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Caly Jr 2

Postby araneae » Sun Mar 01, 2020 9:09 pm

I have had a love affair with the Caly Jr for over a decade. I got my first from a forumite who messaged me and offered a like new vg-10 PE. I loved most things about it, but rarely carried it because it would be hard to replace. Since then, I have nabbed a couple Micarta SE versions, a stainless PE and a Super blue. I would love to see a new version materialize with some upgrades.

Things I love about the knife:
-linerless FRN is super lightweight
-nice contoured FRN handles
-enough blade (~2.8") to be very versatile
-reminds me of a Dragonfly
-swedges
-vg-10 is a great steel (although BD1N would certainly work)

Things I would change:
-switch to wire clip, tip up carry
-slightly deepen the choil, think sage lightweight
-jimping, think Dragonfly

I know there is a Caly 3.5 lightweight in the pipeline, and I think that a Jr 2 would be a nice compliment for those that prefer or are restricted to under 3" blades.
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Re: Caly Jr 2

Postby kennethsime » Sun Mar 01, 2020 9:54 pm

I'd love for a lightweight Caly family, but would be most excited about a Caly 3 LW. I'd like the Caly Jr. as a smaller version of the more recent Caly 3 and 3.5 designs, with the deeper chol and more pronounced hump.
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Re: Caly Jr 2

Postby JMM » Mon Mar 02, 2020 1:29 am

I do like the overall look/design of pretty much everything in the Caly line, especially the older brown one with the longer blade and super slim profile, I've held it, it's a beauty... I just can't bring myself to buy a pinned knife. Ever. ;)

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Re: Caly Jr 2

Postby Sumdumguy » Mon Mar 02, 2020 4:17 am

I just wish the lockbar on my SB Caly Jr would sit flush. I've bought three seperate ones, all of them had it.

It really irks me, I don't see how it made it past QC.

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Re: Caly Jr 2

Postby Evil D » Mon Mar 02, 2020 5:26 am

I'm not sure about the 3.5 but the standard Caly really needs the blade to seat into the handle further. I haven't bought another one since my first because it doesn't take much sharpening to expose the tip.
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Re: Caly Jr 2

Postby elena86 » Mon Mar 02, 2020 5:43 am

araneae wrote:
Sun Mar 01, 2020 9:09 pm
I have had a love affair with the Caly Jr for over a decade. I got my first from a forumite who messaged me and offered a like new vg-10 PE. I loved most things about it, but rarely carried it because it would be hard to replace. Since then, I have nabbed a couple Micarta SE versions, a stainless PE and a Super blue. I would love to see a new version materialize with some upgrades.

Things I love about the knife:
-linerless FRN is super lightweight
-nice contoured FRN handles
-enough blade (~2.8") to be very versatile
-reminds me of a Dragonfly
-swedges
-vg-10 is a great steel (although BD1N would certainly work)

Things I would change:
-switch to wire clip, tip up carry
-slightly deepen the choil, think sage lightweight
-jimping, think Dragonfly

I know there is a Caly 3.5 lightweight in the pipeline, and I think that a Jr 2 would be a nice compliment for those that prefer or are restricted to under 3" blades.

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Re: Caly Jr 2

Postby GarageBoy » Mon Mar 02, 2020 6:25 am

Fishscale and swedge make the Calypso Jr a Calypso Jr

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Re: Caly Jr 2

Postby T_MAC686 » Mon Mar 02, 2020 6:40 am

araneae wrote:
Sun Mar 01, 2020 9:09 pm
Things I would change:
-switch to wire clip, tip up carry
-slightly deepen the choil, think sage lightweight
-jimping, think Dragonfly

This and torx construction would be my two biggest changes. I’m guessing if this were to happen however it would have to be in liner less G10 as switching to a wire clip would require all new molds for the FRN?

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Re: Caly Jr 2

Postby Nate » Mon Mar 02, 2020 6:53 am

Big fan of the Caly Jr, have 4. Would welcome an update or even additional sprints, but honestly feel the Chaparral, especially the lw, is already an "heir to the throne" in many respects.
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Re: Caly Jr 2

Postby araneae » Tue Mar 03, 2020 3:15 pm

T_MAC686 wrote:
Mon Mar 02, 2020 6:40 am
araneae wrote:
Sun Mar 01, 2020 9:09 pm
Things I would change:
-switch to wire clip, tip up carry
-slightly deepen the choil, think sage lightweight
-jimping, think Dragonfly

This and torx construction would be my two biggest changes. I’m guessing if this were to happen however it would have to be in liner less G10 as switching to a wire clip would require all new molds for the FRN?
I definitely overlooked screw construction which I would prefer. I am definitely proposing a new mold as the changes I suggested couldn't happen without retooling.
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Re: Caly Jr 2

Postby araneae » Tue Mar 03, 2020 3:16 pm

Nate wrote:
Mon Mar 02, 2020 6:53 am
Big fan of the Caly Jr, have 4. Would welcome an update or even additional sprints, but honestly feel the Chaparral, especially the lw, is already an "heir to the throne" in many respects.
While great, the Chap isn't in the Caly family tree IMO. No hump, so swedge, just a totally different feel for me.
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Re: Caly Jr 2

Postby pantagana23 » Tue Mar 03, 2020 3:48 pm

After a stroll through the XL Dragonfly thread, I saw this knife for the first time, and I'm wondering why is this out of production?
Would agree with araneae for clip and jimping idea.
For the blade, it would be wonderful if the spear blade was completely symmetrical (take a straight line from pivot center to blade tip, and then mirror the upper part to lower part of the blade). This would have great aesthetic effect, would deepen the choil a bit, but the handle height would have to be a bit bigger.

Anyway, I'd buy this as is if it came in production again.

Or perhaps in M390 :D

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Re: Caly Jr 2

Postby ugaarguy » Tue Mar 03, 2020 5:36 pm

I'd take the last Calypso Jr, just updated to screw together construction. Maintaining the liner-less construction, but changing to a tip up wire clip, or four way hourglass clip with thread inserts, would make it even more desirable for me.

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Re: Caly Jr 2

Postby kennethsime » Tue Mar 03, 2020 9:49 pm

pantagana23 wrote:
Tue Mar 03, 2020 3:48 pm
After a stroll through the XL Dragonfly thread, I saw this knife for the first time, and I'm wondering why is this out of production?
Would agree with araneae for clip and jimping idea.
For the blade, it would be wonderful if the spear blade was completely symmetrical (take a straight line from pivot center to blade tip, and then mirror the upper part to lower part of the blade). This would have great aesthetic effect, would deepen the choil a bit, but the handle height would have to be a bit bigger.

Anyway, I'd buy this as is if it came in production again.

Or perhaps in M390 :D
It sounds like you're describing an XL Dragonfly with a Caly Jr. handle right there. :D I could get behind that!
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Re: Caly Jr 2

Postby toocool006 » Wed Mar 04, 2020 10:57 am

Evil D wrote:
Mon Mar 02, 2020 5:26 am
I'm not sure about the 3.5 but the standard Caly really needs the blade to seat into the handle further. I haven't bought another one since my first because it doesn't take much sharpening to expose the tip.
Can you fix this issue by grinding down the nub on the choil? But then of course that kind of defeats the purpose of having a choil to begin with...
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Re: Caly Jr 2

Postby Evil D » Wed Mar 04, 2020 12:00 pm

toocool006 wrote:
Wed Mar 04, 2020 10:57 am
Evil D wrote:
Mon Mar 02, 2020 5:26 am
I'm not sure about the 3.5 but the standard Caly really needs the blade to seat into the handle further. I haven't bought another one since my first because it doesn't take much sharpening to expose the tip.
Can you fix this issue by grinding down the nub on the choil? But then of course that kind of defeats the purpose of having a choil to begin with...


You can but too much will allow the blade to contact the lock bar and back spacer when closed.
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Re: Caly Jr 2

Postby pantagana23 » Wed Mar 04, 2020 1:24 pm

Mr. Glesser, will Calypso Jr. ever see daylight again? Been looking to find some new ones on all webshops, but the VG-10 version is long gone. Not really into Superblue (stainless is a must for me).


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