That's a great example you give there "Wartstein" because it was about 6 or 7 years after I got my very first Spyderco model ( MARINER) before I ever got my first Spyderco Hawkbill and then probably a year or so after that before I started finding out how good of a companion blade the Harpy & Merlin both were.
That's interesting too "wrdwrght" because when I really got started the beginning of the Calypso series really intrigued me a lot along with some of the other Spyderco IN HOUSE designs. It makes me wonder if you ever liked any of the TEMPERANCE line up ( fixed & folder)?wrdwrght wrote: ↑Wed May 29, 2019 11:32 amLeafy Spydies hooked me first, their pocket-hoggery be damned.
I started, like many here, with a Tenacious, then graduated to the Superleaf, to Manix2s, to Native5s, to the Chaparral, and to the Caly family. And let’s not forget the Caribbean.
Eventually I saw genius in drop points (the GB1, Stretches) and the straightened spine (PM2s, Millies, the Delica/Endura family, the Police4). Trailing points irritate me.
And that is so interesting that many of you guys from the Netherlands are also big fans of the SPYDEREDGE My good Dutch Brother "SPYDUTCH" who unfortunately I haven't seen in a while was one of the first to really start me to really getting into the Spyderedged models more and more. Now I liked the Spyderedged models from the get-go and my very first Spyder was an SE unit. But SPYDUTCH was truly one of the pioneers in that area.DutchBlades wrote: ↑Wed May 29, 2019 12:27 pmAn SE black FRN Endura 1 in G2... I can still remember the day I got it
I was young and had close to no money since I was at the washing-your-neighbours-car-for-loose-change stage of life
But after walking dogs, washing cars, doing the groceries for old people etc. came the toughest task:
Convincing my parents a nine year old kid needed a knife...
I remember looking at my grandfather slicing his apple with an old Victorinox and being amazed by the amount of tools inside of the thing.
Being obsessed with small items, tools and intricate mechanical things, it quickly got me into Swiss Army knives and knives in general.
After some cheap flea market stuff, I got a Victorinox Huntsman and loved it
My parents didn't approve of it all too much, but I wasn't being irresponsible with it, so it was all good.
The Endura however, was a step up; a big boy knife if you will
Good thing I got the green light for picking up the Endura, seeing how I had already purchased the knife unbeknownst to them...
After purchasing the Endura for a whopping ƒ30,- ("Gulden", the currency we had before the Euro came around) which was a small fortune for me at that age, I was hooked.
Trying to track down more Spyderco's with a lack of money, the internet being what it was back then and the knife hobby not being as prevalent yet, was proving to be rather difficult the first couple of years.
Slowly but surely I got some more knives and I had a feeling this wasn't gonna end any time soon.
Fast forward 17 years, lots of money and 150 Spydies or so, and the collection is still growing!
The latest addition to the collection came in today in the form of a Spyderkey
This is really wild!!! because you're not the only Brother who got his start here at Spyderville with the CRICKET model. There are way more than most people think. I've met a couple of really macho type guys that were big enough to spar with Evander Holyfield and both them told me how much they liked the CRICKET modelsgibs0n wrote: ↑Wed May 29, 2019 11:45 amMy first Spyderco knives, back in 1999 or 2000 were the FRN ATS-55 Dragonfly and Cricket. I quickly graduated to the FRN Calypso Jr.
I’ve since visited a few other “families” like the Natives, Military/Paramilitary/Para3, and Manix. But I always seem to come back to the Calypso/UKPK families. I really need a lightweight 3.5. Even better: a 3.5 UKPK!
I do still have my ATS-55 FRN Cricket. It still gets a lot of use too!
I do have more plain edge knives in the collection than serrated (partially because of the fact that quite a few models are sold exclusively in PE),JD Spydo wrote: ↑Wed May 29, 2019 1:01 pmAnd that is so interesting that many of you guys from the Netherlands are also big fans of the SPYDEREDGE My good Dutch Brother "SPYDUTCH" who unfortunately I haven't seen in a while was one of the first to really start me to really getting into the Spyderedged models more and more. Now I liked the Spyderedged models from the get-go and my very first Spyder was an SE unit. But SPYDUTCH was truly one of the pioneers in that area.
It was actually the Spyderedged units that got me to get my very first Spyder. Because before I ever owned one I had two deer hunting buddies of mine were talking to me one evening >> I told them I wanted to get either a folder or fixed blade with a really good set of serrations. And that was back in the mid 90s. And both of them said without hesitation that SPYDERCO was the only way to go. That should go into the history books as well
I put the Worker in there as a size reference and it's similarities with the Spyderkey, but it sure is a great model; even after all these years!