Spyderco C144GPGY Caly3.5 Folding Knife
Spyderco Knives has released the Caly 3.5 Folder in a special steel and it is really nice. I had forgotten that this knife is a great size and shape and this one features a wide, totally flat ground blade made of “Super Blue” steel which is supposed to be fantastic- see link below for more information. The handle is light weight and adequate for great control and the blade is a lot of blade for this handle. The handle is gray G10 on top of steel liners. The indented lockback is super strong and easy to use. We really like this knife and hope that anyone wanting one grabs one during this sprint run- they won’t last. See them at www.knifecenter.com
Here is more info from Spyderco:
Spyderco’s Sprint Run Caly3.5 is made with Aogami Super Blue steel. Aogami Super Blue is produced exclusively by Hitachi Metals at their plant in the Shimane Prefecture, Japan. They use high quality iron-sand found only in this region to create different grades of steels including white steels and blue steels. The steel itself isn’t blue or white in color but the designation refers instead to the color paper the raw steel comes wrapped in when delivered to Hitachi. In Japan its common practice for steels to be named and referred to; based on the color of the packaging the raw steel is delivered in. Super Blue is the highest grade blue steel and contains up to 1.5% carbon for wear resistance and chrome to elevate hardness and improve edge holding and corrosion resistance. Caly3.5 folders have converted legions of knife buyers to the benefits of flat-ground, thick leaf-shaped blades and this is Spyderco’s first folder offering with Super Blue blade steel. Its blade three and one-half-inch long, thinly ground and PlainEdged to pass easily through material. The folder’s profile is founded on the premise that a comfortable and usable pocketknife feels like a natural extension of your hand. Better ergonomics translated into better control. We accomplish this by adding a substantial finger choil that creates a spot for the index finger to naturally settle while positioning the thumb directly above the index finger on the blade’s spine. The spine has slip-resistant jimping eliminating the hand slipping forward or backward while gripping the knife. The gray G-10 handle features a mid-positioned back-lock with a low profile wire clip to hold the folder deeply in a pocket facing tip-up.
Blade Length: 3 1/2″ (89 mm)
Cutting Edge: 3 1/8 in (79 mm)
Overall Length: 7 5/8 in (194 mm)
Closed Length: 4 5/16 in (110 mm)
Cutting Edge: 3 1/8 in (79 mm)
Blade Thickness: 1/8″ (3 mm)
Blade Steel: Super Blue
Handle Material: Gray G-10
Lock Mechanism: Lockback
Weight: 3.2 oz (91 g)
Technical info about the steel:
Aogami Super Blue steel is produced exclusively by Hitachi Metals for tools and knives. In Hitachi’s plant in the Shimane Prefecture, Japan, they use high quality iron-sand found only in this region. Shimane Prefecture sand has been used and preferred for making Japanese cutlery since ancient times. Hitachi creates and offers different grades of steels including white steels and blue steels. The steel isn’t blue or white but the designation refers to the color of the paper the raw steel is wrapped in when delivered to Hitachi. It is common practice for Japanese steels to be named and referred to; based on what colored packaging the raw steel arrives to the maker. Super Blue is the highest grade blue steel and contains up to 1-1/2% carbon for wear resistance and chrome to elevate hardness and improve edge holding and corrosion resistance. Steel smiths agree Super Blue is easier to heat-treat and work with than some steels but is more wear resistant and harder to hand grind. Classified as exotic steel by cutlery standards, it has a loyal following with custom kitchen knifemakers looking for superior cutting performance for cutting materials that are soft and sticky to rock hard or fibrous.