SpyderEdgeForever wrote:I have always wished for a Knife Grail. I believe it is possible but I don't want to make this an off-topic discussion (ie advanced ultra technologies). With what we currently have, Spyderco-wise, I personally believe and I am convinced, and you are all free to disagree with me, that the grail does exist. I call it the Spyderco Pacific Salt. The Pacific Salt combines the best of the original Endura and Delica as well as the Police and also balances it with the FRN handle scales, and, the H1 Stainless Steel is rust-proof. The grind lines of the Pacific Salt are nearly perfect and the Serrated and Plain Edge models give you the best of both worlds.
If the only Spyderco Knife I can ever have and use again were the Pacific Salt, this may surprise you, but, I would be satisfied and content with it 100 percent.
Now, let us come up with a "Knife Grail Verification Test". How would you know you have the grail when you have it? Would it have to appeal to all people and have zero downsides, or not? Here is my suggested "Spyderco Knife Grail Test":
The knife must be able to:
1 Withstand and resist a wide range of abrasive materials, enviroments, and corrosive things that would damage other knives.
2 The knife must have blade shape and edge grind that is universal and general purpose enough to be able to perform a wide-range of cutting tasks without much difficulty. I will give you an example of one that fails this test, actually two, and please, don't be upset at me, those of you who adore these two knives; Kiwi And Roadie. Both of them have blade shapes and designs that are too exotic and too unique to fit Number 2: The General Purpose Cutting Test. If you disagree, please feel free to tell me reasons as to why these two blades would not fail number 2.
3 Be "reasonably priced" enough to fit a wide range of budgets. I know this can be very subjective, but, the Spyderco Grail Knife must be able to be purchased by everyone from minimum wage to ultra materially wealthy individuals. The Pacific Salt fits this bill, being in the 65-80 dollar range, even a minimum wage worker can save enough money in a not too-long time span to purchase one. The higher priced knives are excellent and well-worth it for their quality and specialty niche, but, the grail must be purchasable within a wider range of budgets.
4 The grail knife must appeal to both male and female knife users and collectors. I am sure both the men and women on this forum can attest to their like for the Spyderco Pacific Salt.
Alright, enough from me on that. Disclaimers:
1 The above statements are my own personal opinion as to how I see this matter. You are all free to disagree with me and may have your own views on what constitutes a Spyderco Grail Knife.
2 I welcome other "Grail Tests" to be added to the ones I posted. For example: Do you think a true Grail Knife must be affordable by a wide range of knife users to be a grail knife or not?
3 At the end of the day what I would hope is that this information can be used by Spyderco to continue to provide excellent quality knives for people. Thank you.
Couldn't have said it better
No, really. If I only had the Pac Salt for the rest of days I'd be content
My grail, as a purely aesthetics/fondling blade was (and is) the Rajah I.
After some time of owning it I realised that the ugly, beat up Pacific Salt I already had fit most of the "grail's" attributes
Not as a fondling blade, or a shelf queen, but as a a working, functional, no-substitute knife
In there lays the beauty of the Pac Salt, as beautiful as the Rajah, but in a different way!
Very true words