The Spyderco Caparral, like the Sage models before it, is another knife series that will introduce a new model to the family each year. Now in stock at the KnifeCenter, the Chaparral 2 features artfully designed milled Titanium handle scales and CTS-XHP blade steel. Made by Carpenter, XHP is touted as a high hardness 440C stainless or a corrosion resistant D2 tool steel. The ergonomics are superb on all Chaparral models as is the smooth action and deep carry wire clip, which is reversible for the leftys. The best thing about the Chaparral by far is the thin profile it provides while carrying it. At 5/16″ thick and 6-3/8″ overall, it’s a perfect hard use gentleman’s folder that really disappears in the pocket. Check it out now at www.knifecenter.com.
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The Chaparral was designed to be the consummate lock-blade gentleman’s pocketknife. Exceptionally thin to keep its weight to a minimum and ensure ease of carry, it features a flat-ground leaf-shaped blade with outstanding edge geometry for near-effortless cutting performance. Its acute point excels at detail work, yet retains the structural strength for all-purpose use. A Trademark Round Hole facilitates easy one or two-handed opening and makes the knife very easy to get into action.
The Chaparral’s highly evolved handle shape balances a full-sized grip and user friendly ergonomics with a slim, easily carried profile that tucks neatly into any pocket. A reliable back lock mechanism ensures that the blade stays securely locked in the open position and, along with a reversible wire pocket clip, makes the knife completely ambidextrous. The low-ride clip not only supports left or right-side tip-up carry, but it also blends unobtrusively with any color of clothing.
In the open position, the juncture of the Chaparral’s blade and handle features a forefinger choil and a subtle thumb ramp on the spine of the blade. Both have jimping (textured grooves) and provide an ideal purchase for the thumb and index finger for superior control during use.