This is about to get long winded, but you should expect that from me at this point
About a year ago (Give or take a few days) I received my Spydiechef in the mail. I had been a Benchmade guy for a year or so at that point, but I had been screwed by their warranty for the last time. I was fed up. I went over to Knife_Swap and sold every pointy thing I owned. With the money I gained I went to BladeHQ and searched for what I was looking for, something lighthearted, and somewhat rust resistant, since I had problems with that. The spydiechef fit the bill perfectly, and the newest cqi had just released. It was clearly the one.
It wasn't my first experience with spyderco, I had won a black combo edge delica in a raffle, but I promptly sold it as it was a tad too murdery. But this was my first true premium spyderco. And oh man was it premium. Right out of the box it cut through time, locked up like a bank vault, and flicked open with authority.
Now at this point It's become my most used knife. Without a doubt. Aaaand also my most moded knife... Started with some Bronzed Ti screws, then as the lockbar began to deform I got it carbidized, I then tweaked out the clip and messaged Casey Lynch about his wire clip replacement in the works, a few months later I helped prototype said clip.
So, how's it held up?
well... The lockup had gotten worse as time has gone on. Up and down play got worse and worse until I got the lockbar carbidized. It didn't fix it, but it did stop the continuing development of the play. The action, has improved! It drops closed and opens hydraulically like a sebenza, couldn't ask for a better action. The ergos are wonderful as well, the soft contours of the Ti make holding the knife in any grip feel great. I also appreciate details like the cuts just ahead of the pivot screw to allow for a traditional kitchen knife pinch grip. All that combined with it's slimness and lightweight-itude, makes it disappear in the pocket. And the Ti itself has held up very well too. Very few if any noticeable scratches on the handle, most are on the blade, SPEAKING OF THE BLADE. The blade, is fine... By kitchen knife standards? it's ungodly levels of thick. I've used it three or four times at my gf's house for prepping dinner when I didn't feel like dragging my knife roll over, and it cuts, fine... The lc200n obviously holds up very well. But almost every other spyderco I've owned has cut better. Even the Native, which is about the same thickness bte, cuts better due to it's pointier tip. To put it simply, the spydiechef is a spectacular knife with an uncharacteristically chunky blade. Although there's something to be said for simplicity. It's extremely easy to wash and maintain the Spydiechef as it consists of what like, three bits of metal and some screws? That's about it.
It's also worth noting that this model has convinced me of Sal's opinion on sharpening choils, material constantly gets stuck between the blade and the handle.
And so it's come to this. I feel I cannot sell it. I never will. It's too important to me in my knife use history. But it's come to the point where either I get the blade reground to make the knife cut better, and a new stop pin fitted to fix the up and down play, or it continues to sit in my wall roll. I do love it's action and lock, and it's general simplicity. But I just feel bad taking a lower performance blade when I could be using something that cuts through time like the Watu, or refuses to fail like the Native.
The spydiechef is pretty good, it carries well and is comfortable to hold. But the blade (for a kitchen work oriented knife at least) is overly thick, and the lack of lockbar insert makes it's longevity questionable. Making it a good concept, and probably a good light duty knife. But maybe not a good "your only edc knife".
Again I do really like this knife but I don't think our relationship is working out. She's too flakey and blunt.
These are of course my thoughts only. I'd love to hear all of your experiences or questions for me. As always have a good week, and always look both ways when crossing the street.