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Postby chris777 » Fri Apr 14, 2006 8:50 pm

sal wrote:Hi Buzzbait,

We think it's the finger choil. the general market doesn't like to get that close to the edge with their finger. Finger choils are considered an advantage to many that are "into" knives, but that is a smaller group.

I had to chime in on this one. Until recently I had never seen one like on this knife until, I played with a Native at wally world. I didn't realize that the choil was meant to be part of the handle. I just thought that it was just part of the blade design. After researching some more I then realized it was meant to be part of the grip. Awesome, except 1 thing I want to be able to comfortably grip it both ways, something I suspect is highly possible with the Cally 3.

As for the mass market appeal of the blade choil, I went back and handled a delica, and almost slid my finger up on to the blade I wish every knife had that choil as a safety feature(at least folders, with no other guard built in).

Btw great knives, the more knives I've looked at, the more I am drawn to the spyderco's. Like many others, I also like function, and ergonomics over appearance, but the appearance grows on you.

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Postby sal » Sat Apr 15, 2006 6:40 am

Hi Chris777,

Welcome to the Spyderco forum.

Whether of not "both grips" are possible depends on the size of the model. Knives like the Millitary do that well, although many complain about "blade/handle ratio" not being eye appealing.


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Postby Plowboy » Sat Apr 15, 2006 7:37 am

chris777 wrote:
I went back and handled a delica, and almost slid my finger up on to the blade I wish every knife had that choil as a safety feature(at least folders, with no other guard built in).

Chris777, If you are used to the choil it's easy to nearly put your finger on the blade. I catch myself nearly doing this too often.

And I like you find myself more drawn into Spyderco. I've even tried to be unfaithful, but I simply can't find anything that suits me as well. I am so darn picky that I never find a knife that's exactly what I want, but Spyderco comes the closest.

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Postby catamount » Sat Apr 15, 2006 1:18 pm

I'd like to see dark blue or green G10 or micarta on the ZDP version. Most anything that isn't black would be okay, though ;)

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Postby tomtom » Mon Apr 17, 2006 10:34 am

i have to say i dont think that jigged bone or wood suite any spyderco modle i have seen the traditional is not a market i see spyderco as part of.. it suits the super functional designs which come out of the spyderco factory to use the most up to date materials around IMHO. i have traditional style knives with traditional materials but its a spyderco i carry everyday.

something with a non threataning colour/texture/look to it would be great!

still very interested in a time scale..

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Postby scolby » Mon Apr 17, 2006 11:12 am


Anything but black or blue or bone or with bolsters.

Generally, Spyderco knives are so thick that bolsters add weight without substance. The finishing is problematic. My standards are pretty high, so I may be in the minority but look at the new Bradshaw lockback done by Browning (don't know who actually manufactured the knife) very thin profile, just like Bradleys knives.

Bone looks great when done by the old timers, most modern factory treatments are too monotone.

Black micarta or G-10 - we all have enough of these.

Other micarta - tends to be slippery when polished, although the grip should be might good enough on this one.
Other G-10 - sounds good to me, if textured.

I really don't like FRN handles, but frankly, the "fishscale" texture on the FRN Calypso Jr. is one of my very favorite knife handle treatments, ever.

I think I would vote for translucent G-10 if you can make it work.
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Postby bh49 » Mon Apr 17, 2006 5:35 pm

My vote for G10, may be two colors. no micarta, please
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Postby Native Justice » Mon Apr 17, 2006 5:45 pm

Also a vote here for G10. Preferably a thinner scale treatment to keep it light in the pocket with a less aggressive surface treatment. :D

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Postby Django » Mon Apr 17, 2006 6:00 pm

I would get this knife if it had olive drab G-10. Black G-10, probably not. It would be too similar to my Ocelot.
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release date?

Postby SoCal Operator » Mon Apr 17, 2006 7:59 pm

This thread seems to be the right place to ask; does anyone know when the Caly III is slated to be released?
*Edit to add* I'd like to see some colored G-10 as well. Green would be nice, as there have been multiple blue and red handled knives.
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Postby spydutch » Tue Apr 18, 2006 1:44 am

Just black G10, fully serrated :o :D
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Postby b-elliott » Tue Apr 18, 2006 9:10 am

My vote would be for a green G-10 or macarta. Maybe a canvas macarta or the same color as the little temp. I would also go for a grippy carbon fiber or any type of wood. I'm excited, this could be "The" knife! Would that be knifeogamy? Who am I kidding, I'm just not a one knife man :eek:

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Postby Kn00b » Tue Apr 18, 2006 10:13 am

I dunno, I know this puts me in the minority but the thing that originally drew me to the Caly3 was the simplicity. Looks like a nice low-key, simply designed, user to me, and I'll jump at one when they become available.

I'm a bit of a performance nut when it comes to pretty much anything, so I'd pay for a ZDP version. But, in my case, if the ZDP version takes away from that low-key simplicity, I probably wouldn't pick one up. :eek:

I know this might get me lynched in this thread, but I don't have nearly the interest in a funky color handled Caly3 or a slippier gents version Caly3 as I would in the simple Caly3 pictured... only with ZDP.

Just thought I'd chime in with my minority opinion: Keep the Caly3 design as is, and offer a ZDP blade as a 'performance option'. :spyder:
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Postby Bodieism » Tue Apr 18, 2006 2:11 pm

sal wrote:The ZDP version will more than likely be bosltered with a scale material. We can use black micarta or ? It's an "affy" modely. You're the "affy". :p


Does that mean it will have stainless steel handles with an inlayed scale material like on the Kopa?


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Postby Carlos » Tue Apr 18, 2006 8:49 pm

[quote="SoCal Operator"]This thread seems to be the right place to ask]

If Sal is asking for scale opnions, then it isn't actually scheduled yet. I'd project it as a 2007 model.
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Postby Cameron23 » Wed Apr 19, 2006 1:59 am



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Postby LJK » Sun Apr 30, 2006 5:07 pm

Wow! that 2007 post by Carlos sucked all the engery out of this thread :D The Caly 3 does sound like the perfect EDC for me also. Now the waiting begins.

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Postby redhawk44p » Sun Apr 30, 2006 5:11 pm

2007 :eek: :mad: That really soaks.

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Postby bh49 » Sun Apr 30, 2006 5:52 pm

2007 is a big; no this is a huge disappointment for me. :( :( :( :( :(
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Postby Axlis » Sun Apr 30, 2006 6:53 pm

I think that the 2007 run date is refering to the ZDP srpint run with a different scale.

Isn't the regular black Caly III schedule for this summer still?

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