Calypso sprint run - would you buy one?

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Calypso sprint run - would you buy one?

Postby Pancake » Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:56 pm

Lately I discovered Calypso model (not the Junior one). Such a nice design. Almost 4 inch blade, nice shapes, nice handle.

Do you think that a sprint run ( or a retro run ?) would sell well? Or the price would be too high for what you get (basic linered knife with G10 and some basic steel)?
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Re: Calypso sprint run - would you buy one?

Postby Spydergirl88 » Mon Jul 08, 2019 11:02 pm

The last Calypso sprint was brown g10 and VG10. Solid SuperBlue and grey g10 or micarta would sell out pretty fast even at around $200. I think people are tired of black g10 and vg10 japanese-made spydies costing so much so they would prefer more exciting handle materials and steel to justify the higher cost

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Postby Naperville » Mon Jul 08, 2019 11:07 pm

No. I have a Military in S110V which fills the niche.
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Re: Calypso sprint run - would you buy one?

Postby Spydergirl88 » Mon Jul 08, 2019 11:08 pm

Also the Chief is really great

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Postby knivesandbooks » Mon Jul 08, 2019 11:11 pm

I really wanted one for awhile but now that the Chief is out, I think I'll just go with that.
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Re: Calypso sprint run - would you buy one?

Postby Sumdumguy » Mon Jul 08, 2019 11:12 pm

I would buy a SuperBlue Calypso yesterday.

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Re: Calypso sprint run - would you buy one?

Postby Mako109 » Tue Jul 09, 2019 12:06 am

Before the Chief, I might have. Now, not likely.

The Calypso would need a few updates to get my attention again, most notably it would have to get rid of the pinned construction.

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Re: Calypso sprint run - would you buy one?

Postby Pancake » Tue Jul 09, 2019 4:55 am

Oh yes, pinned construction is not good, but that could be changed.....
So, maybe blue or light green G10 and maybe SG2 steel would work?
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Re: Calypso sprint run - would you buy one?

Postby JD Spydo » Tue Jul 09, 2019 5:10 am

Like Spydergirl says I too would buy one if they made it in any blade steel except VG-10. Also another requirement would be for a Sprint Run C-54 Calypso to be offered up in SE & PE both like the original model was. IF they would make them in SE & PE>> the SE could be in VG-10 for that matter if they would make the plain edge in HAP 40 or some other upper tier Japanese blade steel. It was one of their top 3 best ever FFG Spyderedged folders for sure and I would want another one of them in SE actually more than PE.

And this is coming from a guy who historically has been a big fan of the C-54 big Calypso model overall. But I really liked the Spyderedged version of the C-54 as much as I did the Plain edged and if I couldn't also get it in SE I would be disappointed. Yeah they would have to spice it up a bit at this point in the game with a newer/better blade steel because we've just had our share of Sprint Runs in VG-10. It is interesting from one standpoint though because I believe the original C-54 Calypso was the first Spyderco folder ever in VG-10. And I believe the MORAN was the first fixed blade in VG-10. But after 20+ years of VG-10 folders it's truly time for a different type of Sprint Run in the Japan made Spyders.

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Re: Calypso sprint run - would you buy one?

Postby Pancake » Tue Jul 09, 2019 5:21 am

Yes, I agree on the VG-10 thing.....its fine, but sometimes the price is bit too much for the materials used.
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Re: Calypso sprint run - would you buy one?

Postby jdw » Tue Jul 09, 2019 5:44 am

I wouldn't. As others have stated, there are too many knives that already fill that niche and the cost for the quality received is questionable at best out of both the Seki and Moki plants.
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Re: Calypso sprint run - would you buy one?

Postby vivi » Tue Jul 09, 2019 5:51 am

Mako109 wrote:
Tue Jul 09, 2019 12:06 am
Before the Chief, I might have. Now, not likely.

The Calypso would need a few updates to get my attention again, most notably it would have to get rid of the pinned construction.
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The Calypso is a brilliant design, one of Sal's best IMO. I would be all over a sprint run with scew construction. I'd be perfectly fine with VG10 again, it just has to have screw construction this time.

Wouldn't mind a slightly larger opening hole too, but that'd be tricky to pull off. Screw construction is a much bigger deal for me.

It's such a good design and I hate seeing it left in the past.
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Re: Calypso sprint run - would you buy one?

Postby bearfacedkiller » Tue Jul 09, 2019 5:54 am

I would buy one.
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Re: Calypso sprint run - would you buy one?

Postby Bdubs808 » Tue Jul 09, 2019 6:13 am

Sign me up. I have a VG10 brown Calypso, it's a sweet knife. Superblue, SG2, HAP40, ZDP are all great for an upgrade.
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Re: Calypso sprint run - would you buy one?

Postby awa54 » Tue Jul 09, 2019 6:41 am

Super blue, M390, K390 or HAP40... Yes please!
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Re: Calypso sprint run - would you buy one?

Postby TomAiello » Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:24 am

SG2 would actually be a really good choice for a sprint. It's rare/unique enough that people would buy it just for the steel.

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Re: Calypso sprint run - would you buy one?

Postby Doc Dan » Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:34 am

I like the design...but with the native chief I’m not sure I would buy one.

Does anyone have the calypso and chief who can post comparison pics?
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Re: Calypso sprint run - would you buy one?

Postby Evil D » Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:35 am

I'd probably choose a Police 4 or Chief first. I think Golden have the back lock dialed in a little better than Japan. I might be interested in a new updated version of the Calypso though.
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Re: Calypso sprint run - would you buy one?

Postby yablanowitz » Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:48 am

I love the original C54 in unlined Micarta. The 50% weight gain on the Sprint was a major turn-off for me. Adding even more weight for screw construction? No thanks.

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Re: Calypso sprint run - would you buy one?

Postby VashHash » Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:44 am

yablanowitz wrote:
Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:48 am
I love the original C54 in unlined Micarta. The 50% weight gain on the Sprint was a major turn-off for me. Adding even more weight for screw construction? No thanks.
This right here.

I would jump on an original style sprint. Linen Micarta all the way. Maybe do a red this time or white /ivory.


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