Posted July 12, 2012 by Nick
The Cricket has been produced by Spyderco since 1994 but only recently has it begun to receive the recognition it really deserves. It’s an excellent utility knife with a small re-curved hawkbill blade that absolutely tears through material with ease. New for 2012, the beautiful Nishijin Glass Fiber Handled Cricket transforms this knife from a nice back-up EDC blade to a full on, sweet Gentlemen’s knife. The width of the handle design and a nice finger choil really give you a positive three finger grip for easy pull cuts. The thin framelock provides solid lock-up and keeps the profile slim in your pocket. The Cricket is fully adjustable with torx screws and for many doubles as a more funactional money clip due to the robust pocket clip it has set up for tip down carry. It’s an extremely functional little knife and for it’s size, is unmatched in cutting power. You can find this excellent design from Spyderco at www.knifecenter.com.
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The handle design of the Cricket was inspired by two different concepts. The first was a river rock—a smooth, oval shape polished to perfection by the forces of nature. The other, which is most apparent when the knife is closed, is the Yin-Yang—the classic symbol of the duality of nature that is a core element of Asian philosophy.
All of these elements combined to make the Cricket an incredibly compact, convenient, and easy-to-carry tool that offers an exceptional balance of cutting performance and precision.
In 2012, Spyderco continued the evolution of the Cricket family by introducing a version featuring our dramatic Nishijin glass fiber handle scales. This handsome knife not only gave established Cricket fans a reason to rejoice, but has attracted many new aficionados of the design.
As one of Spyderco’s most popular and enduring designs, the Cricket has inspired—and will continue to inspire—numerous variations of its classic theme. Its unique, minimalist design and steel pocket clip allow it to be carried conveniently and discreetly almost anywhere on your body and to function as an extremely practical money clip. When opened, its distinctive blade shape provides an outstanding balance of full-service cutting power and extreme control. An enigmatic blend of symbolism, compactness, and high performance, the Cricket is a unique reflection of Spyderco’s manufacturing philosophy.