Which Spidie next? The Taiwanese conundrum

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Which Spidie next? The Taiwanese conundrum

Postby Marcus52AR » Tue Sep 03, 2019 5:40 pm

Recently these three models popped up in stock again at my online dealer.

Amalgam
Smock
Kapara

All 3 are s30v compression lock (smock button released) with some form of carbon fiber scales, and developed with a 3rd party designer, produced in Taiwan.

I want all three but I was going to see what you guys and gals think is the top of the heap.

First post since signing up. I'm over on bladeforums with the same name. Spyderco makes up the majority of my collection, so it only makes sense to come to the center of the web.
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Re: Which Spidie next? The Taiwanese conundrum

Postby zippifish » Wed Sep 04, 2019 1:32 pm

Out of those 3 I would want to buy the Kapara first and welcome to the forum.

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Re: Which Spidie next? The Taiwanese conundrum

Postby ZrowsN1s » Wed Sep 04, 2019 1:34 pm

Welcome! I went with the kapara myself first. The smock is on my list.
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Re: Which Spidie next? The Taiwanese conundrum

Postby Wartstein » Wed Sep 04, 2019 1:44 pm

Welcome to the forum!

For me: Out of the three Kapara, no doubt. Not really interested in the other two options.
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Re: Which Spidie next? The Taiwanese conundrum

Postby Spydergirl88 » Wed Sep 04, 2019 1:52 pm

Kapara
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Re: Which Spidie next? The Taiwanese conundrum

Postby wrdwrght » Wed Sep 04, 2019 2:01 pm

The Kapara is simply superb. The others may also be but they just haven’t called my name.
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Re: Which Spidie next? The Taiwanese conundrum

Postby DSH007 » Wed Sep 04, 2019 2:02 pm

The Kapara is an absolutely fantastic knife with excellent ergos. The Smock is nice - the button/comp lock is cool, action, f&f etc are excellent.. but the ergos just don't do it for me.. compared with pretty much every other Spyderco I've handled, I just don't find it especially comfortable in hand/use. I have no experience with the Amalgam, so I can't be of any help there..

So of the three you listed.. I have to go with the Kapara.

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Re: Which Spidie next? The Taiwanese conundrum

Postby JuPaul » Wed Sep 04, 2019 2:31 pm

I'm gonna buck the trend and say the Smock. :p Of the three, it's the only one I have (so far!). I absolutely love it, love the button comp lock, corner flipper tab, and unique design. I have no issues with ergos, but I do have smaller hands so maybe that's a factor. I also personally prefer the textured cf and don't mind it being laminate. The Kapara is on my wish list, too, though, and looks beautiful. I'm hopeful for sprints in both models.
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Re: Which Spidie next? The Taiwanese conundrum

Postby soc_monki » Wed Sep 04, 2019 4:33 pm

I'm for the Amalgam, because it's my favorite spyderco! I would like a Kapara, but I'm not really into the smock... Maybe I would be if I tried one but the design just doesn't grab me.

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Re: Which Spidie next? The Taiwanese conundrum

Postby Marcus52AR » Wed Sep 04, 2019 4:48 pm

Thanks for warm welcome!

I'd like to get all three obviously, I'm considering getting the Amalgam and Kapara and do a battle to the death, but can foresee keeping both.

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Re: Which Spidie next? The Taiwanese conundrum

Postby Notsurewhy » Wed Sep 04, 2019 5:03 pm

I have the kapara and it's excellent. Great slicer, great ergos, well put together and the contoured carbon fiber handle looks as good as it works. The deep carry clip and thin profile mean that it pockets very well for a 3.5in blade. Highly recommended.

The smock is a maybe for me right now. I'm intrigued by the button compression lock and the hollow ground sheepsfootish blade. I'm less enthused about the laminate CF and that the handle looks less ergonomic than most spydies. Unfortunately there are no local dealers near me where I can hold one to know for sure, so that may be a deal breaker for me.

The amalgam isn't really on my radar. I'm not big on flippers and it's larger than I usually carry (the kapara is the biggest knife in my regular rotation). It has the same laminate CF that I find meh on the smock but without the interesting (to me) blade or button luck. It seems a good knife, it's just not for me.

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Re: Which Spidie next? The Taiwanese conundrum

Postby koenigsegg » Wed Sep 04, 2019 7:36 pm

I got a Smock after having it on preorder for over a year then and it just wasn't for me. Too squared off and I didn't like losing so much of the edge to the lock cutout. I haven't had an Amalgam but have heard good things. I recently did however get a Kapara and I'm in love with this thing. The scales are so smooth and the blade dropped shut from factory. Feels amazing in the hand. I would love to try the Amalgam but the contoured carbon scales were calling to me.
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Re: Which Spidie next? The Taiwanese conundrum

Postby JuPaul » Wed Sep 04, 2019 9:33 pm

Agreed the Smock isn't for everyone, as much as I love it. I'd say if you love wierd and unique design, go for the Smock. If you love classic good looks and smooth lines, go with Kapara. If you love larger knives/traditional flippers go with the Amalgam. I'm thinking you probably can't make a bad choice here. :p
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Re: Which Spidie next? The Taiwanese conundrum

Postby sal » Thu Sep 05, 2019 12:14 am

Hi Marcus,

Welcome to our forum.

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Re: Which Spidie next? The Taiwanese conundrum

Postby Cambertree » Thu Sep 05, 2019 1:04 am

I only have the Kapara out of those three, and can definitely recommend it.

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Re: Which Spidie next? The Taiwanese conundrum

Postby Marcus52AR » Mon Sep 09, 2019 12:52 am

Thank you for welcoming me to the forum Sal. Too cool.

Well, with the help of members opinions and some youtubing, I've come to the conclusion I'm going to try the Kapara first.

Thank you for the replies.

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Re: Which Spidie next? The Taiwanese conundrum

Postby Mr Blonde » Mon Sep 09, 2019 1:14 pm

Welcome to the forum! But this is no conundrum at all. First rule of the forums: get them all! ;)

My pick and recommendation is the Kapara. I really like mine!
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