I am certainly not a knife historian. My “knowledge” of classic American pocket knives stems from the 40s and 50s when most men I knew or saw always had some kind of usually multi-blade knife. Bone and wooden scales were the norm and they were usually smaller knives, probably 2.5” to 3” for the bigger blade.
I had a few of these growing up. Carried mine everywhere even school. Different times indeed.
For me, most of the current crop of knife companies like, but not limited to, CRKT, Kershaw, Gerber, etc. are all on the technological train. Flippers, ball bearings, field strip designs, swooping “tactical” blades and handles, expensive metals and steels are ubiquitous. Even a promising design like Voxnaes’ Pilar is crippled by inferior materials and construction. Spyderco is one of the very few innovators who have escaped this trend.
I buy Spydercos in preference to the other current technological knives today, for reasons constantly enumerated here. But, in addition, I am also drawn to hand-made pocket knives produced with high quality and attention to detail, especially those that harken back to my youth.
I don’t think it would be a good business decision for Spyderco to enter that market but again, I don’t believe Sal, Eric and Gail are in it just for the money. The One Eyed Jack is a fine example of that.
So, those are my rambling thoughts on why I’d like to see an American traditional slip joint with a bug in the blade.
What doesn’t kill you will make you stronger. Except infantry. Infantry will kill you.
“Gentlemen, bring out your men.” — T. J. Jackson, Second Manassas, 1862