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USER opinions of the Military?

Postby vampyrewolf » Thu Sep 06, 2001 12:00 am

I've heard so much about the military, that I had to go fondle one...



spent about 20-30 minutes playing with it, and it seems like it should me 3-4 times heavier. You barely even notice it.



As this will be my purchase in january or so, whats the opinions of the spydie users?



it will be getting daily use, and for pretty much everything. The Calypso jr on order will put my Delica on kichen duty(where it's been many times before).



The Forum model will be bought and put away, whatever it is... It will only be a dress knife(have to use spydies sometime, can't let it gather dust!).



After I obtain both the Calypso jr lt, and the military....

Right EDC: Wegner jr(40/60) or Military(plain)

Left EDC: Calypso jr lt(plain)

IWB: either SS Dragonfly(plain) or Tufram Cricket(serrated).



I'll have a spydie for pretty much everything(until I find an excuse to buy more). I may have to get the Forum Model as my 18th b-day gift from my folks. Good way to keep it out my knife-sturbating hands...











We all start with 10 fingers. Those with Spydies have 9 to spare, Still need a thumb. Good thing I still have 8 to spare...

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Postby Jeff/1911 » Thu Sep 06, 2001 11:20 pm

VW,

The Military is a phenomenal knife. You can't begin to appreciate it fully until you own it for awhile and discover how many different things it does extremely well.

It is light, strong, capable, smooth, comfortable and diligent. That is; assuming that it were possible for a knife to have the capability for diligence, this one would.

If you buy one, you certainly won't be sorry. I now own both the plain edge and the serrated, and both are fabulous. If you only intend to own one, it should probably be a plain edge for versatility.

Jeff/1911.

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Postby mundele » Fri Sep 07, 2001 7:55 am

I have to agree with Jeff/1911. Not having a decent knife store very close, I rely on the web to see models of knives. The problem with that is that proportions are often distorted, and it's hard to judge the size of knives. I was almost ready to order a Military and I saw one at a gun show. I thought it was the hugest ugliest thing I ever saw, so I didn't order one. Well several months later I saw one at a flea market and I actually picked it up and handled it. Although it was still big, I discovered how well it fit my hand and how every feature of the knife is purpose-driven. That got me thinking again and I finally got one. It is now my favorite knife. (Incidentally, now all my other knives seem way too small...)
I recently got an old used serrated Military from a guy on ebay. It hadn't been taken care of. It was dull as could be and rusty. The serrations were round instead of pointy. I could "saw" across my hand and it wouldnt hardly scratch. After some cleaning and lubing, the action is smooth as silk and it looks great. It's now in the hands of "warranty and repair" there at Spyderco getting the serrations reground and getting a new black clip.

So, the beauty of the Military is NOT in the eye of the beholder.... It is in the hand of the user...

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Postby ChanB » Fri Sep 07, 2001 10:02 am

I've been lurking for a while, and had to sign up and post when I saw this one. The Military is my favorite knife (carrying mine IWB by my right kidney as I write, my Chinook is in my front pocket). Its my EDC and has been used for a little bit of everything, from skinning out a little 6 point buck to "hard core" use as a kitchen knife, to cleaning fish and whittling. You actually forget that the knife is there. It carries very light. Lock up is solid and for me, the balance is great. The knife feels alive and fast. Although its not in the MBC line-up, I would feel perfect confidence using it for defense, if for no other reason than the fact it feels "familiar". The Millie feels big until you use it, then, as Matt said, other knives feel small. You won't regret getting one.

Edited by - ChanB on 9/7/2001 10:04:47 AM

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Postby yog » Fri Sep 07, 2001 12:21 pm

In my mind this is Spyderco's best all around knife. More than any other knife I have seen, the Military is a work knife.

The only reason I reserve it for site work and it is not my everday carry is it's size, it's HUGE. The good side is that when open it is a big heavy knife, but by some Spyderco magic when closed it is light and very streamlined. A couple times I have put it in my back pocket and haven't even noticed it when I sat down. One day I spent 1/4 hour trying to find where I had dropped it, only to find it was in my back pocket.

Mundele had the most accurate description of the Military.
"So, the beauty of the Military is NOT in the eye of the beholder.... It is in the hand of the user..."

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Postby aero_student » Fri Sep 07, 2001 2:46 pm

I have had mine for about 1.5 months and love it. It opens incredibly fast and smooth. The blade seems to be able to hold an amazing edge but takes a lot more work than say ats55 to get razor sharp. Buy it, I guarantee you'll like it.

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Postby gadfly » Fri Sep 07, 2001 4:14 pm

I love my Military!

It is my primary carry. Even when I carry another Spyderco (typically my Spyderench or my Starmate (a very good looking knife)), I usually take a couple of minutes a day to hold my Military - It really does feel good.

The G-10 scale material is about the most functional stuff invented by man. The size of the knife is big, the weight is small and with its balance, it beautiful to handle.

While the Military may seem expensive, after you own one, you'll realize what a great buy you'll have made.

The Military is the finest tool I own. It is made with dedication and pride at the Golden, Colorado plant (I've met the craftsmen at the factory, and these guys put to rest the claim of inferior American manufacturing skills and processing).

One way or the other, you pay for your tools!

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Postby vampyrewolf » Fri Sep 07, 2001 6:08 pm

Figures...
You guys all love it.

It seems that, as my SS Dragonfly seems to work like a big knife, comments here say that the millie acts like a small knife.

We all start with 10 fingers. Those with Spydies have 9 to spare, Still need a thumb. Good thing I still have 8 to spare...

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Postby chinook » Fri Sep 07, 2001 6:48 pm

Small knife?
Not hardly <img src="smile.gif" width=15 height=15 align=middle>
butt you can choke up on the handle and do precise cuts due to the choil and flat grind, or hike your hand way back and chop hell out of a limb.

I hope that they do not change the taper on the blade with some claiming the tip is too thin. I find it strong enuff for knife tasks. I get a prybar when called for.

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I was just rereading this and wanted to say that I really don't hack at limbs with my Military. I do use its serrations as a saw at times, and do light pruning of softwood shoots by chopping them. I just didn't want anyone using their Military as a hatchet or machete on my recommendation.


Edited by - Chinook on 9/9/2001 3:03:25 PM

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Postby vampyrewolf » Fri Sep 07, 2001 7:11 pm

I've got my high-tech prybar... a POS multi-tool. I pick mine up for $20 for Walmart or CanadianTire. Decent saw(for a multi-tool, it's still not a camp saw), and crappy blades.

I've already bent the blade 4 times this summer.

We all start with 10 fingers. Those with Spydies have 9 to spare, Still need a thumb. Good thing I still have 8 to spare...

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Postby The Stare » Fri Sep 07, 2001 8:19 pm

Pretty persuasive guys. Had I not just seen the pictures of the new models soon to be out -- or already out in the case of the Meerkat -- I might have thought about getting one. But, I have enough big knives, and am always carrying my Sebenza, and usually the Wegner or my CRKT Apache. It is possible I might like another knife as much as those, but highly unlikely. And, already, am not using my M16-14 or my KFF or my Magna, and rarely my Wayne Goddard Ltwt.

So, am gonna hang tough and face life without the Military. For awhile.

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Postby chinook » Fri Sep 07, 2001 8:38 pm

You may be on the right track, Stare...

Eventually, they will put the compression lock on the Military.

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Postby Jeff/1911 » Fri Sep 07, 2001 11:08 pm

Once they do come out with the compression lock on the Military, I guess I'll have to get one of those versions too.

Jeff/1911.

Edited by - Jeff/1911 on 9/7/2001 11:09:21 PM

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Postby Tightwad » Sat Sep 08, 2001 9:02 am

Jeff/1911, Is the military a "better" knife that the large calypso??

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Postby vampyrewolf » Sat Sep 08, 2001 9:15 am

I've got a partial answer for this one... I handled it too that trip...

The Mil fit better in my hand, but the Large Calypso filled it.

It's all a question of hard use and having your hand cramp up. I'd think the Mil would be better for long term use, your hand is in a relaxed position.

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Postby chinook » Sat Sep 08, 2001 10:22 am

The answer is no.
The Calypso is prettier, sleeker, sexier, good steel and I love the feel of micarta, a great dress-up knife.

The answer is yes.
The Military is stronger, I like the linerlock better for 1hand op, the belly in the blade is better for some tasks, screw construction and adjustable pivot are good points, a great using knife.


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Postby sal » Sat Sep 08, 2001 3:23 pm

Hi ChanB. Welcome to the Spyderco forum. Thanx for the input.

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Postby yog » Sat Sep 08, 2001 6:13 pm

Heh heh <img src="smile.gif" width=15 height=15 align=middle>

I hope you don't get splinters from sitting on the fence too long Chinook <img src="wink.gif" width=15 height=15 align=middle>

But seriously, I know what you mean, all but one of my knives has a specific and seperate use (and the last has a use if you count artistic eye candy).
The only thing I am short of at the moment is a dress up knife for formal wear, but I have my eye on that Howard Viele with PE and CG-10 steel.

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Postby Al » Sat Sep 08, 2001 7:15 pm

Sal/Spyderco

Hi,
I've just bought my 3rd Spyderco - a Military (440 straight edge) and have absolutely no regrets, it really is a great knife.

Are Spyderco planning to bring out a smaller version - with a compression lock?

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Postby chinook » Sat Sep 08, 2001 7:29 pm

Yog...
When faced with such a dilemma, I take a stoic attitude, brace my back up straight..... and buy them both. ><g>

Actually the Viele is my favorite Spyderco. Elegant refined and capable. I carry the plainedge a lot in town.


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