Spyderco Vallotton

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Postby glbpro » Sat Dec 07, 2013 7:04 am

Too heavy in my opinion! I only buy knives that I will carry and having handled the Vallotton it was just too heavy for me.

The other thing is that the Taiwanese Spydercos are incredibly expensive outside the US - for example the retail price on the Domino is over FIVE HUNDRED dollars, and the subhilt is not far behind this.
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Postby demoncase » Sun Dec 08, 2013 11:56 am

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.

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Mike
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 ;)
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Postby Michael Janich » Mon Dec 09, 2013 8:42 am

Liquid Cobra wrote:Mike, could you provide some insight as to why there aren't more Spyderco tanto blades?
That's a question best answered by Sal and Eric, since they choose what Spyderco makes.

If you are a fan of Americanized tantos with faceted points, you may like the Battlestation design from Dialex that's in the new 2014 catalogs.

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Mike
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Postby ABX2011 » Mon Dec 09, 2013 8:57 am

I like the Vallotton but it's not one I carry a lot because of the weight and the grind. It's not a slicer.
My biggest complaint is that the knife would look so much better without the hump caused by the opening hole. I understand why Spyderco needs to use their trademarked hole but in the case of the Vallotton it isn't needed and makes the knife less attractive.

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Postby bdblue » Mon Dec 09, 2013 12:37 pm

Michael Janich wrote: because of its blade shape, which is reminiscent of traditional Japanese tanto designs
I like the way they have added an angled grind at the tip in addition to the hollow grind. It always bugged me that long blades had a straight hollow grind and they had to fudge somewhere in order to get a thin edge all the way up to the tip. With the Vallotton they didn't have to fudge, they added a second grind.

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Postby v8r » Mon Dec 09, 2013 1:49 pm

It will wave open if you pull it from your pocket fast enough also ;)
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Postby eric m. » Mon Dec 09, 2013 10:14 pm

I love the hump! To me it adds character to the knife just like the Gayle Bradley, Starmate, and the Stretch series! :)

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Postby w3tnz » Mon Dec 09, 2013 10:43 pm

The Butch Vallotton dual action 'custom' version is on my grail list, that, is a fine knife. I've always held off on the production model for what appears to me as an unnecessarily thick handle and blade, would love a Vallotton on a diet.
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Postby Mike Sastre » Tue Dec 10, 2013 9:38 am

I've got one of the DA Vallottons, and it is a sweet piece.


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