Anything that can replace Chaparral?

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Anything that can replace Chaparral?

Postby qazy » Mon Oct 21, 2019 1:48 pm

So, I just lost my favorite EDC knife, Chaparral in FRN. My initial though was to get a new one to replace the lost one. But, I was not following the knife market for few years, including Spyderco's and I am always up-to trying something new. Is there anything that can realistically replace Chaparral for office type setting EDC? Spydercos preferred but not limited.
What I like about the Chaparral, is pretty much everything, except the lock. But the main attraction was the blade, especially how thin it was. That slicy blade and the gentle curved made it perfect for me. Being not overly long and not looking aggressive makes it perfect for office cafeteria and to handle it around other people.
The day I got it, it permanently replaced dragonfly and delica from the rotation. It would only be replaced in my pocket by PM2 for outdoor type activates.

Any suggestions, or Chaparral is still the best?

P.S. I also like the price point of Chaparral FRN.

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Re: Anything that can replace Chaparral?

Postby Spydergirl88 » Mon Oct 21, 2019 1:54 pm

Mantra 2 is on sale $114

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Re: Anything that can replace Chaparral?

Postby aaronkb » Mon Oct 21, 2019 2:07 pm

Spydergirl88 wrote:
Mon Oct 21, 2019 1:54 pm
Mantra 2 is on sale $114
Seconded... that’s an awesome knife, if you don’t need stainlessness.

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Re: Anything that can replace Chaparral?

Postby PStone » Mon Oct 21, 2019 2:08 pm

I don’t have any experience with the Chap, so it’s hard for me to say if something is “better”. But have you considered getting a different flavor Chap? Like the carbon fiber, raffir noble, or a stepped titanium? I personally favor the looks raffir noble.
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Re: Anything that can replace Chaparral?

Postby ABX2011 » Mon Oct 21, 2019 2:11 pm

Stepped ti is pretty amazing and on sale for $200 at knifecenter.

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Re: Anything that can replace Chaparral?

Postby Larry_Mott » Mon Oct 21, 2019 2:20 pm

My favorite desk jockey knives in no particular order:
Delica
Dragonfly
Chaparral
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Re: Anything that can replace Chaparral?

Postby JuPaul » Mon Oct 21, 2019 2:59 pm

The sage 5 lightweight is due out any time now. It strikes me as very similar in blade and handle shape as the chap, just a bit larger overall. And it has a comp lock since you didn't like the chap's back lock.

Have you looked at the para 3 lightweight? There's the standard black/satin s30v model out, and an exclusive coming out next week from DLT with m390 steel.

As others have suggested, there are big sales right now on discontinued models: the lil' temperance, the mantra 2, several variations of the chaparral, the hanan, the kopa...worth a look.

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Re: Anything that can replace Chaparral?

Postby PanChango » Mon Oct 21, 2019 3:05 pm

Not as thin as the FRN Chaparral, but the urban is a fantastic office knife (if you can do without a lock).

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Re: Anything that can replace Chaparral?

Postby abbazaba » Mon Oct 21, 2019 3:15 pm

Chaparral is pocket perfection and hard to beat from a practicality standpoint IMO. Dragonfly2 is a little lighter/smaller, and like was already mentioned a Sage would be a good scaled up replacement with a few different locks to pick from. The Sage1 and Chaparral CF are quite a good looking pair, and some of my favorite knives.

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Re: Anything that can replace Chaparral?

Postby bbturbodad » Mon Oct 21, 2019 3:19 pm

The Chap is my favorite office knife and will be pretty tough to beat. I'd grab a new one and call it done.
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Re: Anything that can replace Chaparral?

Postby JuPaul » Mon Oct 21, 2019 3:29 pm

Another thought: the lil' native. A bit smaller than the chap (about the size of a dragonfly), and available in comp lock or in back lock versions.
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Re: Anything that can replace Chaparral?

Postby anycal » Mon Oct 21, 2019 3:33 pm

If the Chaparral already bumped a Delica and DFly from your rotation, then it sounds like you found what works for you.

Caly 3 and Native 5 are a couple of smaller knives, but both are quite a bit bulkier than the Chaparral.

One knife which is very different than the standard :spyder: models, is the Ikuchi. One of my favorites in this office category. Longer blade, but very slim.

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Re: Anything that can replace Chaparral?

Postby wrdwrght » Mon Oct 21, 2019 3:59 pm

I don’t think that any Spydie comes close to what the Chaparral is, but then I think the knife is one of Sal’s top 5 designs.

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Re: Anything that can replace Chaparral?

Postby dan31 » Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:29 pm

I would second the lil native. I have a serrated lil native and it’s a demon of a cutter. Even though the blade stock is a thicker, the grind on the serrations is impressive.

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Re: Anything that can replace Chaparral?

Postby araneae » Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:32 pm

bbturbodad wrote:
Mon Oct 21, 2019 3:19 pm
The Chap is my favorite office knife and will be pretty tough to beat. I'd grab a new one and call it done.
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Re: Anything that can replace Chaparral?

Postby timlara » Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:52 pm

I slightly prefer the UKPK (or Urban) over the Chaparral as I find that I really don't need a lock when doing any light tasks around the house or office.

They're not quite as thin as the Chappie (although the Urban might be close), but they cut and carry beautifully.
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Re: Anything that can replace Chaparral?

Postby Halfneck » Mon Oct 21, 2019 7:51 pm

My current office carry is a Chaparral LW. I hardly notice it in my pocket due to the weight, and it doesn't stand out to people in the office. Prior to the Chaparral LW I was carrying a Spyderco Rhino. Not much heavier, but the standard shiny pocket clip made it stand out more. I also like the steel combined with the thin blade. Only knife I'm interested in at the moment is the Ikuchi.

If you liked the Chaparral LW get another, or maybe get fancy and buy the Raffir version.

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Re: Anything that can replace Chaparral?

Postby dreadpirate » Mon Oct 21, 2019 8:06 pm

Spydergirl88 wrote:
Mon Oct 21, 2019 1:54 pm
Mantra 2 is on sale $114
Thanks for the tip; I just ordered one. And I still have my Chaparral. Actually, I would also like a Chaparral light weight eventually.

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Re: Anything that can replace Chaparral?

Postby Sumdumguy » Mon Oct 21, 2019 8:22 pm

qazy wrote:
Mon Oct 21, 2019 1:48 pm
So, I just lost my favorite EDC knife, Chaparral in FRN. My initial though was to get a new one to replace the lost one. But, I was not following the knife market for few years, including Spyderco's and I am always up-to trying something new. Is there anything that can realistically replace Chaparral for office type setting EDC? Spydercos preferred but not limited.
What I like about the Chaparral, is pretty much everything, except the lock. But the main attraction was the blade, especially how thin it was. That slicy blade and the gentle curved made it perfect for me. Being not overly long and not looking aggressive makes it perfect for office cafeteria and to handle it around other people.
The day I got it, it permanently replaced dragonfly and delica from the rotation. It would only be replaced in my pocket by PM2 for outdoor type activates.

Any suggestions, or Chaparral is still the best?

P.S. I also like the price point of Chaparral FRN.
I would get a Baby Horn. The Mantra would also work, but requires some care to prevent corrosion.

The Baby Horn is a fantastic, discreet knife and requires less maintenance.

I have and love them both.
Why not do that? :p
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Re: Anything that can replace Chaparral?

Postby ugaarguy » Mon Oct 21, 2019 8:22 pm

I think a Sage is as close as you're going to get to a Chap with a different lock.


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