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Spyderco Amsterdam Meet 2010 Report - Prototype Pictures

Postby Mr Blonde » Sun Mar 07, 2010 4:02 pm

This year was the biggest meet to date, both in the number of models that went through my hands and in the number of attendees. I believe around 75 people attended this year’s meet. It’s always great to see how easy all these ‘strangers’ connect to each other through their common interest in Spyderco knives.

This time, I started shooting photos during the passaround and introductions given by Sal and Eric. So I didn’t catch many of the details and information about the prototypes. I’m sure the other attendees can add info and opinions as this thread moves along. I also added a small acrylic bug in some pictures to give you a better idea of the relative size of the prototypes.

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Ed Schempp Balance

Postby Mr Blonde » Sun Mar 07, 2010 4:03 pm

This model has been on my radar for the past two years when it was still a concept model. There will be a limited run with a carbon fiber handle, as shown here. The regular production model will feature an all metal handle with a Chris Reeve type integral lock, much like the spin. I love this little cutter. It feels like it’s bigger than a Jester but smaller than a Kiwi. It really locks in the hand, definitely as must have for me. I suspect this knife will work great around the office; opening mail, cutting out articles or peeling some fruit for lunch etc...

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Jason Breeden Rescue

Postby Mr Blonde » Sun Mar 07, 2010 4:04 pm

This knife will have a VG-10 blade and it will be made in Japan. The G10 for the handle btw, will be shipped to Japan so the knife can be assembled there. Incidentally, when the reverse happens –when parts are shipped to Golden for assembly- Spyderco generally won’t mark the knife as ‘made in USA’. This Jason Breeden model has IMO a similar heft and feel as the Captain. It may seem a little blocky, but it feels pretty good in the hand and it’s lighter than it looks from these pics.

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Kiwi SS Slipit

Postby Mr Blonde » Sun Mar 07, 2010 4:06 pm

Apparently the Kiwi was originally intended to be a slipit, but it just couldn’t be turned into a slipit in the original size. This version is a little bigger than the original kiwi, leaning towards a Delica size, and it’s a slipit. The slipit action was a bit rough on this prototype. I suspect it will become smoother when this Kiwi becomes a production knife, but Spyderco is looking to a ‘rougher’ opening action for this slipit so that it complies with ‘ flick-laws’ of some countries.

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As a side note, in some countries the G10 Delica was not qualified as a ‘ flick-knife’ because customs could never flick it open (when held by the handle). There is simply too little steel in the blade –and weight- to swing the blade out with any force.

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Manix 2 FRN

Postby Mr Blonde » Sun Mar 07, 2010 4:07 pm

I have to stop here for today, but I decided to stop with a nice surprise (at least to me). This is a Manix 2 with a clear FRN Handle. The Manix has gone through quite an evolution, and it’s still evolving. The original goal was to create a ‘ small’ tough and do-all folder. The original Mini Manix was too heavy for most users. The Manix 2 has incorporated some major refinements: less weight, bigger lanyard hole, the lock (and opening action). This FRN version is a lightweight alternative to the Manix 2.

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This prototype was a tiny bit ‘squeaky’ in the handle, when it was tightly gripped, but I’m sure that will be solved in the production version. This handle turns the tank-like regular Manix 2 into a lightweight. It feels very light in the hand with all the heft going to the blade. The see-through is a cool feature. It turns a ‘tactical folder’ into a techno-gizmo and conversation piece. The ergos were very nice. FRN is always softer to the touch than G10 slabs and steel liners, and this FRN handle was no exception to the rule. According to Eric this FRN Manix 2 won’t be as strong as the regular model, but not by much.

To be continued...

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Postby RJNC » Sun Mar 07, 2010 4:13 pm

Awesome!!!

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Postby rycen » Sun Mar 07, 2010 4:14 pm

Great pics as usual!Am I the only on who would buy tha M2 with clear FRN?
We would rather be the knife in your pocket, because is "works" better, than the knife in your showcase, because it "looks" better.

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Postby npueppke » Sun Mar 07, 2010 4:15 pm

Nice, thanks for the awesome pictures! Those all look great!

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Postby npueppke » Sun Mar 07, 2010 4:16 pm

rycen wrote:Great pics as usual!Am I the only on who would buy tha M2 with clear FRN?
Me, and I really like the rescue knife too... don't see why it couldn't be an EDC knife either. The Kiwi is cool too. Hell they're all cool, but my favorite is the rescue knife.

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Postby Donut » Sun Mar 07, 2010 4:17 pm

That Jason Breeden model looks great. That thing could bump the Rock Lobster off my "to get" list. Since you labelled it Rescue, I wonder if they will make it Serrated.

The balance is interesting. It reminds me of the description of the Leaf bladed Swick.

The Manix 2 Lightweight... Do the prototypes normally come with non-adjustable screws? I would think liners like the Endura would be needed, not just for stability but for balance, too. It should be interesting to see how this holds up.
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Postby Donut » Sun Mar 07, 2010 4:18 pm

rycen wrote:Great pics as usual!Am I the only on who would buy tha M2 with clear FRN?
No, the voting for a Forum Manix 2 had the majority voting for clear scales.
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Postby npueppke » Sun Mar 07, 2010 4:20 pm

It's interesting that the Manix has a wire clip.. I think that fits the clear FRN (I think that's why there are no liners too-otherwise you would only see the liners underneath).

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Postby Gibsoniam » Sun Mar 07, 2010 4:20 pm

Oh no. My wallet just shrieked in terror. It knows it's going to be empty soon. All of those are on my list now! Particularly the Balance and the FRN Manix. I live that's it's clear FRN.

Nice work, Wouter!

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Postby Donut » Sun Mar 07, 2010 4:21 pm

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention the wire clip... if it goes through like that, it gives the option for a deep pocket carry clip.
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Postby MCM » Sun Mar 07, 2010 4:29 pm

+1 on the Manix 2 wire clip.
IMO they all should have been made this way.

The balance seems smaller than I thought.
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Postby RJNC » Sun Mar 07, 2010 4:30 pm

The Balance looks almost like a mini Khukuri. Would love to see some "in the hand" pics. Of course I'd also like to see a side by side of the original SS Kiwi with the SS Slipit Kiwi.

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Postby CanisMajor » Sun Mar 07, 2010 4:31 pm

That Manix II looks really good, I like that a lot. Thanks for the pictures Wouter.

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Postby SmoothOne25 » Sun Mar 07, 2010 4:46 pm

woah that manix is wacky looking! i imagine when it comes out it might have some color added though? or do you think it will really be clear?
are these like for 2011? or what, if any, eta? are all the shot show stuff (matriarch, ukpk-frn, del/end-ffg, pterodactyl shaped blade knife, grasshopper, larger lum cf, superleaf, bifold, etc) will be out this year and these prototypes are still in the "being made" process?
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Postby Tank » Sun Mar 07, 2010 4:49 pm

I love the Kiwi Slipit, wow.
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Postby FIMS » Sun Mar 07, 2010 4:53 pm

I'll be getting that JB Rescue for sure.

And the clear Manix 2 reminds me of Micornauts. Anyone remember those?
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