Report on the Lil’ Temperance

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Report on the Lil’ Temperance

Postby N. Brian Huegel » Mon Apr 15, 2002 12:00 am

The Lil’ Temperance is another phenomenal knife from the innovative genius of Golden. Once again, the Spyderco Design team has shown their talent in the evolution of the folding knife as a true industry leader. As one of Spyderco’s premier dealers, selling their sharpeners and knives since 1979, it has been my privilege to evaluate a Lil’ Temperance (drop point model) prototype for the past ten months. This ‘pocket piranha’ has far exceeded my initial expectations. I have carried larger ClipIts (both the Mariner and Police Models) in the past as my general carry knife, but my current daily favorite (for the past three years and soon to be retired) is the C52BMP Calypso Jr. with a C39GRN Dyad Jr. serving as back up. My Military or Civilian models are only carried when I go out at night for that ‘just in case’ situation.



Initially, I thought the Lil’ Temperance was a bit over sized, but it proved to be easy to tote along with the other two. Both the Calypso Jr. and Dyad Jr. were moved to my jeans’ watch pocket with the Lil’ Temperance riding securely below in the main pocket. The new three hole pocket clip seems to hug the side of my leg better than traditional Spyderco clips and was less prone to get caught on seatbelts or jackets and not scratch furniture or car doors. Ergonomics have been a continual learning curve for Spyderco’s ‘in house’ designs with the re-design of the Dragonfly and Delica/Endura models, introduction of Pegasus/ Navigator (now Meerkat), Native, and Calypso/ Calypso Jr. models. SDT’s (Spyderco Design Team) mastery of the subject is exemplified in the Lil’ Temperance. It is as comfortable to hold and use in a variety of positions as its little cousin the Calypso Jr. The ability to ‘choke up’ on the handle gives one a more secure and controlled grip. This allows for a compact knife that will work as well, if not better, than a larger one. This subtle, yet important improvement follows Sal’s credo, NON AMPLIUS QUAM NECESSARIUS; NON MINUS QUAM PERFECTUS. (“No more than necessary; no less than perfect.&#8221<img src="wink.gif" width=15 height=15 align=middle border=0>



This is the first CPM440V blade that I have used extensively. After re-beveling the edge to an inclusive 30° angle (15° per side) it has held an amazing edge, exceeding all other steels to date. Although I cannot attest to the Lil’ Temperance’s ability as an MBC knife, as I am not a Riddler, I have used this knife for the everyday mundane tasks of opening mail, shipping cartons, cutting plastic box straps and rope, dispatching weeds and branches in the garden, and slicing 14oz. N.Y. Strip steaks with surgical precision. It has preformed admirably without exception.



After all of my praise, is this the perfect knife? Only until I use Spyderco’s next creation, perhaps! There are a few changes I would make, but they are only minor. I think the clip would benefit from tumble (stone wash) polishing to remove the sharp edges (I buffed the prototype’s clip on a Scotch-Brite™ belt). I would also like to see the G10 handle color changed to a Denim blue to better camouflage its appearance for everyday carry. And lastly, that production be increased so that my customers will not have to wait any longer to own their own Lil’ Temperance and stop trying to buy this one!



PS: Yes, Sal … the prototype will be on its way back to you next week, unless of course you want me to keep it! ;-)





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Postby Sword and Shield » Mon Apr 15, 2002 4:31 pm

Excellent review. The best <img src="spyder.gif" width=15 height=15 align=middle border=0> of all is always the next one, especially for me! <img src="smile.gif" width=15 height=15 align=middle border=0>

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Postby Joyce Laituri » Mon Apr 15, 2002 4:56 pm

Hi Brian,

Welcome to the Spyderco forum! ‘pocket piranha’ RLOL ~ gotta love that!

Joyce

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Postby dePaul » Tue Apr 16, 2002 4:36 am

Thanks for the very interesting reading Brian. You´ve expressed similar thoughts to mine.

My favorite spydies:
1. Military (still #1)
2. Lil´ Temperance
3. Calypso Jr Ltwt
4. Bob Lum Chinese folder

Can you see the pattern? <img src="smile.gif" width=15 height=15 align=middle border=0>

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Postby Dav » Tue Apr 16, 2002 4:33 pm

Thanks for the review, it was really helpful!

*also still laughing about pocket piranha*

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Postby gadfly » Tue Apr 16, 2002 5:25 pm

I loved the ‘pocket piranha’ moniker. I got my Lil Temperance at the New York Custom Knife Show back in November. My interest was in the new compression lock.

However, I have been really impressed with this new design. This is an incredibly massive blade for a three inch blade.

The change in scale color to a stone washed blue would be a big plus. Up until this weekend, I've not had any problems with the clip catching on anything. However, it did catch and get badly bent while getting out of my car. It should be easily fixed after I replenish my supply of lock-tite.

My favorite spydies:
1. Military (still #1)
2. Lil´ Temperance
3. Starmate
4. Spyderench

I know that there are some new Spydies coming out soon and I have no choice, but to wait.


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

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Postby sam the man.. » Tue Apr 16, 2002 11:19 pm

Excellent feedback dude! <img src="spyder.gif" width=15 height=15 align=middle border=0><img src="smile.gif" width=15 height=15 align=middle border=0><img src="spyder.gif" width=15 height=15 align=middle border=0>

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