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Journalist Reporter Filmmaker Author Photograph Sharpener... "Turn and the world turns on, we're riding out with the dawn All fired up again like a thousand times before Beneath the blessed sun and the coming day And the years don't change a thing - the rush remains the same And I feel like a knife, these days are calling I feel like a knife, sharpened like steel Touched by the hand of the gods on these golden mornings I feel like a knife for you." "KNIFE" Justin Sullivan 1991

Spyderco Navaja Carbon Fiber ~ C147CF – Spirit of Spaniards


Nemo and his Navaja
The Navaja is a legendary folding knife. For the first time in History, a folding knife was considered as the poor man sword in a country were sword fencing was the highest art. Actually they were three schools in fencing: the French, the Italian and the Spanish school. In Spain however, everybody were encouraged to be armed with a sword at the end of the 15th century. It was the time of Isabelle de Castille (born a 22nd of april) and Ferdinand II d’Aragon who both were in charge of the greatest occidental power of that time.

Early navajas were not much smaller than swords

La Navaja was the first Tactical Folding Knife. It was born in the 16th century in Andalusia for one main purpose—fighting. For the first time a folding knife was not made as a tool but as a weapon. James Loriega, wrote two great books…

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Spyderco Pingo – Do NOT mess with the Danish Cookie


In those days of tactical fever.
In those days of fears.
In this last day after the End of the World.
This is the time to change all the rules.

For the first time , Spyderco is releasing a folding knife with a hole in a blade which is like a blue carrot’s salad for a sniper: useless.
A folder with a hole in the blade so tiny it will only catch germs….


The Pingo is a collaborative effort of Danish knifemakers Jens Anso and Jesper Voxnaes. This knife was specifically designed to conform to the knife laws of Denmark, which prohibit both lock-blade folding knives and all forms of one-hand-opening knives.

(I love copy and paste… from there.)

OK now I’m currently carrying a Spyderco Techno. I love this little dwarven titanium folder but the Pingo ???

The handle looks well thought. The blade is…

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Spyderco Sage II – The Wise Choice


Sage II and Tie Millie

And if the alternative of the a Tie Millie was not a Tie Paramilitary (which is not yet born) but the SC123TIP: the Spyderco Sage II ?

The Sage line is a collection made in Taiwan (now a high quality of execution guarantee). and “represents Spyderco’s 30-year pledge to knife crafting and learning to make better knives at every available opportunity. The plan is to offer an ongoing series of Sage Folders with many of the different and ingenious locking devices and mechanisms the knife industry has to offer.” (sic)

The Sage I was a carbon fiber handle linerlock, an hommage to Michael Walker. The Sage II is a titanium handle integral lock, an hommage to Chris Reeve.

Let’s give a quick look at the design of that folder: not to big, flat, beautiful lines, taking in consideration a lot of Spyderco unique improvements — the wire clip, the choil…

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All Archives in NKR are now in HD for all the photography.

Since the plagiarism attempt, I have decided to be harder to copy and paste for Chinese knockoff selling sites !
All the archives and previous posts are now in stunning HD for the images.
Revisiting the past by scrolling the menu on the left side.
And get back to the Golden Age of Tactical Cutlery in Nemo Knives Review !

Found here actually:

Plagiarism and stealing content from Nemo Knives Review.

A young 19-year-old Teddy Roosevelt at Harvard, 1877.

Learn why stealing Nemo Knives Review content is not flattery. Reblogging Nemo Knives Review’s content without permission is not OK. In fact, plagiarism, taking Nemo Sandman’s work and passing it off as yours, is illegal and unethical. You also cannot ‘borrow’ copyrighted material from Nemo Knives Review. Is that clear Knife2 ? Because your site “” is just a place fueled by 100% plagiarism.

Note: For that quick article on plagiarism I’m have been stealing myself from a wonderful article on plagiarism by Keith M. Parsons. Thanks to his anger which has helped me to produce (copy and paste) that very very quick article to try to stop “” from copying and paste and systematically stealing my works and replace my very name by their signature “knife2”.
And you know what ? It worked !! Knife2 has copied and paste the very articles which were reacting to their plagiarism of nemo knives review.
Here is its link or Keith M. Parsons (Philosopher, historian, author; Professor of Philosophy at University of Houston-Clear Lake) great article:

from the Tampographe Sardon

1) Plagiarism from shows contempt for other bloggers. Most bloggers work hard for their articles. They burn the midnight oil, balancing jobs, kids, spouses, and the thousand-and-one other demands on everybody’s time. But are bastards, douchbags who are stealing bloggers works. doesn’t work hard and sacrifice. As plagiarists they let Nemo Knives Review do the hard work and they just copy it and get the reward. If knife2 get by with their plagiarism, they get good content without any work. Cheating like has many advantages over honesty. It has so many advantages that cheating for might just become a habit. If plagiarists like can rationalize cheating, they won’t have too much trouble excusing themselves for cheating on spouses, employers, or the IRS. They might just cheat their way into divorce, unemployment, or jail.

From the Tampographe Sardon

2) Plagiarism is theft. When takes Nemo Knives Review’s work and present it as their own, knife2 is stealing from Nemo Sandman. And it is a particularly odious kind of stealing. Believe it or not, blogging work is hard. You have to spend long years learning abstruse things and mastering difficult skills.
You are expected to publish, and every published work is like the tiny tip of an iceberg, with a vast bulk of reading, thinking, and painstaking composition below the surface. When, after years of preparation, delayed gratification, and intense, focused work, you do produce some publications, what is your reward? Money? Hah! Your reward is the honor of others — scholars and students — who read your work and credit you for teaching them something and making their intellectual lives richer.
Keith M. Parsons 

from the Tampographe Sardon

Those, like who steal your intellectual productions from Nemo Knives Review for their own unearned benefit steal something far more valuable than one who merely steals your wide-screen TV.
Plagiarists steals your dedication, your sacrifice, your creativity, your intelligence, your passion, and your love and inspiration — not to mention your sweat and tears. And why do they treat you with such contempt? Because they are too lazy or apathetic to do the work for themselves. They do not even have the excuse of poverty or drug addiction. They do it because they just can’t be bothered.
Keith M. Parsons

3) Finally, and worst of all, debase the whole blogging process.
The pursuit of knowledge is one of the highest and purest of human goods. At rock bottom, and for all their faults, universities are dedicated to the discovery and transmission of knowledge. Aristotle was once right: Learning is part of the basic purpose of human life. Further, knowledge is intrinsically good, good for its own sake, whether it produces any material gain or not. The pursuit of knowledge is therefore a high, noble, and beautiful ideal.
Keith M. Parsons

The Tampographe Sardon extraordinary work as the bloody plagiarists the are, spit in the eye of that ideal and drags it through the mud. For the plagiarists like knife2, academic requirements are just a hoop to jump through or an impediment in the way. Being required to think and write for yourself is absolutely essential for the pursuit of knowledge. But plagiarists like aren’t interested in knowledge as stated Keith M. Parsons in his article.

from the Tampographe Sardon

Also I have received that “letter” from in the comments (it is not a personal message but destined to be displayed in the comments of my blog…. no chance !):

As you can notice, replacing my name by their name (and stealing very personal articles like Jur’s Funeral) was only some kind of “borrowing” ?!
No, this is untrue. This was just simple building their site by stealing copyrighted materials. So we know now that are not only thieves but also liars.
All the stolen material are sgtill on line on their filthy site which mixed so many stolen articles from different sites, some are even from 2017, some got religious matter and many are giving advice which are scams… They also sale very low quality knives made in China for false discount (like 100 dollars instead of 300 dollars for a knife which can be bought for 10 dollars on Aliexpress…).
So, content from my site has not been removed despite my google copyright removal action:

“Plagiarism insults my intelligence. There is a scene in The Godfather where Al Pacino, playing the part of Michael Corleone, confronts a turncoat. He says “Don’t tell me that you are innocent. That insults my intelligence and makes me very angry.” That is precisely my reaction when I catch someone plagiarizing.”
Keith M. Parsons 

from the Tampographe Sardon

A GOOD THING IS: I have copied all the informations as they are providing for once their email address where they can be contacted. This is valuable also for all the others bloggers to be able to get in touch with that enterprise of thieves and to reclaim their own articles back.” would be the address to reach them and ask them to stop. For the last week I did not have that luxury. All my attempts for one week to contact “” owner were impossible to achieve (no email, no contact on their site, they were impossible to reach…).
Now you got their email: “
“rankspy”….They even announce they could be spies from China…..
They are not the sharpest tools in the Chinese box.

I REALLY don’t want that kind of subscriber, really, lurking in the dark, waiting to copy and paste my work.

Easy to “remove”, huh ? It is done.

The Tampographe Sardon genius work

Again if they had NOT replaced all author’s names (from all blogs article, not only mine) by “knife2” in every single article they had stolen, they could have been forgiven.
I don’t forgive petty liars and won’t forget their shameless plagiarism, keeping an eye on their site, if it still exists as it seems Google was not really happy too about their filthy behavior.

Edit: the Chinese Connection. have now changed their domain into “” …
A site selling Chinese knife crap. Eventually they were perhaps Chinese spies ? The domain directly lead to the People Republic of China !!! All their references now are the worst Made In China crappy low quality knives sold for hundred of dollars, like the infamous chef knife with a hole in the blade (a knife with no heat treatment and a HRC of less than 48…..) or “TAC” Predator knives. LOL.Not fantasy knives, nightmare knives… eventually they were Chinese people spying from Utah….
They can run but cannot hide. Once a thief… always a thief, selling now garbage. Looking forward their next site “”… At least the world will know what they are doing on the Internet.
Anyway, here is their contact for getting your property back:

Article signed by Nemo Sandman with the copied and pasted words and inspiration from Keith M. Parsons,( please forgive me, sir, but it seemed that fighting fire with fire was a good idea against thieves, liars and scammers from

copyright the Tampographe Sardon

Nemo Knives Reviews articles are stolen by known as “the theft for Knives”.

Proof “knife2” is now the shown as the author of my articles.

This articles are not written by “knife2” but by “Nemo” from
Because for a months now, a blog based in UTAH name as “” is systematically stealing Nemo Knives Review articles for its own benefits.

Jur’s funeral article stolen with a creepy death head generated.

Even Jur’s funeral post has been stolen… This is a very personal article not for total strangers to copy and paste it on their own blog.
Also original Nemo Knives Review’s photographs (even when marked for copyrights) are copied and displayed on without permission.

I have asked to WordPress to help us but as is not a wordpress blog, they could not help.
So I have contacted Google for this pirating to be noticed.

Google’s removal Dashboard – More pages has been add since that screen copy.

And you know what ? I really hope will steal that article too.
As they are not only stealing from Nemo Knives Review but from many blogs about knives they can find, I do hope this will be a heads up for my fellow bloggers.
So don’t uphold thieves and plagiarists, read the original articles on not on the stolen material stolen without authorization on the crappy site of
So this article is not written by “knife2” but by Nemo from !
And pardon my English but Knife2 is not the “zest for knives” but just the “theft for knives”.

Edit: they have stolen that article too. I think they don’t understand what they are stealing. hence the Chinese connection is this other article.

(c) Le Tampographe Sardon

RIP Jur….

This is a very sad news as Jur (Monsieur Spyderco for Europe) has left us last Friday, the 22nd of April.

Our condolences go to Martien and all his family.

The funeral was today.

For two decades, Jur was a close friend of mine and an enthousiastic partner in the sharpest crimes. His knowledge of the world cutlery was as keen as his blades. He was so full of energy, generous in sharing his knowledge and knives…

Also, Jur was a true and real gentleman.

He was always running, going fast forward like his time was running out, so maybe it was time, to turn the ship around and find some peace for his soul.

RIP my dear friend.

Nemo Sandman

Spyderco is deeply saddened to announce that our European Sales Representative, Jurphaas van Rietschoten, passed away on April 22, 2022. A native of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and a retired Chief Master Sergeant/Warrant Officer in the Royal Netherlands Air Force, Jur began representing Spyderco in 1994. In the 28 years since then, he has been a critically important element of our international sales efforts and the “face” of Spyderco in Europe.

Jur had an amazing historical knowledge of Spyderco and of knives in general. The passion and enthusiasm he brought to his work was a direct reflection of his incredible zest for life and his genuine love of people. Fluent in several languages, he was also an expert interpreter whose unique style and spirit shined through in everything he did and every life he touched. Jur was truly one of a kind and the Spyderco Family will never be the same without him.

To all those who knew Jur, we ask that you please take a moment to wish him peace and remember him in your own way. We know that your friendship meant the world to him, just as he meant the world to us.

UKPK vs Luna – Match of Modern Slipjoint

A little article by me Nemo (just to prevent plagiarism)
This Red Real Steel Luna is a special edition made for Heinnie Haynes in the UK. You can find other colours and even a titanium version. Its D2 blade is thin and got a great geometry and it costs, in its G10 version, less than half of the UKPK in LC200N. It is a beauty in its own right. The fuller gauge running on the top of the blade looks like a torpedo launcher.

Beautiful yes but the luna shows some real “weakness” toward the UKPK design. Let see why…

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Both design got a choil which gives you a real security as both knives are non-locking designs. They are slipjoint folder knives.
But where the UKPK got a very positive blocking mechanism, the same kind found in the Many Wasp. the Luna got a very soft system, making the choil mandatory for secure action. In fact compared to the UKPK, when cutting into something, the Luna’s blade is easily closing on your fingers. This is not pleasant.

The fuller on the Luna’s blade is not one hand opening friendly when the UKPK is opened with a flick.

In the pocket wear department, both have deep carry clips which are perfect for discreet carry. The Luna’s clip is actually well thought.

No, the main issue with the Real Steel slipjoint is purely mechanical. It is much too soft to be reliable despite the use of a choil and the choice of making it a two hands opening folder is tedious. The Luna with a stronger spring would be really some much better knife to consider but it seems that designing a good modern slipjoint, a reliable tool, is not an easy task and Spyderco has a real winner with its UKPK.

Nemo Sandman

Spyderco UK Penknife Salt – All terrain slipjoint Part II

Prologue: “Seeing what I believe.”
On one of the social networks an happy owner of a new Spydiechef in LC200N steel (like the UKPK) was displaying some pictures of his new acquisition. And there go the comments, mostly to congratulate him and share experiences… when I have noticed some young guy’s: “Too bad this knife is provided with a steel softer than the wooden board it is displayed on.”
I thought to myself: could LC200N have a reputation of being soft ?
Immediately I have checked the Rockwell of Spyderco’s LC200N found on various sites and apart the LC200N Mule being at 56 HRC, it is known to be currently at 58 HRC.
So I have asked to young guy (very proud of its REX45 collection) what LC200N knife he has had such a bad experience with, sharing with him my own mostly excelelnt experience with LC200N I own.
After a very long passive-aggressive answer from him (we know how people are such a d1ck with a keyboard under their fingers…) about how he was so knowledgable by just watching videos on youtube he then wrote me that he had never owned any knife in LC200N.
So eventually this guy was pissing on the parade with zero knowledge of the subject. It is typically the kind of behavior we can notice on the social networks those days. Some so called “experts” don’t believe what they see but only they only see what they believe. The armchairs specialists are long disappeared and here comes the arrogance of the “believers”.
This is the plague of our time: not being your own source. Not checking twice. And not experiencing first hand what is put as a statement.
This is some kind of Reign of Assumptions with its digital garden where flourish fake informations in all subjects. This is not something to be taken lightly. And the only cure is being your own source then read, check and cross opinions.

Is LC200N as soft as wood ? Certainly not. It is even much better than H1 in terms of edge holding. (H1 being the other steel on the Salt Serie).
But H1 is excellent on serration blade, as it is getting harder during the serrating process like 67HRC. (H1 being a work hardened steel, the process that grinds the SE blades hardens the edge to 67, while the PE blades are 58.) Also you can’t have flat ground blade with H1 but you can with LC200N.
So far, LC200N as 58HRC has amazed me. Of course it is not in the range of Maxamet or 20CV but it is worry free good edge holding and not chipping edge’s steel.

Also I have notice how people believe cutting wood is the ultimate edge holding challenge. Nope. Cutting clean piece of wood is not challenging in my own experience. I have found different grain of steel react on different grain of wood. M2HSS (Speedstar steel) gave me soft surface on chestnut cuts for example. The challenging media to cut through are brown cardboard for example because of sand in it. Cardboard and also great way to refresh an edge by stropping the blade on it.
You can have a look at my journey in Tuscany with the Spydiechef.

Back on the UKPK. I have “unshouldered” my edge to get to a gentle convex, keeping the manufactured edge with its microserrations. I always do that when I love a knife as my favorite way to refresh my edge is using an old barber leather bought in Tuscany on a garage sale 15 years ago.

The blade stays “lock” in open position when stropping and this is much better that previous version of the UKPK like I have stated in the first glimpse. The razor’s level of sharpness is easily restored and the thin blade goes steadily into all material it has encountered.
One great enemy of a fine edge is the plate under the meal. Many times I have given an angle to my knife to avoid touching the ceramic at a 90° angle. With the UKPK I have not given a shoot. I have use it as my steak knife like they were no tomorrow. Also the the yellow knife has been friendly approved by the rest of the family who has used it also on plates and stuff without any sign of pity.
The edge near the point has rolled but nothing I could not fix in less than 5 seconds on a ceramic rod. Eventually the rest of the blade was mostly as razor as before. On short blades mostly the point and the very first part of the blade are used on board/plate cutting. It is also a part I have less convexed to keep some useful thickness there.
Of course cutting lemons and any acid food will never bring any sign of patina on LC200N and many times I have fold it dirty when it was not just quickly rinsed under the tap.
The UKPK also offers a very pointy blade which proves to be very useful in many task. LC200N being very forgiving it is sturdy enough for not having any concern about it. Of course I won’t use a slipjoint like a bushcrafter or even the great Wolfspyder but still, old timers used to go in the wood only with Swiss Army Knives or Pradel slipjoints folders and were able to use them for many camp tasks. The choil and hump of the UKPK’blade working as quillions you can apply a lot of force directly to the blade as I have also been whittling with it.

The thin spine makes it not really confortable for thumb pushing cuts though. In that game of pushcuts the Yojimbo 2 is king with its 4mm spine.
But the UKPK goes deep in its cut without much pressure on the spine.
Also when the blade is stuck in the wood it has no tendencies to fold on your finger like previous version of it. This is a great relief.
The yellow handle looks like plastic but those FRN slabs are very rigid. There is no play and it gives you a felling of confidence in your tool. Also the “pro-sheeple” general look helps a lot when using the UKPK in public.
So far it has developed zero plays which is enjoyable.

Quick draw: a friend has challenged me to open the knife using my major finger. At first I thought it would not be possible unless being Check Norris. Eventually:

But this is in Spyderdrop that the UKPK is steadily open: holding the knife by the hole and with a flick of the wrist.
So it is a slipjoint with a very fast draw opening.
The previous Spyderco Splijoint as fast as this one is my Pingo which can be open by inertia as the momentum of the thick blade helps a lot.

So far the UKPK has proven to be a fun knife to use. It is easy to deploy and reliable on the tasks. It can be a primary knife in the city and secondary knife in the woods and its lightness makes it easy to keep in the pocket. It will also find a place to be clipped on any swimsuit and that what makes it so unique. Fishermen will be very glad also as it is so easy to clean and to spot. The opening of the 3 screws montage on this UPKP (some other G10 UKPK got a longer spring/backspacer and 4 screws) make it a breeze to rinse. It is a Gentleman/Lady knife with an all terrain attitude and a very reliable positive semi locking system which can sustain a lot of power cuts. Really a unique gem !

Yellow and black works well together…

Spyderco UK Penknife Salt LC200N C94PYL Yellow — First Glimpse at The Diver Slipjoint !

“Originally developed in response to restrictive knife laws in England that prohibited the carry of one-hand-opening lock-blade knives, the UK Penknife was the trailblazer of Spyderco’s unique SLIPIT™ line of knives. Now this iconic knife makes history again as the first non-locking member of our ultra-corrosion-resistant Salt® Series.

Its full-flat-ground, leaf-shaped blade is precision machined from nitrogen-enriched LC200N steel and housed in a high-visibility yellow FRN handle. A reversible deep-pocket wire clip and fully accessible Trademark Round Hole ensure that this fearlessly corrosion-resistant cutting tool is both left and right-hand friendly.”

OK that’s Spyderco’s original topo. Eventually it is the best way to describe it. I have had a UKPK as a gift at Amsterdam Minimeet. I think it was in GIN-1 steel and the blade was in another shape. But long story short the spring was so weak it was not pleasant to use.
What a great surprise on this Salt UKPK: at least the slipjoint locking system is much stronger than ever make it really a pleasure to use.
Of course, unlike on his little brothers: the Urban and the Squeak the UKPK is a four finger grip slipjoint folder with the index on the choil, used as the main security.

The choil on the UKPK (like the Military C36) is reminiscence of San Francisco Gambler’s boots daggers in the 19th century which means on the force during a cut is transfered to the blade directly not the handle and pivot. It is the Roman folding knife system where the handle was more considered as a sheath more than a handle.

The blade is thin and Spyderco provide one of the highest performance in cutting experience out of the box. My UKPK cut like a razor.
The performance on this one, geometry wise, are on par with Manly’s thin blades and even Opinel’s. It is not made for Midford’s fans.
There is a lot of European flavour in that leave shaped blade which looks a lot like the Caly3. It is some kind of UK Caly actually.

The Blade is long and pointy and requires less force to do the job as seen on my plastic bottle butt test. It has cut right in the middle steadily right in the thicker part of the matter. With your major finger on the choil you can shock up the blade for delicate works. Really it is versatile and polyvalent. Actually it cancel my need for a slipjoint Native. 3 inches blade on a 10cm handle, when Imperial meets metrics.
LC200N is a space steel which has shown great properties and not only in the stainless department. The users of the Spydiechef, like myself have found how steady the edge was kept and how easy it was to keep it fresh. LC200N has shown how it was forgiving (not chipping on mine) and ready to work long hours. A true workhorse steel !

Colour wise the yellow and black handle on the UKPK is very friendly. It looks like a scuba diving accessory. This is a knife made for going on the ocean. A real all terrain friendly companion. There is even a serrated version for the mariners with many rope and fibrous matter cutting tasks. The Salt collection is made for that: having a dirty knife in a sea salty socked pocket and not minding at all.
At 48 grammes (1,7oz) this is thought a travelling companion. The deep carry wire clip is a must even to wear it inside the watch pocket of denims.

There is no play in my UKPK. The spring retention is great. The jimpings are really positive under the pulp of the fingers. It is a serious contender to the hyper polyvalent Native Salt which has got one major issue in my book: its clip and a little more toyish and “boxy” handle. I know this really subjective but the UKPK handle feels more qualitative.
So here we got an all terrain slipjoint with strong mechanism and thin pointy blade. A knife impervious to the elements which can be clipped to a swimming suit and take care of oysters easily.
Really the UKPK Salt is one of the best Made In Golden folder and the first Scuba Diving Slipjoint. It is even a slipjoint which makes you forget it has no lock. Highly recommended.