I had a great visit with our friends at Spyderco who were kind enough to take us through their interesting and very attractive new offerings for 2016. The Spyder produces exceptional folding and fixed blade knives; absolutely some of the best cutlery money can buy. The company also goes out of its way to support our military personnel and our veterans, and that commitment deserves our admiration along with our business.
Designed by Chris Claycomb of Bushcraft UK, the Proficient is a high-tech expression of a classic bushcraft knife design. Instead of traditional carbon steel and a Scandi grind, the Proficient features vanadium-rich CPM S90V stainless steel and a full-flat grind for superior cutting performance and edge retention. The scales of its full-tang handle are machined from solid carbon fiber and contoured to ensure comfortable prolonged use. The PROFICIENT comes complete with a premium leather sheath for comfortable belt carry.
AQUA SALT™ BLACK BLADE
The Aqua Salt is a versatile, do-everything knife made even better with the benefit of an H-1 steel blade. Fans of this workhorse design were disappointed when it was discontinued. Based on popular demand, the Aqua Salt is back and better than ever with a non-reflective titanium carbon-nitride (TiCN) blade coating. Available with a Plain Edge or Spyder Edge, its hollow-ground blade provides excellent edge geometry for effective cutting and edge retention, while its injection-molded fiber glass reinforced-nylon (FRN) handle features Bi-Directional Texturing for a rock-solid grip and superior control, even with wet hands. A matching injection-molded polymer sheath features a multi-position G-Clip for fully configurable belt or waistband carry and grommeted construction so it can be easily lashed or flex-tied to personal equipment.
In early 2013, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced a plan to once again allow knives on airplanes. Although the plan was later withdrawn, Spyderco was ready for it with a unique new non-locking design called the Roadie. In essence a highly evolved penknife, the Roadie’s full-flat-ground sheepfoot-style blade features a “Double Dent™” for fingernail-free, easy two-handed opening. An improved notched-joint mechanism holds the blade open during use and is backed by a subtle index-finger choil to prevent accidental closure. Contoured fiberglass-reinforced-nylon (FRN) scales and strategically placed jimping (grooves) on the choil and spine provide comfortable ergonomics that enable this knife to perform well beyond its size. Sure to set a new standard in modern pocketknives, the Roadie is available in a variety of colors.
The Mantra is an impressive fusion of state-of-the-art materials, advanced design features, and classic Spyderco styling. Its high-performance CPM M4 tool steel blade is full-flat ground for superior edge geometry and includes both an index-finger flipper and a Trademark Round Hole to provide a full spectrum of one-hand opening options. It is paired with a handle comprised of two precision-machined solid titanium scales with a no-nonsense stonewashed finish. The reverse-side scale houses a stout Reeve Integral Lock (R.I.L.) mechanism with a hardened stainless steel interface that also serves as an overtravel stop. A reversible deep-pocket wire clip allows discreet, ambidextrous, tip-up carry, while ensuring the Mantra is always poised for immediate use.
The PITS (“Pie in the Sky”) Folder is an expression of British knifemaker Mike Read’s popular non-locking folder. Designed as a tough, hard-use folding knife that complies with strict British knife laws, it features a broad clip-point blade flat ground from N690Co steel. Its handle scales are precision machined from solid titanium, skeletonized to reduce weight, bead blasted to increase grip texture, and color anodized bright blue. The scales also feature integral split spring arms
that power the knife’s unique slip-joint mechanism. This mechanism, along with the blade’s prominent lower guard, help prevent accidental closure during use. A reversible deep-pocket wire clip provides left or right-side tip-up carry and, together with the blade’s Trademark Round Hole makes one-handed carry and operation of the PITS Folder completely ambidextrous.
Custom knifemaker Peter Carey specializes in meticulously crafted knives made from premium, state-of-the-art materials. The Firefly captures the spirit of his custom craftsmanship in a truly unique production folder. Built on a framework of skeletonized full stainless steel liners, its precisely contoured handle features orange G-10 scales and handsome carbon fiber bolsters. The handle is home to a Walker Liner Lock mechanism that is paired with a saber-ground VG-10 blade with a highly functional drop-point profile. A two position clip offers right-side tip-up or tip-down carry for easy, immediate access.