Street Beat vs SB lightweight ?

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Street Beat vs SB lightweight ?

Postby TheRaven » Sun Aug 23, 2015 7:40 am

Just saw this. Anyone have opinions??

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Despite the term lightweight, there doesn't seem much difference in weight??

There's a coating (which I don't generally like).

The main difference seems to be in price.

Is that FRN handle smooth like the G10?

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Re: Street Beat vs SB lightweight ?

Postby demoncase » Sun Aug 23, 2015 8:08 am

Lightweight seems to the 'model name' for a model with an FRN grip when it previously had a different grip- The current Urban Lightweight in FRN compared to the original Urban G10...

Me?- I'd ante up and go with the Micarta handled original.
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Re: Street Beat vs SB lightweight ?

Postby TheRaven » Sun Aug 23, 2015 8:50 am

Sorry. Micarta not G10.

I think you're right. The original appears nicer (except perhaps the price).

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Re: Street Beat vs SB lightweight ?

Postby Holzfaeller » Sun Aug 23, 2015 9:14 am

Is there a difference in the sheaths? I would prefer to not have the coated blade, but I don't care that much about the handle. In fact, I like the absence of visible fasteners with the FRN. I'm thinking of a small fixed blade for work and EDC, so the price difference is, for me, a deciding factor. I'm glad to see that Spyderco is offering products at a more affordable price for working-class dogs like me.

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Re: Street Beat vs SB lightweight ?

Postby bearfacedkiller » Sun Aug 23, 2015 9:35 am

I like that there is a more affordable option here but would prefer the blade uncoated myself. This could be a great backpacking knife for me but I dislike coated blades. I will be holding out to see if an uncoated version of the LW will come out. This knife seems like an alternative to the Moran to me. They are a bit different but they fill a similar market segment as small, lightweight and affordable fixed blades.
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Re: Street Beat vs SB lightweight ?

Postby tvenuto » Sun Aug 23, 2015 12:14 pm

I think it's cool they're offering this form factor in a more affordable package. The SB feels awesome in hand, but I sold mine due to not really being able to carry it anywhere (concealed FBs are illegal where I am, and I have exactly 0 yard work to do). I think more people will get to know and love it, and wont be afraid to use it hard at this price point.

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Re: Street Beat vs SB lightweight ?

Postby Joris Mo » Tue Aug 25, 2015 6:07 am

Only own the micarta version but would also love an FRN version.
I think this is one of the best fixed blade travelers knives I ever came across, in FRN it would probably be a better travelers blade.
For most people I think this combined with a SAK would be a great travel combo.
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Re: Street Beat vs SB lightweight ?

Postby Michael Janich » Tue Aug 25, 2015 7:16 am

I'm doing the tech spec measurements on the Lightweight right now and I really like it. Since I own several of Fred's custom knives, a bunch of his mid-tech patterns, and both old and new-school Spyderco Perrins, I'm picky. Although I love the craftsmanship of the original Street Beat, its price was daunting and the older versions were not sheath friendly. The squared corners of the ricasso at the bottom of the index-finger choil tended to grab the Boltaron and took a lot of breaking in. After I joined Spyderco, I showed them one of my modded Street Beats with a rounded shoulder and they worked that feature into production. Nevertheless, I prefer the Street Beat Lightweight's injection-molded polymer sheath over the Boltaron. It's basically a shortened version of the one I prototyped for the Street Bowie when it was reintroduced a few years ago. In indexes properly on the handle contours at the front of the index-finger choil and provides a very nice snap fit, full handle access on the draw, and absolutely no rattle.

The sheath has eyelets instead of rivets--a consistent Spyderco feature that makes it easy to zip-tie or lash onto packs or other platforms. It comes with a G-Clip that can be attached to either edge and either side of the symmetrical sheath, providing a wide range of carry positions. My personal preference (and Fred's) is to remove the G-Clip and attach a loop of 550 cord to the eyelet at the tip of the sheath. Loop the cord over your belt with a cowhitch and tuck the knife and sheath into appendix carry. When you draw, the sheath and knife come out together, then the tension of the "static cord" pops the sheath off when the knife is safely away from the body. This is also a great method for a support-hand draw, since your other hand can access it and draw to any angle. A support-hand reverse-grip draw for handgun retention is a very happy thing with this style of carry.

The injection-molded handle of the Lightweight faithfully maintains the contours of the original and adds a very subtle EDM texture that's about equivalent to bead blasted Micarta or G-10. This makes it much less slippery than polished Micarta, but not aggressively textured at all. Since the handle ergos are so good, there's really no need for that. For lanyard and fob fans, the Lightweight's handle also includes a lanyard hole.

Like the Street Bowie, the blade coating is black ceramic--probably pretty close to Cerakote. It's durable and doesn't increase cutting friction, so I don't mind it at all. To put the black blade into even better context, I would prefer to see the sheath hardware blackened as well, but it's still a big step in the right direction for operational folks who have a professional aversion to shiny things.

I'm really happy to see the Street Beat in a more affordable, more accessible format. Now I just need to sacrifice a few goats, burn some candles, and spit some rum to sway the gods into making a trainer...

Stay safe,

Mike

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Re: Street Beat vs SB lightweight ?

Postby skatenut » Tue Aug 25, 2015 9:45 am

Michael Janich wrote: I'm really happy to see the Street Beat in a more affordable, more accessible format. Now I just need to sacrifice a few goats, burn some candles, and spit some rum to sway the gods into making a trainer...

Stay safe,

Mike
A most interesting part of your post, Michael, thank you. I'm surprised its so hard to persuade the Spyderco "gods".
Don't forget to sacrifice some chickens, too, can't do any harm, and drink most of the rum, better safe than sorry. :)

Well said, I really enjoyed that! :D

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Re: Street Beat vs SB lightweight ?

Postby MichaelScott » Tue Aug 25, 2015 10:00 am

Well, the sacred chickens worked ok for the Romans, then, being chickens got distracted, wandered off and started hanging about with those barbarians up north.

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Re: Street Beat vs SB lightweight ?

Postby TheRaven » Wed Aug 26, 2015 10:31 am

Thanks to all the posters and a special thanks to Michael Janich for his expert opinion.


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