Have you found the one?

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Have you found the perfect Spyderco for you?

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Other
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Have you found the one?

Postby vivi » Mon Sep 30, 2019 9:46 pm

The Pacific Salt getting discontinued by surprise really made me think about my knife collection.

I got my first one as a beater. Didn't care for it much when I got it. Used it for stuff I wouldn't use my nicer knives for. Had a list of knives I'd rather carry before pocketing one. It was a purely situational knife.

It grew on me. I started carrying it on days I didn't need a rust proof or ultra light knife.

Few years ago tried my first in SE, and it made one of my favorites perform even better for me. More aggressive cutting and a significantly thinner edge brought out higher performance than in my PE.

I have a lot of knives that do individual things better, but none can match the combination of features the Pacific Salt offers me. It's the total package: slim in the pocket, very light, rust proof, lockback with a nice closing bias, tip up, large opening hole that's well exposed, and good ergonomics.

Because it's slim, light and rust proof its comfortable in any outfit, any weather. A true 365 day carry.

When they announced it was getting cut, I knew I needed more. If I could only have one Spyderco for the rest of my life, this would be it.

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Re: Have you found the one?

Postby prndltech » Mon Sep 30, 2019 9:51 pm

Same. I haven’t met you but I’m pretty sure we’re twins.

I had one in SE that’s pretty much my only dedicated folder I carry... when I heard it was discontinued I bought 5 more.

I’ve actually sold the majority of my knives due to the fact I don’t use them... I still have a few other spydies, but it’s rare for them to get carried. I use and abuse my pac salts, and favor the SE of course.
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Re: Have you found the one?

Postby Sharp Guy » Mon Sep 30, 2019 9:53 pm

Yep! About 80 times

I'm not real choosy. So I could pick several models and be perfectly happy if that was the only one I have.
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Re: Have you found the one?

Postby Spydergirl88 » Mon Sep 30, 2019 9:56 pm

Lil Native DLC comp lock. Everything I need, nothing I don't. Only took me almost 200 Spydercos to find that out. 👀
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Re: Have you found the one?

Postby prndltech » Mon Sep 30, 2019 10:02 pm

Spydergirl88 wrote:
Mon Sep 30, 2019 9:56 pm
Lil Native DLC comp lock. Everything I need, nothing I don't. Only took me almost 200 Spydercos to find that out. 👀
I can attest to this as well... it only took me years and thousands of dollars to figure out I like/love a sub $100 pacific salt.
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Re: Have you found the one?

Postby Wartstein » Mon Sep 30, 2019 10:48 pm

Voted "other".

(Vivi: Thanks for choosing your "Wartstein impression" for a title photo, sure I´ll post one too ;) )

On the one hand I definitely found out what would be the in reality existing folder I´d take if I could only have one for the rest of my life:
Endura 4.
Though at the moment I can´t say if I´d take it in VG10 or in HAP 40,slightly leaning towards the latter

I am one of those who loves its ergos. I know, that some others don´t, especially people with larger hands, but I have L to XL hands and just DO.
It has the perfect bladelength (and more importantly edge-length), is rather light and slim in the pocket, hand is placed rather close to the edge in a regular grip, and I can choke up on the Ricasso as comfortably as on a decicated choil (and do so a lot).
Rather thin ffg blade with a bit stronger tip is also what I am looking for.
And it has a backlock, which is very important to me.

VG10 is a dream to sharpen and in my use more than rust proof enough
With (cladded!) HAP 40 I also did have no corrosion issues so far and it still sharpens quick enough while having great edge retention

On the other hand: Is it "the one"? Is it totally perfect? Not quite maybe... I have a feeling that the perfect knife for me could also be the already two times mentioned Pacific Salt, if it came in ffg.
Since the "salt"-part is not important to me (don´t need total rustproofness), but the lightweight and being linerless, I sometimes think:

Maybe the Endura 3 (not 4) could be the "one" for me... Never had an Endura 3, so I don´t know if ´d like the handle shape, and maybe I should just look for one and try... :rolleyes:


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Re: Have you found the one?

Postby MichaelScott » Mon Sep 30, 2019 10:51 pm

Spydergirl88 wrote:
Mon Sep 30, 2019 9:56 pm
Lil Native DLC comp lock. Everything I need, nothing I don't. Only took me almost 200 Spydercos to find that out. 👀
I’m close, but not quite there. It’s down to the Para 3LW, or the Lil’ Native PE compression lock. Like Spydergirl, it’s required many starts and stops to get here.
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Re: Have you found the one?

Postby Ric » Mon Sep 30, 2019 11:17 pm

Para 3 - perfect size, weight, fun factor.
Comes in many different flavours :)

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Re: Have you found the one?

Postby mikey177 » Mon Sep 30, 2019 11:30 pm

Yes. It's the Native 5 for me.

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Re: Have you found the one?

Postby anycal » Mon Sep 30, 2019 11:32 pm

I think so. At least for the past four years. The PM2. And as much as I like my other knives, I haven't found anything which works better overall for my uses. Not for lack of trying.

And although I have a few in different steel, I wouldn't mind adding a variation of this model - LW would be one; I would try it in SE; different lock type, no problem; fixed blade would be nice too.

I know I enjoy carrying and using other models in some situations. But I also know this one would work just fine during any of those times.
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Re: Have you found the one?

Postby ladybug93 » Mon Sep 30, 2019 11:55 pm

i have found the perfect spyderco, but it doesn’t exist yet. the manix 2 lw is my favorite pocket knife of all time. however, i tend to pair it with my se pacific salt, which is also great. bringing the two together to make a pe manix 2 lw salt in lc200n and black with dlc would really be my perfect spyderco. that sounds super specific, but it’s not far from possible with current production and i think it would sell like crazy.

like you alluded to in your post, vivi, the salt models kind of beg to be abused. i love mine for that reason and would really love to see a salt version of my favorite model.

that said, i’d still call it about as close to perfect as there is for now. xhp is good to go and i’m glad i was able to get that instead of the bd1 for only $5 more.

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Re: Have you found the one?

Postby ladybug93 » Tue Oct 01, 2019 12:12 am

Spydergirl88 wrote:
Mon Sep 30, 2019 9:56 pm
Lil Native DLC comp lock. Everything I need, nothing I don't. Only took me almost 200 Spydercos to find that out. 👀
the only thing holding me back from this knife is i’m hoping they make it in lc200n someday. same knife in all black with liners and g10, but salted.

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Re: Have you found the one?

Postby Mattysc42 » Tue Oct 01, 2019 12:52 am

For me, it’s the manix xl and shaman equally, closely followed by the zdp/cf caly 3.5. I have to force myself to carry my other primary knives or I wouldn’t carry them at all.
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Re: Have you found the one?

Postby spyderwolf » Tue Oct 01, 2019 2:08 am

Endela,for me.My most carried knife was the Delica,but i felt it was a little too small,sometimes.The Endura was too big most of the times.Now if only the Endy will come out in denim blue scales it will be my dream folder.
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Re: Have you found the one?

Postby Igi964 » Tue Oct 01, 2019 2:30 am

Bow River.
Phil Wilson knife for everyone. Real winner. Hell of a slicer, compact, easy to carry, fit and finish is very, very good, nice round G10 handle and for the price, it is a steal:)

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Re: Have you found the one?

Postby rabbitanarchy14 » Tue Oct 01, 2019 3:27 am

for me it is the para 3 and lil native combination. i need some sprints of the lil native and a few more of the para 3.

perfect sizes and weight, now just waiting on the sprints i want.
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Re: Have you found the one?

Postby JD Spydo » Tue Oct 01, 2019 4:26 am

I voted NO. Because with the wide range of Spyderco knives I own much less all the others I've accumulated over the years there just isn't one particular fixed blade or folder that meets all my needs.

Also I never carry just one folder>> I always have some type of "companion folder" that I carry for some of my special needs. I usually always have either a fully serrated Hawkbill or another fully serrated blade to go with my main EDC which is usually a plain edged unit.

I've yet to find any knife that can "do it all" >> The closest folder I've found that I could get by on in a typical day would be my double bladed, Spyderco C-44 Dyad model ( the original ATS-55 unit).

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Re: Have you found the one?

Postby The Deacon » Tue Oct 01, 2019 4:45 am

I voted "Other" because, for me, there's no single Spyderco that's "the one" but there are .

I love the Stretch and carry one almost every time I leave the house. However, I have to go into Greenville every once in a while, like today to get my one car serviced, and can't carry anything with a blade over 3" there legally and don't like to be without a knife, so it's my favorite large Spyderco folder and I doubt there will ever be on to replace it, but it can't be "the one".

I love my Kiwis, I consider them functional jewelry and they're the only jewelry I ever wear, but they're not as practical as the Stretch for some tasks. So, while it's been my favorite small Spyderco folder for 16 years and probably will be for the rest of my life, the Kiwi can't be "the one".

I love my K05 and my modified K04 "mini santoku", but they rarely leave the kitchen, so neither could be "the one".
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Re: Have you found the one?

Postby Evil D » Tue Oct 01, 2019 5:17 am

Nope. I've found very good ones and I guess maybe I could narrow it down to the best current one for me but even the best aren't perfect for me.
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Re: Have you found the one?

Postby standy99 » Tue Oct 01, 2019 5:58 am

Gayle Bradley 1 for Dry stuff

Pacific Salt for Wet Stuff

As many have mentioned above, the pacific Salt punches way above its price point. The one knife I have always bought back ups to have at least 2or3 spare at anytime
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