Caribbean Scales: Love, or Hate?

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What say you, Spyderpeople, do you love the Caribbean's scales, or do you hate them?

I love them!
20
31%
I hate them.
45
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Total votes: 65

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Re: Caribbean Scales: Love, or Hate?

Postby Cambertree » Thu Nov 14, 2019 7:13 am

Evil D wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 6:54 am
Cambertree wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 6:40 am
Bought one after Evil D reminded me that it's easy enough to change the colour.

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The place I went to didn't have the 'Graphite' synthetic fabric RIT dye, so this is another brand in 'Gunmetal'.


That looks really good. I may go full black with mine, the yellow is already starting to show through. I just realized all black reminds me of the Citadel, this knife is the manual version of the Citadel that I've asked for in the past. Black dye here I come.
Thanks. Yeah, it's a slightly lighter charcoal kind of shade than full black, so it still has that cool two-tone look in the sunlight. But it's not as distinct as yours.

Did you use normal RIT dye or the synthetic fabric dye? I use the dye for synthetic fabrics and it seems to 'hold' quite well.

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Re: Caribbean Scales: Love, or Hate?

Postby Evil D » Thu Nov 14, 2019 7:53 am

Cambertree wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 7:13 am

Thanks. Yeah, it's a slightly lighter charcoal kind of shade than full black, so it still has that cool two-tone look in the sunlight. But it's not as distinct as yours.

Did you use normal RIT dye or the synthetic fabric dye? I use the dye for synthetic fabrics and it seems to 'hold' quite well.

I also used synthetic. What's odd is mine is fading on the end that sticks out of my pocket. I expected it to wear inside my pocket or maybe under the clip where my pants are always rubbing it.

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Re: Caribbean Scales: Love, or Hate?

Postby Cambertree » Thu Nov 14, 2019 8:02 am

Evil D wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 7:53 am
I also used synthetic. What's odd is mine is fading on the end that sticks out of my pocket. I expected it to wear inside my pocket or maybe under the clip where my pants are always rubbing it.

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Huh, that's strange. Oh well, gives you the opportunity to try a different blacker dye, I guess.

I don't want to run this thread off the rails again, but ever since seeing your Wharny style regrind, I've been curious how thin the spine is as it tapers down to the tip. If you could post a pic in this or another thread, I'd be obliged. I'm thinking of getting a SE Caribbean and unsure as to whether to go for another leaf blade or mod a sheepsfoot like yours. Thinner spine is preferable to me.

Thanks. :)

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Re: Caribbean Scales: Love, or Hate?

Postby Evil D » Thu Nov 14, 2019 8:55 am

Cambertree wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 8:02 am
Evil D wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 7:53 am
I also used synthetic. What's odd is mine is fading on the end that sticks out of my pocket. I expected it to wear inside my pocket or maybe under the clip where my pants are always rubbing it.

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Huh, that's strange. Oh well, gives you the opportunity to try a different blacker dye, I guess.

I don't want to run this thread off the rails again, but ever since seeing your Wharny style regrind, I've been curious how thin the spine is as it tapers down to the tip. If you could post a pic in this or another thread, I'd be obliged. I'm thinking of getting a SE Caribbean and unsure as to whether to go for another leaf blade or mod a sheepsfoot like yours. Thinner spine is preferable to me.

Thanks. :)


I'll get a side by side shot tonight when I have both with me. I'm pretty sure they're about the same.
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Re: Caribbean Scales: Love, or Hate?

Postby tonijedi » Thu Nov 14, 2019 10:23 am

Evil D wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 7:53 am
Cambertree wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 7:13 am

Thanks. Yeah, it's a slightly lighter charcoal kind of shade than full black, so it still has that cool two-tone look in the sunlight. But it's not as distinct as yours.

Did you use normal RIT dye or the synthetic fabric dye? I use the dye for synthetic fabrics and it seems to 'hold' quite well.

I also used synthetic. What's odd is mine is fading on the end that sticks out of my pocket. I expected it to wear inside my pocket or maybe under the clip where my pants are always rubbing it.

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The Salt 2 on my pocket has been dyed and it shows the exact same phenomenon as yours. The corners around the back lock and the part that stick out of the pocket show the most wear.

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Re: Caribbean Scales: Love, or Hate?

Postby BLUETYPEII » Thu Nov 14, 2019 1:03 pm

Done
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Re: Caribbean Scales: Love, or Hate?

Postby BLUETYPEII » Thu Nov 14, 2019 1:40 pm

Done
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Re: Caribbean Scales: Love, or Hate?

Postby Wartstein » Thu Nov 14, 2019 1:44 pm

mayong wrote:
Tue Nov 12, 2019 10:23 pm
Cilantro. Crocs. The Dallas Cowboys. French fries and mayo. Boondock Saints. The Caribbean's scales.

Either you love them, or you hate them -- there is no middle ground. Which is it?!
Sorry, but: For ME there actually IS a middle ground... :o ;)
I´d be just ok with them colorwise (don´t own a Caribbean). No love, no hate
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Re: Caribbean Scales: Love, or Hate?

Postby Mattysc42 » Thu Nov 14, 2019 8:19 pm

Wartstein wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 1:44 pm
mayong wrote:
Tue Nov 12, 2019 10:23 pm
Cilantro. Crocs. The Dallas Cowboys. French fries and mayo. Boondock Saints. The Caribbean's scales.

Either you love them, or you hate them -- there is no middle ground. Which is it?!
Sorry, but: For ME there actually IS a middle ground... :o ;)
I´d be just ok with them colorwise (don´t own a Caribbean). No love, no hate
A moderate viewpoint about the Caribbean’s scales?! Heresy :mad: !

More seriously, I love the scales, though they look more like a tropical fish than a bumblebee to me. I just ordered another Caribbean Leaf this morning, serrated this time. Also ordered a Shredded CF Kizer Gemini to see if I can learn to love a linerlock. Might eventually be enough to convince me to try a Military.
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Re: Caribbean Scales: Love, or Hate?

Postby James Y » Thu Nov 14, 2019 11:18 pm

Evil D wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 7:53 am
Cambertree wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 7:13 am

Thanks. Yeah, it's a slightly lighter charcoal kind of shade than full black, so it still has that cool two-tone look in the sunlight. But it's not as distinct as yours.

Did you use normal RIT dye or the synthetic fabric dye? I use the dye for synthetic fabrics and it seems to 'hold' quite well.

I also used synthetic. What's odd is mine is fading on the end that sticks out of my pocket. I expected it to wear inside my pocket or maybe under the clip where my pants are always rubbing it.

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I wonder if that might have to do with that end being exposed to sunlight?

Jim

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Re: Caribbean Scales: Love, or Hate?

Postby Wartstein » Thu Nov 14, 2019 11:24 pm

Mattysc42 wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 8:19 pm
Wartstein wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 1:44 pm
mayong wrote:
Tue Nov 12, 2019 10:23 pm
Cilantro. Crocs. The Dallas Cowboys. French fries and mayo. Boondock Saints. The Caribbean's scales.

Either you love them, or you hate them -- there is no middle ground. Which is it?!
Sorry, but: For ME there actually IS a middle ground... :o ;)
I´d be just ok with them colorwise (don´t own a Caribbean). No love, no hate
A moderate viewpoint about the Caribbean’s scales?! Heresy :mad: !

More seriously, I love the scales, though they look more like a tropical fish than a bumblebee to me. I just ordered another Caribbean Leaf this morning, serrated this time. Also ordered a Shredded CF Kizer Gemini to see if I can learn to love a linerlock. Might eventually be enough to convince me to try a Military.
There´s a good chance I´d LOVE the scales too, as soon as I got a Caribbean in my hands ;) (have only seen it on depictions, there is abslutely no store where I live that would carry any Spyderco, and I don´t know anyone personally who is into folders deep enough to pay more than lets say 30 Euros for a knife... :( )
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Re: Caribbean Scales: Love, or Hate?

Postby tonijedi » Fri Nov 15, 2019 2:16 am

Wartstein wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 11:24 pm
Mattysc42 wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 8:19 pm
Wartstein wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 1:44 pm
mayong wrote:
Tue Nov 12, 2019 10:23 pm
Cilantro. Crocs. The Dallas Cowboys. French fries and mayo. Boondock Saints. The Caribbean's scales.

Either you love them, or you hate them -- there is no middle ground. Which is it?!
Sorry, but: For ME there actually IS a middle ground... :o ;)
I´d be just ok with them colorwise (don´t own a Caribbean). No love, no hate
A moderate viewpoint about the Caribbean’s scales?! Heresy :mad: !

More seriously, I love the scales, though they look more like a tropical fish than a bumblebee to me. I just ordered another Caribbean Leaf this morning, serrated this time. Also ordered a Shredded CF Kizer Gemini to see if I can learn to love a linerlock. Might eventually be enough to convince me to try a Military.
There´s a good chance I´d LOVE the scales too, as soon as I got a Caribbean in my hands ;) (have only seen it on depictions, there is abslutely no store where I live that would carry any Spyderco, and I don´t know anyone personally who is into folders deep enough to pay more than lets say 30 Euros for a knife... :( )
Next time you go to Budapest you can check it out. There are plenty on knife shops that carry Spydercos. Usually they don't have the latest models as soon as they're out but eventually they arrive.

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Re: Caribbean Scales: Love, or Hate?

Postby Coffeetron » Fri Nov 15, 2019 4:52 am

tonijedi wrote:
Fri Nov 15, 2019 2:16 am
Wartstein wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 11:24 pm
Mattysc42 wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 8:19 pm
Wartstein wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 1:44 pm


Sorry, but: For ME there actually IS a middle ground... :o ;)
I´d be just ok with them colorwise (don´t own a Caribbean). No love, no hate
A moderate viewpoint about the Caribbean’s scales?! Heresy :mad: !

More seriously, I love the scales, though they look more like a tropical fish than a bumblebee to me. I just ordered another Caribbean Leaf this morning, serrated this time. Also ordered a Shredded CF Kizer Gemini to see if I can learn to love a linerlock. Might eventually be enough to convince me to try a Military.
There´s a good chance I´d LOVE the scales too, as soon as I got a Caribbean in my hands ;) (have only seen it on depictions, there is abslutely no store where I live that would carry any Spyderco, and I don´t know anyone personally who is into folders deep enough to pay more than lets say 30 Euros for a knife... :( )
Next time you go to Budapest you can check it out. There are plenty on knife shops that carry Spydercos. Usually they don't have the latest models as soon as they're out but eventually they arrive.
Doesn't have to be this far, there are shops in Vienna (Lorenzi for example) or Bratislava as well. Also, prepare to see Spyderco priced at MSRP :D
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Re: Caribbean Scales: Love, or Hate?

Postby Evil D » Fri Nov 15, 2019 5:22 am

James Y wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 11:18 pm
I wonder if that might have to do with that end being exposed to sunlight?

Jim

Could be, I do work outside at times. It's likely a mix of sun and wear since everything brushes against that part sticking out of my pocket. I'm still a bit surprised that other parts of the handle aren't worn too but maybe life inside a pants pocket is much gentler than we realize.
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Re: Caribbean Scales: Love, or Hate?

Postby The Deacon » Fri Nov 15, 2019 5:39 am

Don't love 'em, but don't hate (or even dislike) 'em either. For me, when it comes to G-10, anything's better than peel-ply. Not a fan of the Caribbean, but if Spyderco offered a Stretch 2 (or, better yet, a Stretch 1), a Sage 4,a Chaparral, a Caly 3.5. or even a Native 5 with that same black/yellow machined G-10, I'd definitely buy one.
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Re: Caribbean Scales: Love, or Hate?

Postby mayong » Fri Nov 15, 2019 11:58 am

Cambertree wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 6:40 am

Ahem, I love the Caribbean scales, the bumblebee colour didn't really fit my needs though.

Bought one after Evil D reminded me that it's easy enough to change the colour.

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Yours and Evil's look awesome. I've been avoiding the Caribbean solely because the colors are too loud. I like a subtle knife. Ergos 10/10, bumblebee coloring 2/10.
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Re: Caribbean Scales: Love, or Hate?

Postby Enactive » Fri Nov 15, 2019 1:07 pm

I have always been "meh" on the look of the scales. In context as a nautical knife it makes lots of sense to me.

For my use, I would dye if I bought one. I like the look of both Evil's and Camber's.

I haven't had a chance to handle one. I suspect if I get one I would reduce the hook at the butt of the handle.

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Re: Caribbean Scales: Love, or Hate?

Postby ladybug93 » Fri Nov 15, 2019 1:31 pm

Enactive wrote:
Fri Nov 15, 2019 1:07 pm
I haven't had a chance to handle one. I suspect if I get one I would reduce the hook at the butt of the handle.
this is my only substantial beef with this knife. if it had a similar design as the manix 2 at the butt of the handle, i would buy a pe leaf and se sheepsfoot immediately and they would probably dethrone my manix and pacific salt as my favorite knives.

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Re: Caribbean Scales: Love, or Hate?

Postby Enactive » Fri Nov 15, 2019 1:35 pm

ladybug93 wrote:
Fri Nov 15, 2019 1:31 pm
Enactive wrote:
Fri Nov 15, 2019 1:07 pm
I haven't had a chance to handle one. I suspect if I get one I would reduce the hook at the butt of the handle.
this is my only substantial beef with this knife. if it had a similar design as the manix 2 at the butt of the handle, i would buy a pe leaf and se sheepsfoot immediately and they would probably dethrone my manix and pacific salt as my favorite knives.
I know the liner limits how much can be neatly removed. The Manix butt is so much narrower, so I don't think you could match it without doing a hack job.

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Re: Caribbean Scales: Love, or Hate?

Postby Evil D » Fri Nov 15, 2019 1:39 pm

Enactive wrote:
Fri Nov 15, 2019 1:35 pm
ladybug93 wrote:
Fri Nov 15, 2019 1:31 pm
Enactive wrote:
Fri Nov 15, 2019 1:07 pm
I haven't had a chance to handle one. I suspect if I get one I would reduce the hook at the butt of the handle.
this is my only substantial beef with this knife. if it had a similar design as the manix 2 at the butt of the handle, i would buy a pe leaf and se sheepsfoot immediately and they would probably dethrone my manix and pacific salt as my favorite knives.
I know the liner limits how much can be neatly removed. The Manix butt is so much narrower, so I don't think you could match it without doing a hack job.

At some point you'll also run the risk of exposing the tip of the blade when closed.
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