Back in 2017 I posted a bunch of comparison photos of the Hundred Pacer with a variety of Spyderco models. Those photos went kaput with an Imgur snafu. Since one of the main issues confronting potential (online) buyers is the atypical size and shape, I think those comparisons may be helpful, so I'll repost them here, along with some additional newer pics. (hope that's not too intrusive on this thread)
This really is a fine knife design; despite its visual quirkiness, it is a slicing machine, and fits the pocket much better and differently than anticipated.
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Here are some quick pics of the Hundred Pacer (100P), which is another Spyderco that deserves physical handling before decision-making based solely on appearance.
In the 1980s Spyderco taught me that knife ergonomics can be wildly discordant from the visual aesthetic. A knife may feel great in the hand and function phenomenally despite an appearance that lacks appeal to the eye--let alone that some think looks downright ugly. Spydercos like the Lava and Dodo are two prime examples. And yes, the appearance can grow on you when the performance rewards you.
Carry options are the first thought when looking at the closed knife. The 100P is flatter and thinner in proportion to its closed height. Best suited for a "flat" pocket, it would be fine in a sixth pocket/utility pocket, perhaps even rear pocket fr some folks. Ixnay on front pocket carry, though, especially if your activities may included squatting, kneeling , crouching, or sitting very much. Trying to reach pat it in a front pocket to retrieve coins or such from the depths might get you flagged for appearing to engage in perverse prolonged pocket pool. --if you're not already flagged for that--
Fits great in an accessory pocket on a couple of my hiking/outdoor shorts; perfecto. And it's weight is lighter than its size belies.
Brief comments on handling:
--balance point is middle of lock release cutout
--forward grip in the "half choil" is secure and comfortable
--mid-to-rear grip has the pinky comfortably ensconced in the rear cutout, and the hump secures grasp adjacent to the ring finger. Palpably greater leverage, here
--the textured scales (pun intended) are unique in appearance and tactile functionality. Twill be pocket fabric friendly, too. (I'll avoid a drift to herps /CroFab/cases etc...)
--locks up tight, ka-thwick! fit and finish are exemplary of Taichung high quality
--blade steel is CTS-XHP, well-known to Spydie fans; I can't find a disparaging word for it
Here are some pics so you may get an idea of size and proportion in compariosn to other poplular Spydercos; hopefully you have some for first-hand comps. I lacked the space and lighting to do a big group pic, sorry.
The wire clip *looks* too small, but feels fine with the carry I described above
With a sheepsfoot D'Allara, another knife "tall" from spine to frame-back:
Stacked, for pocket profile comparison (Military is of course tip-down):
GB 1, such a tank, yes?
Manix CPM 154/S90V:
Para 3 CRU-WEAR:
Native 5 (linerless G10, S90V) and Caly 3 HAP40:
Endura 4, Pakkawood/HAP40:
Mule, MicroMelt PD1:
Hope this was of some use; thanks for looking.