Review of SS Dragonfly

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Review of SS Dragonfly

Postby vampyrewolf » Sat Sep 08, 2001 12:00 am

After owning my latest spydie for more than 2 weeks(tuesday will be 3), I think it's fair to give my review on it.



SIZE:

I find the blade size to be about the ideal for daily light-medium use. I can deflap about 60 boxes with it, before I need to take a break. My hand gets stiff after about 40 with the Cricket.



GRIND/GOEMETRY

the Blade geometry is nice for it's size. it has a nice strong tip, the flatgrind just glides through any cutting surface.



EDGE:

for some reason, the Dragonfly gets about 160% sharper than my Delica. I figured the Delica was sharp, but this throws it out of the water! It may be the batches, and I'll take another shot wth ATS-55 before I move on to 440V and VG-10.



GRIP/SHAPE:

The handle shape allows my hand to grab both forward and reverse with little difficulty. by grabbing reverse, the side of my hand fits the thumb-rest(can't think of the correct term right now). In reverse grip, my pinky hits the kick/choil, thumb resting on the pinky-ledge at the base of the handle.



CLOSING COMMENTS:

other than the SS handle getting scratched as much as it has, I'd say this is the perfect EDC in this day and age(with all the anti-knife, anti-weapon fanatics). I used it last night in front of all the sheeple at work, and didn't get a single odd look. I've had some go away from the cricket coming out.



All in all, I'd say this is one of the better knives Sal has put out. Maybe change the steel to vg-10 but thats it! I'll probably buy a couple FRN for x-mas gifts.



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 J Smith » Sat Sep 08, 2001 9:29 pm

I HAVE HAD A FRN DRAGONFLY SER. FOR A LONG TIME.
I CAN'T SAY ANY THING BAD ABOUT IT EXCEPT THAT MY TASTES LEAN TWOARD A LITTLE LARGER FOR EDC.AT LEAST THE SIZE OF A DELICA.BUT THATS JUST PERSONAL PREFRENCE.


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Postby vampyrewolf » Sat Sep 08, 2001 10:00 pm

I always have a larger knife on me anyways. Normally around the 3" range.

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 » Sat Sep 08, 2001 10:35 pm

Vampyre Wolf,

Thanks for the great review. This answers some questions I had about this knife. Glad to hear you're enjoying it.

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Postby mrb » Sun Sep 09, 2001 6:33 am

I love my SS Dragonfly - always wear it when I'm in a suit.

If it was tip down (or even reversible) it would be even better - I find it sits too high when carried IWB.

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Postby vampyrewolf » Sun Sep 09, 2001 8:49 am

MRB> I've been carrying IWB... just tilt it sideways more, so that 1/2 of the clip is almost hidden by a 1" wide belt(to the inner curve part). That places the pinky ledge level with my waistband. Don't even feel it there.

Jeff> Glad to be of service... Can't ever say I've been dissapointed with a spydie <img src="wink.gif" width=15 height=15 align=middle> so it's hard to give a bad review of these guys.

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 » Sun Sep 09, 2001 1:41 pm

VampyreWolf,

That sideways slanted IWB tilt is the way my friend carries his stainless Rookie. It works great for him as well.

Jeff.

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Postby The Stare » Sun Sep 09, 2001 5:30 pm

You know, guys, most humans in the Western world are pretty much used to taking things for granted, and not experiencing or feeling any gratitude for the many blessings we have in our lives compared to the majority of citizens of the world.

Now, I know that for some, a great deal of mental, and often physical effort is required, but for those for whom it comes naturally, I truly don't think that you guys who can wear knives IWB without leaving a print that lasts to the next morning, properly express gratitude for metabolisms that make that carry possible.

<img src="wink.gif" width=15 height=15 align=middle>

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Postby vampyrewolf » Sun Sep 09, 2001 7:56 pm

Stare> What? you mean we don't all have 32" waist and weigh 170lbs?

I need to pack about 15lbs back on to feel "normal" again. I was 184 in spring, and then started latenights. Hit 150 and started to get it back finally.

Mind you, the legs add a good pile of my weight. The calf is now 16" around, relaxed... My thighs still have some fat on them(but thats a good thing).

I can do 2 IWB(left/right) now... been doing it for a week. Cricket on left, Dragonfly on right.

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 caleo » Mon Sep 10, 2001 2:41 am

I recently purchased a ss dragonfly for my fiance, i have a native and she opens it quite easily but the dragonfly seems to be a lot tighter! even though ive oiled it!

has anyone else had this problem? and does it get easier?

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Postby mrb » Mon Sep 17, 2001 3:35 am

I do use that sideways angle thing you guys so eloquently describe - sometimes it just feels as though there is not enough clip in place to hold it.

Having said that I have never once had the Dragonfly slip out or drop - so it's probably perception rather than reality.

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Postby Jeff/1911 » Mon Sep 17, 2001 8:42 am

Caleo,

I find the stainless steel Spydies sometimes take quite awhile to loosen up, to the point where they are easy to open. My first Police model took several thousand opening/closing cycles. Just work on it for her, and when it does reach the easy open point it will be a joy to behold.

Much better this than a knife that is too loose when you buy it and impossible to tighten up.

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Postby James Y » Mon Sep 17, 2001 5:07 pm

I have both a SS Dragonfly and a FRN one, both plainedge.
I like them both, but I find my SS version is easier and more comfortable to open/close than the FRN one. Also like the greater thinness of the SS.

Yesterday I had a need to touch up the edge. It took all of about less than 2 minutes...the edge geometry is excellent.

Most pocketknive blades of the same length would feel average or even little. But the Dragonfly's blade gives one a feeling of having a substantial knife. I view it almost as a smaller brother to the Calypso Jr. lwt.
Jim


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