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.
That's a superb insight- thanks: I've looked and looked and couldn't work out* if the thumbstuds actually did provide an extra lock up or were merely aesthetic- I'm pleased that it's a combination of the both.
*I'm sure I could've with enough beating and abuse, but I couldn't do to my Valloton
Warhammer 40000 is- basically- Lord Of The Rings on a cocktail of every drug known to man and genuine lunar dust, stuck in a blender with Alien, Mechwarrior, Dune, Starship Troopers, Fahrenheit 451 and Star Wars, bathed in blood, turned up to eleventy billion, set on fire, and catapulted off into space screaming "WAAAGH!" and waving a chainsaw sword- without the happy ending.