Pochi discussion and review

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Pochi discussion and review

Postby Mugman16 » Tue Nov 24, 2020 12:06 pm

Just got my Pochi yesterday and it's adorable, but far from practical. Honestly, it's too small to effectively flipper tab without some big wrist movement, and the hole is small enough that operation through that is awkward as well. It is far smaller in general than what I assumed it would be, but I like it regardless. The first thing I did with the Pochi was cut a banana into slices, only to find the blade itself was smaller than the banana I was cutting. It also lacks a lanyard hole, which is disappointing as I would totally wear it as a necklace considering its size. The framelock is very difficult to operate, almost as if there is a slight amount of lockstick alongside its small size. It is very adorable however, and everyone I have shown it to has agreed on that point. I do not regret buying it, but I would not recommend it at the current high price point.

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Re: Pochi discussion and review

Postby odomandr » Tue Nov 24, 2020 1:01 pm

I can agree that it is super small and that the size will limit its usefulness. this is definitely not a do all kind of design. its artistic and still functional though. it will do for the majority of tasks i need a sharp edge for in my day to day. it will not double as a food prep piece like the spydie chef. it will not be as useful as a pm2/p3 would be for more intense usage. as a cool talking piece with amazing design and the function of a sharp edge...it fits the bill. all that being said my first pochi had issues with engaging the lock without a very strong wrist flick. a slow deploy with the hole would leave it bouncing between the detent and the lock. I am not too far from Golden so I was able to get it swapped out to a pristine example that has very smooth action over the detent. I do not have the same feelings about it being difficult to operate as I have been playing with it almost daily since its arrival and while small, it seems to function as id hope. I will say at the price point it is not for everyone, not to be elitist but its as much art as tool
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Re: Pochi discussion and review

Postby Mugman16 » Tue Nov 24, 2020 2:35 pm

yeah, I do take some issue with the price point though as the sheer quantity of raw materials is very small, though there are nice features like the custom pocket clip and the frame lock accessory that do somewhat make up for it.

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Re: Pochi discussion and review

Postby The Meat man » Tue Nov 24, 2020 2:51 pm

Mugman16 wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 2:35 pm
yeah, I do take some issue with the price point though as the sheer quantity of raw materials is very small, though there are nice features like the custom pocket clip and the frame lock accessory that do somewhat make up for it.
I'm guessing the cost of raw materials is miniscule compared to the cost of machining and finishing. As it would be with practically any pocket knife.
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Re: Pochi discussion and review

Postby Wartstein » Tue Nov 24, 2020 3:40 pm

Very cool knife, and glad, that Spyderco manufactures such designs!
But I personally would have no use for it. The Chaparral is tiny (but still usefull) already in my personal size categorization.
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Re: Pochi discussion and review

Postby Mugman16 » Tue Nov 24, 2020 4:03 pm

i suppose my biggest issue with the pochi is that they focused more on the gimmick than on the functionality, if it was just 50% larger it would have infinite more amounts of function. if they ever make a supersized model or just larger animal based models in general (please do, i love animal shaped tools), i think it would be a nice balance between fun and effectiveness.

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Re: Pochi discussion and review

Postby Mushroom » Tue Nov 24, 2020 4:04 pm

I handled the Pochi for a little bit at the SFO last week and will definitely be picking one up. The novelty and design is a huge part of the allure but I also find little knives like this plenty useful for my own EDC.

I personally felt like the little tail did help to improve overall grip but in the few minutes I was looking at the Pochi, it felt a little bit awkward to grip well and get a solid purchase on. I'm sure I could learn to use it to my advantage when I own one though. The flipper action really requires some wrist action to get it to fully open but the Spyderhole worked well for slow roll and thumb flicking the blade open. Also, I didn't have any issues operating the lock
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Re: Pochi discussion and review

Postby Mushroom » Tue Nov 24, 2020 4:22 pm

Mugman16 wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 4:03 pm
i suppose my biggest issue with the pochi is that they focused more on the gimmick than on the functionality, if it was just 50% larger it would have infinite more amounts of function. if they ever make a supersized model or just larger animal based models in general (please do, i love animal shaped tools), i think it would be a nice balance between fun and effectiveness.
I have little over dozen knife designs that I've used animals as inspiration for. Some much more thought out than others but it's still fun to pick an animal and design a knife with it in mind. I started doing this after the Hundred Pacer came out. I really liked the designers interpretation and how certain attributes of the snake translated to the knife. I need to get some prototypes made asap! ;)
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Re: Pochi discussion and review

Postby Mugman16 » Tue Nov 24, 2020 4:29 pm

Mushroom wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 4:22 pm


I have little over dozen knife designs that I've used animals as inspiration for. Some much more thought out than others but it's still fun to pick an animal and design a knife with it in mind. I started doing this after the Hundred Pacer came out. I really liked the designers interpretation and how certain attributes of the snake translated to the knife. I need to get some prototypes made asap! ;)
i would love to see photos, im a very large fan of animal shaped tools and I am sure I would like yours.

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Re: Pochi discussion and review

Postby Joshcrutchley1 » Tue Nov 24, 2020 5:43 pm

Awesome that Spyderco makes knives like this. I also think it should be larger. I wonder if these designs or any for that matter go through beta testing?

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Re: Pochi discussion and review

Postby Cl1ff » Tue Nov 24, 2020 7:53 pm

I suspect the Pochi was intentionally kept as close to the custom as possible, which includes the size dimensions.
I also really like the animal themed knives.
Spyderco itself is somewhat animal themed, so that kind of design philosophy is very fitting to the brand.
The McBee, Pochi, aforementioned Hundred Pacer, etc. are all treats and offer varying takes on the art in knife-making. And different levels of usefullness too.
Like Mushroom, I’ve thought up a few designs myself.

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Re: Pochi discussion and review

Postby Pancake » Tue Nov 24, 2020 10:02 pm

Mugman16 wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 4:29 pm

i would love to see photos, im a very large fan of animal shaped tools and I am sure I would like yours.
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