Spyderco Katana or Wakizashi?

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Spyderco Katana or Wakizashi?

Postby Strong-Dog » Mon May 19, 2014 7:07 pm

I would buy, would you? Yeah yeah, mall ninja I get it. But I actually use my Swamprat Rucki and it works quite well as an outdoors tool. With Spyderco's history of value and great pricing, I would buy one in a heartbeat. And it if was CPM-M4? Please.
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Postby BadFish » Mon May 19, 2014 7:36 pm

No thanks not my cup of tea. If I wanna do serious work I'll buy a machete.
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Postby SolidState » Mon May 19, 2014 8:15 pm

Strong-Dog wrote:I would buy, would you? Yeah yeah, mall ninja I get it. But I actually use my Swamprat Rucki and it works quite well as an outdoors tool. With Spyderco's history of value and great pricing, I would buy one in a heartbeat. And it if was CPM-M4? Please.
Sadly, the steels and heat treatments Spyderco uses aren't very compatible with blades of that length. Being kind of into the world of Japanese Sword Arts, I'd have to say that it is probably not a money maker or a game changer in a positive way for Spyderco to set foot in that world. I know for a fact that Sal is buddies with Mike Blue, the guy who put the challenge to Howard Clark to make the bainite katana, because Sal introduced me. I also know that the Glessers get to see the Bells of Dragonfly Forge each year at the OKCA. Next year, I will be attending the classes at Dragonfly Forge to make my own wakizashi.

Until then, I'll be relegated to my HC 1086 Wakizashi.http://www.summerchild.com/hc_1086hirawakizashi.htm
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Postby Stuart Ackerman » Mon May 19, 2014 8:43 pm

What about a Khukhri, fixed blade of course? :D
Something sleek, something purposeful, something to slice and dice, and of course, choppity chop chop...?

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Postby SolidState » Mon May 19, 2014 8:50 pm

Stuart Ackerman wrote:What about a Khukhri, fixed blade of course? :D
Something sleek, something purposeful, something to slice and dice, and of course, choppity chop chop...?
I always thought of my Rock Salt as a Spyderco Khukhri, but I'd be in for something bigger as well.
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Postby ChapmanPreferred » Mon May 19, 2014 9:06 pm

To the original post...sorry, no.
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Postby zhyla » Mon May 19, 2014 9:19 pm

It's hard to imagine how that could be a winning business idea.
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Postby Mike157 » Mon May 19, 2014 9:37 pm

Though I would be interested. I tend to agree that the larger/longer sword-like blades might not be something economically appropriate for Spyderco to venture into. But then again, knowing Spyderco, I'm sure they could come up with something very nice. Maybe a Tanto/Kwaiken design (I do have the Lum Tanto fixed blade design)? Thank you for the Summer Child website SolidState. I bookmarked it for further exploration. Mike

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Postby Liquid Cobra » Mon May 19, 2014 10:01 pm

How about the Lum tanto folder put back into production. I'm all for that.
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Postby tlo14290 » Tue May 20, 2014 12:18 am

Since it would appear that Spyderco has no intention of getting into that market, if someone were interested in a machete/short sword, they might look at the Condor 14" blade Golok, the one with the funny looking ball on the end of the handle. Oal 19", available from many vendors with a very nice leather sheath for about $60-70 shipped, it comes fairly sharp, balances ~4" from the handle, and has a continuous distal taper. It chops very nicely, but it doesn't feel like your typical nose-heavy machete. It balances and feels like the short sword that it is. Not beautiful and elegant like a wakizashi, but most rugged and effective.

Be sure the vendor includes a sheath, I have seen it on Amazon w/o.

It's kinda like the PM2 of machetes, not real expensive, nor cheap by any means, but it'll do what you need really well.

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