Your TOP FIVE Spyderco Knives That Amaze You

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Postby JNewell » Fri Nov 08, 2013 11:53 am

Great thread to bring back up. :)

Hard to pick just five, but for today ;)

ParaMilitary 2
Gayle Bradley
Native 5

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Postby Evil D » Fri Nov 08, 2013 11:55 am

In no particular order:

Para 2
Yojimbo 2
Manix 2

That's right I said Ladybug. Out of that entire list, the Ladybug easily amazed me the most for how capable it is for how small it is.

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Postby einstein2001 » Fri Nov 08, 2013 12:29 pm

ZDP Ladybug
Nishijin Dragonfly
Sage 2
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[td]Cruwear Military, CTS-204P Para 2, K390 Mule
Southard, Techno, Sage 2, Gayle Bradley
Super Blue Caly 3, Caly 3.5, Endura and G10 Ladybug
ZDP-189 G10 Dragonfly, ZDP-189 Nishijin Dragonfly



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Postby xceptnl » Fri Nov 08, 2013 1:03 pm

My top five models (in order of magnitude) that contiunue to amaze me ..... (excluding special variations and strints)

Caly 3/3.5/Junior
Manix 2
Spyderhawk (or Tasman)

I know that is 6, but the Jester is a new love for me and I am still in the honeymoon phase so every day is amazing.
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Postby IG-88 » Fri Nov 08, 2013 3:49 pm

Very hard choice but after some thinking is this my top 5 from my current collection:

1. Southard: Awesome fit and finish. Great action, you can't stop playing with it. The best knife Spyderco ever produced. Also the steel is amazing just strop now and then and it stays wicked sharp

2. Kumo: This knife keeps amazing me. Its very elegant and the fit and finish are very good. And the wrap gives it that extra

3. Caly 3 Damascus: Stunning looking knife. The elegant forms of the Caly are always pleasing to the eye. And the damascus blade and CF scales with bolsters give it a very classy look. I would have prefered to see the bolsters in Ti but it stays an epic knife.

4. Original Starmate: This knife needs no introduction, a true piece of Spyderco history.

5. Techno: Chubby little tank! Very nice fit and finish. I love the thick blade. Also the shape and proportions of the knife a awesome.
Current EDC: Techno, Squeak, Southard Flipper, Caly 3.5

New Arrivals: Chap3, Domino, Sage 3

2014 Wishlist: Yo2 CF, Deviant Friction, Tatanka, Tusk, Firefly

Oldies Wishlist: Delica CF PE, Civilian CF PE

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Postby eric m. » Fri Nov 08, 2013 4:26 pm

top 5 spyderco knives? now that is a tough call! here goes, but not in any order: 1. stretch zdp-189, native g-10, chapparal titanium, gayle bradley, superleaf. wow!!! did i pass over the starmate, sage 1&2, native fluted titanium, dragonfly g-10, valloton, leafstorm, and so many others? impossible question!!!

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Postby willydigger » Fri Nov 08, 2013 4:52 pm

Short version:
1. Dodo
2. Native5
3. Lava G10
4. Spyderfly
5. Dragonfly (recent FRN and G10 models)

Long version.

1. Dodo: Total funk!
2. Native 5: Perfect size, shape, and visual lines.
3. Lava G10: Total funk! More Sprints please!
4. Spyderfly: A weird version of a balisong. Not like all the others. Different = cool.
5. Dragonfly: I haven't quite figured it out. It's like the bombshell model girlfriend with no brain. I love it for the looks. :D
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Postby kbuzbee » Fri Nov 08, 2013 5:11 pm

Tough call. There are so many amazing knives....

That said, I'll offer this list:

1. CF Balance
2. M4 Manix 2
3. Vesuvius
4. SB Caly 3
5. Phoenix

But there are so many great knives that aren't listed..... A top 20 I could manage, but 5....

However, out of all the great knives, the CF Balance is beyond awesome. NOTHING seems to threaten it's #1 position.


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Postby Pomelly » Fri Nov 08, 2013 5:28 pm

Manix Family (small, big, 2 Sprints.....)
PM Family
Military Family
Walker ZDP CF

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Postby captnvegtble » Fri Nov 08, 2013 5:47 pm

Aqua Salt SE -- Great all around knife, and Rust Proof!
Bushcraft (seconds) -- best erganomics of any knife I've held
Chokwe -- A very unique design. Best fit/finish I've seen. Smooth as butter, and a great slicer.
Endura SB sprint -- quickly becoming one of my favorites. Great Steel and all around knife.
Lil' Matriach -- amazing cutting power for such a small knife!

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Postby Tdog » Fri Nov 08, 2013 5:57 pm

Funny I didn't think others would include the Aqua Salt but it is also in my top 5 In no particular order cause they're ALL GREAT: Aqua Salt, CF Caly 3.5, Para, Sage 1, Domino Hard to stop at 5, I could probably go to 25 Can I please add the D&D Dragonfly and Delica must stop, must stop, must stop :spyder:

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Postby _centurio_ » Fri Nov 08, 2013 6:12 pm

Manix 2
Delica 4

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Postby vaisforlovers » Fri Nov 08, 2013 7:05 pm

1. Southard -- Has yet to be displaced from my dresser or pocket, carry 4-5 days/week
2. Caly 3 Series -- Favorite: Damascus. The Caly is the most ergonomic series IMO
3. Salt I -- Amazed at the neglect (not abuse) it can take. Salt water Proof and easy to sharpen!
4. Delica -- Favorite: Super Blue, cuts like a laser!
5. Techno -- Least ergonomic of my top 5, but still love it for its Tankiness (the paraphrase,Phineas and Ferb, Tankiness, the most underrated of all the "ness"es)

Honorable Mention: Gayle Bradley, Jester and Lava

Glad you resurrected this thread. I was wondering how everyone's top Spyderco's have changed over the last year.
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Postby zgerm » Fri Nov 08, 2013 7:10 pm

My top 5 favourite knives:

CF Balance
Endura SB sprint

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Postby Skidoosh » Fri Nov 08, 2013 8:41 pm

I've only got 3 but
-Caly 3. It's ruined me for other knives. Every time I think about buying another I ask myself why, caly 3 has it covered.
-Mule CTS-XHP Love the steel, love the performance
-D-Fly disappears in the pocket

Looking forward to LW native

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Postby RanCoWeAla » Fri Nov 08, 2013 8:53 pm

Manix 2 XL
Caly 3.5
Lum Chinese Folder

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Postby setldown » Sat Nov 09, 2013 8:27 am

1. Gayle Bradley
2. Caly 3 Super Blue
3. Chicago CF
4. Sage 4
5. PPT
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Postby Clip » Sat Nov 09, 2013 9:37 am

Caly series (3, 3.5, Jr) - slicing machines
Lil' Temp - overbuilt, perfect fit
PPT - Taichung quality
20CP Para - a knife's knife
Forum Native - symbol of Spyderco's strong customer bond

All of these knives share amazing ergonomics, impressive fit and finish and are fine examples of steel done right.
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Manix2, Elmax MT13, M4 Manix2, ZDP Caly Jr, SB Caly3.5, Cruwear MT12, XHP MT16, South Fork, SB Caly3, 20CP Para2, Military Left Hand, Perrin PPT, Squeak, Manix 83mm, Swick3, Lil' Temperance, VG10 Jester, Dfly2 Salt, Tasman Salt


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Postby Manix Guy 2 » Sat Nov 09, 2013 10:22 am

1. Dyad C44 2. Left hand Military 3. PM2 S90v CF 4. Stretch ZDP189 CF 5.Chinook II

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Postby mercmaster » Sat Nov 09, 2013 12:14 pm

Tough to choose but if I had to narrow mine down to only five it would likely be:

1. Lil' Temp (440V)
2. Fluted Ti Military
3. Fluted Ti Native
4. Southard
5. Delica


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