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Most Abused Spyderco ever?

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 12:23 am
by spyderwa
Recently I was asked to assign values to a knife collection in an estate. When the knives finally arrived the majority were broken Old Timer knives and similar with no real value other than spare parts. There was one oddball knife in the bunch that caught my eye. This is the most abused Spyderco that I have ever found that was still functioning as a knife. Looks like a Calypso model that has been through the apocalypse. The only history that I could pick up was that the elderly gentleman that owned the knives was known to be "hard" on things. Lockup is tight with zero play in the blade. The pivot is very smooth as well. I just thought you might want to ponder what happened to this poor knife. Enjoy.

spyderwa

Rare and Unusual Spyderco Website
http://www.angelfire.com/trek/spyderwa

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 12:31 am
by arjay18
Yikes! I cried a little! Well..at least the knife was used as it was intended rather than it sit and "rot" in a safe. :D

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 1:31 am
by Arnis Student
Wow. It looks like it lived in a grinder.

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 1:50 am
by The Mastiff
I recall being a broke boy on a farm expected to do my chores with a knife much worse off than that. Excuses weren't offered as they made situations worse and people angry. I suppose it's one reason I'm not one to really let them look as bad now. I always keep mine sanded down of rust, oiled up and clean no matter what. Believe me, as a kid I would have loved a knife that had that much life left in it.

Heck, It's just getting started. :)

A bit of work to clean it up and it'll do fine.


Joe

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 2:50 am
by Brock O Lee
The primary purpose of the Spyderhole is not one hand opening, but to gauge how much life the blade has left... Once the edge reaches the hole, its finished. :D

This one still have a few years to go! :rolleyes:

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 6:28 am
by Splice
Clean it up!

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 7:33 am
by tr4022
Is that a forced patina?

Tod

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 8:05 am
by nullity
Eeek!

I dunno how to feel about the condition of that knife.

Hell, if the user got good use out of it, who am I to tell them they used or sharpened it "wrong".

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 8:15 am
by Sequimite
Cool! Those wharncliffe conversions have become very chic.

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 1:52 pm
by spyderwa
I ended up buying this from the estate so I could "retire" it. It will have a good home to rest in. In my travels in the knife world I often see knives that have shared sharpening time with Arkansas whetstones and assorted motorized grinders. The more I see the carnage, the more I appreciate the Spyderco Sharpmaker for not taking off more than is necessary and not scuffing up the blade. I think for some folk whetstone sharpening seems to have therapeutic value, (for the person, not the knife).

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 2:41 pm
by C.L.L 97
Brock O Lee wrote:The primary purpose of the Spyderhole is not one hand opening, but to gauge how much life the blade has left... Once the edge reaches the hole, its finished. :D

This one still have a few years to go! :rolleyes:
+1 :)

Thats just messed up that he abused such a nice knife as that!

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 2:47 pm
by Simple Man
"If his unpleasant wounding has in some way enlightened the rest of you as to the grim finish beneath the glossy veneer of working life and inspired you to change your ways, then his injuries carry with it an inherent nobility, and a supreme glory. We should all be so fortunate. You say poor Calypso Jr? I say poor us." :D

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 3:14 pm
by paladin
Tod and Brock O Lee...too funny...Bob Newhart would be proud of your deadpan sense of humor...thanks for making me laugh out loud!!!

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 3:16 pm
by Buddha UK
Thanks for sharing these pics! Bet that little Spydie could tell some stories. Built to last! :D

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 4:56 pm
by Evil D
This is why we don't use bench grinders to sharpen knives.

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 5:18 pm
by Cliff Stamp
That isn't abused, it is simply used extensively and worn from sharpening. You have to remember that guy wasn't a collector, he simply used the knife and kept it sharp. It is very common here to see knives which look like that, as an example :

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See the heavy recurve in the top blade and the hint in the second one. These are knives used by a family of tradespeople. They will stay in the kitchen, then go out to fillet/split/tongue fish, then go in the garden, and then in the shop for utility work. Even with this use they still usually last more than one generation.

These people don't have a pile of knives that get rotated and they don't hesitate to use knives as they buy them for that reason.

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 5:22 pm
by Evil D
I was referencing the heavy grind marks all over the side of the blade...unless someone did a DIY regrind when the blade got thick behind the edge.

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 5:24 pm
by tonydahose
Evil D wrote:This is why we don't use bench grinders to sharpen knives.
correction...only if the bench grinder has the paper wheels, then its OK :p

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 8:43 pm
by tr4022
paladin wrote:Tod and Brock O Lee...too funny...Bob Newhart would be proud of your deadpan sense of humor...thanks for making me laugh out loud!!!
Humor?? What is this humor of which you speak, stranger?

Tod