I've been thrashing my Super Blue Caly 3 for just over two months now so thought it's about time to stick up a review. Well, despite still not managing to land myself a Super Blue Caly 3.5 I finally got my grubby mitts on this smaller sibling, albeit with a few bumps along the way. There were a few quality control issues that kept a decent specimen out of my hands for a while (described in detail below), but despite these problems I'm now a solid fan of the Caly 3 (unsurprising since I love the UKPK and the full sized Calypso!). As for Super Blue...it's certainly a lot of fun but I'm still umming and ahhing about it.
Anyway, here is what I've found
To begin, here she is all nice and shiny out of the box:
And here she is after two months in my hands:
I should probably give that grey G10 a bit of a scrub!
length overall - 7.04" (179 mm)
blade length - 3" (76 mm)
blade thickness - 0.118" (3 mm)
length closed - 4.04" (103 mm)
cutting edge - 2.67" (68 mm)
blade steel - SUPER BLUE
handle material - G-10
weight - 3.1 oz (88 g)
With Super Blue being a carbon steel known for it's high ability/susceptibility for developing a patina, it is kept nice and moisture free during transit by this special brown paper wrapping...
...straight out of the box I was taken by just how beautiful the Super Blue blade looks before a patina has formed. It has an almost oil-like quality to it's surface, making me thing of the gleam of VG10 but with the 'striation' lines of S30V. Unfortunately though, the first two examples I received had the exact same defect...the blades were ground so off-center that the tip scraped along the liner when opening and closing...
...This was coupled with some very aesthetically unappealing lop-sided jimping on the thumb ramp. I returned the first knife to the retailer who informed me that it was the last example they had (the nature of sprint runs unfortunately!), I then ordered the second from a different retailer and experienced the same issue; tip hitting the liner, last example they had in stock
After a few months of searching I found my current Caly 3 on the second hand market...this example is perfectly centered but bizarrely still has the same lop-sided jimping, albeit to a lesser degree (the angle isn't as steep).
Here is a photo illustrating this (one of my first examples on the left, my current user in the middle and a flawless UKPK on the right:
'It's only wonky jimping, just use it you moaner
!' I hear you cry. Well that's exactly what I did! it doesn't effect use, but I'll be honest...if I can have flawless jimping on all of my UKPKs, all my Urbans, my Paras, my Manixes, etc. etc. etc. why not on my cherished Caly 3 sprint? Maybe we got a dodgy batch over here in the UK? Anyway, it could just be my bad luck but I do find myself slightly dubious now when it comes to Moki's QC as if anyone remembers my Calypso Sprint review I had a QC issue with that Moki blade too...
...or my less than symmetrical Street Beat Scales...
Anyway, the dodgy jimping aside the rest of the knife was Spyderco's usual fantastic quality.
A backspacer and scales so smooth they look like one piece: