Stainless backspacers & the Caly 3.5

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Stainless backspacers & the Caly 3.5

Postby theZOOfromHELL » Sun Dec 18, 2011 10:02 am

I've been looking at the Caly 3.5 for a while. I love vg-10, the blade shape, the choil, but more than anything..

..I love the look of the stainless backspacer surrounding the back-lock. I think it's absolutely gorgeous, and makes the knives look both solid and very classy. It must add a nice little heft to the knife, too.

anyone else share this odd obsession? :) :confused:

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Postby bh49 » Sun Dec 18, 2011 10:53 am

No.
I am not obsessed with Caly3.5. I put this knife on pre-order way before Spyderco released it. NGK mailed it to me on the first day, when they received it. So I just carry it almost every day and absolutely love it. I am not obsessed, I have a passion to Caly3.5 and original Caly3. IMHO it is one of the best production EDC ever made.
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Postby Timbo114 » Sun Dec 18, 2011 10:59 am

My Caly 3.5 SB Sprint has a leaking problem.
It oozes aesthetic and ergonomic perfection.
It got on both of my hands and seeped into my skin.
I later purchased a NIB Caly 3 G10, which oozes the same substances.
Weird eh?

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Postby sal » Sun Dec 18, 2011 11:39 am

Just my opinion and I am surely biased, but I don't think there are too many knife companies producing knives on the order of the Caly3 & Caly3.5.

My Caly3.5 models (VG-10 & Super Blue) and prototype (Carbon fiber ZDP laminate & blue VG-10 version) get a lot of carry time.

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Postby wrdwrght » Sun Dec 18, 2011 11:53 am

Timbo114 wrote:My Caly 3.5 SB Sprint has a leaking problem.
It oozes aesthetic and ergonomic perfection.
It got on both of my hands and seeped into my skin.
I later purchased a NIB Caly 3 G10, which oozes the same substances.
Weird eh?
I've been having the same problem. :rolleyes: Thanks for putting it into words. ;)

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Postby wrdwrght » Sun Dec 18, 2011 12:00 pm

sal wrote:My Caly3.5 models (VG-10 & Super Blue) and prototype (Carbon fiber ZDP laminate & blue VG-10 version) get a lot of carry time.
Sal, did you just say PROTOTYPE?! :eek: :D

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Postby The Deacon » Sun Dec 18, 2011 12:09 pm

I'm inclined to be the other way. Stainless steel backspacers get the job done, but I wonder how a CF backspacer would work on models like the Caly 3 and 3.5 where there seems to be a focus on lightness. Would it be strong enough? Would it be significantly lighter?
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Postby D1omedes » Sun Dec 18, 2011 1:35 pm

wrdwrght wrote:Sal, did you just say PROTOTYPE?! :eek: :D
Sal has previously confirmed that a CF/ZDP Caly 3.5 is coming. It will likely be clad with 420J2. The blue G10 was probably the prototype for the Vg10 Caly 3.5 that is out now.

And I concur with Roman. I am not obsessed with the Caly but I have 4 already and see myself purchasing more. It just seems like the perfect blend of aesthetic and function, IMO. :D

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Postby sal » Sun Dec 18, 2011 2:57 pm

Hi Paul,

I would question the use of CF to hold the spring long term without some type of support. The lock-back spring generates quite a bit of force in a small area.

On the lite weights, we use support built into the FRN.

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Postby The Deacon » Sun Dec 18, 2011 4:12 pm

sal wrote:Hi Paul,

I would question the use of CF to hold the spring long term without some type of support. The lock-back spring generates quite a bit of force in a small area.

On the lite weights, we use support built into the FRN.

sal
Couldn't the same thing be done with CF, either by starting with thicker stock and milling away material on both sides leaving the studs or by having a purpose-built part molded? I do realize one or both of those might not be economically feasible, and might not work on the Calys due to space constraints. Just wonder if/how well it would work.
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Postby Blerv » Sun Dec 18, 2011 4:17 pm

It might be a good use of Titanium. One of the better uses for it actually.
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Postby dalefuller » Sun Dec 18, 2011 4:21 pm

I share the OP's love of SS backspacers, lockbacks (or midlocks), 3" blades, leaf shaped blades, etc. I'm currently pocketing an N5 for EDC and it's really becoming a favorite. I like the weight and rigidity that SS backspacers add in a smaller folder.
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Postby chuck_roxas45 » Sun Dec 18, 2011 4:30 pm

dalefuller wrote:I share the OP's love of SS backspacers, lockbacks (or midlocks), 3" blades, leaf shaped blades, etc. I'm currently pocketing an N5 for EDC and it's really becoming a favorite. I like the weight and rigidity that SS backspacers add in a smaller folder.
Yah, give me an SS back spacer each time. :D

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Postby starma » Mon Dec 19, 2011 9:06 pm

The Caly 3.5 is what converted me to Spyderco. I’ve heard that Spydercos are designed in the dark or some such thing...but I don’t see it. The Caly 3.5 is a work of art—it’s slick, slim, and sexy and I love the SS backspace. (Please don’t tell my wife I called my knife sexy, she already thinks I’m crazy for spending nearly $100 to buy it.)
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Postby razorsharp » Mon Dec 19, 2011 9:42 pm

theZOOfromHELL wrote:I've been looking at the Caly 3.5 for a while. I love vg-10, the blade shape, the choil, but more than anything..

..I love the look of the stainless backspacer surrounding the back-lock. I think it's absolutely gorgeous, and makes the knives look both solid and very classy. It must add a nice little heft to the knife, too.

anyone else share this odd obsession? :) :confused:
its one of the first things I notices :D , everything was PERFECTLY flush. The backspacer and liners are so flush it looks like 1 piece of steel :eek:

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Postby Evil D » Mon Dec 19, 2011 9:57 pm

I just had my ZDP Caly 3 out of the box today...such a gorgeous knife. I still wish it had come with a solid ZDP blade...can't stand how easy that 420J2 stuff scratches. Still one of the best feeling ergonomics of any knife out there.
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Postby Cheddarnut » Mon Dec 19, 2011 11:00 pm

theZOOfromHELL wrote:I've been looking at the Caly 3.5 for a while. I love vg-10, the blade shape, the choil, but more than anything..

..I love the look of the stainless backspacer surrounding the back-lock. I think it's absolutely gorgeous, and makes the knives look both solid and very classy. It must add a nice little heft to the knife, too.

anyone else share this odd obsession? :) :confused:
Yessir. Thats what makes the g10 ukpks and urbans so sweet. It makes it look like...metal. Metal is coooooooool.
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Postby noddy » Tue Jan 17, 2012 9:10 pm

D1omedes wrote:Sal has previously confirmed that a CF/ZDP Caly 3.5 is coming.
I hope this remains so :)

(I'd like a blue handle on a zdp one :) :))


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