Ugaarguy, thanks for posting this Sal quote (see below)! I would have missed it otherwise
Really, for me the Rock Jumper sounds like a dream come true in most details, and Sal even reasons these details like I would (to be clear: Of course I am not comparing myself by ANY means with Sal Glesser when it comes to knowledge and experience concerning folders!)
- Lock back: For me the best and most versatile lock by far, and, as Sal says, with the "most secure self close"
- FRN without a " G 10 test model" beforehand? PERFECT! From a practical point of view nothing beats FRN imho, I love it!
- A LOCKBACK with an edge all the way to the handle? Man, I think I started at least three threads advocating for exactly that! SO happy that it will happen in the Rock Jumper! Not only, but also because as Sal says: "Kicks, sharpening choils and finger choils can snag on a rope and time is lost if it is an emergency cut"
- Wharncliff: Just fine for such a knife
- Sal: "It's sized for the: climber / rock jumper/ outdoor folding knife. Not too big, not too small."
: Perfect. I am a climber and use my knives a lot in the outdoors generally. "Not too big, not too small" combined with an edge all the way to the handle almost certainly means the Rock Jumper will have a usable cutting edge of at least 3 ", which is the absolute minimum for me when it comes to a general EDC folder...
- And it will come in a serrated version too?! Great! Hope it will have an ffg blade, though for rope cutting hollow (sabre) grind is great too.
- Can´t wait...
ugaarguy wrote: ↑
Sun Feb 09, 2020 2:31 pm
Sal has recently mentioned this upcoming model in a couple of threads. I asked him for more detail, and he wrote this:
sal wrote: ↑
Sun Feb 09, 2020 2:09 pm
It is a Spyderco. It was originally designed to serve a few functions. It's sized for the: climber / rock jumper/ outdoor folding knife. Not too big, not too small. I used a Warncliffe blade shape so that the tip has as much force in cutting rope as the heel of the blade. Cutting rope quickly can be an issue where rope is used, especially strong rope like in climbing. This is a concept that Mike Janich has popularized in the past 10 years or so. While Mike's approach is for Martial Blade Craft, the concept also works on Sheepsfoot styles like Rescue knives which keep the rope from "rolling" off of a curved blade.
The liner is highly skeletonized to keep weight down which is important in any type of climbing but I wanted to include a liner for rigidity if used hard.
I used a lock-back to maximize self close. In climbing and a very quick descent could conceivable cause an inertia opening and I didn't want to take that chance and I think that, at this time., lock-backs offer the most secure self cloe.
I went straight to FRN as making a G-10 run in Seki gets very expensive and the high cost hurts sales which hinders my research on a new design concept.
The design brings the handle right to the cutting edge which is important on quick emergency cutting of rope. Kicks, sharpening choils and finger choils can snag on a rope and time is lost if it is an emergency cut. This is an experiment with this design as it is difficult to do with a lock-back.
Hope that answers your questions.
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