This week on Spotlight series we’re going to check out a couple of strange and exciting new folders from Spyderco Knives. With a couple of custom knifemakers putting up some truly unique designs, and the always reliable Spyderco construction, these are elegant, durable knives with some weird and wonderful flair.
The first, and slightly more understated, of the knives is the Myrtle, designed by Belgian custom knifemaker Filip de Leeuw. This one manages to keep its unusual appearance a secret in the closed position. You have a pretty standard handle shape with an attractive stonewashed titanium back scale and bolster, and a beautiful marbled carbon fiber scale on the presentation side. Once you deploy the blade by way of the slightly inset Spyderco round hole, its strangeness manifests itself in a big way.
The CPM S30V stainless steel blade is a unique, recurved shape that combines the cutting performance of a typical Spyderco leaf-shaped blade with the additional functionality of a slightly hooked point, which is going to give you more dexterity in your cutting. Handling is ergonomic and comfortable for extended use. The blade is held in place with a titanium framelock, for secure, safe cutting. To round out the features on this model we have a right-hand, tip-up carry pocket clip and small lanyard hole at the butt of the handle.
Our next knife, designed by Brian Tighe, is a little more wild right out of the gate. The titanium handle has a distinctive curve to it and boasts a quite pronounced 3D-sculpted pattern. Besides looking stylish that will also enhance grip. The pocket clip on this one is reversible, for either a left or right-hand, tip-down carry. You’ll note the protruding Spyderco round hole on this knife, which gives you an excellent angle of attack for an extremely smooth and easy open. It also functions as a thumb ramp when the blade is extended, and when combined with the pronounced index finger indent contributed to a supremely confident overall hold.
Blade on this one is CPM S90V, in an aggressively upswept style with a saber grind. It’s a pretty sophisticated, exotic design, but of course we would expect no less from Tighe. There’s also a framelock on this model, for an equally certain cutting experience.
As long as they keep putting out well-constructed, experimental folders like this, nobody could ever accuse Spyderco of stagnation. To learn more about these knives, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com