Lum Tanto...Yes or No

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Do you want the Bob Lum Tanto Folder to return? Yes or no?

Yes
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No
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22%
 
Total votes: 148

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Lum Tanto...Yes or No

Postby Liquid Cobra » Mon Apr 10, 2017 10:00 pm

Every week or so someone creates a new Lum Tanto thread, it gets a few comments and then disappears. Is this because there isn't much interest in it's return? Is it because it happens so often it doesn't get as much attention as it deserves? Is it because you all have one and don't need another?

I understand that the tanto blade shape isn't as useful as the blade shapes Spyderco typically uses but that doesn't mean there isn't a place for it in the lineup. Some people just prefer to carry tanto's. I think if Spyderco was to carry a single tanto blade in its lineup the Lum Tanto should be it. The knife is a classic.

I've seen the sprint version of this knife sell for over $300 on the secondary market. Sure it's a collectors item, but it's also a well built knife that stands out as a unique product in the Spyderco line up. I believe that's why it commands such a high price. People want a Tanto, and they want it on a Spyderco!

So how about it? Are you in or are you out? Let's make this the end all be all Lum Tanto thread! Share your pictures, your thoughts, your likes, your dislikes. Can you sharpen a Tanto blade? Do you find it useful? Do you care if it's useful? Me, I like it from an aesthetic point of view. It's kind of like a piece of art in a way.

So vote. Do you want to see the Lum Tanto return?

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Re: Lum Tanto...Yes or No

Postby ZrowsN1s » Mon Apr 10, 2017 10:04 pm

I vote Yes. But please, not till next year. my wish list runneth over.
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Re: Lum Tanto...Yes or No

Postby Mushroom » Mon Apr 10, 2017 10:29 pm

Im absolutely in! Gimme two!
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Re: Lum Tanto...Yes or No

Postby adamlau » Mon Apr 10, 2017 11:37 pm

I voted no because I want more of Spyderco's time dedicated to the early release of the Shaman ;) . For only then will we be privy to Shaman sprint runs and dealer exclusives. I figure the Shaman to overcome the PM2 as my favorite Spyderco model after the Military :) . But I am not outright opposed to the Lum Tanto...

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Re: Lum Tanto...Yes or No

Postby Nate » Tue Apr 11, 2017 5:13 am

I voted yes. Even though it would probably be mostly a safe queen for me, I've always wanted to have one. It really screams "classic" to me as well. Easily in my top 5 best looking folders, in no small part due to that ^^ pic.
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Re: Lum Tanto...Yes or No

Postby Tdog » Tue Apr 11, 2017 5:38 am

I fully agree with Liquid Cobra that the Lum Tanto is a classic and work of art. I picked up a couple of the grey G-10''s when they came out, and even though they see no use they are one of my favorite Spydies. Voted yes as others should have the opportunity to have such a beautiful knife. I suspect these will make a reappearance at some point and are perhaps already somewhere in line as they are so highly sought. Thanks Spyderco for bringing us art in knives. Nice photo. :spyder:

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Re: Lum Tanto...Yes or No

Postby dogrunner » Tue Apr 11, 2017 5:43 am

yes yes yes
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Re: Lum Tanto...Yes or No

Postby Larry_Mott » Tue Apr 11, 2017 6:00 am

I'd love to see it reborn! A Micarta scaled one with a whisker thicker lock bar would be ace!
I'd also love to see all Lum designs kicking around Sals and Eric's offices in Golden that never made it into production..
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Re: Lum Tanto...Yes or No

Postby ohcyclist » Tue Apr 11, 2017 6:41 am

Absolutely yes from me. I am in for whatever steel and color is selected.

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Re: Lum Tanto...Yes or No

Postby twinboysdad » Tue Apr 11, 2017 6:54 am

The longer it goes with no production, the more people romanticize how great it was. Lots of other examples like this one

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Re: Lum Tanto...Yes or No

Postby Chuck_Chin » Tue Apr 11, 2017 8:18 am

Hell yes! When I figure out how to attach my pics I'll post my collection

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Re: Lum Tanto...Yes or No

Postby FK » Tue Apr 11, 2017 8:34 am

Yes however, I want upgraded steel, not S30V,,, something else as a Sprint run.

I had one when they were initially introduced,,, very sorry it was sold off.

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Re: Lum Tanto...Yes or No

Postby Liquid Cobra » Tue Apr 11, 2017 9:02 am

Yes a fancy steel would be nice but I'll take a new version of this knife any way I can get it. VG10, S30V, HAP40, ZDP189...

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Re: Lum Tanto...Yes or No

Postby farnorthdan » Tue Apr 11, 2017 10:01 am

Voted yes, Lum Tanto sprint has been on my wish list for some time now, they're out there but the secondary price is pretty steep.
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Re: Lum Tanto...Yes or No

Postby Jonholst » Tue Apr 11, 2017 12:34 pm

Yes!

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Re: Lum Tanto...Yes or No

Postby ZrowsN1s » Tue Apr 11, 2017 1:00 pm

Huh, for some reason I never noticed the lum was bigger than a pm2. That's what happens when you only see things in pictures I guess.
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Re: Lum Tanto...Yes or No

Postby bearfacedkiller » Tue Apr 11, 2017 1:00 pm

meh... I would pass but if yous guys all want one I hope yous get one... Not every knife is for everybody. I would agree that the aftermarket prices point to a sprint being a worthwhile venture. There is obviously some interest out there.

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Re: Lum Tanto...Yes or No

Postby greencobra » Tue Apr 11, 2017 3:35 pm

beautiful blade that lum tanto but long gone are my days of buying "just to have." i'd never use it. bearfacedkiller said it so eloquently in the post above me....
if yous guys all want one I hope yous get one

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Re: Lum Tanto...Yes or No

Postby 41Mag » Tue Apr 11, 2017 3:57 pm

Even if I don't have a major use for that style of a blade, that knife is just to cool to vote no. I give it a big YES!

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Re: Lum Tanto...Yes or No

Postby ohcyclist » Tue Apr 11, 2017 7:11 pm

Given this model is produced in Japan I am guessing a local steel would be most likely and the lead time would be long even if we get a yes on this.


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