So here it is that new In House design of a super folder. Sal Glesser’s signature is engraved near the spyderhole. God, this is an heavy contender (A stainless steel backspacer!!) and a huge folding knife but, once open, it’s surprisedly well balanced despite its general weight which is really well distributed. A grin has … Continue reading SPYDERCO TATANKA C180G – FIRST GLIMPSE AT THE BUFFALO
The Persian is reviewed here. Ed Schempp is a very clever designer. As I have noticed in my previous post, it took him almost a decade to get the Tuff to the End Line Users. The purpose of the design was to create the tougher knife possible, kinda über Strider Sebenza Blackwood mix… A folding … Continue reading SPYDERCO SCHEMPP TUFF BY ED SCHEMPP ~ C151GTI – When The Going Gets Tough – The Tuff Keep Going
I love thin blades and showing to a friend how an Opinel could push cut in hard material when high tech “tactical” folders won’t succeed, is a fact of common sens… but my still I love THICK HEAVY blades. Those which are so brutal and so manly ! And turning the Chris Reeve quote from … Continue reading Spyderco Techno & Tuff glimpse: “Thick twice, cut once!”
Like I have said in my previous review of that venerable folding knife : It has taken me a very long time before to get any interest in the Police model. My first real step in the wide Spyderco world was the Terzuola Starmate and the Millie. The Starmate was equipped with some super new steel … Continue reading A Spirit In a Material World: Sting, The Police.
Following my first glimpse on a the Yojimbo Special Run of 2015 , I present you today the classic version of the Yojimbo: G10 handle and S30V steel. There is no difference between the knives but 4 grammes in favor of the CF version (110 vs 115). The blade got the exact same length (on the … Continue reading Yojimbo’s C85GP2 and C85CFP2 and a Ronin.
One my favorite test for my blades is cutting through a plastic bottle bottom. It’s not as easy at it seems as the thicker part (at its center) is surrounded by a ring of softer plastic which can collaps and get crushed before the edge bites and cut through the center. So of course the … Continue reading Slysz Bowie versus Nilakka – Push Cutting Contest
A beautiful knife with dangerous curves ! The Serrata is a beautiful massive short fixed blade designed by Stuart Ackerman and released by Spyderco and manufactured in Taichung Taiwan. Holding that knife in your hand is the only way to feel how sexy this tool is. Sexy is the term. It almost feels like it … Continue reading Spyderco Serrata – Cast Steel Bush Knife
I could not imagine that a knife with a 4.5mm thick stock blade could be considered as some kind of safe queen ever. A delicate collection folder destined to open letters (and clean nails). The Nilakka is from Pekka Tuominen for God’s sake. He is a exmilitary, a countryman, a masterbladesmith and a gifted knifemaker … Continue reading SPYDERCO NILAKKA ~ C164GBN – Round 2 – Hard Use Folding Puukko
I have had the chance to meet Pekka Tuominen two years ago at the SICAC (Paris Knifeshow) but six month before I was handling a prototype of his Folding Puukko at the Amsterdam Minimeet. The design was very ZEN. For me it was like a Japanese hidden blade in a bambu handle. I was also … Continue reading SPYDERCO NILAKKA ~ C164GBN – Pekka’s Folding Puukko is a North Star !
So I went to Italy with my Tuff (named “Varicelle” aka Chicken Pox because of her handle) in my pocket. And no back up blade but my Paul Watson Victorinox Swisschamp. So Varicelle was on duty. My idea was: with a blade like the Tuff who needs a fixed blade ? What possibly would bring … Continue reading SPYDERCO SCHEMPP TUFF BY ED SCHEMPP – C151GTI – PART 2 – VARICELLE STORIES.