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flipper recommendation

Postby Bemo » Fri Sep 18, 2020 11:54 pm

I think this is my first thread start! In looking at my Spyderco collection, one noted omission is a flipper. Preferences are 3 to 3.5 inch blade. Oh and sub $200 usd. My favorite Spyderco models are the caly/ukpk series, natives, oh and Stretch (maybe that will help with recommendations).

So models to look at and models to avoid? I understand the Mantra series had an issue for a bit.

Thanks!

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Re: flipper recommendation

Postby yowzer » Fri Sep 18, 2020 11:57 pm

If you can still find one available, the Mantra 2 is quite nice.

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Re: flipper recommendation

Postby Ric » Sat Sep 19, 2020 4:06 am

Had the mantra 3 and sliverax.
Both had way too weak detents.

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Re: flipper recommendation

Postby Sumdumguy » Sat Sep 19, 2020 4:52 am

The Mantra 1 is my favorite.

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Re: flipper recommendation

Postby M Sea » Sat Sep 19, 2020 5:19 am

Mantra 1 here also.
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Re: flipper recommendation

Postby TkoK83Spy » Sat Sep 19, 2020 5:44 am

The Smock is a fun one play around with, also a pretty unique design.
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Re: flipper recommendation

Postby skeeg11 » Sat Sep 19, 2020 6:14 am

Mantra 2 is in my pocket more than any other knife.

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Re: flipper recommendation

Postby JuPaul » Sat Sep 19, 2020 6:24 am

The Domino is one of my favorites. BBS still has their exclusive 204p model, but it's just over your $200 limit. The Smock has probably the best crispy flip of any Spydie flipper I own, and it's an awesome unique design. Rumor is that there may be an exclusive version with m390 steel and red scales coming from DLT soon - I'd wait for that one if I was in your shoes. The Mantra 1 is also a great little flipper, but is long disco'd and might be harder to find. The Sliverax is an incredible design, but as mentioned above it has a very weak detent.
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Re: flipper recommendation

Postby Albatross » Sat Sep 19, 2020 7:01 am

As mentioned by yowzer, the Mantra 2 is a great knife. Mine didn't flip great, but after some minor screw adjustments, and trying different flipping techniques, it flips very well. I did not mess with the detent. The knife flips as well as any of the 5 ZT flippers I've owned. The washers that protect the titanium from the bearings are quite thin, and will deform if the pivot is tightened too much. Fortunately it's not been necessary to tighten the pivot enough to deform the washers. There's also info floating around the internet, about how to improve the detent on the Mantra knives, for anyone who is handy and willing that is.

I haven't held either one, so I can't say for sure, but the Domino and Smock look like the best options, based on your preferences. The Domino might be most ideal for you, due to the choil, since the knives you listed all have them. Some people use the cutout on the blade (designed to work with the lock) of the Smock as a choil, while some feel it's not safe/comfortable/big enough. The Domino has an actual choil and a blade shape you will probably find more familiar.
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Re: flipper recommendation

Postby ugaarguy » Sat Sep 19, 2020 7:35 am

Red weave CF Domino right at $200 from KnifeWorks - https://knifeworks.com/spyderco-domino- ... lain-edge/. It's a Spyderco flipper in Spyderco's red and black colors! That red and black weave CF/G10 laminate should be on some of Spyderco's own premium variants.

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Re: flipper recommendation

Postby araneae » Sat Sep 19, 2020 7:51 am

Ikuchi is a lot of fun.
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Re: flipper recommendation

Postby Pokey » Sat Sep 19, 2020 8:09 am

M Sea wrote:
Sat Sep 19, 2020 5:19 am
Mantra 1 here also.
I liked the original Mantra so much I bought second one. The first one was on clearance from the SFO, so it was probably the latest revision. I'm not sure what rev the second one was, but they're pretty much identical, the later one could be the latest rev, too.
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Re: flipper recommendation

Postby Pokey » Sat Sep 19, 2020 8:15 am

yowzer wrote:
Fri Sep 18, 2020 11:57 pm
If you can still find one available, the Mantra 2 is quite nice.
I bought a second, (not a factory 2nd,) Mantra at Oso Grande. They're out of the originals, but they do have the Mantra 2's in stock right at $200.

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Re: flipper recommendation

Postby Holland » Sat Sep 19, 2020 9:09 am

Mantra 1 is my favorite knife
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Re: flipper recommendation

Postby Sumdumguy » Sat Sep 19, 2020 9:22 am

I actually pulled my Mantra 1 out a few days ago and started carrying it again.

I'm thinking of removing the flipper tab and making it the perfect Delica. Maybe.

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Re: flipper recommendation

Postby Sharp Guy » Sat Sep 19, 2020 9:31 am

Sumdumguy wrote:
Sat Sep 19, 2020 9:22 am
I actually pulled my Mantra 1 out a few days ago and started carrying it again.

I'm thinking of removing the flipper tab and making it the perfect Delica. Maybe.
My Mantra is one of my favorite knives and I carry it often
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Re: flipper recommendation

Postby archangel » Sat Sep 19, 2020 10:01 am

Another vote for.Smock or Ikuchi. Many people don't like the missing cutting edge of the Smock (I don't care), or the difficulty to deploy the Ikuchi (I have zero problems, cause I know what to do). I love them both like crazy. :)
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Re: flipper recommendation

Postby Bemo » Sat Sep 19, 2020 10:15 am

Thanks everyone. I've looked at the Domino and the Sliverax on line a lot and they do intrigue me. I had an Efficient for awhile that I loved before getting into the better steels and I believe the design was heavily influenced by the Sliverax. My one concern with the Domino is the pocket space a wide knife takes up. I don't carry my two Manix 2 LW's much because of that and the Domino seems just as wide. That Smock does catch my eye and if there's a red scale version I may hold out for that. Again thanks everyone!

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Re: flipper recommendation

Postby TomAiello » Sat Sep 19, 2020 10:26 am

Mantra 2, but I had to take it apart and flip around the detent ball to give it a stronger detent. Much more positive action now.

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Re: flipper recommendation

Postby Sharp Guy » Sat Sep 19, 2020 10:31 am

Bemo wrote:
Sat Sep 19, 2020 10:15 am
Thanks everyone. I've looked at the Domino and the Sliverax on line a lot and they do intrigue me. I had an Efficient for awhile that I loved before getting into the better steels and I believe the design was heavily influenced by the Sliverax. My one concern with the Domino is the pocket space a wide knife takes up. I don't carry my two Manix 2 LW's much because of that and the Domino seems just as wide. That Smock does catch my eye and if there's a red scale version I may hold out for that. Again thanks everyone!
Sliverax is also one of my favorite knives. It still surprises me that it's not more popular. It's a really great design. If you're concerned about the weak detent it's easy enough to fix with items you can buy from Amazon
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