Spyderco's ATS-55 Era of the late 90s

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Re: Spyderco's ATS-55 Era of the late 90s

Postby JD Spydo » Fri Nov 26, 2021 1:14 pm

That's interesting "Fireman". Because most of the time when I chat with someone who has old-school Spyders to show me most often they usually have old ATS-55 models to show me. I see more of the folders out of the ATS-55 era than I do about any other old-school Spyder from almost any other era as well. I see more ATS-55 models than I do with ATS-34, AUS-8 or even GIN-1. And I know that there are probably more of those others that were sold over the years.

But there is some type of mystique about the ATS-55 era Spyders. They just seem to last virtually forever. Just like my Stainless Handled RESCUE model. I've tried to wear it out and I can't. My old C-44 Dyad with the ATS-55 blades the same story.

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Re: Spyderco's ATS-55 Era of the late 90s

Postby JD Spydo » Mon Nov 29, 2021 4:33 pm

There were two other models from that ATS-55 era that I almost forgot that both models had ATS-55 blade steel when they first came out. I'm speaking of the C-53 Peter Herbst and the C-16 Wayne Goddard models. I had owned both of those models but I didn't own either one of them in ATS-55. I bet those two models are getting quite collectible in ATS-55 that is if you can even find either one of them anymore.

When I owned those two models they both had VG-10 when I got them. And let's don't forget the full SE Police model in ATS-55. Because ATS-55 is still one of my favorite blade steels for full SE models.

Like I said earlier the ATS-55 era was one of the shortest time slots in Spyderco history but it was also one of their most important transition periods for several reasons.

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Re: Spyderco's ATS-55 Era of the late 90s

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Re: Spyderco's ATS-55 Era of the late 90s

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Re: Spyderco's ATS-55 Era of the late 90s

Postby Manixguy@1994 » Wed Jan 12, 2022 9:03 pm

Imagehey Joe ! Mr. Merlin strikes again ! MG2
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Re: Spyderco's ATS-55 Era of the late 90s

Postby JD Spydo » Fri Jan 14, 2022 12:43 pm

Manixguy@1994 wrote:
Wed Jan 12, 2022 9:03 pm
Imagehey Joe ! Mr. Merlin strikes again ! MG2
Mr. Merlin was most definitely a great ATS-55 era model. I would love to see them bring back Mr. Merlin in all the newer/better blade steels. How about Mr. Merlin with "MagnaCut" blade steel in PE & SE both?

Basically the TASMAN is the Merlin model with corrosion proof blade steel.

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Re: Spyderco's ATS-55 Era of the late 90s

Postby Manixguy@1994 » Fri Jan 14, 2022 12:51 pm

I would not be opposed to that idea at all Joe !
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Re: Spyderco's ATS-55 Era of the late 90s

Postby JD Spydo » Sat Jan 15, 2022 5:33 am

Manixguy@1994 wrote:
Fri Jan 14, 2022 12:51 pm
I would not be opposed to that idea at all Joe !
Even as much as I like the HARPY and SPYDERHAWK models which are also great Spyderco Hawkbill blades I've got to say that there was something nice about that MERLIN model.

The Merlin model during it's time in the spotlight always seemed so handy and versatile for immediate use. The idea of a "MagnaCut" MERLIN is really growing on me the more I think about it. >> and trust me my friend I'll never forget "Mr. Merlin". I"m really glad that you and him came back to Spyderville :cheap-sunglasses

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Re: Spyderco's ATS-55 Era of the late 90s

Postby Manixguy@1994 » Sat Jan 15, 2022 7:54 am

JD Spydo wrote:
Sat Jan 15, 2022 5:33 am
Manixguy@1994 wrote:
Fri Jan 14, 2022 12:51 pm
I would not be opposed to that idea at all Joe !
Even as much as I like the HARPY and SPYDERHAWK models which are also great Spyderco Hawkbill blades I've got to say that there was something nice about that MERLIN model.

The Merlin model during it's time in the spotlight always seemed so handy and versatile for immediate use. The idea of a "MagnaCut" MERLIN is really growing on me the more I think about it. >> and trust me my friend I'll never forget "Mr. Merlin". I"m really glad that you and him came back to Spyderville :cheap-sunglasses
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Re: Spyderco's ATS-55 Era of the late 90s

Postby CXXX » Sat Jan 15, 2022 12:24 pm

I have the following in the collection, the holy grails are my set of C46 Bob Lum Tanto's. All great knives from that era.

STANDARD #C05GP PLAIN EDGE G-10 ATS-55
POLICE #C07P PLAIN EDGE STAINLESS ATS-55
POLICE #C07S SPYDEREDGE STAINLESS ATS-55
POLICE #C07SA SPYDEREDGE ALUMINUM ATS-55
POLICE #C07G PLAIN EDGE G-10 FG ATS-55
POLICE #C07GS SPYDEREDGE G-10 FG ATS-55
RESCUE #C14SOR SPYDEREDGE FRN ORANGE ATS-55
DYAD JR. #C39P&S PLAIN & SERRATED MICARTA ATS-55
DYAD JR. LIGHTWEIGHT #C39P&SBK PLAIN & SERRATED FRN ATS-55
DYAD #C44P&S PLAIN & SERRATED MICARTA ATS-55
RESCUE JR #C45SBK SPYDEREDGE FRN ATS-55
BOB LUM TANTO #C46P PLAIN EDGE TITANIUM ATS-55
BOB LUM TANTO #C46PS COMBOEDGE TITANIUM ATS-55
BOB LUM TANTO #C46GP PLAIN EDGE G-10 ATS-55
BOB LUM TANTO #C46GPS COMBOEDGE G-10 ATS-55
BOB LUM TANTO BB #C46GPBK PLAIN EDGE G-10 ATS-55
BOB LUM TANTO BB #C46GPSBK COMBOEDGE G-10 ATS-55
ROOKIE #C51S SPYDEREDGE STAINLESS ATS-55
ROOKIE #C51GS SPYDEREDGE G-10 ATS-55

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Re: Spyderco's ATS-55 Era of the late 90s

Postby RLR » Sun Jan 16, 2022 9:26 am

The last two I still have. Dyad Jr and Rookie.
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Re: Spyderco's ATS-55 Era of the late 90s

Postby DerRock » Sun Jan 16, 2022 1:25 pm

I only have two

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Re: Spyderco's ATS-55 Era of the late 90s

Postby JD Spydo » Sun Jan 16, 2022 4:20 pm

DerRock wrote:
Sun Jan 16, 2022 1:25 pm
I only have two
That colored Dyad Jr. is about as rare a palm tree in Antarctica. I had that one and Burgundy version as well at one time.

The ATS-55 era has certainly proven to be far more significant than most people think. There were a lot of super-classics to emerge from that time slot. If you don't believe me then go try to get some of the models these last 4 guys have listed>>It won't be cheap I can tell that for sure.

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Re: Spyderco's ATS-55 Era of the late 90s

Postby RLR » Sun Jan 16, 2022 4:31 pm

And my Dyad Jr is super special. 1 of 1 with half-arsed filling of screw holes. Used to be almost undetectable, but over time, you can see the plugs. Hated the clip on that knife. Still carry it often.
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DerRock wrote:
Sun Jan 16, 2022 1:25 pm
I only have two
That colored Dyad Jr. is about as rare a palm tree in Antarctica. I had that one and Burgundy version as well at one time.

The ATS-55 era has certainly proven to be far more significant than most people think. There were a lot of super-classics to emerge from that time slot. If you don't believe me then go try to get some of the models these last 4 guys have listed>>It won't be cheap I can tell that for sure.

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Re: Spyderco's ATS-55 Era of the late 90s

Postby JD Spydo » Sun Jan 16, 2022 5:17 pm

RLR wrote:
Sun Jan 16, 2022 4:31 pm
And my Dyad Jr is super special. 1 of 1 with half-arsed filling of screw holes. Used to be almost undetectable, but over time, you can see the plugs. Hated the clip on that knife. Still carry it often.
JD Spydo wrote:
Sun Jan 16, 2022 4:20 pm
DerRock wrote:
Sun Jan 16, 2022 1:25 pm
I only have two
That colored Dyad Jr. is about as rare a palm tree in Antarctica. I had that one and Burgundy version as well at one time.

The ATS-55 era has certainly proven to be far more significant than most people think. There were a lot of super-classics to emerge from that time slot. If you don't believe me then go try to get some of the models these last 4 guys have listed>>It won't be cheap I can tell that for sure.
Are you talking about the Micarta version of the Dyad Jr.? That's been my biggest regret of all the knives I've ever traded. The Micarta Dyad Jr. is getting close to impossible to find in the past 5 years or so.

But the colored FRN versions aren't easy to find either.

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Re: Spyderco's ATS-55 Era of the late 90s

Postby RLR » Sun Jan 16, 2022 7:44 pm

JD Spydo wrote:
Sun Jan 16, 2022 5:17 pm
RLR wrote:
Sun Jan 16, 2022 4:31 pm
And my Dyad Jr is super special. 1 of 1 with half-arsed filling of screw holes. Used to be almost undetectable, but over time, you can see the plugs. Hated the clip on that knife. Still carry it often.
JD Spydo wrote:
Sun Jan 16, 2022 4:20 pm
DerRock wrote:
Sun Jan 16, 2022 1:25 pm
I only have two
That colored Dyad Jr. is about as rare a palm tree in Antarctica. I had that one and Burgundy version as well at one time.

The ATS-55 era has certainly proven to be far more significant than most people think. There were a lot of super-classics to emerge from that time slot. If you don't believe me then go try to get some of the models these last 4 guys have listed>>It won't be cheap I can tell that for sure.
Are you talking about the Micarta version of the Dyad Jr.? That's been my biggest regret of all the knives I've ever traded. The Micarta Dyad Jr. is getting close to impossible to find in the past 5 years or so.

But the colored FRN versions aren't easy to find either.
Yeah my micarta one is fitted with plugs to fill the screw holes. You can see it in picture. I removed clip day one and hated the look of the holes. Good luck finding one! I had a Micro Dyad in bone that I lost or something - don’t have it anymore.

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Re: Spyderco's ATS-55 Era of the late 90s

Postby bearrowland » Sun Jan 16, 2022 7:54 pm

I love old school Spyderco!
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Re: Spyderco's ATS-55 Era of the late 90s

Postby JD Spydo » Thu Jan 20, 2022 6:34 am

bearrowland wrote:
Sun Jan 16, 2022 7:54 pm
I love old school Spyderco!
You Bet!! and many of the ultra-classics in the ATS-55 era are among the very best ever IMO. The ATS-34 era kind of set the stage for a major breakout into what has evolved to this present day>> But the ATS-55 era had a huge selection of breakout models.

As good as the Stainless handled RESCUE model was built I'm surprised we don't hear more about that one. There were several great models that were first made in ATS-55 and were continued when VG-10 became more available.


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