Spyderco Knives creates a great new knife that works as an every day carry for everybody as well as a special tool for people who need a great knife in their every day work. This knife has a lot of “bells and whistles.” It’s lightweight, has a slim profile, opens easily and locks solidly. This is a first for Spyderco. It probably won’t be the last flipper opening knife that Spyderco Knives offers. The Southard designed blade is a long belly – that’s it and this makes for a really useful tool. The top of the blade has jimping near the handle which is great for control and then another ramp further out for when you are choked up on the knife for a more controlled and precise cutting. This pocketknife has a framelock system with a titanium side to the handle. A piece of that titanium alloy actually flexes over to lock the blade in the open position. The pocket clip sits on that side and is polished steel. The Southard flipper from Spyderco is a medium sized folding knife and you can see them at www.knifecenter.com.
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Brad Southard is an amazingly talented custom knifemaker who specializes in high-performance folder designs. His first collaboration with Spyderco features a “flipper”—a novel blade-opening device that was pioneered by custom knifemaker Kit Carson. A flipper consists of a small lever that extends from the base of the Southard’s CTS 204P hollow-ground blade and protrudes from the back of the knife’s handle when closed. Pulling on it with your index finger creates a tension against the detent mechanism that holds the blade closed. When the detent is overcome, the blade rotates on a special captive ball-bearing pivot system and snaps authoritatively into the open position.
The Southard’s handle combines a textured Earth-brown G-10 scale and thick titanium liner on one side with a solid titanium scale on the other. The titanium scale forms the foundation of the knife’s sturdy Reeve Integral Lock (R.I.L.) mechanism and features a small inlaid G-10 panel that acts as an overtravel stop when releasing the lock mechanism. It is also home to the knife’s matching stainless steel clip, which supports right-side tip-up carry.
Offering an amazing synthesis of ergonomics, functionality, and state-of-the-art materials, the Southard is one of the most advanced Spyderco folders ever produced.
Flipper Opening Mechanism, Spyderco’s First Knife to Use This System
Deep Carry Pocket Clip
Blade Length: 3.46″ (88 mm)
Overall Length: 7.96″ (202 mm)
Closed Length: 4.50″ (114 mm)
Blade Thickness: 0.157″ (4 mm)
Blade Material: CTS-204P Carpenter Steel
Handle Material: Textured Brown G10
Locking Mechanism: Titanium Frame Lock
Weight: 4.1 oz. (11 g)
Made in Taiwan