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Carbon Fiber Harpy Question

Postby spyderdog » Thu Aug 09, 2007 11:20 am

I've been looking at some CF Harpys. I looked back and saw some previous threads about the shiny CF used on the Harpy, and read that there are often chips or cracks in it. Sounds like it might just be the nature of the type of CF used. I'm wondering for anyone out there that carries one of these if they've developed any problems, or if the CF holds up even with the imperfections that it starts with?

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Postby So-Lo » Thu Aug 09, 2007 12:43 pm

I want a CF SE harpy to be my first hawkbill ! :D

I also would like to know how they hold up to EDC, as I am a user and not a collector. Mine would see lots of pocket time.

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Postby Agent Starling » Thu Aug 09, 2007 1:16 pm

spyderdog wrote:I've been looking at some CF Harpys. I looked back and saw some previous threads about the shiny CF used on the Harpy, and read that there are often chips or cracks in it. Sounds like it might just be the nature of the type of CF used. I'm wondering for anyone out there that carries one of these if they've developed any problems, or if the CF holds up even with the imperfections that it starts with?

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I have a CF harpy that has a glossy coating on it...I believe that's what you mean. I bought it new and haven't had it that long, so no chips or cracks to report. The coating looks like it might get scuffed up after it sees a lot of carry time and use. Still a nice knife though! :D

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Postby spyderdog » Thu Aug 09, 2007 2:27 pm

Starling....yes, that's the one I'm referring to. I'd seen in other threads that the carbon fiber often was jagged around the hardware in the scales, 9sometimes cracked) and that it was difficult to drill into without that happening. Glad to hear yours has held up.

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Postby The Deacon » Thu Aug 09, 2007 4:59 pm

The chips and cracks people talk about on shiny CF are small, fish scale shaped flakes. The are located around the pins and lanyard pipe. They are strictly cosmetic, and have no bearing at all on the strength of the handle since they are confined to the clear resin above the cloth. The resin used is quite hard, and, somewhat like the material used to make stone blades, will flake if sufficient pressure is applied to small area. The difference is that the flakes tend to remain in place, rather than falling off. Drilling CF for those holes sometimes applies the pressure needed to create one or more small flakes. Disassembling and overtightening a screw can also create them. While not particularly attractive, I would not classify them as a defect since they do not impact the functionality or life expectancy of the knife.
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Postby tglahn17 » Thu Aug 09, 2007 11:26 pm

Hi, spyderdog.

I got a CF Harpy SE a few weeks ago. I've carried it every day since I got it. I see some minor chipping and flaking of the finish around the screws, but it doesn't bother me at all. I used to think that hawkbills were a little psycho. Then I saw an incredible deal on the Internet for this one (NIB). Now it's my favorite Spyderco. The CF scales are so thin and light that the whole piece feels like the Aristotelean essence of blade and lock. If you can get a CF Harpy, get it. Good luck,

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Postby Jeff/1911 » Fri Aug 10, 2007 9:16 am

Could one of you post a picture of this knife?

Thanks, Jeff/1911.

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Postby fellyjr » Fri Aug 10, 2007 9:35 am

Jeff/1911 wrote:Could one of you post a picture of this knife?

Thanks, Jeff/1911.
No problemo! ;)

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Postby Jeff/1911 » Fri Aug 10, 2007 10:15 am

fellyjr,

WOW! Is that ever nice! :eek:

I used to own a G10 Harpy, in serrated edge..,.I was thinking of trying to track down another, but that PE CF Harpy is wicked! :)

What dealer has a good price on them?

EDIT - I see they were produced in a Sprint run...I'll start searching.

Thanks a lot - Jeff.

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Postby Peter1960 » Fri Aug 10, 2007 10:46 am

@Jeff/1911: Good source is Ebay. Plain version is rare nowadays, IMHO a CF Harpy in SE has more "optical snap" :cool:

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Postby spyderdog » Sun Aug 12, 2007 10:54 am

nice pics Peter. I'm going to have to go ahead and get one. Both yours and Felly's look they they barely have any noticeable spots in the carbon fiber

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Postby Michael Cook » Sun Aug 12, 2007 10:58 am

:spyder: Very nice pics! :spyder:
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Postby Spyharpy » Sun Aug 12, 2007 12:30 pm

I much prefer carbon fiber knives. They are much lighter and feel stealthy when you carry them. You can't go wrong with these babies. It's my favorite Spydie. Here's my clan. :D

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Postby white cloud » Sun Aug 12, 2007 8:38 pm

spyharpy....very very nice!

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Postby fellyjr » Sun Aug 12, 2007 8:41 pm

Spyharpy wrote: Image
Does anyone know where I can find a plain edge carbon fiber Harpy? :p :p :D :D

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Postby zenheretic » Mon Aug 13, 2007 12:19 am

fellyjr wrote:Does anyone know where I can find a plain edge carbon fiber Harpy? :p :p :D :D
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Postby bluemist » Mon Aug 13, 2007 2:31 pm

My CF SE has none of the chips described, it does have one of the loudest sharpest clicks of all my spydies. I love it.
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Postby Simple Man » Wed Aug 15, 2007 9:52 am

fellyjr wrote:Does anyone know where I can find a plain edge carbon fiber Harpy? :p :p :D :D
No PE, but Sierra should be marking down their SE CF Harpies before too long. ;)
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