherers, fishermen and hunters. Highly positioned in Chokwe society are blacksmiths who craft fixed blade knives for daily use in feeding, harvesting and protecting their communities. Our Chokwe folder is patterned off a historic fixed-blade, keeping true to the triangular shaped blade and coffin-shaped handle. The blade is CMP-S30V blade steel and ground flat in a symphony of cutting performance. The handle is black G-10 with bored out handle holes reducing overall weight and making through holes for attachment to a longer handle or pole, think spear! Full length internal liner reinforces the locking device, a Chris Reeve style integral lock. Metal hourglass clip carries the knife tucked in a pocket tip-down right hand carry. Nothing on the modern market is like it. It may look modern and streamlined but the original design is hundreds if not thousands of years old. Necessity generates function. In the knife world that can happen in central Africa a few hundred years ago. It can also happen in Golden, Colorado in 2009. Overall length: 8” (203mm). Blade length 3-3/8” (86mm). Weight 5oz (143g). For more information please contact Spyderco: P.O. Box 800, Dept____. Golden, Colorado 80402-0800. Phone: 800-525-7770, Fax: (303) 278-2229, www.spyderco.com
C131 Bob Terzuola SLIPIT
You see interesting knives and equally interesting people when walking the aisles of a knife show. Small by business standards and specialized in nature, the cutlery industry has names everyone knows. One is Bob Terzuola, we call him Bob T. Bob’s made handmade knives since the 1970s, has collaborated with the top production companies and acknowledged as the founder of tactical knifemaking. In our small industry he’s rock star. His designs are clean, militaristic, finely polished and perceived as having a high-level of performance and physical appearance. His fourth collaboration with Spyderco is the Bob T SLIPIT. SLIPITS are a new benchmark in knives, non-locking one-hand open folders with pocket clips. Bob T’s SLIPIT has a CMP-S30V modified Wharncliff blade that to close must overcome the resistance of a small ball bearing. Bob calls this a Ball Joint non-locking system; he’s developed and refined on many custom pieces for close to a decade. The Ball Joint also half-stops the blade when closing for safety. Behind the cutting edge he placed a finger choil/guard keeping the index finger away from the open blade and keeping the blade from closing on the hand when cutting. He also made the blade under three inches keeping it legal in most jurisdictions and countries (England and Germany to name a couple) for carry anywhere. Carbon fiber handle and backspacer make this carry friendly SLIPIT both hi-tech and luxurious. Left/right pocket clip is nested in its’ mounting and won’t pivot or loosen. A folded leather lanyard comes with it, tied off with a silver crimp. Overall length: 7’ (177mm). Blade length: 3” (76mm). Weight: 2.5oz (70g). For more information please contact Spyderco: P.O. Box 800, Dept____. Golden, Colorado 80402-0800. Phone: 800-525-7770, Fax: (303) 278-2229, www.spyderco.com
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