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Mini Southard

Postby VeloWeave » Tue May 27, 2014 11:43 am

Honey, I shrunk my Southard. What I have here is a Spyderco Southard which I sent to Bower Bladeworks. I have to start out by saying he did a phenomenal job. Without affecting the amazing fit & finish that comes out of Spyderco's Taichung plant he was able to make the knife into something that I would carry on a daily basis. I loved the original Southard but for me if the blade length comes in over 3 inches it just sits on the dresser looking pretty. I didn't want to sell my Southard and I really wanted to carry it more often, so when I saw Kevin showing off this mod that he did to his own Southard I contacted him to see if he would do one for me. I now carry this knife daily, it's right up there with my Small Sebenza Insingo and the cutting edge is just about the same size.

The Mod was done by shortening the back end of the knife, contouring the pocket clip to match the rear and getting rid of that pointy end on the front of the clip that bothers some folks. Then the blade was shortened and recountoured by removing the hump on top, giving it a slight concave swoop that falls off at the end sort of like a modified sheepsfoot. The blade spine was rounded and polished and finished with an acid stonewash (clip is also acid stonewashed). The show side scale and over travel is Silver Lightning Strike Carbon Fiber. The back is the original titanium which has been rounded off a bit, or CC'd, and then Blue Anodized.

The bottom two pics are for size reference with my Prometheus Lights Beta-QR flashlight. Enjoy! It's Awesome!

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Most Carried: Sebenza Insingo small, Chaparral, Modded Southard Flipper, Delica 4, Ritter Mini-Grip, Techno, Injection 3.0
Wishlist 2014: Sage 2, Mnandi, Krein Alpha,
Other's I own or have sold: Vallotton, Anso Zulu, Blur CF, Scallion, Leaf Storm, Sage 2, Caly 3 CF
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Postby Spydersense » Tue May 27, 2014 11:57 am

Wow! I love it!
Time for another :spyder:!

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Postby DutchBlades » Tue May 27, 2014 12:01 pm

That is amazing work... :eek:
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Postby Clip » Tue May 27, 2014 12:03 pm

Looks like an awesome job! How much metal is left between the hole and spine? Pictures make it look thin.
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Postby VeloWeave » Tue May 27, 2014 12:11 pm

Clip wrote:Looks like an awesome job! How much metal is left between the hole and spine? Pictures make it look thin.
Well, there wasn't any metal removed from that section except for the slight rounding of the spine which makes it look like it. The rounding off kind of tricks the eye. The profiling of the blade started a little farther down from the spydie hole.
Most Carried: Sebenza Insingo small, Chaparral, Modded Southard Flipper, Delica 4, Ritter Mini-Grip, Techno, Injection 3.0
Wishlist 2014: Sage 2, Mnandi, Krein Alpha,
Other's I own or have sold: Vallotton, Anso Zulu, Blur CF, Scallion, Leaf Storm, Sage 2, Caly 3 CF
Flashlight EDC: Preon 0, Peak Eiger AAA Oveready edition with QTC & momentary button Nichia 219 emitter, Beta-QR, Muyshondt Aeon

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Postby senorsquare » Tue May 27, 2014 12:14 pm

Very nice mod. Looks awesome!

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Postby Ned » Tue May 27, 2014 12:32 pm

Yes that is very cool...Thank you for posting!
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Postby Cujobob » Tue May 27, 2014 1:12 pm

I got on his books for one a week ago, can't wait for that! The Mini Para 2 is cool, also, but I think the Southard should be just a tad cooler and makes it closer to a 'custom' Southard

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Postby knolan » Tue May 27, 2014 1:17 pm

Really nice...especially the crowned spine! I too have always wanted a 3" Southard and it looks like you actually achieved it.

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Postby Scorpion » Tue May 27, 2014 1:41 pm

How much did that all cost? This looks amazing but I think most people would have found it way out of their price range.

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Postby Kylems11 » Tue May 27, 2014 1:44 pm

That looks sick. I always wanted a southard but the blade is too big. I wish sal would come up with a mini southard with a 3 inch blade. I think it would be very popular.
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Postby VeloWeave » Tue May 27, 2014 2:20 pm

Spydersense wrote:Wow! I love it!
Thanks Spydersense, I do to!
DutchBlades wrote:That is amazing work... :eek:
It sure is. Kevin does nice work.
senorsquare wrote:Very nice mod. Looks awesome!
Thank you senorsquare, nice seeing you around the forums and IG.
Ned wrote:Yes that is very cool...Thank you for posting!
Not a problem Ned, thanks for prompting me. :)
Cujobob wrote:I got on his books for one a week ago, can't wait for that! The Mini Para 2 is cool, also, but I think the Southard should be just a tad cooler and makes it closer to a 'custom' Southard
The Mini Para 2 does look cool Cujobob. I think you're right the Southard is a bit more unique. It's inspired by his Tarsus model. You'll have to post some pics when you get it. What material are you using?
knolan wrote:Really nice...especially the crowned spine! I too have always wanted a 3" Southard and it looks like you actually achieved it.
The crowned spine is really cool. I love it on the Sebenza and am thrilled to have it on the Mini Southard. Thanks knolan!
Scorpion wrote:How much did that all cost? This looks amazing but I think most people would have found it way out of their price range.
It was spendy, but worth it IMO because it kept me from selling the knife. I can't stand shelf queens. Email Bower Bladeworks for a quote if you are interested in having one done.
Kylems11 wrote:That looks sick. I always wanted a southard but the blade is too big. I wish sal would come up with a mini southard with a 3 inch blade. I think it would be very popular.
I thought I heard a rumor somewhere that there is talk with Brad Southard about doing another collaboration with a smaller knife. I sure hope so because he is one of the best in the business. Southard and Sal are the dream team!
Most Carried: Sebenza Insingo small, Chaparral, Modded Southard Flipper, Delica 4, Ritter Mini-Grip, Techno, Injection 3.0
Wishlist 2014: Sage 2, Mnandi, Krein Alpha,
Other's I own or have sold: Vallotton, Anso Zulu, Blur CF, Scallion, Leaf Storm, Sage 2, Caly 3 CF
Flashlight EDC: Preon 0, Peak Eiger AAA Oveready edition with QTC & momentary button Nichia 219 emitter, Beta-QR, Muyshondt Aeon

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Postby senorsquare » Tue May 27, 2014 2:39 pm

VeloWeave wrote:Thank you senorsquare, nice seeing you around the forums and IG.
What's your IG username?

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Postby VeloWeave » Tue May 27, 2014 2:41 pm

senorsquare wrote:What's your IG username?
Same one as here... VeloWeave and also on the USN
Most Carried: Sebenza Insingo small, Chaparral, Modded Southard Flipper, Delica 4, Ritter Mini-Grip, Techno, Injection 3.0
Wishlist 2014: Sage 2, Mnandi, Krein Alpha,
Other's I own or have sold: Vallotton, Anso Zulu, Blur CF, Scallion, Leaf Storm, Sage 2, Caly 3 CF
Flashlight EDC: Preon 0, Peak Eiger AAA Oveready edition with QTC & momentary button Nichia 219 emitter, Beta-QR, Muyshondt Aeon

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Postby Evil D » Tue May 27, 2014 2:50 pm

Gorgeous, I especially like the straight spine. The hump thing on the spine is probably my least favorite thing about this knife.
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Postby gull wing » Tue May 27, 2014 3:49 pm

Very much work done here, and it's great work. Congrats!
A 3" Southard would be welcome in my corner.
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Postby razorsharp » Tue May 27, 2014 4:14 pm

Cooooolest mix I've seen for a long time

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Best Southard!

Postby LC Kid » Tue May 27, 2014 6:45 pm

Hi Folks!


Saw another 'Mini' Southard almost identical at the EDC Forums.

Plain and Simple: The BEST Southard Ever!
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Stay Sharp!

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Postby RadioactiveSpyder » Tue May 27, 2014 8:19 pm

Fabulous mod!! :D
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Postby VeloWeave » Tue May 27, 2014 9:03 pm

Evil D wrote:Gorgeous, I especially like the straight spine. The hump thing on the spine is probably my least favorite thing about this knife.
The spine actually swoops down ever so slightly after the spydie hole and then makes its way back up and then drops off toward the tip. Thanks Evil D
gull wing wrote:Very much work done here, and it's great work. Congrats!
A 3" Southard would be welcome in my corner.
True that!
razorsharp wrote:Cooooolest mix I've seen for a long time
Thanks man!
LC Kid wrote:Hi Folks!


Saw another 'Mini' Southard almost identical at the EDC Forums.

Plain and Simple: The BEST Southard Ever!
:D
Thanks LC Kid. He is making them all original so each one will have a slight, or maybe not so slight variation. Right now there are 5 in existence and he's working on another 5 in the shop right now. You can follow along on his Instagram feed if you're curious. Instagram.com/bowerbladeworks
RadioactiveSpyder wrote:Fabulous mod!! :D
Thanks RadioactiveSpyder
Most Carried: Sebenza Insingo small, Chaparral, Modded Southard Flipper, Delica 4, Ritter Mini-Grip, Techno, Injection 3.0
Wishlist 2014: Sage 2, Mnandi, Krein Alpha,
Other's I own or have sold: Vallotton, Anso Zulu, Blur CF, Scallion, Leaf Storm, Sage 2, Caly 3 CF
Flashlight EDC: Preon 0, Peak Eiger AAA Oveready edition with QTC & momentary button Nichia 219 emitter, Beta-QR, Muyshondt Aeon


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