What's Next for the Chaparral?

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What's Next for the Chaparral?

Postby carrot » Tue Oct 23, 2018 7:41 pm

With the Chaparral Titanium discontinued and the Chaparral Lightweight being a seemingly huge hit, what's next for the Chaparral? Surely there are plenty more handle variants on the way!

What would you guys like to see? What do you think is most likely?

Personally speaking I'd love to see the Chaparral with smooth, rounded paper or canvas micarta scales. I think micarta strikes a wonderful balance between being smooth and grippy at the same time. But I'm aware that there are a lot of cool materials for handles these days like CTek and others. What would the greater community like to own?

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Re: What's Next for the Chaparral?

Postby The Meat man » Tue Oct 23, 2018 7:47 pm

I don't remember exactly which thread, but I know Sal has talked about a Chapparal with buffalo horn scales.
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Re: What's Next for the Chaparral?

Postby Nate » Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:07 pm

A micarta Chap has been a grail pretty much since I joined here. Someday...

Skipped the Raffir Noble to wait for the lw and now that I've had it for a while (and it's fantastic) I'm thinking about the RN again. Would want to hand pick though, specifically need a good "back" side since the clip will be flipped for lefty carry.

Always though a brass or copper one would be cool. Not sure what you do about the weight though. Maybe brass or cu over nested skeletonized ti liners? I'm sure that would be cheap, lol. :p
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Re: What's Next for the Chaparral?

Postby The Meat man » Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:09 pm

Got it.
From page 625 of the "What Spyderco is in your pocket today??" thread:


sal wrote:
Fri Jul 20, 2018 8:23 pm
A Chaparral proto with brown water buffalo horn scales.

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Re: What's Next for the Chaparral?

Postby Nate » Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:16 pm

Potentially very interested. Picturing it smooth, but I guess we'll see.
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Re: What's Next for the Chaparral?

Postby crazywednesday » Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:21 pm

Carbon fiber or Micarta please
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Re: What's Next for the Chaparral?

Postby rossco599 » Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:23 pm

Micarta or wood would be my top picks

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Re: What's Next for the Chaparral?

Postby sal » Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:32 pm

We've got two new Chappies in-the-works.

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Re: What's Next for the Chaparral?

Postby abbazaba » Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:39 pm

sal wrote:
Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:32 pm
We've got two new Chappies in-the-works.

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Is one of them a Sprint Run? :D

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Re: What's Next for the Chaparral?

Postby glutofknives » Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:41 pm

If I recall correctly, I think copper fell through for some reason. I wonder if a copper squeak or urban could be made?

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Re: What's Next for the Chaparral?

Postby Doc Dan » Tue Oct 23, 2018 11:22 pm

sal wrote:
Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:32 pm
We've got two new Chappies in-the-works.

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Can you give us a hint?
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Re: What's Next for the Chaparral?

Postby fixall » Wed Oct 24, 2018 1:29 am

sal wrote:
Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:32 pm
We've got two new Chappies in-the-works.

sal
Oh boy! Linen micarta and I'd be day one buyer. G10 and Cruwear and my heart starts racing.

What I'd really like to see someday though is a Chaparral LW Wharncliffe!
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Re: What's Next for the Chaparral?

Postby Rutger » Wed Oct 24, 2018 4:49 am

sal wrote:
Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:32 pm
We've got two new Chappies in-the-works.

sal
New steel or handle material or both?

I love the knife and XHP is a great steel that gets very sharp. But it's not very well know by the general public and it is not 100% stainless. I think M390 would make it a better seller.
I personally would love to see a Salt version in LC200N. They have all the materials in Taichung to make that happen.
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Re: What's Next for the Chaparral?

Postby Robbob » Wed Oct 24, 2018 5:06 am

Rutger wrote:
Wed Oct 24, 2018 4:49 am
sal wrote:
Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:32 pm
We've got two new Chappies in-the-works.

sal
New steel or handle material or both?
The Chaparral is all about showcasing different handle materials. A change in steel would probably also bring a new generation.

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Re: What's Next for the Chaparral?

Postby T_MAC686 » Wed Oct 24, 2018 6:45 am

I think a bolstered option would be classy for this gents knife. Titanium bolster, ivory G10?

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Re: What's Next for the Chaparral?

Postby sparky2016 » Wed Oct 24, 2018 6:47 am

Robbob wrote:
Wed Oct 24, 2018 5:06 am
The Chaparral is all about showcasing different handle materials.
Is it still, though? The latest FRN model seems to have woken people up to the utility of that size and thickness blade; as well as the ergonomics.

With that particularly thin blade, one would think it narrows down the steel options.

TBH I might rather have a Caly Jr in a more practical steel than the SuperBlue.

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Re: What's Next for the Chaparral?

Postby elena86 » Wed Oct 24, 2018 6:55 am

Doc Dan wrote:
Tue Oct 23, 2018 11:22 pm
sal wrote:
Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:32 pm
We've got two new Chappies in-the-works.

sal
Can you give us a hint?

Hopefully the new Chappies will lose that non-aesthetic blade spine hump :)
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Re: What's Next for the Chaparral?

Postby Larry_Mott » Wed Oct 24, 2018 6:55 am

I'm all in for new scales materials on the Chap! Never mind the steel, it's plenty good enough IMO
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Re: What's Next for the Chaparral?

Postby sparky2016 » Wed Oct 24, 2018 6:57 am

Rutger wrote:
Wed Oct 24, 2018 4:49 am
I love the knife and XHP is a great steel that gets very sharp. But it's not very well know by the general public and it is not 100% stainless. I think M390 would make it a better seller.
I personally would love to see a Salt version in LC200N. They have all the materials in Taichung to make that happen.
More LC200N is always good. Not sure this is the knife for it, though?

Funny, on the CTS-XHP I learned a lesson. Eventually I had a moment where I realized, woah, now I get why they chose that steel. With almost all the choices Spyderco makes, they're deliberate and well-tested (and it's only done when it's done, not to meet a schedule). It's that I just haven't learned enough to appreciate the choices. So maybe the general public will come around, too. Sal seems OK with that.
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Re: What's Next for the Chaparral?

Postby The Deacon » Wed Oct 24, 2018 6:57 am

Larry_Mott wrote:
Wed Oct 24, 2018 6:55 am
I'm all in for new scales materials on the Chap! Never mind the steel, it's plenty good enough IMO
Let the steel junkies frolic in the 13 a dozen Para*** :P

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