kennethsime wrote: ↑
Fri Apr 10, 2020 11:15 am
Yea, when I first saw it in the reveal, I thought they were making a Goddard salt. ...
The similarity is really amazing frankly. Here's a little insight about that...hopefully Lance doesn't mind me sharing.
Lance spent years developing the Waterway design to be just as he wanted it to be, then decided he wanted to effectively adapt the Waterway design principles into a corrosion free folding knife. In late 2017 he convinced me to help him work through some of the mechanical details and build the folder prototypes. We spent more than a year and a half developing and testing prototypes in order to get what seemed (to me) like "millions"
of tiny details worked out just the way he wanted. This involved asking lots of questions, presenting multiple options, discussing paths forward and ultimately deciding on how to proceed...again and again...and again. Then, after it was all done and the final prototype had been presented to Spyderco, it was either Sal or Eric that remarked that it looked similar to the "Goddard". Both Lance and I went "huh?"..."THE WHAT!??
". Even though Lance is a very dedicated and long-time Spyderco user, and I have collected over 130 Spyderco knives over the past 30 years, shockingly neither of us were aware of the Goddard
. Clearly the Goddard was a great design and I'm disappointed that I missed it. When I find a used one for sale I'll be picking it up for sure.
Knowing how the Siren design evolved organically in Lance's mind from a concept that involved a very specific blade shape coupled with a very specific handle design, and then experiencing how the finished design became what it is through testing and refinement, it blows my mind
that there's another knife that is as similar as the Goddard is to the Siren.
It just shows that when you have a knife design/concept that you want to achieve there's only so many ways to achieve it. It also shows that there have been so many knife designs over time that it's beyond hard to imagine something that someone hasn't already done in one way or another.
All said, there are real differences. One important and primary design aspect of the Siren is that it is a corrosion free design that is intended to be used hard and put away wet. This isn't just great for using it in or around water, but a great design feature to have in any EDC knife. Another important characteristic of the Siren is the handle design that is shaped to also comfortably and safely accommodate an upside down grip that can be very useful during fish and other meat processing tasks.
Congratulations to Lance Clinton on a great design! I can't wait to get my hands on one with Spyderco and Lance Clinton logos on it!