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Chap LW idea

Postby steelcity16 » Mon Dec 24, 2018 11:27 am

So my understanding is that the Chaparral is meant to showcase different handle materials rather than steels. But the Chapparal LW is such an amazing knife is seriously is putting me into a depression that we may never see another version of it! :( Perhaps the team can look into a glow in the dark FRN as a "new" scale material to showcase in the Chap LW, and while they are at it throw an LC200N blade and some stainless hardware and make the ultimate EDC Salt knife!
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Re: Chap LW idea

Postby Danvp » Mon Dec 24, 2018 2:01 pm

I totally agree with you. The Chap LW is to amazing not to treat with other steels. A salt version SE would be nice. All black please. LC200n is also highly appreciated.
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Re: Chap LW idea

Postby zhyla » Mon Dec 24, 2018 2:49 pm

Hmmm... is nylon available in a glow in the dark variety?

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Re: Chap LW idea

Postby steelcity16 » Fri Apr 19, 2019 10:51 am

zhyla wrote:
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Hmmm... is nylon available in a glow in the dark variety?

I don't know exactly what they have access to in Taiwan. There have been glow in the dark Spyderco exclusives in the past. I think the scales were smooth on those though and a different material. I would prefer a molded Glow in the Dark FRN/FRCP in the same texture of the current Chap LW scales using the same mold. Hopefully that is possible and they will make this happen. I think it would do very well.
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Re: Chap LW idea

Postby Wartstein » Fri Apr 19, 2019 11:31 am

The Chap lightweight is the one knife that really cought me off guard. I initially bought it as an option solely for trailrunning to be clipped IWB on occasions when I would have otherwise maybe carried no knife at all.
But immidiatelly I fell in love with that great designed, very capable little tool, carry it a lot more often than I thought I would, and will 100 % never get rid of it (and I am generally more a larger blades guy).

That said, I personall am totally fine with the current version (or even am quite amazed by the CTS HXP steel), BUT: If additional steel or handle options would lead to more people getting interested and trying that design, I am totally for it. I think, a bit like it is with the Stretch, the Chap is an underestimated folder and really grows on you as soon as it really gets used
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Re: Chap LW idea

Postby Larry_Mott » Fri Apr 19, 2019 1:03 pm

I'm allergic to GITD personally. I would never buy one. That said, if it would make (more) people notice and appreciate the Chap so be it.
Me? I'd be over the moon over a wood or micarta scale really classy Chap since that's what they are about for me :)
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Re: Chap LW idea

Postby restless ghost » Fri Apr 19, 2019 1:07 pm

Micarta or Pakkawood would be an insta-buy

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Re: Chap LW idea

Postby abbazaba » Fri Apr 19, 2019 1:15 pm

I'm pretty sure Sal mentioned that the Chaparral LW and Sage5 LW were an opportunity for exclusives and sprints in different steels. K390 would be my vote.

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Re: Chap LW idea

Postby Nate » Fri Apr 19, 2019 1:17 pm

^^ +1, I remember that as well.
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Re: Chap LW idea

Postby Wartstein » Fri Apr 19, 2019 1:17 pm

restless ghost wrote:
Fri Apr 19, 2019 1:07 pm
Micarta or Pakkawood would be an insta-buy
Absolutely YES to both. Micarta even more than Pakkawood.
And the good thing: Could well come true, couldn't it? After all the Chap was established as THE model to display different handle materials on the always same knife-design, right?
Top three going by pocket-time: Endura 4 in VG 10/Micarta-scales; Stretch 1 in VG 10; Endura 4 in HAP 40

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Re: Chap LW idea

Postby Larry_Mott » Fri Apr 19, 2019 1:22 pm

Wartstein wrote:
Fri Apr 19, 2019 1:17 pm
restless ghost wrote:
Fri Apr 19, 2019 1:07 pm
Micarta or Pakkawood would be an insta-buy
Absolutely YES to both. Micarta even more than Pakkawood.
And the good thing: Could well come true, couldn't it? After all the Chap was established as THE model to display different handle materials on the always same knife-design, right?
Indeed, and I have seen amazingly pretty Chaps with wooden scales..
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Re: Chap LW idea

Postby RadioactiveSpyder » Fri Apr 19, 2019 1:31 pm

There were an (over-)abundance of Chaps on the Spyderco prototype table at last weekend’s OKCA show. Many were various types of stabilized woods that Sal and Eric were trying out, as well as a few new Raffir acrylic scales - one of which I believe had some GITD material integrated into the scales. I must say I was not particularly impressed with any of them to be honest, but I have pretty high standards for this model!

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Re: Chap LW idea

Postby David R » Fri Apr 19, 2019 8:32 pm

I'm sure Spyderco's plate is pretty full. But a black or white linen micarta Chap would be great. I have no issues with XHP - it's very nice steel and I'm sure it was chosen specifically for the thin grind they use. But I would not be opposed to K390 Chap either.

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Re: Chap LW idea

Postby Wartstein » Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:29 pm

David R wrote:
Fri Apr 19, 2019 8:32 pm
...But a black or white linen micarta Chap would be great....
It sure would! But thinking about it, I doubt, they'll ever put miicarta-scales on a Taichung knife. :( I remember Sal saying something like Micarta would be too likely to shrink or expand when shipped from there to another (dryer?) climate. I could remember wrongly though.

And I'd be for denim-micarta... :)
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Re: Chap LW idea

Postby ladybug93 » Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:32 pm

does pakkawood look better in person than in pictures, because i don’t think it’s attractive at all based on the pictures. i’d rather see a nicer looking wood like ebony or maybe some bone scales or something. if you want to go classy, really go classy.

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Re: Chap LW idea

Postby araneae » Fri Apr 19, 2019 10:19 pm

RadioactiveSpyder wrote:
Fri Apr 19, 2019 1:31 pm
There were an (over-)abundance of Chaps on the Spyderco prototype table at last weekend’s OKCA show. Many were various types of stabilized woods that Sal and Eric were trying out, as well as a few new Raffir acrylic scales - one of which I believe had some GITD material integrated into the scales. I must say I was not particularly impressed with any of them to be honest, but I have pretty high standards for this model!

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Re: Chap LW idea

Postby Doc Dan » Fri Apr 19, 2019 11:56 pm

RadioactiveSpyder wrote:
Fri Apr 19, 2019 1:31 pm
There were an (over-)abundance of Chaps on the Spyderco prototype table at last weekend’s OKCA show. Many were various types of stabilized woods that Sal and Eric were trying out, as well as a few new Raffir acrylic scales - one of which I believe had some GITD material integrated into the scales. I must say I was not particularly impressed with any of them to be honest, but I have pretty high standards for this model!

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Re: Chap LW idea

Postby David R » Mon Apr 22, 2019 7:46 am

Wartstein wrote:
Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:29 pm
David R wrote:
Fri Apr 19, 2019 8:32 pm
...But a black or white linen micarta Chap would be great....
It sure would! But thinking about it, I doubt, they'll ever put miicarta-scales on a Taichung knife. :( I remember Sal saying something like Micarta would be too likely to shrink or expand when shipped from there to another (dryer?) climate. I could remember wrongly though.

And I'd be for denim-micarta... :)
Hadn't considered that - it may not be stable enough for the moisture swings between Taiwan and Colorado. I used to live at 5000'+ in Colorado and 7000'+ in New Mexico. Weird stuff happens due to the dryness.

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Re: Chap LW idea

Postby TomAiello » Mon Apr 22, 2019 8:26 am

Chap LW would make a pretty good "folding mule" for running other steels.

If the K390 Chap LW actually happens, I see myself buying multiples immediately. My favorite smaller knife in one of my favorite steels is going to be an amazing combination.

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Re: Chap LW idea

Postby Danvp » Mon Apr 22, 2019 9:33 am

ladybug93 wrote:
Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:32 pm
does pakkawood look better in person than in pictures, because i don’t think it’s attractive at all based on the pictures. i’d rather see a nicer looking wood like ebony or maybe some bone scales or something. if you want to go classy, really go classy.
I had a pakkawood delica. Not a great fan of it and sold it again. Mine was very dark. The 3 different wooden scales on the Chapparal i handled were very attractive. Don’t know if they were actually made from wood or some look- alike material. Anyway they are on my ‘to buy’ list when they drop regardless of steel.
Still a salt Chapparal is on my shortlist too. Just a perfect design of a little knife.


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