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Amsterdam Meet 2011 Report

Postby Mr Blonde » Sun Mar 06, 2011 4:05 pm

The meets seem to get better each year and this year was no exception and I got the pics to prove it ;) . I had a great time meeting the Spydercrew and fellow knifeknuts. There were so many concept models and prototypes; I actually had kind of a hard time keeping track of the various models. I did shoot pics of everyone, but for complete info I hope my fellow spyderknuts will chime in.

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Today I’ll focus on two wharncliffe models of opposite ends of the spectrum. First up is the Des Horn Folder by …you guessed it, Des Horn; a South African custom knifemaker. This is a very slick little gent’s folder. The G10 handle is very lightweight and sports a very fine splinter-picker S30V wharncliffe blade. The tip down wireclip is a first for Spyderco.

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I really liked how it handled. Even though the knife is aimed at right-handers, I had no trouble flicking it open with my left hand. This one is definitely ‘wish list’ material.

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Spyderco 2011 Prototype – Yojimbo 2

Postby Mr Blonde » Sun Mar 06, 2011 4:08 pm

The Yojimbo 2 is hefty and stout interpretation of the whanrcliffe folder. It’s light but felt very solid in the hand. I love the melted edges on the handle. I just thought that it’s almost a pity that I don’t have a real need for an MBC folder when Sal talked about how the Yojimbo 2 (as opposed to the Yojimbo 1) would also make a good EDC folder.

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The G10 handle is shorter than the first Yojimbo, but still long enough for my hands. In the closed position I could still use the knife as an impact weapon. The opening action was fast and slick and my hand almost automatically slipped into Janich’s preferred grip with the thumb resting on the spine. I am curious why the divot hole was abandoned. The first Yojimbo had it and I liked that feature.

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The blade seemed a bit thicker than on the Yojimbo 1, but this blade still seemed more than sharp enough to perform its task. Even though I kind of abandoned MBC knife for my personal EDC, I’m tempted to get this one.

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Postby Creepo » Sun Mar 06, 2011 4:11 pm

Awesome stuff. Looking forward to more proto-pr0n. :D
What is the blade length on that amazingly sleek Des Horn? :cool:

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Postby Zendemic » Sun Mar 06, 2011 4:12 pm

Oh man that polished G-10 on that Des Horn is super sexy! That's definitely going onto my wish list! Thanks for the pics Wouter!
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Postby Mr Blonde » Sun Mar 06, 2011 4:19 pm

Creepo wrote:Awesome stuff. Looking forward to more proto-pr0n. :D
What is the blade length on that amazingly sleek Des Horn? :cool:
To me it seemed to be somewhere between 2,5 and 3 inches.
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Postby ChrisR » Sun Mar 06, 2011 4:20 pm

Did anyone snap a photo or two of the Squeak? :)
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Postby Sequimite » Sun Mar 06, 2011 4:23 pm

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Postby Creepo » Sun Mar 06, 2011 4:27 pm

ChrisR wrote:Did anyone snap a photo or two of the Squeak? :)
I have a feeling they'll be around sooner or later. :)

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Postby SmoothOne25 » Sun Mar 06, 2011 4:34 pm

ChrisR wrote:Did anyone snap a photo or two of the Squeak? :)
give blonde time. he will keep us on our seats for days to come.... :rolleyes:

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Postby ChrisR » Sun Mar 06, 2011 4:35 pm

SmoothOne25 wrote:give blonde time. he will keep us on our seats for days to come.... :rolleyes:
I'm starting to get the shakes ... I dunno if I can hold on much longer :D There's been so few hints about the Squeak but it sounds like a really superb UK EDC so I am champing at the bit to see one or get my hands on one :D
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Postby SmoothOne25 » Sun Mar 06, 2011 4:37 pm

ME TOO I LOVE SLIPITS (hence, every ukpk)

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Postby Sequimite » Sun Mar 06, 2011 4:46 pm

I'll drool over the Horn, but I'll definitely buy the Yojimbo 2.

I drew up a design for a FB knife I was going to make with a friend who is a professional iron smith. It had a slightly elongated Lil' Temp handle and a Bewharned style blade.

I'm dying to get my hands on this knife. The only thing it needs to be perfect is dark green G-10.
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Postby burningpit » Sun Mar 06, 2011 4:51 pm

Thanks again for the pics, Mr Blonde. I always look forward to your Amsterdam Meet pics and impressions. The Yojimbo 2 looks like a must have.
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Postby TeddyBallGame » Sun Mar 06, 2011 4:52 pm

That Yojimbo 2 felt great in my hands Loved the soft edges on each scale as it rolled over the sides. Weight and balance were surprisingly synergic. The blade is a great overall design and the size compliments combative movements and MBC. I cannot wait to have one in my collection.

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Postby yablanowitz » Sun Mar 06, 2011 4:59 pm

That Des Horn looks like an absolute must have, thanks for the pictures. One minor correction, though. The MeerKat came with a tip down wire clip years ago, so this one isn't a first. ;)
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Postby Mr Blonde » Sun Mar 06, 2011 5:04 pm

SmoothOne25 wrote:give blonde time. he will keep us on our seats for days to come.... :rolleyes:
Indeed I will publish all models I can, it will take some time. Unfortunately, tomorrow I'll have to start my real job. But as soon as my shift is over, I'm going to get all pics and impressions online. Now it's time for me to get some sleep. :D
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Postby c.joe » Sun Mar 06, 2011 5:04 pm

Okay. That Yojimbo2 looks WAY better in picture compared to that other yt video. Its about time I found a gentleman's blade too! That Des Horn Folder is beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

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Postby rororo64 » Sun Mar 06, 2011 5:11 pm

NOOOO, NO SLEEP 4 U :D thanks for posting these pics... Im really looking forward to the new Gayle Bradley pics, New Stretch pics and this mysterious polish titanium folder Im hearing about

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Postby cevtv » Sun Mar 06, 2011 5:15 pm

Great......now the wait for the Yojimbo 2 is going to KILL me! Great pictures - Thanks!!

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Postby dbcad » Sun Mar 06, 2011 5:44 pm

Thanks Mr Blonde :)

Yojimbo kind of resembles a PPT blade shape with a different grind.
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