Calypso Jr. SS v. Native SS (both plain)

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Calypso Jr. SS v. Native SS (both plain)

Postby kraziekurtis » Thu Dec 06, 2001 1:00 am

Which is the better knife for utility purposes...I am not going to get the Matriarch since it is recommended for self defense only. I have heard that the Calypso Jr SS is one of the sharpest out of the box but have never heard any real "in-depth" reviews on it. But I have heard good reviews on the Native SS and think I might want one of them.Which would you prefer? Why?

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Postby panguero » Thu Dec 06, 2001 7:20 pm

Get the Jr. It is out of production and a very cool knive. It is an IWB/EDC for me. My two cents. Good luck

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Postby minimarc123 » Thu Dec 06, 2001 7:25 pm

Whoa... these are the EXACT 2 knives I was deciding on getting... it turned out I got NEITHER, and favored for a Calyso Jr. Lightweight. The lightweight Calypso Jr. (frn) has the VG10 steel which has been raved so often as the "sharpest knife out of the box." (The SS calyso Jr. has an AUS 8)

Plus, I've held a tip up delica and the clip dug into my hand, and a tip down SS delica, which slid in and out of my sweaty hands... so... I still haven't got my knife in yet, but my humble advice may be worth something

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Postby kraziekurtis » Thu Dec 06, 2001 8:33 pm

Thanks for the input. And it seems the lightweight version of the junior would be lighter also, along with ten dollars cheaper <img src="tongue.gif" width=15 height=15 align=middle> I think I will go with the FRN of the Calypso Junior if I decide to get a Calypso Junior. <img src="smile.gif" width=15 height=15 align=middle>

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Postby J Smith » Fri Dec 07, 2001 12:05 am

NATIVE either one FRN or SS the best Spydies I have owned.

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Postby panguero » Fri Dec 07, 2001 12:14 am

OOh, Can't make up your mind? Look at these!One of each in SS. Hope this helps melt your brain KK ;-)

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Postby akbell » Fri Dec 07, 2001 7:56 am

Native SS! Super knife. I carry it or my Chinook depending on how I dress.

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Postby Tightwad » Fri Dec 07, 2001 10:07 am

Krazie, The Caylpso jr. lwt. is one of the best everyday
knives in the Spyderco line up. It's a knife that the more you
use it the more you come to understand the subtle effective
engineering that makes it such a good cutting tool. If you buy
one, and I think you will enjoy it , you'll never be sorry.

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Postby kraziekurtis » Fri Dec 07, 2001 2:56 pm

Well from what I hear from fellow Spydercoians I can't go wrong with a PE Calypso Jr. Lightweight a PE Military and a SE Harpy or Endura....I am gonna rotate the third EDC everyday (the Harpy and Endura) <img src="smile.gif" width=15 height=15 align=middle>


I can't wait!!!!

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Postby Kahz » Sat Dec 08, 2001 11:39 am

Krazie,

I have not handled the Calypso Jr. so my opinion is 100% biased: The Native II in SS rocks! Oh, and my record so far is five parts for one rubber band with this knife. <img src="tongue.gif" width=15 height=15 align=middle> <img src="smile.gif" width=15 height=15 align=middle>

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Postby Dav » Sat Dec 08, 2001 12:18 pm

I have both.

You can make up your own mind, but take some of this into consideration.

Are your knive tasks light or heavy? The Native packs the punch in the heavy catagory, but - as with all double edged blades - it feels heavier and more awkward and sharp in the pocket than the calypso does.

No one will argue the Calypso is also a less threatening knife which is the reason <I> favour it over the Native as my daily carry.

If you already have an endura do you need another larger-midsize knife?

I would buy a knife based on blade materials but not on "out of box sharpness" That's silly. I'd still buy spyderco's if they came _without_ an edge!

Native has the cool reversible clip.

Calypso has the cool discontinued factor.

Native is more masculine, the Calypso feminine. (Well, feminine in a really sharp way)

My thoughts - good luck. Let us know what you choose.
Dav

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Postby rico » Sat Dec 08, 2001 12:33 pm

KK -While I am not crazy about s/s knife handles, one of my all time favorites has been the Native. I have a Native that I have had for many years and I have one with G-10 blue handles. I would pick them above all my high end Spyderco's to carry if I could only have one.

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Postby Tightwad » Sat Dec 08, 2001 1:57 pm

The Calypso takes a fair amount of advanced sophistication to
understand the design. That more than anything killed the Calypso.
It was way to advance for the general public knife buying habits.
For those who took a chance and bought one they found that they
were rewarded with a vastly superior cutting machine.


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