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Spyderco Vallotton

Postby eric m. » Thu Dec 05, 2013 8:38 pm

General Consensus of the Vallotton? The quality of this, my 3rd spyderco , purchased in Sept of this year, was what started my 3 month binge on buying spyderco knives!

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Postby Tdog » Thu Dec 05, 2013 8:53 pm

The Vallotton is a tank. The fit and finish superb. Wish the holes in the bolsters weren't there.

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Postby Tdog » Thu Dec 05, 2013 9:01 pm

The Vallotton is a tank. The fit and finish superb. Wish the extra holes weren't in the bolsters. Mine has had little carry time. Can't carry too large a knife at work. Do like to get it out and admire the craftsmanship and beauty.

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Postby racer88 » Thu Dec 05, 2013 11:45 pm

I haven't had occasion to carry mine, yet. But, I agree it is a stout beauty to behold and hold.

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Postby chuckd » Fri Dec 06, 2013 12:54 am

That is my most carried knife. I absolutely love it. Big and beefy build while also having smooth elegant design.
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Postby demoncase » Fri Dec 06, 2013 3:19 am

She is a big girl for sure, but the build feels like it was designed to withstand serious work.....If only the finish wasn't so nice, I'd bring myself to beat her.

The only- minor, tiny, vanishingly insignificant- thing I can't understand is: Why a hole AND thumbstuds?
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Postby haarspalter » Fri Dec 06, 2013 4:10 am

also love mine, havent carried it much though..... should give her some pocket time!
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Postby kbuzbee » Fri Dec 06, 2013 5:49 am

demoncase wrote:The only- minor, tiny, vanishingly insignificant- thing I can't understand is: Why a hole AND thumbstuds?
IIRC, those actually brace the blade into the bolster when it's deployed. Strengthens it, if you will.

While you could use them to open, I don't think that is the primary intent.

But that's just my recollection and I don't actually own one to confirm.

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Postby bh49 » Fri Dec 06, 2013 6:05 am

I bought Vallotton couple month ago and I like it a lot. it is beautiful design. Quality of build, F&F is outstanding on a pair with my best Mokis, Volpe and several golden made knives.
certainly a keeper, but if my need will stay the same, I will never carry it due to size, weight and most important very thick edge grind. There is nothing wrong with all of these. The design intend is totally opposite to my needs. Still I like it a lot and wanted for "collection". I never camp, but I have one of Hossoms :)
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Postby eric m. » Fri Dec 06, 2013 6:51 am

The fit and finish of the vallotton is definitely up to semi-custom level, and while a heavy knife and therefore not carried much, the thick, straight blade would be the ultimate "stabber"! I have a Randall Number 5"camp and trail" fixed blade that I had made for myself about 5 years ago, and the Vallotton's quality of build puts it in the handmade category for me! Although not carried much this italian-styled stilletto is one of the knives I would carry if I knew I were going into harm's way, along with my Szabo! :spyder:

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Postby dgebler » Fri Dec 06, 2013 7:19 am

I have to say I feel the same as many of you about my Vallotton. The knife is so supremely beautiful I want to carry it more, but it is a little too beefy for most days in dress slacks. I do carry this to special events in a suit or if I want to show family and friends a really special knife but it is hard for me to find a real "use" for the knife. I will again second the desire to have one without the needless bolster holes...could have taken the f+f level up another notch still.

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Postby Michael Janich » Fri Dec 06, 2013 7:59 am

demoncase wrote:The only- minor, tiny, vanishingly insignificant- thing I can't understand is: Why a hole AND thumbstuds?
The knife world is filled with creative designers and craftsmen. Unfortunately, some of their innovations become so widely used they get taken for granted and we lose sight of the history and original genius behind them. Spyderco tries to correct that whenever possible and help everyone give credit where credit is due when it comes to knife history. Butch Vallotton pioneered the concept of having thumb stud do double duty and also serve as the stop pin for a knife's lock. The Vallotton Subhilt recognizes his innovation, but as a Spyderco also includes our Trademark Round Hole.

Thank you all for your passion for this knife. In addition to all the cool things you mentioned, it's one of my favorites in the line because of its blade shape, which is reminiscent of traditional Japanese tanto designs.

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Postby Evil D » Fri Dec 06, 2013 9:34 am

IMO this is one of the strongest Spyderco knives available. Most are quick to say the GB, but I'll put my money on the Vallotton every time. If I had it my way, they would figure out how to add those thumb stud/stop pins to every model. They make lock up so much tighter and all but eliminate side play.
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Postby MarcusH » Fri Dec 06, 2013 9:47 am

The fit and finish of the Vallotton is superb, some pics of the excellent craftmanship...


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Postby rodloos » Fri Dec 06, 2013 10:47 am

I gotta quit reading this thread or I'm going to wind up ordering *yet another* new spydie this month! :D
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Postby eric m. » Fri Dec 06, 2013 3:23 pm

Beautiful pictures that almost do the knife justice! Once you get the knife in your hands, everything said in this thread comes to life!!! Thankyou for the pictures again! :spyder:

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Postby Liquid Cobra » Fri Dec 06, 2013 7:30 pm

Michael Janich wrote:The knife world is filled with creative designers and craftsmen. Unfortunately, some of their innovations become so widely used they get taken for granted and we lose sight of the history and original genius behind them. Spyderco tries to correct that whenever possible and help everyone give credit where credit is due when it comes to knife history. Butch Vallotton pioneered the concept of having thumb stud do double duty and also serve as the stop pin for a knife's lock. The Vallotton Subhilt recognizes his innovation, but as a Spyderco also includes our Trademark Round Hole.

Thank you all for your passion for this knife. In addition to all the cool things you mentioned, it's one of my favorites in the line because of its blade shape, which is reminiscent of traditional Japanese tanto designs.

Stay safe,

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Postby eric m. » Fri Dec 06, 2013 8:42 pm

rodloos, You wouldn't regret it!!! ;)

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Postby hunterseeker5 » Fri Dec 06, 2013 11:12 pm

Its definitely a must buy. I have quite a few knives, and even more non-knife friends, and that is the only one that I've been stopped and asked for a closer look at the knife. It really is a velvet hammer.

My only reservation, and I must nitpick, is that few of the edges are broken on it. That is to say the edges on the spine, and the edges around the insides of the liners, are quite sharp. Its not catastrophic certainly, but I wouldn't call it optimally comfortable either.

Its also worth noting that the draw from the pocket on this knife is easy on your pants and silky smooth on account of its polished handles.

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Postby VeloWeave » Fri Dec 06, 2013 11:51 pm

Hands down this is the nicest Spyderco I've ever owned or handled. It's also one of the most beautiful knives they make and one of the strongest knives they make, and absolute beast! And my gosh, it has such a smooth action. For me the knife was too big/heavy and I knew I'd never end up carrying it so I sold it. Can't handle owning a knife I don't carry. One suggestion: I think they should make the bolsters out of titanium.
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