I'm with you on this! I know many feel carbon fiber has been played out, but for me it's normally a tough decision to pass on a knife that has it. I'm trying to be more picky about my decisions now though, but as you said...if Spyderco put something out in shredded or marbled carbon, it would be an instabuy! I've bought a few knives from other companies because I wanted to see how I liked their scales, not so much the knife itself haha. (Civivi has tons of options if you didn't know, and normally for less than $100 per knife)Dazen wrote: ↑Sun Aug 02, 2020 11:46 amIn the end this is why I gravitate to Carbon Fiber. It’s not a color and no two knives look the same because they are all contoured differently. Peel-ply, smooth, marbled and shredded all look amazing, giving so much variety without adding polarizing colors. I know many of you are sick of Carbon Fiber but I still find it to be the nicest scale material to date.
pdixon wrote: ↑Sun Aug 02, 2020 2:20 pmMassive deal for me, it’s a deal breaker on most knives when it comes to colour and material.
I buy knives for their designs, blade shapes, lines and curves. I’m not creepy - I’m just into form.
A classic case is the Pacific Salt 2. I love that blade, I wish I could put it on all of my knives as it’s so perfect! And that italicised H1 logo, oh my!!....but I don’t own the knife as the scales aren’t my cup of tea. I’d buy the all black version at a push but I’d still be less than happy with the scales (I understand the function of the knife, don’t worry).
I’d like Spyderco to go down the route Benchmade have with the custom shop, then hopefully I could get the blade I want with the handle I want too!
Anything in yellow / orange / red / blue is just a massive no for me
I'm glad you said that. I wasn't going to be the one to bring it up. I see a LOT of pictures of aftermarket scales. Sometimes they're too small, sometimes they're too big. Sometimes the screws sit too high, sometimes they're buried below the surface. There's NO WAY I could live with something like that. I would eventually come to loathe the knife and be forced to give it away.
JuPaul wrote: ↑Sun Aug 02, 2020 4:29 pmYep, scales are pretty important to me: color, material, and texture. I want color, and while I definitely love unique colors, I'm not super picky about color in general. Even gray makes me happier than boring ol' black, and I genuinely like brown. I will occasionally buy a knife with black g10/frn or carbon fiber if I really love the design (the upcoming Astute, for example), or if I really want to try the steel/blade (combo edge 52100 pm2, for example), but I'm way more likely to do that if aftermarket scales are available. With that said, everyone needs to go buy an Astute asap so people will start making new scales for it!