Same, though I'd like it even better if they did a FFG K390 Southardxceptnl wrote:I voted for the Southard on this poll and the GB on the other.
This is an excellent point. K390 will have two things going against it, non-stainless and premium price. I know there are a lot of people in the knife community who will not consider a non-stainless blade steel which I understand completely. Couple that with those of us who are willing and able to fork out $150?$200?$200+? for a knife as some of these Taichung models will surely cost and we may be setting this model up for limited success. I personally would rather wait and see K390 done in either a PM2 or Military due to the ability to bring it to the market at a real world price of $150 - $160.dgebler wrote:One thing which has not been discussed much in either poll is the cost or msrp of the respective taichung folders. I voted for the Techno before considering this for selfish reasons (I don't have one and this way I could get both a new knife design and a great steel). After thinking more about this and seeing the results, I wanted to ask if any of you are considering the starting MSRP for these knives. For example, I would love to see this in a Southard or even Domino, but the MSRP for the standard production models is pretty high compared to say the Sage 1. Actually most of the Taichung spyderco's are the higher end knives and do carry a higher MSRP. I know this will be coveted regardless, but since sprints typically carry a higher markup to start with, do you think a cheaper starting point would make this a more feasible purchase for more afi's. Personally, I love the steel and use my MT17 a ton, but I would have a hard time shelling out $300+ which I could see this sprint going for if it does come in the form of one of the more expensive knives to start with. So...If I had to vote again, I would go with the Sage 1. Any thoughts about this part of the equation?
It wouldn't be a bad knife, but it's also very "niche" in design and use. I wouldn't really call it an all around kind of knife. It's also hollow ground, and personally I'd greatly prefer full flat, even though as hollow grinds go the Navaja has one of the best I've seen from Spyderco.hunterseeker5 wrote:Sounds like you'd do well to vote on the Navaja then.
I'd just like to mention that the Sage 3 is totally ambidextrous with its bolt action lock. That would appeal to a lot of us lefties who make up around 10% I'm told, and may be the only way a lot of us (both left and right handed) will get to try this lock, since, I think, this is the only spydie which has it. Also its MSRP is $90 cheaper than the Sage 2, which would put it in the price range of a lot more people. And I think the bolt action lock puts it more in the fudge ripple category while having an MSRP only $10 higher than its vanilla friend, the Sage 1hunterseeker5 wrote:To be perfectly frank, I'm having a hard time imagining a better option than the Sage series for this. Its not a particularly titillating model, as its effectively a lock mule, but in so many ways its really the platonic form of a spyder. Its thin, slim, light, efficient, and beautiful. They're also quite reasonably priced. We could duke it out over lock mech, but really (aside from back lock) is there a member of the sage series which has a mech so polarizing it'd really turn someone off?
They're kinda vanilla, and so a lot of the glory is lost, but of all the options while I could say I have a personal preference for this or that (I've got a bit of a stiffie for the techno and valloton) its really the Sage I think which would be most broadly palatable.
For the 2c its worth, I'd throw my lot in for the RIL (sage2) option, although the Sage1 in carbon is arguably more pragmatic.
Evil D wrote:I think many of the Taiwan models just wouldn't make sense for a steel like this, because you'd really want it to excel at slicing, so you wouldn't want a super thick stubby blade like the Techno, and sure as heck not the Vallotton. If it wasn't the South Fork (still think that's the best option out of Taiwan, but probably most expensive and I'd rather see it in a folder since we got the mule already), then I think the best three options are the Domino, Sage, and Chaparral. The problem is that personally I would want more blade than that for a good slicing knife and all three of those knives come in a bit short IMO. At the same time I understand it would make it legal in more places, which isn't a bad thing. In the end I have to say the Military is still probably the best platform. Actually, I think the perfect knife for this would be either a Caly 3.5 or a Stretch since they're a bit thinner blade stock and thinner behind the edge, the Caly in particular.
Why does the image of Cliff and his Chicago keep popping into my mind? I'm just kidding of coursenccole wrote:Exactly my thoughts, so for this poll I chose the Southfork. Domino would be next, but I would pass on wanting to see this in a Sage or Chap. I want a 3.5" folding blade in this steel. I may just hold out for a Para or Military, and dream of a Stretch CF or Caly 3.5. I also agree that a lot of Taiwan knives are specialized and not just an overall utility knife. When it comes to most of the ethnic series or specialized personal defense knives, the steel is one of the last factors I consider. Don't waste it on a model that is not a good hard worker.
You're right that a knife like the Caly 3.5 would do the metal more justice and be a better platform for trying it out. And it's probably pretty obvious that I would like another excuse to buy a Sage3 Too bad there's not a Taichung-made knife more like the millie or Manix. The forum Native5 was a precedent for a super steel in a smaller knife that was a big success. Of course it had other things going for it, and the steel had different characteristics. I guess time (or Sal, another natural force ) will tell.nccole wrote:That is fair. I was however talking more about pretty knives not being hard workers. I love my Chokwe and carry it and it would make a mean slicer, but would never object it to some things my Bradley or PM2 have to handle. I rarely find things smaller knives cannot handle, but just prefer a full size handle and the blade that accompanies it a bit more. A little knife un-clipped that will never need sharpening essentially is appealing. That reminds me, I need to buy an Air soon.
Donut wrote:I'm having trouble seeing Cliff in that picture.
If I'd done the work he did with that knife, I'm sure I'd have a couple of blisters... hmmm... no spoor either...(j/k) Seriously I wish I had the dedication and work ethic he has. He contributes work and information a lot faster than I can keep up with it. It will be fun to follow his new mule project.hunterseeker5 wrote:Thats because he is a sasquatch, and extremely difficult to see or photograph. Keep looking though, eventually you'll spot him. :P