What I propose:
A line of knives, similar to the sage series, where the feature is a more contoured and rounded handle. The similarity that will tie the series together will be the overall size and ergos, I'm thinking around 3.5", which seems to be a bit of a void in Spyderco's current offerings.
Why a series? Because they could utilize a few lock styles, obviously the BBL works (worked on the D'allara), as does a back lock (worked on the bolstered caly, kopa, etc) and liner lock (worked on the Hungarian, valotton, etc). The different locks ensure that people who have a lock preference can get a very nicely contoured handle.
Why do I think this is important?
Often the contoured handles are attached to other polarizing factors: the size of the shaman, the form factor of various "ethnic" designs like the hungarian. We lack a good, basic, middle of the road knife with very well contoured handles.
The original D'allara, if you've ever held it, epitomizes what is meant by a "folding fixed blade." It truly melts into your hand. Now, it doesn't carry small as a result, and I know that is why the most recently discontinued D'allara received the standard slab-sided treatment. This, in my humble opinion, was a mistake. I think that steps could be taken to increase the "carryablility" without completely eliminating the main unique feature of the D'allara.
So again, I think a well contoured design in a relatively neutral form factor in a middle-of the road size is a good idea. I previously proposed it as "the D'allara series" because the D'allara name doesn't deserve to fade quietly away. I'd like to hear your thoughts.
Last edited by tvenuto
on Sat Oct 20, 2018 9:50 am, edited 1 time in total.