A Little Nirvana(pic-heavy)

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A Little Nirvana(pic-heavy)

Postby dplafoll » Tue Jun 28, 2016 2:20 pm

Nirvana is shipping. I handled this one at Mark's Outdoors in Vestavia Hills, AL today.
(new thread due to large pics)
This knife is immaculate and beautiful. It feels a little better somehow than the prototype I handled at Blade. The bearings make this thing super smooth, and it rockets open. The only complaint is that the lock is VERY sticky. Obviously it'll break in, and I wouldn't have put an insert on this one either, but a couple of times I had to use two hands to unlock it. If I had the money, though, I wouldn't even consider letting that stop me.
Absolutely a home run piece.

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Re: A Little Nirvana(pic-heavy)

Postby Cujobob » Tue Jun 28, 2016 2:32 pm

Great shots, looks like a very nice piece. I'm a little on the fence right now.

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Re: A Little Nirvana(pic-heavy)

Postby Liquid Cobra » Tue Jun 28, 2016 2:43 pm

Thanks for the pics, they really are appreciated. This is my most anticipated knife of the year and as such the only debate I'm having is which knife to sell to help fund it.

Was it comfortable in the various grips?
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Re: A Little Nirvana(pic-heavy)

Postby elena86 » Tue Jun 28, 2016 2:48 pm

Not my cup of tea but I would be very interested in a Peter Rassenti Druid.

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Re: A Little Nirvana(pic-heavy)

Postby Marty_E » Tue Jun 28, 2016 3:22 pm

Nice! How does it feel in hand?

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Re: A Little Nirvana(pic-heavy)

Postby dplafoll » Tue Jun 28, 2016 3:32 pm

Marty_E wrote:Nice! How does it feel in hand?
Liquid Cobra wrote:Thanks for the pics, they really are appreciated. This is my most anticipated knife of the year and as such the only debate I'm having is which knife to sell to help fund it.

Was it comfortable in the various grips?
The knife was very comfortable in the hand. The blade shape is great, the edge is super sharp as far as I could tell, and there are multiple comfortable ways to hold it. The hand naturally falls into a grip where the right index finger wraps around into the large groove machined into the show side. I wouldn't expect to do really fine work with this knife, so that grip seems like it would work for most tasks. However, if you want, you can easily choke up with the index finger right up to the edge of the front of the handle and wrapping around the machined out section right below the pivot screw. The jimping on the top is really nice, and the blade's spine is nicely rounded, though not overly so. The machining on the handle and the size of the handle is very nice in filling your hand but isn't overly beefy in any way.
If I were ever tempted to use the knife, I'd say it would be a very useful knife.
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Re: A Little Nirvana(pic-heavy)

Postby MacLaren » Tue Jun 28, 2016 3:46 pm

Thank you for the pics.
Thats one more nice B+M store.
Besides the Nirvana I see a Mamba and a Tighe Stick...
Btw, not tryin to get off track or jack the thread but have you held the Tighe Stick? If so what are your thoughts?

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Postby farnorthdan » Tue Jun 28, 2016 3:55 pm

Great pics man thanks, I pre-ordered one of these from KW's many moons ago, wonder when these will start shipping. How many did your guy have in stock?
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Re: A Little Nirvana(pic-heavy)

Postby Liquid Cobra » Tue Jun 28, 2016 4:13 pm

Does anyone know what makes the cutouts appear white? Is it anodized or painted in somehow? Or is it not actually white, but just reflective from being cut out?
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Re: A Little Nirvana(pic-heavy)

Postby WireEdge Roger » Tue Jun 28, 2016 4:27 pm

I figure that is the last step and the mill cuts down to fresh Ti

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Re: A Little Nirvana(pic-heavy)

Postby zhyla » Tue Jun 28, 2016 10:24 pm

WireEdge Roger wrote:I figure that is the last step and the mill cuts down to fresh Ti
I think so too, if you look close at some of the pics I'm pretty sure you can see the slight indentation in the lines.

Nice looking knife.

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Re: A Little Nirvana(pic-heavy)

Postby Brock O Lee » Wed Jun 29, 2016 1:11 am

It looks like a high quality piece, but not my kind of thing.

Does the blade has some kind of DLC coating on it?

It looks like a large blade, how heavy is it?

EDIT: to answer my own questions, 3.76 inch (96mm) blade length, 4mm blade stock, stonewashed blade, 4.8 oz (136 g)
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Re: A Little Nirvana(pic-heavy)

Postby Spideyhole » Wed Jun 29, 2016 6:23 am

Yeah, not for me either. If was satin blade and about $100 cheaper, I would bite. love the look of the handle though.

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Postby demoncase » Wed Jun 29, 2016 6:37 am

That's proper filthy.....I love it.
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Re: A Little Nirvana(pic-heavy)

Postby dplafoll » Wed Jun 29, 2016 6:49 am

MacLaren wrote:Thank you for the pics.
Thats one more nice B+M store.
Besides the Nirvana I see a Mamba and a Tighe Stick...
Btw, not tryin to get off track or jack the thread but have you held the Tighe Stick? If so what are your thoughts?
I have. It's very nicely made, it feels pretty good, and I'd never have any use for it. :p And yeah, they have a spectacular selection. I've bought 7 Spyderco knives, and 5 of them came from there: the last 4 on my signature list, and a Cricket tattoo for the wife. I also have a Ladybug Salt Hawkbill but that was a recent gift.
farnorthdan wrote:Great pics man thanks, I pre-ordered one of these from KW's many moons ago, wonder when these will start shipping. How many did your guy have in stock?
The store is Mark's Outdoors in Vestavia Hills, AL. They are a relatively large Spyderco dealer, so they get two of everything(and I mean everything) by default. So as of those pics yesterday at lunch, they had two of these. I can't guarantee they're still there though.
Brock O Lee wrote:It looks like a high quality piece, but not my kind of thing.

Does the blade has some kind of DLC coating on it?

It looks like a large blade, how heavy is it?

EDIT: to answer my own questions, 3.76 inch (96mm) blade length, 4mm blade stock, stonewashed blade, 4.8 oz (136 g)
It doesn't feel heavy for the size. The blade seems to just be stonewashed, and it matches the handles beautifully.
Spideyhole wrote:Yeah, not for me either. If was satin blade and about $100 cheaper, I would bite. love the look of the handle though.
YMMV but I think the stonewash on the blade really works with the handle color.
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WireEdge Roger wrote:I figure that is the last step and the mill cuts down to fresh Ti
I think so too, if you look close at some of the pics I'm pretty sure you can see the slight indentation in the lines.

Nice looking knife.
I'd say that's true. I spoke to Eric G at Blade about this one, and he described how it has to be machined several times. I think it was they shape the handle, cut out the handle and the lockbar, put it through the stonewash, then back to the machining to get the lines. I don't think they anodize or anything, just cut into fresh Ti.
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Re: A Little Nirvana(pic-heavy)

Postby shunsui » Wed Jun 29, 2016 10:20 am

dplafoll wrote: Image
Looks like a step on the blade where the framelock engages instead of an arc shape.

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Re: A Little Nirvana(pic-heavy)

Postby swigert » Wed Jun 29, 2016 10:22 am

shunsui wrote:
dplafoll wrote: Image
Looks like a step on the blade where the framelock engages instead of an arc shape.
interested to see more detailed pics of this....

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Postby RamZar » Wed Jun 29, 2016 12:25 pm

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Re: A Little Nirvana(pic-heavy)

Postby roger-roger » Wed Jun 29, 2016 1:23 pm

dplafoll wrote:
It doesn't feel heavy for the size. The blade seems to just be stonewashed, and it matches the handles beautifully.

First of all thanks for the report! Very nice accomplishment by Spyderco, for a hefty yet classy 4mm bladed folder.

Is the blade in fact stone washed? It was mentioned in the Amsterdam video, the blade is bead blasted to match the (bead blasted) handle, and it *looks* as such in some pics.

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Re: A Little Nirvana(pic-heavy)

Postby dplafoll » Wed Jun 29, 2016 2:13 pm

roger-roger wrote:
dplafoll wrote:
It doesn't feel heavy for the size. The blade seems to just be stonewashed, and it matches the handles beautifully.

First of all thanks for the report! Very nice accomplishment by Spyderco, for a hefty yet classy 4mm bladed folder.

Is the blade in fact stone washed? It was mentioned in the Amsterdam video, the blade is bead blasted to match the (bead blasted) handle, and it *looks* as such in some pics.
The product guide says "...and stonewashed to match the handle.", and it says the handle "...is then matte finished..."
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