|Top orange- Endura, Bottom orange – Delica but the middle black is the new Endela available in plain edge too|
Right now lightweight folders are the rage. Consumers are suddenly worried about an extra ounce or three. The FRCP (fiberglass reinforced copolymer) has a little too much flex so Spyderco has incorporated a thin metal liner to eliminate the problem. You’ll see more and more variations of old and new favorites like the Police lightweight. It’s slightly bigger than the original, but easy to carry and use.
|Spyderco Dragonfly with Emerson Wave opener. The wave works very nicely with this
knife. Reversible wire clip on back
Another example is their lightweight Para-military 3 which just won the 2019 Blade award for the most innovative American knife. No small potatoes.
|Don’t ask the price, I can’t afford it, but professional chefs will love it. The Itamae series|
Speaking of food, Frank Daily has been hired to head their new cutlery division. It’s a new departure for Spyderco and they are offering a range of knives. At the top end are Murray Carter’s Itamae series. These are super thin laminated blades of Aogami Super Blue steel between two layers of SUS410 stainless steel. Murray is a proponent of super sharp thin blades. They will come in different blade configurations and are aimed at professional chefs and culinary schools.
|Spyderco’s new sharpening system, the Gauntlet. Uses oval shaped stones.|
Closer to my pocket are the Z-Cut. With their offset handles they are often referred to as ‘sandwich shop’ knives. You can get them both with plain and serrated blades. The plastic handles are fused to the CTS BD1N stainless steel making them dishwasher safe. Carpenter’s BD1N is high carbon martensitic stainless steel, containing chromium and nitrogen that can be air or oil hardened. It has good edge retention and better corrosion resistance.
As Z-Cut knives come with pointed ends, a rounded blunt tip is available for our friends in England and other parts. Might not be a bad starting knife for youngsters learning kitchen arts. In the middle of the range will be the classic Spyderco utility kitchen knives and their amazing and terrifying bread knife!
There is only one roadblock to their domination of the world cutlery market with low cost, effective Z-knives. Yes, they got the stock, but someone forgot they needed packaging. They will get it straightened out soon.
Spyderco production is running 24 hours 5 days a week and they are still swamped. Their engineering staff has continued to promote tighter and tighter tolerances. I wouldn’t say you could toss a handful of the correct parts in a bag, shake it and find an assembled knife, but…..
Prototyping is enhanced through the use of 3D printers. Modern and advanced technology is actively pursued as is their intellectual property. All of which allows for newer and more interesting knives. This might be considered the Golden Age of factory knives.
What else do you need to know? They will continue to make sprint runs limited to 1200 pieces, because that is what they like. These sell out fast. Just a word to the wise.
|Proof Cobb Galleria is haunted by the ghosts of past shoppers. You would think the high food prices
would chase them away!
The knife industry, including Spyderco, is becoming more protective of their intellectual property and technology. This is beginning to create walls.
In Europe and many American cities laws limit blade length. Don’t make assumptions that your home rules apply everywhere.
|Pro-Tech Custom TR-3 with purple alligator|
Sunday isn’t solely Spyderco day. I stopped by Pro-Tech and bought a TR-3 auto custom made specifically for the Blade Show. It has a nice purplish anodized alligator on the front and back where it is partially covered by the clip. The opening stud is mother of pearl and the 3.5 inch blade is 154CM coated with black DLC.
I’m told they send out several knives to an artist with the instructions to ‘be creative.’ And they never know what they’ll get back.
You can find this on Pro-Tech’s website, but they are making autos for Boker based on Lucas Burnely’s designed Kwaiken. This is one very nice knife with simple modern lines. Look into it.
|Sunday Morning at Blade. Time for bargains if what you want is still there.|
I walked past Colonial Knife and found many of their fine blades had strongly resembled another manufacturer. It’s not uncommon and often turns out to be one of the worst kept secrets in the knife industry. But I will not spill the beans.
Speaking of Shadow Tech, John and Dave report they are happy with the Show and are making both hatchets and fixed blades for other companies.
Last words: Only because I find it amusing about the dead making money and someone asked me, yes, Loveless Knives is still making knives stamped Loveless.