I was just wondering what is/are your most sentimental Spyderco(s)? Maybe we can get some nice stories regarding your most beloved or prized Spydie. Safe queens are permitted
For me, I didn't have a hand-me-down or was gifted any. My first Spyderco I bought in 2011, I gifted. It was a DF2 in black FRN with VG-10. That could have been it if I still kept it.
Flash forward to mid-2014. I took the plunge on a couple Super Blue DF2s from New Graham. My plan was to open one and make it a user, while the other one was for backup--and to keep it BNIB (I still haven't taken it out of the package). From first sight, I fell in love with it. I loved the handle color, the laminate, the F&F. Really, I loved everything about it. It would then go on to be my primary EDC. I watched as the patina grew. Then, corrosion hit. I live in Hawaii so corrosion was bound to happen eventually. I'm not sure if I got complacent, but I went a couple months without any form of corrosion. I did the deed and made it all better. The blade now has dark spots from the pitting on the spine. I like it as I feel it adds character. After numerous times sanding the thumb hole, the grooves on the jimping and the spine, it brought a certain sentimental value for me. I appreciated the knife more. Kinda crazy as it's a material thing.
But what put it over the edge and made it my most sentimental knife, was the sharpening experiences I had with it. Upon learning how to sharpen, this knife was my lab rat. I found some rust spots on the edge and decided to convex the edge. It was my first time trying the technique. I ended up grinding away the patina from the first months of use, but it became the sharpest knife I've ever sharpened--adding to the sentimental value. No longer did I care how the blade looked from the grind marks. The cladding especially adds a different look. For me, it's all about how the knife performs now, not how it looks. It isn't the prettiest knife out there, but holy crap does it perform. Quite frankly, after looking at it more, I think it looks awesome. The character on this thing is awesome, especially starting the patina again.
Well, that's my lame story of my most sentimental Spyderco/knife. I'm sure there's a lot better stories out there. Who would like to share?