Well I knew absolutely nothing about the original C54 Calypso before the release of this sprint, but on seeing the new version it immediately started calling out to me. A classy 'gents' folder in the style of the Police model you say? Well I'll try some of that!
I managed to pick one up recently and here is what I make of it so far...
Stats from Spyderco:
blade length - 3.93" (100 mm)
cutting edge - 3.60" (91 mm)
blade thickness - 0.118" (3.0 mm)
length closed - 5.10" (130 mm)
length overall - 9.03" (299 mm)
weight - 4.4 oz (125 g)
handle material - G-10
blade steel - VG-10
Straight out of the box I was struck by just how sleek and elegant the Calypso is for such a large folder. Here is the Calypso between two well known Spydies, open and closed, to give a clear idea of size...
From the top down - Paramilitary 2, Calypso and UKPK:
You can really see the family resemblance with the UKPK and the lengthy Calypso handles just as comfortably and intuitively as the rest of the Caly family. My fingers just melt into the choils as I've come to expect from this type of Spyderco design. It's a nice long handle to get to grips with as well, for anyone out there with larger mitts! It feels solid and substantial, but not too hefty in the hand...heavier than a Para2 but lighter than a Gayle Bradley. It actually handles quite delicately and precisely and I feel that this owes a lot to just how thin and slender this knife is...
The Calypso is substantially thinner than a Para2 and it is even ever so slightly thinner than the comparatively diminutive UKPK!:
...this slim profile also makes for very comfortable pocket carry! I love how thin this knife is. Speaking of pocket carry it's not the lowest riding knife, especially when carrying tip up (my preference). I've no intention of switching the clip to tip down but I've included a shot of where the knife would ride tip down in the photo below...
From left to right - Para2, Calypso (tip up), UKPK and Calypso (tip down):
As you can see above, the wire clip is still king here, although I do feel that in comparison to the Para2 this photo is a bit misleading. The Calypso feels
to me more overt than the Para due to the long slim protrusion of G10 above the pocket clip, especially when carried in more angled pockets as in the photo below...
It's not a massive difference but I though it one worth mentioning as the photos make them look so similar in this regard. I love the wire pocket clips functionally, but as I mentioned in my review of the Gayle Bradley (I can't get used to calling it the 'Bradley Folder'
) I find the larger 'hour glass' style clip so much more attractive. This one in particular is very nicely finished and the bug logo is even coloured to match the brown of the G10 scales.
I did think it was a trick of the light at first, but no, that bug is definately brown!:
As far as the G10 goes, I'm a big fan of the brown. Pretty classy looking and also hides my grubby paw prints
It's a nice and grippy G10, more on the rough end of the scale than smooth.