JD Spydo wrote:I could have swore that I did indeed hear at one time, through a very established Forum member say that the Gray handled, ATS-55 Matriarch models were intended for the South African market. I had also heard that many years ago as well. It hasn't been that long ago ( maybe a year at the most) that I heard someone here on the Forum repeating that bit about the Gray handled Matriarchs being designated for the South African market verbatim. I never heard why they made them or marketed them for our South African brothers and sisters but I heard that from several sources that I deemed reputable at the time?????
I do believe that the VG-10 models from the early 2000s were not many in numbers because I had a tough time finding the EDC version I still have. I'll sure take what you say under advisement and I'll do some more inquiring about it. It's a great SD folder no matter what the history. Actually it was you Mr. Sastre that made me take a very hard look at the Matriarch when at one time I was 100% sold on the Civilian and when I discovered how much more versatile the Matriarch was I never once looked back. >>> and for that I truly thank you immensely. >> JD
Trust me on this JD. Prior to the Gray Matriarch becoming available as a BF exclusive (limit 3 to one buyer), Matriarchs were only available in South Africa and with a black handle. Prior to the Gray one being available, I had carried a first Gen G-10 Civilian (absolutely no liners) in one of my neck sheaths. The Matriarch was lighter while only sacrificing 1/4" max of the Civy's blade length, so became my EDC necker at the time. At that point, the SA black version was unavailable here and I was in the middle of acquiring one from a gentleman in SA, when Spyderco decided to make the black version a production item here, based on the response from the BF crowd. Almost paid much more than I had to to get one. As often happens, one bit of misinformation posted on the internet will get repeated enough times until all of a sudden it becomes fact. I still carry that same gray Matriarch when I am sleeping away from home.