Spyderco: What makes the brand so good?

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Spyderco: What makes the brand so good?

Postby smithclarkson001 » Thu Dec 12, 2019 10:16 am

Hello! Ever since I got into the knife community, I have seen one maker all around, in everyones pockets and everyones photos. With its signature hole in the blade, the maker is Spyderco.

Ive never owned one, so Id love to hear your point of view (both owners and non owners) what you think is the reason for the success.

What makes the Spyderco brand so popular and widespread all over the world?

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Postby BigGrove » Thu Dec 12, 2019 10:52 am

Oh boy! Prepare for the flood, you're going to get some good opinions.

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Postby prndltech » Thu Dec 12, 2019 10:59 am

Probly won’t find non-owners here...

If I could sum it up in one sentence it’d be something along the lines of: A good company that makes a good product that does what it’s supposed to do real good.

Other than that... try one and see for yourself. Not everything is for everyone... but I’ve never handed mine to someone and got a negative response from them.
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Postby Spydergirl88 » Thu Dec 12, 2019 10:59 am

Company ran by honest and thoughtful people. A rarity.

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Postby GiftedMisfit » Thu Dec 12, 2019 11:00 am

Their customer service is second to none.

They really go out of their way to make the customer feel appreciated.
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Postby curlyhairedboy » Thu Dec 12, 2019 11:03 am

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Postby Coffeetron » Thu Dec 12, 2019 11:24 am

Unlike many, they make knives that are intended to cut and the spydiehole is smart and fun to use.

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Postby acer » Thu Dec 12, 2019 11:27 am

As members have stated , keeping it simple and to the Point, The products themselves THEY JUST WORK. 🕸

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Postby tbdoc4kids » Thu Dec 12, 2019 11:28 am

Everyone at the company cares! That starts from the top.

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Postby pantagana23 » Thu Dec 12, 2019 11:34 am

Versatile, flexible, CQI

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Postby Sharp Guy » Thu Dec 12, 2019 11:52 am

Well thought out & very functional designs.

Wide variety of designs. There's something for everyone

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Postby Ankerson » Thu Dec 12, 2019 12:05 pm

Run by top notch 1st class people.

Many different models to fit every ones needs in all price ranges.

Great fit and finish and performance.

Continuously improving performance and designs.

Customer service is excellent.

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Postby Evil D » Thu Dec 12, 2019 12:24 pm

Besides all the obvious things like knife materials and design, the stand out quality is listening to and responding to feedback. A company that keeps a close relationship with their customers is a rare thing these days.
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Postby JD Spydo » Thu Dec 12, 2019 12:26 pm

The uniqueness of virtually all the Spyderco designs as well as the functional aspects of all their knives I believe sets them apart. Not to mention exotic, high end materials and so many different options for whatever type of cutting job you may encounter.

Their customer service is truly second to none. And the overall integrity of the ones who run the company is also unique in today's hostile business world.

Anytime I need any type of knife or sharpening tool I look here first.

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Postby The Meat man » Thu Dec 12, 2019 12:53 pm

Here are a few:

Steel variety
Ergonomic designs
High quality and craftsmanship
Designed for use
Constant quality improvement
Constantly pushing the envelope in design, engineering, and materials
Top notch customer support
The founder and owner of the company regularly interacts here and listens to his customers
Integrity, humility, and honesty
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Re: Spyderco: What makes the brand so good?

Postby vivi » Thu Dec 12, 2019 1:21 pm

- They push the envelope when it comes to introducing new steels to the mass produced market.

- The owner, Sal, is a regular here, and will personally reply to conversations we hold about models we'd like to see Spyderco produce.

- They offer a line of 100% rust proof knives, which is something I've found quite useful.

- They tend to have thinner grinds than their competition, giving them an edge in cutting performance.

- They produce some of the highest quality production lockbacks, and that's my favorite lock for a folding knife.

- I feel the opening hole is easier to use than a thumb stud or nail nick.

- Their ergonomics usually work better for me than other companies.

- They do pocket clips better than other companies. Even their fixed blades have really well done clips.

- Their serrated knives cut very well while being easy to sharpen. Other companies might have easy to sharpen serrations that cut less aggressively (Victorinox) or they may use patterns that are more difficult to sharpen (Cold Steel).

- They do a lot of interesting collaboration models with custom designers.

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Postby Pancake » Thu Dec 12, 2019 1:41 pm

Sal, the Man himself, because he regulary visit forum and post here.

Knives that are designed for hand and for cutting, not for looks.

New steels (and some steels that noone else is working with).

Round Hole.

Listening to user´s feedback and many great collaboration models.
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Re: Spyderco: What makes the brand so good?

Postby VooDooChild » Thu Dec 12, 2019 1:48 pm

There are alot of reasons that sets spyderco apart from the rest. But for me, hands down, its the salt series. Nothing on the market competes with it. At all.
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Postby ladybug93 » Thu Dec 12, 2019 2:00 pm

my first knife was a spyderco when i was a kid. it was a ladybug, hence the name. i remember thinking it was just the coolest looking knife ever. honestly, i've always like things that were ugly in a cool way and that's what it was to me.

what brought me back to spyderco many years, and other companies' knives, later was the salt line. moving to hawaii, i wanted a knife i could take in the water with me and the pacific salt has been perfect. it also reminds me of my long lost childhood ladybug in a much bigger package. now i also have quite a few more models.

i agree with everyone that mentioned the company pushing the envelope with steels. although i couldn't care less about all these tool steels, i'm glad spyderco does what they do. if they didn't, there wouldn't be a salt line.

this combined with ergonomic designs that beg to be used, the fact that spyderco is responsible for so many innovations that are just commonplace now, and fidget friendly locks like the compression lock, it's no mystery why they have succeeded and continue to do so.

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Re: Spyderco: What makes the brand so good?

Postby VooDooChild » Thu Dec 12, 2019 2:10 pm

The salt series really is amazing. You just cant find a rustproof/lifeproof folder, as close to zero maintenance as possible, using steel (not titanium, ceramics, dendritic cobalt, stellite, tallonite, others), whose other parts of the design will also hold up to years of neglect and abuse, with a real warranty from a reputable company, for under 100 dollars.

I know about that 1st h1 folder on the market from the other great company, I just dont think because of the design and springs used for that kind of lock, it woyld hold up as well as the other lock designs used in the salt series. Not trying to get into shiny footprints territory which is why I was a bit cryptic with that second part.
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