The Spyderco Earth- a knife made from 100% recycled materials

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The Spyderco Earth- a knife made from 100% recycled materials

Postby demoncase » Wed Jun 05, 2019 12:05 pm

So, I had a daft thought while stuck in traffic*:

Spyderco do all kinds of dedicated models with charitable focus and output (Pink handles for breast cancer etc).
Spyderco do all kinds of other great things for folks of all kinds and show levels of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) that are humbling.

With that ball rolling- to show a commitment to sustainability and environmentalism: How about a knife made from 100% recycled materials?

It'd definitely by do-able for the handle materials- recycled polymers and aluminium offer some scope there
I'm not sure if anyone offers 100% recycled steel- and if they do, possibly not in a sensible blade steel.
Hardware and fittings are probably a challenge too....

With a goal of demonstrating a minimal environmental impact, I'd love to see what the Golden team could do if they ran with the idea.
Would it be a sprint of a common and popular model like the Delica?
Would it be some new design to maximise the materials available?

I thought it might be called a Spyderco Earth (Naming's the hard bit of knife design, right? :rolleyes: )


*Apologies- it took me 2 hours to travel 35 miles and I was starting to chew the steering wheel a bit :D
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Re: The Spyderco Earth- a knife made from 100% recycled materials

Postby A.S.O.K.A » Wed Jun 05, 2019 2:01 pm

In terms of steel ( hardware and blade) I would suggest spring steel from vehicles from the scrapyard. If Forged In Fire competitors can make competition blades from those, spyderco should have no real worries doing it too (:
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Postby The Mastiff » Wed Jun 05, 2019 4:58 pm

I'm not entirely sure about powder steels but there are very few non recycled ingot steels. I can only think of a couple used in knives like some of Hitachi's. White steel? Maybe. Most every steel manufacturer uses recycled steel to some degree. Some blend recycled with new steel made from ore. Isn't steel the most recycled product of all?

I'd be out if Aluminum is used. I hate it on knife handles.

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Postby kodai78 » Wed Jun 05, 2019 5:18 pm

Great idea! While it has appeal the devil will be in the details. I’m guessing quality control would be a barrier and there could be liability issues in the event of any kind of problem.
All the negativity aside I would love to see this happen.
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Re: The Spyderco Earth- a knife made from 100% recycled materials

Postby Sumdumguy » Wed Jun 05, 2019 9:32 pm

Did someone say "rubbish" micarta handles? Made out of chopped up cloth scraps and resin!

The handles would look like carpet pad, lol!

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Postby bearrowland » Wed Jun 05, 2019 9:36 pm

I think this is an awesome idea! The Victorinox plant recycles or uses almost anything having to do with production. I'd love to have a Spyderco knife like that!
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Postby bearrowland » Wed Jun 05, 2019 9:37 pm

Exactly!
A.S.O.K.A wrote:
Wed Jun 05, 2019 2:01 pm
In terms of steel ( hardware and blade) I would suggest spring steel from vehicles from the scrapyard. If Forged In Fire competitors can make competition blades from those, spyderco should have no real worries doing it too (:
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Re: The Spyderco Earth- a knife made from 100% recycled materials

Postby Tucson Tom » Wed Jun 05, 2019 10:27 pm

Can micarta be made from cow (or steer) manure? Now that would be something!

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Postby The Mastiff » Wed Jun 05, 2019 10:47 pm

Can micarta be made from cow (or steer) manure?
Dunno about that. Won't go inquiring either. :)

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Postby ladybug93 » Thu Jun 06, 2019 1:00 am

this is a really cool idea. unfortunately, companies tend to charge way for items like this, making it hard to justify choosing them, even if you care about the cause. for example, a popular outdoor clothing company made rain jackets out of recycled plastic bottles, to some celebrity endorsements, and charged $200 for a jacket similar to the one i bought from them for $60. if spyderco can do this and keep it reasonable and in a popular model (even if it’s not my favorite), i would definitely be down for one.

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Postby Doc Dan » Thu Jun 06, 2019 1:45 am

Micarta, which many of us love, can be made from old linen recycled for the purpose.

Old corn cob or pine cone can be used for scales, impregnated with resin.

Paperstone, another nice material, is recycled paper made into a material that feels good, and very strong. https://paperstoneproducts.net/wordpress/


Steel is usually recycled.

This is a feasible idea.
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Re: The Spyderco Earth- a knife made from 100% recycled materials

Postby abbazaba » Thu Jun 06, 2019 6:15 am

Cool idea! Though it might be rather pricey.

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Postby bearfacedkiller » Thu Jun 06, 2019 6:42 am

A blade made from old leaf springs, liners made from recycled beer cans and micarta scales made from old blue jeans. Sounds like something a custom maker could do.
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Re: The Spyderco Earth- a knife made from 100% recycled materials

Postby p_atrick » Thu Jun 06, 2019 7:09 am

French knife maker Roland Lannier does all kinds of interesting things with making his own micarta. He recently did a run of knives using Lucha libre masks. He has also used records from some of his favorite artists, comic book pages, concrete (looks better than it sounds), etc. I'd be interested in seeing how creative Spyderco could be with unique micarta materials.

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Re: The Spyderco Earth- a knife made from 100% recycled materials

Postby ferider » Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:03 am

Count me in !

I would insist though, that the energy for forge, laser cutting, cryo treatment, grinding, etc., comes from water-, solar-, or wind-power.

BTW, if anybody wants to properly recycle their CruWear Spydercos, send them to me, I'll make sure it gets done in a green way. :D

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Re: The Spyderco Earth- a knife made from 100% recycled materials

Postby Tucson Tom » Thu Jun 06, 2019 11:19 am

All the grinding would need to be done on pedal powered machines.

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Postby Bill1170 » Thu Jun 06, 2019 11:29 am

One could take the long view. All elements heavier than hydrogen were created in the fusion forge of a star, then ejected when the star died. Collecting and purifying the metals from which blades are made is already an exercise in recycling.

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Re: The Spyderco Earth- a knife made from 100% recycled materials

Postby SpyderEdgeForever » Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:24 am

Great idea!

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Postby Bloke » Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:44 am

ferider wrote:
Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:03 am
or wind-power.
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Postby bearrowland » Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:46 am

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