Earlier this week I picked up a new SpyOpera. I like it!
The linen used in the Micarta has very fine threads, so it has a very smooth texture. All the ones I looked at are more of a ruddy, rust brown compared to the pix on the Spyderco website. I’m sure they’ll darken with age.
The blade and lock bar have a satin, brushed finish. The back spacer is a bit different with a tumbled or media blasted finish. The spine of the blade and the lock bar are radiused. (see photo below)
The blade, when it pivots, is light and silky smooth. When locked open there’s no wobble or rocking up and down. The blade will swing freely if you press in on the lock bar to close it. A word of caution, there is no ricasso to speak of so the rear part blade’s edge will bite you if your finger is too far back on the handle when letting gravity drop the blade. (Don’t ask how I know.
) See the photo below.
The lock bar does stick when pressing it in to close the blade. I tried others and they all did it. I’m sure with time the lock bar will wear in and it will smooth out.
The edge grind is even on both sides and looks to have been finished with a fine grit. The edge feels slightly serrated, but that can be smoothed out using the brown Tri-Angles on the SharpMaker.
With the satin finish on the steel and smooth brown Micarta there were quite a few, “Wow, that’s nice,” comments from co-workers; even from a few non-carriers.
The lock bar and tang of the blade on mine are lubed with a black grease. It tends to get on your fingers and “migrate.” I wiped it off where there was an abundance of it.
This won’t be the last one I get.