This weekend our special is something, well… pretty special. Last year custom knifemaker Brad Southard teamed with Spyderco for the second time to bring us the Positron flipper. We’re very excited to have just received an all new sprint run of the Positron – a KnifeCenter exclusive in orange G10.
Brad Southard’s intent with this knife was to create a gentleman’s folder that was lightweight and easy-to-carry for people like office workers who want a pocket knife but can’t carry something bulky and overbuilt. As such it’s just a hair under 4″ in the closed position, with a flow-through handle, skeletonized stainless steel liners, and a G10 backspacer helping keep down the weight. The handle scales are smooth, polished G10 in vibrant orange, which grants the knife an appearance that is simultaneously elegant and playful. The Positron is outfitted with Spyderco’s typical wire pocket clip, which is nice because it’s not going to cause wear on your pants. The smooth G10 slides really nicely into the pocket, and makes for a super comfortable carry.
Blade deployment is handled via the minimalist flipper tab, and thanks to the special ball bearing washers it’s a swift and snappy action. It’s worth noting though that you’ll want to activate it like a push-button rather than a light switch if you want to get the most satisfying action. The blade is 3″ long, with a satin finish and flat grind, in true Spyderco tradition. The blade steel gets an upgrade from the S30V of the original Positron, with this sprint run featuring S35VN stainless steel. The blade is held in place by a sturdy, secure liner lock.
Despite the small size of this model, the shape of the handle is ergonomic and comfortable to hold. There’s a pronounced indent for your index finger and a run of jimping up on the spine of the blade so you really feel in control of the knife. There are no hotspots to speak of, and personally I’m a huge fan of the way the polished G10 feels against the hand.
All-in-all, the Spyderco Positron is a sweet collaboration between a top-notch custom knifemaker and one of the best manufacturers in the business, and this sprint run is a fun and functional update of the design that you can only get at KnifeCenter. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com