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by Mike Sastre
Fri Nov 01, 2002 9:58 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: How happy are you with your Harpy?
Replies: 14
Views: 1070

The SS Harpy uses just fine, the G-10 is just a little better. I have also used a SE Merlin for many years as a whitewater rescue knife, and the only thing better will be the upcoming SpyderHawk.
by Mike Sastre
Thu Oct 31, 2002 6:48 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: How happy are you with your Harpy?
Replies: 14
Views: 1070

SS Harpy was my first hawkbill and second Spyderco knife (bought in early mid-eighties) - outstanding utility blade that can also be used for self defense if needed. I used it as EDC in construction and home improvement fields. Still have it - I use it as a sheath form now - but replaced it with the...
by Mike Sastre
Tue Oct 08, 2002 4:46 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: been driven away, back to ?
Replies: 5
Views: 788

I've been using Spyderco knives for about 20 years now, mostly everyday utility, but some rescue (whitewater) and self defense. I also get to see and handle many different knives as a sheathmaker. In my experience, Spyderco has the best "bang for the buck", is always refining their designs (small tw...
by Mike Sastre
Tue Oct 01, 2002 6:07 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Spyderco Factory Store
Replies: 18
Views: 2852

Rger No. 1,

Contact me and I'll get you hooked up with a belt sheath for that Harpy. Security Sheath can be adapted to belt wear with paracord, but I do make a seperate model just for belt carry.
by Mike Sastre
Sat Sep 07, 2002 7:21 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Comparing autos with ...justified?
Replies: 9
Views: 1560

Anytime you are talking about deployment speed, you have to factor in the time it takes you to acquire the knife from wherever it resides (pocket, sheath, waistband, etc.) and then open it. Autos require the extra steps of locating, then pushing the button (locks are another) after drawing the knife...
by Mike Sastre
Sat Sep 07, 2002 7:02 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Everyday uses for your Harpy/Merlin
Replies: 29
Views: 3593

G-10 Harpies are only in the serrated version. Glad to see that more people are getting thier eyes opened as to just how usefull a hawkbill blade is. Once you carry and use these for everyday utility, you'll be hooked (pun intended).
by Mike Sastre
Thu Sep 05, 2002 7:14 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Was there an early Harpy w/o vent???
Replies: 6
Views: 869

Brian,

I've carried a Harpy since they first came out in the early eighties (still have my first one), and don't recall any SS without the vent.
by Mike Sastre
Wed Sep 04, 2002 8:47 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Spyderdrop a mouse...
Replies: 14
Views: 1561

When you SpyderDrop a Mouse or one of the lighter handled/smaller Spydies, it is most important to grip the blade/hole very tightly. This will transfer more of the wrist snap to throwing the handle off the blade. Best done starting with knife in tip up position. Edited by - Mike Sastre on 9/4/2002 8...
by Mike Sastre
Sat Aug 31, 2002 6:36 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: SS Harpy v FRN Merlin - your choice?
Replies: 26
Views: 2101

The Cool,

Yes, I do neck sheaths for the Merlin, as well as most other Spydies. Used to carry a PE Merlin in a neck sheath as an "airplane knife" before 9-11. Should be available from SFO.
by Mike Sastre
Fri Aug 30, 2002 1:25 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: SS Harpy v FRN Merlin - your choice?
Replies: 26
Views: 2101

G-10 Harpy if you can find one. The SS version gets a little slippery when wet and the G-10 solves this while maintaining the heftier feeling. The Harpy blades are just a little thicker than the Merlins, so slightly more robust. All that said, I've used the Merlin as a whitewater rescue knife since ...
by Mike Sastre
Wed Aug 28, 2002 7:04 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Poll: How many of you own a Civilian?
Replies: 41
Views: 3847

Brian,

Got one of the linerless Civilians in Gin-1 and one in ATS-55. Sold the third, so don't know what that was, but it did go to someone in your state. Glad you like your SpydeRench sheath!! Sending some more out to SFO any day now.
by Mike Sastre
Thu Aug 22, 2002 9:11 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Poll: How many of you own a Civilian?
Replies: 41
Views: 3847

Hawkbill,

Without diggin' into the safe for a sure count, Ithink I've got you beat, I've got every variation of the Civvie including two G-10s without the liner (was travel EDC before the Matriarch came out). Count is at least twelve, maybe thirteen.

Mike
by Mike Sastre
Thu Aug 01, 2002 6:34 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: meanest+baddest ?
Replies: 34
Views: 3250

Interestingly enough, no one has mentioned Spyderco's fixed blade additions. The Perrin Street Bowie is a formidable piece for "social encounters" and can you imagine what can be done with a serrated Temperance FB?
by Mike Sastre
Wed Jul 31, 2002 8:46 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: My new (old) G-10 Police has arrived!
Replies: 12
Views: 756

I prefer the linerless G-10s also. Great for neck wear because of the weight. Used a linerless Harpy or Civilian for years as EDC 'til Spyderco came out with the Matriarch.
by Mike Sastre
Thu Jul 18, 2002 4:32 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Perrin Bowie or Temperance fixed blade?
Replies: 2
Views: 854

Dennis, The Perrin has a lower profile than the Temperance, so is a little more concealable. Ergonomics on the handles of both are excellent and they both manipulate very well. There are a lot of subtleties in the Perrin's design that become apparant as soon as you pick it up. It's "Street Steel" al...
by Mike Sastre
Sun Jul 14, 2002 5:24 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Sailing Knives
Replies: 12
Views: 1924

The Harpy/Merlin was designed for cutting rope netting, webbing, etc. and would be my first choice for a sailing knife. I've been using a Merlin as a whitewater rescue knife for well over ten years, and the few times I've had to use it, it performed very well. The curved serrated blade gives you mor...
by Mike Sastre
Wed Jun 26, 2002 5:03 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: SpydeRench Question - How do you keep it closed?
Replies: 9
Views: 758

Samo,

Thanks for the mention!! SFO has them (only five left from the bunch I sent last month) and they are fitted with TekLoks for wear with different belt sizes. Looks like a breakfront, but pulls out the top.

Brian,

I'll try to send you a picture.
by Mike Sastre
Sun Jun 16, 2002 5:27 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Your Favorite Bowie
Replies: 16
Views: 2571

Love my Bagwell Hell's Belle custom!!! There is a wide range of knives that people call Bowies and size can be small to incedibly large.
by Mike Sastre
Tue Jun 04, 2002 4:37 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Matriarch trainer?
Replies: 3
Views: 1496

Paul, At one point in time there was talk of a Civilian Trainer, but don't know what happened with those plans. There definitely is a good number of people who would be interested in a trainer for either the Civilian or the Matriarch. Since the the blade shape operates in two planes at once, a train...
by Mike Sastre
Tue May 28, 2002 6:50 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Sheaths fLum Tanto & Perrin.
Replies: 13
Views: 1380

br44, The hardware on all my sheaths is reversible, so the user can get side of carry with the desired edge orientation. I can make a "G" clip or attach a small TekLok to give you horizontal carry for the Lum Tanto. Phone number on the website is correct (www.rivercitysheaths.com). If you plan to us...

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