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This is a short review of the Spyderco knives, highlighting the different design features of each knife. As Spyderco knives are generally made to a fine tolerance using high grade materials, their selling price is higher than some well known brands. However, they do represent excellent value for money in terms of quality and durability. Each knife is not only a masterpiece of design technology, but also subject to continuous improvements in subsequent production runs. As a long time collector of
Spyderco knives I am able to offer many popular models for sale in my eBay Store
Spyderco Lava C110P
The Spyderco Lava C110P lock knife was designed by Chad Los Banos. It measures 87 mm closed, witha 48 mm long, 2.5 mm thick, flat ground, VG-10 stainless steel locking blade. The blade has a negative downwards slope , bringing the edge into line with the wrist when held in a cutting position. Accompanied with excellent handle ergonomics, generous finger choil shape and slip resistant jimping on the blade finger choil and spine cusp, this allows a high degree of leverage and grip when cutting. There is a 12 mm diameter thumb hole pull for single handed opening. The solid stainless steel handles have a lanyard hole holes drilled on both sides for repositioning of the stainless steel pocket clip. The knife has a rear lock with David Boye safety dent on locking bar. This is another of Spyderco's 'little big knives' with strong cutting ability way out of proportion to its small size.
Spyderco UK Penknife C94GP
Measures 4 inches closed. 2.9 inch non locking blade, with 12 mm diameter thumb hole pull. Handles made of 3 mm thick G-10 with side changable wire pocket clip. Made in Golden, Colorado, U.S.A. Knife is held together with 3 torx screws. Although it is a slipjoint knife (non locking folding blade knife), the blade requires considerable force to close from the fully open position. This is due to the notched heel of the blade tang which engages with the top of the spring. Another notch creates a halfway safety stop when closing the blade. This is as close to a locking blade in a slipjoint knife you can find. It is safe to open and close the blade with one hand. This makes it an ideal knife for fishing, fox hunting, estate work etc. The blade steel is 3 mm thick American CPM-S30V, top quality expensive knife steel making this an expensive knife. At approx £70 it is a highly engineered tool which also complies with UK knife carry laws. More pictures available in my eBay Store
Spyderco Spin C86P
Measures 2.5 inches closed. 1.75 inch locking blade. Standard edge, VG-10, 2.5 mm thick stainless steel blade with 10 mm diameter thumb hole pull. Modified Wharncliff blade profile with rounded tip. Stainless steel handles with laser engraved spider web design. Framelock with ball bearing detent, removable stainless pocket clip.
Absolutely no blade play around the pivot pin. Knife is fully dismantlable for cleaning if desired. The design gives a good 2 fingered grip with easy positioning of the thumb on the spine cusp. The knife is truly engineered to extremely fine tolerance and manufactured with high grade materials. This general sturdiness together with excellent ergonomics allow it to be used for more demanding cutting tasks.
The small size also allows easy one handed opening and closing of the blade. Although most modern designs allow one handed opening, few also facilitate such easy and safe closing with one hand. This is judged from the perspective of a right-hander, and closing may be somewhat less easy if one is left handed, this is in common with all framelock / linerlock designs as far as I know. the only slight criticism is the lack of a halfway stop point between fully open and fully closed. This could easily have been built into the design, although this may result in over engineering of such a nicely conceived and executed product. More pictures available in my eBay Store
Spyderco Military C36GPE
Measures 5.25 inches closed. 4 mm thick CPM-S30V stainless steel, 4 inch locking blade. Black, chequered G-10 handles. Steel linerlock recessed into handle. Removable, black coated, stainless steel pocket clip.
As this knife is held together with allen-head type screws it may be fully dismantled if desired. The steel linerlock is recessed into the inner handle and held in place by 2 of the handle screws. The handles are made of 4 mm thick G-10, and have zero play when squeezed together. Despite the forward mounted steel pocket clip, the knife is well balanced. The weight of the pocket clip being offset by the steel linerlock.
The handle provides good four fingered grip with the thumb resting nicely on the machine grooved spine cusp. The spine cusp in fact has 5 widely spaced deep indentations. The thumb hole pull diameter is 14 mm, which is the same size as that of the Salt I knife. The knife is made in Golden, Colorado, U.S.A.
Spyderco Endura C10PBK
Measures 4.75 inches closed. 4 Inch long , 3 mm thick, VG-10 stainless steel blade with standard edge, flat ground blade. 13 mm diameter thumb hole pull. Fibre glass reinforced nylon handles (FRN). Black coated stainless pocket clip.
This is a conventional lock knife with lightweight FRN handles. The pocket clip may be removed by undoing the hollow threaded steel lanyard attachment. The locking release bar features Spyderco's patented 'David Boye Dent' which is a profile reducing cut-out and helps prevent accidental release of the blade lock. As the handle construction is of such a lightweight material, the prescence of the steel pocket clip helps to give the knife a good balance. Removing the pocket clip actually upsets the balance of the knife by moving it too far forward. This is the original Endura blade shape, which has a ferociously sharp pointed tip, and comes with usual Spyderco literal razor sharpness.
Spyderco Endura 4 C10PBK
The latest version of the Endura has skeletonised stainless steel handle liners and improved blade geometry. 4 sets of holes are drilled in the ends of the handles at each side to allow re-positioning of the pocket clip. This model is assembled using size T6 / T7 torx screws instead of rivets and may be fully dismantled for cleaning. The tension of the blade pivot pin is also adjustable using a size T7 torx driver.The addition of steel liners beneath the lightweight FRN handles improves strength and the knife generally feels a lot more solid. Although it is considerably heavier than earlier models, the balance has been maintained with the halfway point positioned around the finger choil. The blade tip has been strengthened with improved blade geometry and additional spine cusp jimping has been added. All these refinements manage to improve even further on an already classic design. Buy from my eBay Store
Spyderco Delica C10PBK
Measures 4 inches closed. 3.1 Inch long , 2.5 mm thick, VG-10 stainless steel, standard edge, flat sabre ground blade. 13 mm diameter thumb hole pull. Fibre glass reinforced nylon handles (FRN). Black coated stainless pocket clip.
Like the Endura, this is a conventional lock knife with lightweight FRN handles. Indeed the Delica is a scaled down version of the Endura. The pocket clip may be removed by undoing the hollow threaded steel lanyard attachment. The locking release bar features Spyderco's patented 'David Boye Dent' which is a profile reducing cut-out and helps prevent accidental release of the blade lock. As the handle construction is of such a lightweight material, the prescence of the steel pocket clip helps to give the knife a good balance. Removing the pocket clip actually upsets the balance of the knife by moving it too far forward. This is the original Delica blade shape, which has a ferociously sharp pointed tip, and comes with usual Spyderco literal razor sharpness.
The above mentioned Delica according to Spyderco aficionados is actually termed 'Delica III', different from the 'Delica I' by having a removable steel clip unlike original FRN clips.
The 'Delica II' has a stainless steel handle
This version of the Delica fully addresses the problem of balance. Each half of the handle is made of a good 2.5 mm thickness of brushed stainless steel. All edges of the handles are chamfered which gives a very comfortable grip. The handle retaining pins and pivot pin are flush finished on the handle, which has a matt brushed stainless finish. There are 3 threaded holes at each end of the front side of the handle which allows the clip to be positioned for tip up or tip down carry. This model being altogether more satisfactory than the FRN handle models in terms of balance and sits very niceley in the hand.
Spyderco Native C41PBK
Measures 4 inches closed. 3.2 inch long, 3 mm thick, CPMS30V stainless steel, hollow ground, spear point blade with unsharpened false edge. Blade has 6 machine ground spine indentations at the thumb contact point. Blade has a 12 mm diameter thumb hole pull and a rounded finger choil in front of the blade tang.
The lightweight FRN handle is molded into 2 finger choils. Together with the blade finger choil this allows for 2 cutting grips, one with all fingers on the handle, the knife in a forward position, the other with the knife further back in the hand, and index finger and thumb both in contact with the blade. A very good grip is achieved in both positions, allowing strenuous cutting or more delicate carving by adjusting the grip depending on the job.
The stainless pocket clip may be removed and changed from side to side. This is achieved by undoing the threaded steel lanyard attachment. Even with the pocket clip removed the knife maintains its functional balance, unlike say the Delica or Endura models. I found that the ergonomicis were greatly improved by removing the pocket clip and this allowed a better grip of the handle. Made in Golden, Colorado, U.S.A.
Byrd Cara Cara
Byrd Knives is a division of Spyderco Knives. They feature Spyderco influenced designs and are made using high grade materials to a very high standard. The above knife is excellent value for a 4 inch blade lock knife with G-10 handles. The locking bar includes Spyderco's patented 'David Boye Dent' on the locking bar to prevent accidental release. The blade tang includes finger choil and spine cusp jimping to improve grip. The steel handle spacer is machine ground to produce a scalloped effect thus reducing weight. Blade steel is 8CR13MOV with a hollow ground edge. This feels a lot like a larger version of the UKPK with a true locking blade. The design of the handle allows a forward grip for tougher cutting jobs and the blade thickness and length makes it suitable for heavier cutting tasks. Buy from my eBay Store