One thing I really admire about Spyderco is their innovation and their refusal to sit still and let their product line get stagnant. I went to the SHOT show in Orlando back in January, and Spyderco had a large number of new models to add to their line of knives. So, I was quite surprised to see the number of new knives that they already had ready to go at the Outdoor Retailer Show just six months later. Some are refreshes of past models, but some are brand new to the market as well. One of the first models that I saw and got to handle was the Manix 2. Constructed with G-10 scales, a Ball Bearing Lock, 154CM blade steel, and with jimping along the entire spine and most of the front side of the handle as well, this looks to be a great entry into their medium size line of folding knives. Since I’m a big fan of 154CM steel, I was pleased to have a chance to get a closer look at this model and see how it handles. First impressions have me believe that this would be a very nice EDC folder, and I get the chance to find out for sure since Spyderco presented Woods Monkey with a Demo unit for review which we will post after we’ve had a chance to wring it out for a few weeks.
One of the first models we were shown was a variation of their Tenacious model called the Persistence. Here is some information direct from Spyderco about it:
Depending whom you ask, Persistence means different things to different people. It means continuing without veering off course or changing function or structure. It describes ongoing existence regardless of interference or challenges. Some even say persistent personalities experience déjà vu more frequently due to their repetitive drive. We thought it a great name for a knife as it also means steadfastness and never-give-up-attitude. Spyderco’s C136 Persistence is the smaller version of the Tenacious Model, another reliable descriptive of human nature. We milled the black G-10 laminate handle with prolonged fatigue-free cutting in mind. Comfort in hand means easier use long-term. Skeletonized steel liners tucked inside the handle, increase the handle’s rigidity and strength level without adding non-functional weight or bulkiness. The 8Cr13MoV stainless blade is a modified skinning-style, ground-flat. Careful positioning of the oversized Spyderco Round Hole, relative to the location of the pivot, pre-set the hand in just the right spot for fumble-free one-hand blade open/close. Fully sharpened edge from tip to tang generates the most cutting edge possible for the blade’s length. A 4-way pocket clip lets the folder set tip-up/tip-down left-hand/right-hand. Walker Linerlock has a jimped liner. Screw together construction.
* Overall Length: 6 13/16″ (173 mm)
* Blade Length: 2 3/4″ (70 mm)
* Handle Material: Black G-10
* Locking Mechaniam: Liner Lock
* Blade Material: 8CR13MoV Stainless Steel
* Weight: 3.3 oz. (102 g)
* Pocket Clip: 4-Way; Tip-Up/Tip Down; Left/Right Carry
* Made in China
Another new model on display at the Spyderco Booth was the C28FG Dragonfly with Foilage Green G-10 scales. The blade is constructed of the well-proven VG-10 steel and is done with a full flat grind. It also has a wire pocket clip that can be configured for either right or left hand in the tip up carry position. Even though it’s a fairly small folding knife, it still promises to be a strong cutting tool with the prominent, curved thumb rest that allows for a strong purchase while being down on slicing chores. The main update to this model is the foilage green handle scales, but it does add a nice appeal tweak to an already great knife. Stepping into a different area of Spyderco’s models with FRN handles, they’ve also recently added their new Stretch models also. These knives are designed with the FRN scales to a be a very lightweigh carry knife that doesn’t add a lot of burden to user to have it on hand. The black model uses VG-10 for the blade steel, and the blue model uses ZDP-0189 steel with about a $20.00 retail price difference between the two (the ZDP blade cheaper). The blades on both knives are drop-point designs with a slight curve to the bellow to help perform hunting style chores as well.
But, Spyderco doesn’t stop there with their new models for 2009. They have now added yet another model that utilizes H1 steel for the construction of the blade. That new model is their C77YL Salt SpyderHawk. If you’re not familiar with Spyderco’s line, their knives that use H1 for the blade steel have the word “Salt” in the name as an indicator of their ability to be utilized around salt water which is very corrosive to most blade steels. The SpyderHawk has a Hawbill style blade that can be found in marine environments for tasks where fishermen or workers need something that grabs and pulls the material into the cutting arc while they maintain a safe distance from the action. Woods Monkey did a review previously on one of Spyderco’s “Salt” line of knives, and we can attest to H1’s rust-proof characteristics. If I remember correctly, our review sample was immerse in Atlantic salt water for about three days with no rust appearing on the blade. It wouldn’t take nearly that long for most knives to corrode with that kind of exposure. The handle is made of Fiberglass Reinforced Nylon (FRN) and helps keep the overall package to a light and comfortable weight for constant carry. Overall the SpyderHawk is 8.24 inches long, but weighs only 3 ounces. If you’re looking for a real cutting tool that will stand up to a salt water environment, then this might just be the answer you’ve been looking for!
Finally, we come to a knife that we’ve been waiting for since we learned about it at the SHOT show. That’s Spyderco’s new Bushcraft knife. Spyderco has designed this knife in collaboration with Chris Claycombe and BushcraftUK.com. Their main reason for doing that is to ensure that the design stays true to the basic consensus of the traits that a bushcraft knife should have including a basic, easily sharpened steel, natural handle materials, and an edge profile that will work efficiently at most bushcraft tasks. So far, the design specs for Spyderco’s version is Spalted Maple handle material, O1 steel for the blade, and a Scandi grind for the edge. Though it was delayed a little earlier in the year to make sure everything was true to the bushcraft concept, we’ve been told that it will be out very soon, and we’ve been promised a demo item for review as soon as it comes out. So, you know that we’re very excited to see it hit the streets so we can bring you our impressions of what promises to be a great blade for the field.
They also have a couple of other models including a new Slip-It folder (below left) and a folder with Natual G-10 slabs (below right) and the Persistent (bottom). As more information comes out about these models from Spyderco, we’ll pass it along.