Spyderco C172CFBLTIP Domino Folding Knife
The Spyderco  Domino is a great newer model from Spyderco Knives. It really has a lot of the best features of modern folding knives. It is a frame lock with a Chris Reeve style titanium side. This means that a piece of the actual frame or side of the knife handle flexes over when the pocketknife is open to brace the bottom of the blade to lock it in the open position. To release it, you simply push the frame piece over with your thumb and close the blade. It makes for a really intuitive process and easy one hand operation. This locking system is one of the strongest offered. The blade steel is a premium steel from the American Carpenter Steel Company and is considered similar to the non stainless D2 steel, but this steel is stainless and so is very corrosion resistant. The blade grind is flat which is preferred by many. The flipper works great for really easy and fast opening. The feel in your hand is superb with jimping (roughening) on the thumb ramp on topand a great recess for your first finger in the lock groove. Very nice!The size is great as it isn’t so large as to be a problem carrying and also large enough and with a wide enough blade to do real work. I would call it a medium to large size This model also features a beautiful blue carbon fiber handle opposite the titanium one and it really is gorgeous. This is an elegant, but very usable pocketknife with a lot of great modern features. You can see them at www.knifecenter.com
Here is more info from Spyderco:

SpydercoOne of Spyderco’s guiding principles is “No more than necessary; no less than perfect.” Our Domino folding knife is a shining example of this concept, combining an understated, but highly efficient “flipper” with the advanced ergonomics and high-performance cutting capability that make Spyderco knives unique. Designed by Eric Glesser, this performance-driven knife is our second model to feature a flipper (the first was the Southard Folder). Originally developed by custom knifemaker Kit Carson, a flipper is a small integral tab that extends from the edge side of the blade’s tang. When the knife is closed, it protrudes slightly from the back of the handle, where a slight pull of the index finger provides leverage to overcome the blade detent and rotate the blade into the open position.The Domino’s flipper is a minimalist design that does not interfere with the knife’s refined ergonomics or prevent it from being opened via the blade’s Trademark Round Hole™. It is perfectly positioned to offer optimal leverage and is supported by special ball-bearing washers in the pivot that reduce friction to guarantee a smooth, reliable opening. In the open position, the flipper practically disappears into the grip-friendly contours of the handle.Precision machined from CTS® XHP stainless steel, the Domino’s blade features a full-flat grind for superior edge geometry and a distal taper that ensures an acute point. It is mated to a handle that consists of a solid titanium scale on one side and a titanium liner and blue weave carbon fiber scale on the other. The solid titanium scale forms the foundation of the Domino’s sturdy Reeve Integral Lock (R.I.L.), which features a hardened steel interface that ensures a long service life and doubles as an overtravel stop for the lock. On the other side of the handle the blue weave carbon fiber scale boasts an intricate geometric pattern that is both visually stunning and provides an enhanced grip texture.

Designed to be carried and used, the Domino has a slim, pocket-friendly profile and an open-backed construction that reduces weight and allows easy cleaning. The Domino also boasts a four-position pocket clip—a unique feature for a flipper-style knife—that allows tip-up or tip-down carry on both the left and right sides of the body. Its long textured thumb ramp and forefinger choil (finger groove) comfortably support a wide range of grip options and ensure positive control during use. The Domino is a vivid reflection of Spyderco’s design philosophy that integrates all the defining characteristics of our approach to knifemaking into a uniquely functional cutting tool. We’re confident that you’ll be as excited about it as we are.

Information from Spyderco.


  • Closed: 4.55″ (116 mm)
  • Overall: 7.68″ (195 mm)
  • Blade: 3.13″ (80 mm)
  • Edge: 2.94″ (75 mm)
  • Blade Thickness: 0.118″ (3 mm)
  • Blade Steel: CTS XHP
  • Grind: Full-flat
  • Handle Material: Blue Weave Carbon Fiber with Titanium Back
  • Weight: 4.1 oz. (116 g)
  • Made in Taiwan