When I look through the box of knives I’ve accumulated over the years, it’s pretty clear I have trouble ‘settling’. There’s a broad spectrum of everything from Buck 110’s, Benchmade Auto’s to you name it. My latest knife preference is subject to change.
Things really got out of hand before I started TSA Knives as an actual business and had just started buying the bulk confiscated knives from the actual “TSA”. When you’re buying knives by the pound and up to 100 pounds of them at a time, you tend to get exposed to more knives then the average consumer. The knife of the day could/would change with the opening of the next box. It was fun and gave me the opportunity to carry and use knives I never would have considered buying.
One of the knives I ended up carrying for quite some time was a vintage Jess Horn Spyderco with an AUS-8 blade.
It was a great knife and I really liked the relatively slim profile. AUS-8 blade steel wasn’t a first choice but at the time it served the purpose quite well. There were other Spyderco’s that came and went but the Jess Horn is the one I did hold onto.
In the last couple of years I got somewhat addicted to the Spyderco Mule Team blades which kind of rekindled my interest in Spyderco. I’ve always had a couple of Spydie’s in the store but didn’t put much focus on them. I got swept up in the traditional folder collectible craze and slid away from my ‘roots’. When I came across the Jess Horn it made me think back to those early days and a brands I’ve always really respected. So a few weeks back I ended up bring in 10 or 12 different models of the Spyderco’s to give them a try.
I like to sample different or slightly unique items so one of them was a left handed Military Model. A few of you might remember the left hand knife GEC released a number of years back. The Spyderco is truly left handed considering it’s a linerlock.
The first time or two I tried the lock it felt a bit awkward. After a few open and closings, it was pretty easy for a rightie to get used to and I have a new appreciation for you southpaws.
Another mainstream Spyderco I’ve personally carried in the past and enjoyed is the Lil’ Native.
As the saying goes, it’s a lot of knife in a small package. With or without the pocket clip, this knife is comfortable to carry and more then adequate for my day to day routine. Combined with the CPM S30V blade…it’s a winner.
The real gem of the group is the Chaparral with the stepped Titanium handle.
This knife is gorgeous. The detail in the machined handle engraving is a work of art. The fascinating part of the design is that there are no curves in the cuts. The circles are constructed of straight lines. Other small details include inletting so the pocket clip mount sits more flush to the handle. The CTS-XHP blade is a winner. Overall attention to detail is terrific.
There are other Spyderco models I added as well but the above three drew me in. I love trying different knives and the opportunity just to look them over and admire the workmanship. With the vast number of choices out there for someone looking for a quality EDC knives, your current knife preference has never been easier to fulfill.