Great article! Some observations and questions for Sal.
Spyderco left Northern California in 1978. Wasn't Benchmade also in NorCal at the same time? Why Colorado and not Oregon?
First time I read that Sal has a daughter. Always thought Eric was an only child.
Interesting regarding Spyder Sports Cars which were roadsters (2 seat convertibles). Reminds me of James Dean and his Porsche Spyder.
Seems like 1981 was THE momentous year for Spyderco with the hole opener and pocket clip!
I like how the Spydie Hole doesn't get in the way or shorten the blade's cutting edge. What I don't like is where the hole has a BIG hump. I know it's supposed to be "function over beauty" but it makes some knives extremely "fugly" like the Jot Singh Khalsa.
“We do make some pretty knives, because we have collectors out there and they like for us to create the pretty knives. We use collaborators so we can get variety and eye appeal. But in the end, most of my knives are about function.”
I love the aesthetics and function of the Chaparral Stepped Titanium.
It says that in the early days, Spydercos were sold through a few agents that Sal called “Road Warriors”. Any of those agents still around perhaps as dealers?
Sal mentioned that he learned how to shave with a straight razor. Ever thought of making straight razors?
"Our new reveal process is to wait until we have knives on the shelf, ready to ship, before we tell people they exist." -- I guess it's a work in progress because some knives take more than 120 days to show up at dealers.
Having both Chinese-made Spyderco knives and Byrd knives made in China seems redundant now?!
On the QC front, how do the number of rejects from Golden compare to the foreign factories?
It’s great that in terms of awards, Sal is most proud of Spyderco being one of the best companies to work for.
With over 100 patents and trademarks what are some of the most recent ones?
Does Spyderco still pay royalty to Emerson even though it’s just a trademark now and not a patent? The Benchmade Axis patent also ran out a year or so ago. Any plans on an Axis lock Spyderco (of course you can’t call it Axis due to the trademark) as a Sage?
What brand was the “little two-bladed pin knife” that your Dad gave you? Ever thought of creating something similar as homage to your Dad and the knife?
Totally agree with Sal’s favorite quotes:
- Persistence is king.
- If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right.
- There is no substitute for performance.