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New to Spyderco--got bit by the bug

Postby moosedrool » Sat Sep 21, 2013 2:11 pm

Greetings!
I recently purchased Dragonfly2 (ZDP-189 FRN) & love the
little folder for light EDC. Typically I'm carrying both the D2
and Emerson/Protech auto CQC-7 for road trips/camping. I'm already
looking at my next Spyderco purchase in light of my positive
experience with D2! Any suggestions for my next Spyderco? Thinking
full flat ground, step up in size 3-3.5, carbon fiber or G10,
vg10/zdp189, & leaf shape non-serrated. 100-150 price
range. The new knife will fall in rotation when I'm wanting
a bit more than Dragonfly2 & not wanting to carry my automatic
Emerson CQC-7 (issue in out of state travel. my state allows
auto knives). The next Spyderco will likely be step towards
modest collection. Thanks for any input.
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Postby paladin » Sat Sep 21, 2013 2:27 pm

Sounds like you would be looking for the Caly 3.5...believe it or not, it's just a smidge heavier than your Dragonfly 2 with a load more cutting power, well within your price range also. BTW, welcome...good folks here.
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Postby jmh58 » Sat Sep 21, 2013 2:41 pm

Welcome.. You will get LOTS of input here!! Good Luck!! John
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Postby jabba359 » Sat Sep 21, 2013 3:27 pm

paladin wrote:Sounds like you would be looking for the Caly 3.5...believe it or not, it's just a smidge heavier than your Dragonfly 2 with a load more cutting power, well within your price range also. BTW, welcome...good folks here.
Welcome moosedrool! My first thought was the same as paladin's: the Caly 3/3.5, as it fits your price range as well as size, steel type (available in VG-10 or ZDP-189), grind, handle material (G-10 or CF), and blade shape.
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Postby IG-88 » Sat Sep 21, 2013 3:27 pm

When i red your discription I also thought Caly 3 or 3.5, the CF version with ZDP is in that price range ($130-150). The Caly is a wicked cutter and a sweet EDC knife and of course the ZDP is a wonderfull steel :)
Current EDC: Techno, Squeak, Southard Flipper, Caly 3.5

New Arrivals: Chap3, Domino, Sage 3

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

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Postby moosedrool » Sat Sep 21, 2013 4:02 pm

Thanks for the advice. The Caly 3.5 looks like a great choice. G10 or carbon fiber? Any issue with the riveted together construction?

The Spyderco community looks like very dedicated and knowledgeable users.

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Postby GreatSyxsuke » Sat Sep 21, 2013 4:15 pm

I would reccomend the Caly as well. The good old standby Endura in G-10 may fit your bill as well and would be under your price range as well. Welcome to the forums, we always welcome new addicts. :)
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Postby moosedrool » Sat Sep 21, 2013 4:21 pm

Thanks much. Screw together or riveted construction? My Emerson CQC-7 is screwed together which I like?

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Postby jabba359 » Sat Sep 21, 2013 4:35 pm

I've got a Caly 3 and have had no issues with the riveted construction. For some companies, the riveted build is a source of pride in the workmanship. I believe that one reason the Caly family is riveted is that the thin profile doesn't allow for screw-together construction, but I may be misremembering :rolleyes: . The blade has a screw, so it can be loosened or tightened to fit your likes. My Caly (like many others) came a bit gritty, but a quick flush with soapy water, rinse and dry had it working perfect. Keep in mind that out of the box the knife will likely be a bit tight, but with repeated use the parts will wear in a bit and loosen up a little, allowing for slicker blade deployment.

The decision between G-10 and CF is likely to be influenced by the blade steel you want: the ZDP blade comes in the CF handled knife while the G-10 handle is mated up with VG-10 steel. There is also a sprint run version with grey G-10 handles and Aogami Super Blue blade, if that is of any interest. It's a bit pricier and harder to find however. I don't think you can go wrong with any of the versions, however, as the Caly 3/3.5 is a fantastic knife.
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Postby IG-88 » Sat Sep 21, 2013 4:37 pm

I would go fro the CF, its only $30 more expensive then the G-10 version. And the ZDP and CF upgrade are certainly wurth $30.

The pinned construction does not pose any problems on my knives (I have 4 Caly 3 and 3 Caly 3.5) The rivets are only on to keep the knife together. The pivot is adjustable with a normal screw. Only the Clay 3 Damascus is not ajustable all the others are. So no issues with blade play.
Current EDC: Techno, Squeak, Southard Flipper, Caly 3.5

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Postby moosedrool » Sat Sep 21, 2013 5:32 pm

Thanks much! So many choices! Sage series (CF) & Chaparral (CF) are sweet looking choices too. Best I plan on pacing my purchases. May ask for the
Domino for Christmas.

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Postby Pockets » Sat Sep 21, 2013 8:27 pm

Welcome! The Sage 1 is pretty snazzy. I recommend it.
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Postby Foghorne » Sun Sep 22, 2013 3:42 pm

Yo moosedrool, they're biting me, too. Just got me a Dragonfly 2 G-10 and it suddenly needs company.

I'm close to Golden so I went looking at the Caly3 and Caly3.5. Great knives. The Caly3 is very nice and of course I must have one, but it is just a step up from the Dragonfly. so the Caly 3.5 makes a better choice for my second. Except I like the G-10 handle better than the carbon fiber version, but would rather have the ZDP from the CF on the G-10. But the knife I really wanted is the Sage 1 with the blue G-10 handles off the Sage 3 cause I'm not really into the button lock, And I really should go back and look at the Native5' s again cause those were pretty sweet.

Hope that helps.

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Postby Tdog » Sun Sep 22, 2013 4:10 pm

As others have said you can't go wrong with the Caly 3-3.5 or Sage 1, all are great. I prefer the CF to the G-10 as it's easier on the pockets. The Caly's are mid back lock and the Sage 1 is a liner lock if that makes a difference. Currently my CF Caly 3.5 gets more carry time than all others. A LOT of knife that is relatively small, thin, and beautiful.

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Postby moosedrool » Sun Sep 22, 2013 4:22 pm

Foghorne. Sounds like the ramblings of a mad man looking for knives but with underlying rationale. LOL. :) Thanks for input-makes it more fun.


""Yo moosedrool, they're biting me, too. Just got me a Dragonfly 2 G-10 and it suddenly needs company.

I'm close to Golden so I went looking at the Caly3 and Caly3.5. Great knives. The Caly3 is very nice and of course I must have one, but it is just a step up from the Dragonfly. so the Caly 3.5 makes a better choice for my second. Except I like the G-10 handle better than the carbon fiber version, but would rather have the ZDP from the CF on the G-10. But the knife I really wanted is the Sage 1 with the blue G-10 handles off the Sage 3 cause I'm not really into the button lock, And I really should go back and look at the Native5' s again cause those were pretty sweet.

Hope that helps. ""

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Postby jaypowell0185 » Sun Sep 22, 2013 4:34 pm

If you want a workhorse then go with a Gayle Bradley. If you just want an overall great knife go with either the caly 3.5 or a sage 1

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Postby 3f8 » Sun Sep 22, 2013 4:36 pm

DO NOT BUY a paramilitary 2!! It is a gateway drug. I now have several Spyderco knives. Also have an empty bank account, angry wife, and I'm still looking. My wife said a dozen Spydercos is not a 12 step program.

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Postby moosedrool » Sun Sep 22, 2013 4:42 pm

3f8. LOL. I understand. My wife feels like Spyderco purchase is better than another Glock or 1911.

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Postby Holland » Sun Sep 22, 2013 5:53 pm

Welcome to the forums! i recommend looking into the caly3/3.5 or the sage lineup or the chaparral series! enjoy your stay here :D
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Postby Foghorne » Sun Sep 22, 2013 9:48 pm

I should let you know I just ordered a Sage 1 online. Every knife I looked at was nice. Hard to pick which is a good problem. I knew it was the next knife I'd buy, but I like to wait and think about things for a day to prove to myself I am not a compulsive buyer.


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