Any info on why the GB 2 is unobtanium right now?

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Any info on why the GB 2 is unobtanium right now?

Postby AwayFromMySpydieHole » Sat Nov 23, 2019 6:23 pm

Been wanting to snag another one of these for a month or two now but I can’t find them anywhere. Some places have “delayed by the manufacturer” listed.


Anyone have an idea what’s going on? Or an idea on the ETA?

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Re: Any info on why the GB 2 is unobtanium right now?

Postby Sharp Guy » Sat Nov 23, 2019 7:53 pm

Someone asked a few months ago and I thought maybe the shortage was because it was going to be discontinued. It wasn't on the disco'd list so I can only assume they just need to make another run
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Re: Any info on why the GB 2 is unobtanium right now?

Postby p_atrick » Sat Nov 23, 2019 8:05 pm

I'm guessing it's because Spyderco has prioritized other models for the time being. The Kapara and Spydie Chef got a recent CQI update. I think Ikuchi will as well. Those knives (and I'm probably forgetting several others) will most likely have a longer shelf life than the GB2, so Spyderco is investing their money there.

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Re: Any info on why the GB 2 is unobtanium right now?

Postby Mzen » Sun Nov 24, 2019 6:26 am

If I had to take a guess (and keep in mind that this is just my educated guess without any evidence to support it...), I would say that the grinding that hollow ground blade in M4 can't be the easiest of tasks, and given that the GB 2 isn't the most sought after knife at the moment, I understand why they would slow down production on that model.

I would LOVE to see a CQI'd version of it though. I've never held one, but to me, it seems like a no-nonsense tool in the same sense as a Chris Reeve is, nothing flashy or fidgety about it, just a nice boring tool that gets the job done.

I do hope it doesn't get discontinued, or if it does that a 3rd model is on the way, because I really want to get my hands on one eventually!

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Re: Any info on why the GB 2 is unobtanium right now?

Postby cwoods » Sun Nov 24, 2019 7:27 pm

I have one ordered and it told me expected shipping 12/20. Not sure how accurate that is or if it was a default date from when I attempted to purchase. I've yet to be billed for it. I sure hope to land one and regret dragging my feet on the purchase but you know....life.
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Re: Any info on why the GB 2 is unobtanium right now?

Postby Sharp Guy » Sun Nov 24, 2019 9:51 pm

Mzen wrote:
Sun Nov 24, 2019 6:26 am
I would LOVE to see a CQI'd version of it though. I've never held one, but to me, it seems like a no-nonsense tool in the same sense as a Chris Reeve is, nothing flashy or fidgety about it, just a nice boring tool that gets the job done.
I'm curious why you think it needs CQI? How would you know if you've never held one? I only have two GB1s but I've handled a few GB2s. I can't think of anything I would change. The action is very smooth, the blade shape is great, etc. Some don't like the limited access to the lock bar but the GB2s didn't seem as hard to unlock as the original GB. Even the original GB isn't hard to unlock once you get used to it. One of mine had lock access opened up by the original owner and I've always said I would keep that one if I was going to sell one. Then I take the one that's original out of the box and I have no issues unlocking that one. So I've held onto both.

And I get what you're saying about them being a no-nonsense tool but I'm not sure I'd describe it as boring lol. You really do need to hold one. They really are nice knives.
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Re: Any info on why the GB 2 is unobtanium right now?

Postby standy99 » Mon Nov 25, 2019 2:14 am

Think I have put at least 10 people on to the GB2 over the last few years and I know 2 that are waiting as we speak.

If you were to CQI a GB2 you would end up making a GB1 :D :D :D
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Re: Any info on why the GB 2 is unobtanium right now?

Postby Mzen » Mon Nov 25, 2019 2:46 am

Sharp Guy wrote:
Sun Nov 24, 2019 9:51 pm

I'm curious why you think it needs CQI? How would you know if you've never held one? I only have two GB1s but I've handled a few GB2s. I can't think of anything I would change. The action is very smooth, the blade shape is great, etc. Some don't like the limited access to the lock bar but the GB2s didn't seem as hard to unlock as the original GB. Even the original GB isn't hard to unlock once you get used to it. One of mine had lock access opened up by the original owner and I've always said I would keep that one if I was going to sell one. Then I take the one that's original out of the box and I have no issues unlocking that one. So I've held onto both.

And I get what you're saying about them being a no-nonsense tool but I'm not sure I'd describe it as boring lol. You really do need to hold one. They really are nice knives.
For the simple reason that no knife is perfect. You could take basically every Spyderco model and do some small amount of fine tuning to make it even better. As the person after you said, some people prefer the GB1, what if a change was made to this model that would please both GB1 and GB2 users equally? Maybe CQI wasn't the right description, an eventual GB3 could be a better suggestion :)

And when I mean a boring tool, I mean it in the best of senses. To me, a boring tool is a sign of quality, something you can use and without even noticing, no fuss no muss. I am a fan of boredom when it comes to my tools, 100%.

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Re: Any info on why the GB 2 is unobtanium right now?

Postby standy99 » Mon Nov 25, 2019 6:21 am

I just couldn’t see how a GB3 could be made to keep both GB1 and GB2 people happy.

Just a few too many changes between the two
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Re: Any info on why the GB 2 is unobtanium right now?

Postby Evil D » Mon Nov 25, 2019 6:24 am

I just wish the choil on the GB1 was more pronounced. Otherwise I think it was perfect.
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Re: Any info on why the GB 2 is unobtanium right now?

Postby Sharp Guy » Mon Nov 25, 2019 6:43 am

standy99 wrote:
Mon Nov 25, 2019 2:14 am
If you were to CQI a GB2 you would end up making a GB1 :D :D :D
Haha yep! :) That's one of the reasons I have 2 GB1s and no GB2. Although the GB2 is a fine knife too and I'll probably have one of as well at some point
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Re: Any info on why the GB 2 is unobtanium right now?

Postby Coffeetron » Mon Nov 25, 2019 7:43 am

standy99 wrote:
Mon Nov 25, 2019 6:21 am
I just couldn’t see how a GB3 could be made to keep both GB1 and GB2 people happy.

Just a few too many changes between the two

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https://knifeinformer.com/spyderco-gayl ... ey-review/
tks for the comparison! I too prefer the GB1 model since it allows for a "very close to edge" grip.

I am torn between this and the Caribbean for my next purchase. I'd say similar knives with very different steels.

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Re: Any info on why the GB 2 is unobtanium right now?

Postby blendergasket » Mon Nov 25, 2019 9:39 am

I would love to see a cqi version or a gb3 without proud liners. As a lefty, a gb3 with a different lock would be amazing. The blade on this knife is darn near perfect, but it was hard for me to use as a lefty so I sold it.

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Re: Any info on why the GB 2 is unobtanium right now?

Postby jdw » Mon Nov 25, 2019 9:49 am

Sharp Guy wrote:
Mon Nov 25, 2019 6:43 am
standy99 wrote:
Mon Nov 25, 2019 2:14 am
If you were to CQI a GB2 you would end up making a GB1 :D :D :D
Haha yep! :) That's one of the reasons I have 2 GB1s and no GB2. Although the GB2 is a fine knife too and I'll probably have one of as well at some point

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Re: Any info on why the GB 2 is unobtanium right now?

Postby GarageBoy » Mon Nov 25, 2019 11:23 am

The 2 is nice, but kinda generic, if that could be said about a spyderco - the original with the choil and negative blade angle looks awesome to use - maybe a run with non CF inlays (micarta or g10)


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