Watu...AKA Lil Chokwe

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Re: Watu...AKA Lil Chokwe

Postby fixall » Sun Jun 14, 2020 9:01 pm

Mine came in a few days ago. I wanted to carry it for a bit before posting about it though. It's a great knife! I love how thin the blade stock is... It's so slicey! I really like the blade shape. It's nearly a wharncliffe until you get near the tip. Good stuff. Ergonomics are great, which seems weird to me. I mean this thing is a stick that is flared on the ends... Why does it feel so good?! I really like the finish they decided to go with on the carbon fiber laminate. I think the Spyderco smooth carbon fiber is too smooth, and the peel-ply too grippy, lol. This is just right! I thought I didn't like carbon fiber/g10 laminate, but it turns out, I just didn't like the finish that was being used. I really hope Spyderco uses the same (or similar) texture that is found on the Watu carbon fiber/G10 laminate, on other knives going forward. I love Spyderco's wire clips, so I was pleased to see that on the Watu. Centering is perfect. Action is perfect. The grind is really good.

My only complaints are that it's a little too big for my liking and I do wish the kick wouldn't hit my finger when closing the knife. I did notice the small part of blade that is visible near the compression lock when the knife is closed and I've been trying my hardest to cut myself with it, and I just don't see it being a possibility (and I have really small hands/fingers).

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Re: Watu...AKA Lil Chokwe

Postby dan31 » Fri Jun 19, 2020 10:08 pm

Holy Guacamole!! This is the smoothest Spyderco I have ever had the pleasure of handling. Very impressed. Not to large. Just fine for edc. I usually lean to a Delica but the Watu is exceptional. Great thin grind. Time will tell.

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Re: Watu...AKA Lil Chokwe

Postby ChrisinHove » Thu Jul 09, 2020 8:55 am

Evidently I can resist everything but temptation ... my Watu arrived this week!

I really like it in hand and just love the blade profile! I must admit to swapping out the wire clip to one of the darkened ones, though.

... and the comp lock cut-out most certainly isn’t the car-crash some reviewers would have you believe.

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Re: Watu...AKA Lil Chokwe

Postby dan31 » Thu Jul 09, 2020 11:05 am

The Watu is exceptional. I'm considering a back up. Just a wonderful balance in hand.

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Re: Watu...AKA Lil Chokwe

Postby Sumdumguy » Thu Jul 09, 2020 11:45 am

I love the Watu, but my wife won't give it back!

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Re: Watu...AKA Lil Chokwe

Postby ABX2011 » Thu Jul 09, 2020 2:37 pm

I don't mind laminate CF but there's something about that scale pattern that I don't like.

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Re: Watu...AKA Lil Chokwe

Postby fixall » Thu Jul 09, 2020 3:09 pm

ABX2011 wrote:
Thu Jul 09, 2020 2:37 pm
I don't mind laminate CF but there's something about that scale pattern that I don't like.
Standard carbon fiber has always looks a little too uniform to me (thus the reason I like shred/ lightning strike, and 3k so much), but I'm really liking the texture of the Watu in particular. It kind of reminds me of the texture used on the Kershaw/ZT carbon fiber which I am a big fan of.

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Re: Watu...AKA Lil Chokwe

Postby ABX2011 » Thu Jul 09, 2020 4:59 pm

Isn’t it the same as the Sage 1, Bradley Folder, etc?

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Re: Watu...AKA Lil Chokwe

Postby fixall » Thu Jul 09, 2020 5:12 pm

ABX2011 wrote:
Thu Jul 09, 2020 4:59 pm
Isn’t it the same as the Sage 1, Bradley Folder, etc?
I would assume so. I just realized all of my experience with Spyderco CF previous to this has either been solid CF (Kapara, Native 5) or peel ply laminate (Smock, Mantra 3).

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Re: Watu...AKA Lil Chokwe

Postby ChrisinHove » Fri Jul 10, 2020 12:03 am

ABX2011 wrote:
Thu Jul 09, 2020 4:59 pm
Isn’t it the same as the Sage 1, Bradley Folder, etc?
Identical in my two, but turned 90 degrees.


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