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Micarta Chaparral

Postby Ez556 » Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:11 pm

“Spyderco’s Chaparral series is a family of slim, pocket-friendly gentlemen’s folding knives that celebrates the diversity of different handle materials and treatments.”

So far we’ve had iterations in carbon fiber/G10 laminate, a few titanium versions, Raffir Noble and FRN. I think that Micarta would be a wonderful next step, especially with all the talk about it lately. Obviously Spyderco got things figured out with Micarta, I’d love to see a Chaparral in a nice linen or denim Micarta, or even something more unique like that Python Micarta that ZrowsN1s posted recently.
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Re: Micarta Chaparral

Postby glutofknives » Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:15 pm

Brown canvas would look great on a chap. Im still hoping to see a copper chaparral one day!

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Re: Micarta Chaparral

Postby bearfacedkiller » Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:23 pm

There have been quite a few materials that haven’t happened. There was supposed to be a bronze one as well as one made with horn. Both sound awesome. Micarta sounds good too. Green, brown or denim all sound great.
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Re: Micarta Chaparral

Postby abbazaba » Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:41 pm

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Re: Micarta Chaparral

Postby Ez556 » Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:42 pm

I just remembered the Sun & Moon G10 is coming, so any Micarta variant would follow that. I am looking forward to that one, it looks really cool. I already plan on getting the Raffir Noble at some point, so if they do come out with a Micarta Chaparral I may end up with a small collection of Chaps!
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Sun Aug 04, 2019 7:28 am
But in reality, there is nothing quite like a gun. And it has been said, "The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun".
Sumdumguy wrote:
Tue Oct 08, 2019 4:35 am
Does that complexity decrease the simplicity? Not at all.

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Re: Micarta Chaparral

Postby Pancake » Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:47 pm

bearfacedkiller wrote:
Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:23 pm
There have been quite a few materials that haven’t happened. There was supposed to be a bronze one as well as one made with horn. Both sound awesome. Micarta sounds good too. Green, brown or denim all sound great.
IIRC sal mentioned that horn as a natural material could shrink A LOT so this idea was scrapped. Humidity change could affect even micarta, but not as bad as horn.

But I agree, micarta would be very nice and classy looking.
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Re: Micarta Chaparral

Postby The Deacon » Fri Oct 18, 2019 1:13 pm

Much as I love Micarta, I don't think the Chaparral is the best vehicle for it. Micarta looks best when it's thick enough to be at least a bit rounded so the layers are visible. The Chaparral, at least so far, has featured thin flat scales. Still, if it was done with "original recipe" Micarta and not just something Norplex has slapped the Micarta name on, I'd be up for it.
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Re: Micarta Chaparral

Postby Wartstein » Fri Oct 18, 2019 1:18 pm

I could not resist a Micarta Chap.
And I´ll get the sun and moon, that´s for sure too.

And that is despite I already have the FRN version and don´t need even ONE small folder practically speaking. Just goes to show how very good that model is.

I also hope: The more varieties will be out there, the more people will get a Chap and hopefully discover the magic of a really thin (2mm) blade. And that this will lead to more demand and maybe more models featuring that thin blade stock. Superior cutter, and my Chap holds up great to even harder tasks, no problem.
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Re: Micarta Chaparral

Postby Danvp » Fri Oct 18, 2019 2:45 pm

The 3 Chaps with wooden handles looked very nice. I saw these prototypes during the Amsterdam meet begin this year. Have them on my wish list since. Hope they will be revealed soon.

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Re: Micarta Chaparral

Postby Larry_Mott » Fri Oct 18, 2019 2:49 pm

Danvp wrote:
Fri Oct 18, 2019 2:45 pm
The 3 Chaps with wooden handles looked very nice. I saw these prototypes during the Amsterdam meet begin this year. Have them on my wish list since. Hope they will be revealed soon.
Agreed! I wouldn't mind if they made the scales ever so slightly rounded (Paul) "Suingab" made my Lum Chinese scales like that and it feels so much better for it.
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Re: Micarta Chaparral

Postby Ez556 » Fri Oct 18, 2019 2:53 pm

The Deacon wrote: Much as I love Micarta, I don't think the Chaparral is the best vehicle for it. Micarta looks best when it's thick enough to be at least a bit rounded so the layers are visible. The Chaparral, at least so far, has featured thin flat scales. Still, if it was done with "original recipe" Micarta and not just something Norplex has slapped the Micarta name on, I'd be up for it.
I agree that at least slight contouring would be necessary for it to really look (and feel) good with a little bit more thickness to it.
Pancake wrote: IIRC sal mentioned that horn as a natural material could shrink A LOT so this idea was scrapped. Humidity change could affect even micarta, but not as bad as horn.
Shrinkage can definitly be a problem with scale materials, I have an old slipjoint knife with red/white/black marbled (what I believe is) Kirinite that used to be my great uncles, and the material itself shrunk and has left large gaps around all the pins and bolsters leaving bare steel underneath.
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sal wrote:
Sun Aug 04, 2019 7:28 am
But in reality, there is nothing quite like a gun. And it has been said, "The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun".
Sumdumguy wrote:
Tue Oct 08, 2019 4:35 am
Does that complexity decrease the simplicity? Not at all.

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Re: Micarta Chaparral

Postby ABX2011 » Fri Oct 18, 2019 4:48 pm

Looking forward to wood or micarta! Sun & Moon is a pass for me.

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Re: Micarta Chaparral

Postby Baron Mind » Fri Oct 18, 2019 6:15 pm

Light colored linen mik micarta would be superb.

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Re: Micarta Chaparral

Postby JRinFL » Fri Oct 18, 2019 6:45 pm

The Deacon wrote:
Fri Oct 18, 2019 1:13 pm
Much as I love Micarta, I don't think the Chaparral is the best vehicle for it. Micarta looks best when it's thick enough to be at least a bit rounded so the layers are visible. The Chaparral, at least so far, has featured thin flat scales. Still, if it was done with "original recipe" Micarta and not just something Norplex has slapped the Micarta name on, I'd be up for it.
Would classic burgundy micarta be a good match, ala the early Jester? I think it would be excellent.
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Re: Micarta Chaparral

Postby Ez556 » Fri Oct 18, 2019 7:22 pm

JRinFL wrote:
Fri Oct 18, 2019 6:45 pm
Would classic burgundy micarta be a good match, ala the early Jester? I think it would be excellent.
That would look great!
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sal wrote:
Sun Aug 04, 2019 7:28 am
But in reality, there is nothing quite like a gun. And it has been said, "The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun".
Sumdumguy wrote:
Tue Oct 08, 2019 4:35 am
Does that complexity decrease the simplicity? Not at all.

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Re: Micarta Chaparral

Postby T_MAC686 » Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:54 pm

I would prefer a linen micarta over a canvas micarta for the Chap- green, natural, or maroon would all be nice colors. Wood would look nice on this knife too, and I’m kind of surprised they haven’t used pakkawood yet..

I think either wood or linen micarta handles may also look nice with a titanium bolster!

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Re: Micarta Chaparral

Postby araneae » Sat Oct 19, 2019 9:20 pm

I suggested this in another thread earlier this week, so obviously I'm in favor of micarta on a Chap. I like hemp, burlap and canvas micarta that have great visual texture over the smoother varieties.
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Re: Micarta Chaparral

Postby Pancake » Sat Oct 19, 2019 11:30 pm

Even with low to non contouring micarta scales can look good....if you choose right micarta. Something like burlap or canvas micarta has a quite nice appeal even on flat surfaces. But flat linen micarta is just boring, it looks more or less like G10.
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Re: Micarta Chaparral

Postby Doc Dan » Sat Oct 19, 2019 11:42 pm

The Deacon wrote:
Fri Oct 18, 2019 1:13 pm
Much as I love Micarta, I don't think the Chaparral is the best vehicle for it. Micarta looks best when it's thick enough to be at least a bit rounded so the layers are visible. The Chaparral, at least so far, has featured thin flat scales. Still, if it was done with "original recipe" Micarta and not just something Norplex has slapped the Micarta name on, I'd be up for it.
Polished micarta does look good, though. But I agree that the Chaparral would not look as nice with the usual rough textured micarta.
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Re: Micarta Chaparral

Postby Halfneck » Sun Oct 20, 2019 10:15 am

Contoured Coffee Bag Burlap Micarta.


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