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by Michael Janich
Tue Jan 14, 2020 7:55 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: To Signet Ring Or Not To Signet Ring, That Is My Question
Replies: 15
Views: 606

Re: To Signet Ring Or Not To Signet Ring, That Is My Question

If you look at purpose-designed karambits, the length of the handle WITH the ring accommodates four fingers. When you add a ring to a handle that already accommodates four fingers, you move your grip away from the blade by one finger's width. If you then try to apply karambit technique, which works ...
by Michael Janich
Tue Jan 14, 2020 7:46 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: PM2 Tip Down - Standard Configuration
Replies: 13
Views: 555

Re: PM2 Tip Down - Standard Configuration

The designer's preference... That's Spyderco's policy for default clip placement.

Stay safe,

Mike
by Michael Janich
Tue Jan 07, 2020 8:00 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Countdown to Reveal 1 2020
Replies: 65
Views: 4044

Re: Countdown to Reveal 1 2020

Hey, All: Just to let you know, we have decided to go with a sequential numbering system for the Reveals. As such, the next one to be released will be Reveal Number 4. It will still supplement the 2020 catalog (and will say as much in the introduction), but I figured I'd adjust your "frame of refere...
by Michael Janich
Thu Dec 26, 2019 7:43 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Latest para three clip question
Replies: 2
Views: 286

Re: Latest para three clip question

Dear CC:

The G-10-handled Para 3s do not have deep-pocket clips. The Para 3 Lightweights, however, do.

Stay safe,

Mike
by Michael Janich
Mon Dec 02, 2019 8:58 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Spyderco Name Recognition?
Replies: 54
Views: 1558

Re: Spyderco Name Recognition?

As a lifelong knife collector who started carrying folding knives before clips, one-hand manual opening, and serrations, the impact that Spyderco had--and continued to have--on the form and function of the modern folder is, to me, profound. When I began writing the vast majority of Spyderco's market...
by Michael Janich
Wed Nov 13, 2019 8:32 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Sal, Native 5 Trainer?
Replies: 23
Views: 874

Re: Sal, Native 5 Trainer?

Decades ago, there were no factory-made folding trainers. Those of us who trained in knife tactics carved, molded, or otherwise crafted non-folding trainers that had edges thick enough to make safe contact with a partner. Then, Eric Remmen started teaching his CLIP-IT self-defense classes, using "dr...
by Michael Janich
Tue Nov 12, 2019 7:49 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: P'Kal vs. Yojimbo vs. Chinook
Replies: 32
Views: 1296

Re: P'Kal vs. Yojimbo vs. Chinook

As several forumites have already pointed out, training is the key. If you're going to carry a knife for self-defense, you should train to develop appropriate skills with it. On that basis, the P'Kal and Yojimbo 2 have the advantage, as dedicated training versions are available (A trainer for a Chin...
by Michael Janich
Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Peel-ply Carbon Fiber Peeling?
Replies: 19
Views: 1757

Re: Peel-ply Carbon Fiber Peeling?

Dear bbcreative: The only way for us to address this issue is to physically examine the knife. Please ship it to us per the instructions on our web site (https://www.spyderco.com/service-support/warranty-repair/). If shipping costs are an issue, please contact our Customer Service department (Toll f...
by Michael Janich
Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: New Carrying Bag? Or Fanny Pack?
Replies: 22
Views: 1140

Re: New Carrying Bag? Or Fanny Pack?

Hey, JD: Here is a list of the full specs on the bag from Vanquest's web site. I highlighted the bullet mentioning that it's treated to be water repellant. Stay safe, Mike NEW: Structured front flap with low profile MOLLE-Air and Hypalon light mount NEW: Ambidextrous & Collapsible side water bottle ...
by Michael Janich
Thu Oct 31, 2019 6:48 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Is it time for the PM2 to come with tip up carry from the factory?
Replies: 34
Views: 1231

Re: Is it time for the PM2 to come with tip up carry from the factory?

For the record, it comes tip down because that's Eric Glesser's preference for the PM2. The designer's preference is actually what typically determines the "factory" clip position.

Stay safe,

Mike
by Michael Janich
Tue Oct 29, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Spyderco x Vanquest Envoy-13 Messenger Bag
Replies: 26
Views: 2227

Re: Spyderco x Vanquest Envoy-13 Messenger Bag

The price is exactly the same as Vanquest's standard version of the bag--$160. They are in stock and ready to ship.

Stay safe,

Mike
by Michael Janich
Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:46 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Evil's question
Replies: 43
Views: 3077

Re: Evil's question

Very cool insight into your design mindset, Sal. You made my day. Thank you for sharing!

Stay safe,

Mike
by Michael Janich
Tue Oct 08, 2019 7:20 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Spyderco Ronin 1
Replies: 2
Views: 435

Re: Spyderco Ronin 1

Not long ago, a dealer approached Spyderco with a request to do an Exclusive run of the first-gen Ronin. Unfortunately, the quote from the original Japanese maker was quite expensive and beyond what the market would comfortably bear, so it never went anywhere. Custom knifemaker Mickey Yurco does an ...
by Michael Janich
Tue Oct 08, 2019 7:02 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Does Spyderco Loctite their pivot screws?
Replies: 10
Views: 919

Re: Does Spyderco Loctite their pivot screws?

It's also important to remember that the female side of the pivot pin is a "D" pin, which means it has a flat side machined on it (instead of a circle, its cross section looks like a capital letter "D"). It fits into a corresponding D-shaped hole in the reverse-side handle scale. Although the female...
by Michael Janich
Fri Oct 04, 2019 7:37 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Alternative to Zip-Tie Wave - Kwik Thumb Stud
Replies: 12
Views: 1013

Re: Alternative to Zip-Tie Wave - Kwik Thumb Stud

The machining on the 5x5 "Pickpocket" is extremely well done and they produce them for specific Spyderco models. I've found them to work very well and many of my MBC guys swear by them.

Stay safe,

Mike
by Michael Janich
Wed Oct 02, 2019 7:05 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: NATIVE 5 FRN BLACK KBPI EDITION
Replies: 20
Views: 1134

Re: NATIVE 5 FRN BLACK KBPI EDITION

Willie B is a great guy who is also a passionate Spyderco user. He does a lot for the Denver-area community and various charities, so he is the only radio personality with whom we do special marketing efforts. We chose the Native because it has a long history and proudly represents our USA-made line...
by Michael Janich
Tue Sep 03, 2019 7:26 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Bow River and Province Boltaron Sheaths
Replies: 12
Views: 1451

Re: Bow River and Province Boltaron Sheaths

With regard to the possibility of dulling the edge, both two-layer and foldover Boltaron sheaths align the seam of the two layers with the edge of the blade. As such, the edge nests in the "crease" between the two layers and is pretty much immune to contacting the plastic in a way that would dull it...
by Michael Janich
Sun Sep 01, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Bow River and Province Boltaron Sheaths
Replies: 12
Views: 1451

Re: Bow River and Province Boltaron Sheaths

Hey, All: The Boltaron sheaths will be available very soon. The first batch is in-house and just needs to be added to the we site. Both are made by Sheath Pro and are very well done. The Ankerson has a great snap fit. The Bow River, due to its handle shape and lack of a retention point for the Bolta...
by Michael Janich
Fri Aug 16, 2019 7:08 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: My Martial Arts Video Collection
Replies: 18
Views: 810

Re: My Martial Arts Video Collection

Dear Naperville and Jim: Thank you both for sharing your backgrounds and insights. Naperville, thank you for the kind words regarding my videos. I'm glad the logic comes through and resonates with you. FYI, MBC does have representation in Chicagoland. If you're interested in doing any hands-on train...
by Michael Janich
Thu Aug 15, 2019 7:20 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: My Martial Arts Video Collection
Replies: 18
Views: 810

Re: My Martial Arts Video Collection

Dear Naperville: Thank you for including some of my MBC videos in your library! I have a large martial arts video library, but running Paladin's video production department for 10 years really influenced what I've kept and what I've given (or thrown) away. Some of my personal favorites include: Jim ...

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