So, where to begin. Intrioduction maybe. First post. I´m a new member from Norway, Europe, Earth. I´ve come to like Spyderco quite well, and all though I haven´t given this much thought, they are probably my prefered folding knife brand.
I was very interested in the SpydieChef all the way back since its introduction, but I was late to aquire one. When I still couldn´t find one domestically and retailers abroad seemed to run out as well, I paniced and ordered one from abroad, still within Europe, to make sure I didn´t miss out.
This is my most expensive Spyderco to date, and based on how good my more affordable ones are, my expectations were high.
Well, you´re probably guessing where this is going. It left me with some very mixed feelings. The knife looks amazing, centering and external finishing looks perfect, but actually using it doesn´t quite match its appearance. Lock stick is in my perception, terrible, but I never experienced it on any other frame lock before, so there is a lack of reference here as well. But even worse than the lock stick is the lockup. Normal deployment gives a firm snap, but the actual lock up is like 15-20% and it´s not really locked. The slightest downward pressure on the blade will cause the lock to disengadge easier than any slipjoint or friction folder I´ve tried. If either shoot the blade open with great effort, or open it normally and give the lockbar a slight push with my thumb, it snaps further in and I get something like 80% lockup. In this position the lockup is very secure, but it´s very sticky and I have to give it a solid push to disengadge the lock, and this is followed by a very noticable click when it disengadges.
Since I live where I live, I can´t very easily ship my knife to Spyderco if it doesn´t improve with use, and my retailer sayes that if it shows noticeable wear they can´t service or replace it under warranty. Even to have them look at it and consider it for warranty at this point, I have to pay expensive shipping abroad, and I might end up getting the same knife or an equally bad one back (it´s not even in stock, so that might affect the outcome as well). This really didn´t turn out as I expected. I still really want a SpydieChef as the concept really attracts me, but that should be one that is safe to use and handles nicely. I understand this was a very negative first post. Not blaming Spyderco for anything, just looking for advice and a place to vent my frustration. My spydiechef has the AS date code by the way.
Normal opening "lockup":
Hard opening lockup: