Finally got a Chap!

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Finally got a Chap!

Postby Joshcrutchley1 » Thu Apr 01, 2021 9:07 am

Thanks to Wartstein and his constant high praise of the Chaparral I finally gave in. It looks amazing in hand. The quality of finish is top notch. I love how the lock bar is beveled at the cutout. I had never seen that in pictures so it was a surprise. I haven't done any testing yet but with it's thin blade stock it should be an awesome slicer.
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Re: Finally got a Chap!

Postby Wartstein » Thu Apr 01, 2021 9:20 am

Joshcrutchley1 wrote:
Thu Apr 01, 2021 9:07 am
Thanks to Wartstein and his constant high praise of the Chaparral.....

:) :) :)

Great! I'm sure you won't regret it!
Now use it, and use it hard (for a pocket knife...), should need be...The Chap will take it and also outslice most other folders.
Can't wait for your thougts after some use...:)
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Re: Finally got a Chap!

Postby ChrisinHove » Thu Apr 01, 2021 4:13 pm

Congrats! It’s a classic for good reason!

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Re: Finally got a Chap!

Postby Henry_P » Thu Apr 01, 2021 4:25 pm

Congrats. I have the birdseye maple chap and it’s one of my favorites. Not really as great of a value as the FRN chap though. The FRN version is definitely one of the best values in the Spyderco lineup.
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Re: Finally got a Chap!

Postby M Sea » Thu Apr 01, 2021 5:02 pm

Joshcrutchley1 wrote:
Thu Apr 01, 2021 9:07 am
Thanks to Wartstein and his constant high praise of the Chaparral I finally gave in. It looks amazing in hand. The quality of finish is top notch. I love how the lock bar is beveled at the cutout. I had never seen that in pictures so it was a surprise. I haven't done any testing yet but with it's thin blade stock it should be an awesome slicer.
I am also a proud new Chap father!! Awesome little knives. Absolutely love it!

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Re: Finally got a Chap!

Postby PStone » Thu Apr 01, 2021 5:29 pm

Joshcrutchley1 wrote:
Thu Apr 01, 2021 9:07 am
Thanks to Wartstein and his constant high praise of the Chaparral I finally gave in. It looks amazing in hand. The quality of finish is top notch.I love how the lock bar is beveled at the cutout. I had never seen that in pictures so it was a surprise. I haven't done any testing yet but with it's thin blade stock it should be an awesome slicer.
My Sun/Moon Chap lockbar wasn’t beveled. I did it myself. Doesn’t look as good as yours though. I wonder if that’s a CQI upgrade?

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Re: Finally got a Chap!

Postby Tgmr05 » Thu Apr 01, 2021 6:04 pm

Great choice! My favorite pocket knife. Very capable, and a great slicer.

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Re: Finally got a Chap!

Postby Henry_P » Thu Apr 01, 2021 7:24 pm

PStone wrote:
Thu Apr 01, 2021 5:29 pm
Joshcrutchley1 wrote:
Thu Apr 01, 2021 9:07 am
Thanks to Wartstein and his constant high praise of the Chaparral I finally gave in. It looks amazing in hand. The quality of finish is top notch.I love how the lock bar is beveled at the cutout. I had never seen that in pictures so it was a surprise. I haven't done any testing yet but with it's thin blade stock it should be an awesome slicer.
My Sun/Moon Chap lockbar wasn’t beveled. I did it myself. Doesn’t look as good as yours though. I wonder if that’s a CQI upgrade?

I think it is a CQI update. My birdseye chap has that beveled lock bar as well.
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Para 3 Maxamet | Para 3 M390 BBS | Para 3 LW REX 45 | Shaman Z-Wear Micarta | Salt 2 LC200N Wharnie | Chaparral Birdseye Maple | CRK Small Sebenza 31 S45VN PJ

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Re: Finally got a Chap!

Postby Joshcrutchley1 » Thu Apr 01, 2021 8:05 pm

PStone wrote:
Thu Apr 01, 2021 5:29 pm

My Sun/Moon Chap lockbar wasn’t beveled. I did it myself. Doesn’t look as good as yours though. I wonder if that’s a CQI upgrade?
Yeah it's done very cleanly.

Henry_P wrote:
Thu Apr 01, 2021 7:24 pm

I think it is a CQI update. My birdseye chap has that beveled lock bar as well.
Any idea of other changes in the cqi updates?

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Re: Finally got a Chap!

Postby SRT392HEMI » Thu Apr 01, 2021 10:40 pm

I am loving my frn Chap so far, I think you will too.

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Re: Finally got a Chap!

Postby OrangeShoes » Thu Apr 01, 2021 11:36 pm

Sounds great! How many little knives do you have?

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Re: Finally got a Chap!

Postby yowzer » Fri Apr 02, 2021 8:38 am

The Raffir Noble one I got a few weeks ago has the bevel.

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Re: Finally got a Chap!

Postby chrisb507 » Fri Apr 02, 2021 3:15 pm

Congrats. It's hard to go wrong with this thin, light workhorse.

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Re: Finally got a Chap!

Postby z1r » Fri Apr 02, 2021 4:04 pm

Left the Outlet today with one of my own. Really liking it but not sure I know what you mean by the lockbar being beveled? I guess when I think of bevel I'm thinking of a Boye Dent like on the Dragonfly.

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Re: Finally got a Chap!

Postby PStone » Fri Apr 02, 2021 5:14 pm

Henry_P wrote:
Thu Apr 01, 2021 7:24 pm
PStone wrote:
Thu Apr 01, 2021 5:29 pm
Joshcrutchley1 wrote:
Thu Apr 01, 2021 9:07 am
Thanks to Wartstein and his constant high praise of the Chaparral I finally gave in. It looks amazing in hand. The quality of finish is top notch.I love how the lock bar is beveled at the cutout. I had never seen that in pictures so it was a surprise. I haven't done any testing yet but with it's thin blade stock it should be an awesome slicer.
My Sun/Moon Chap lockbar wasn’t beveled. I did it myself. Doesn’t look as good as yours though. I wonder if that’s a CQI upgrade?

I think it is a CQI update. My birdseye chap has that beveled lock bar as well.
Nice! Thanks for the reply. I was hoping that was the case.
yowzer wrote:The Raffir Noble one I got a few weeks ago has the bevel.
This is good to know. I may be looking for this one next payday. What dealer did you get it from?

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Re: Finally got a Chap!

Postby tbdoc4kids » Fri Apr 02, 2021 5:39 pm

I am glad to hear about the chamfered lock bar. That is a welcome change!

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Re: Finally got a Chap!

Postby CalRob » Fri Apr 02, 2021 10:03 pm

My sun and moon chap is my sliciest knife. It’s so small, yet it handles everything I need on a day to day basis. My action is really stiff though, doesn’t flick open, and won’t drop shut. I know this is the nature of the back lock, but Mine realllllly stiff.

I’ve seen plenty videos of the FRN chap, and I feel the action is a but more smooth.

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Re: Finally got a Chap!

Postby Doc Dan » Fri Apr 02, 2021 10:33 pm

We need Chaps in colors! Pink for my wife, please. Olive Drab for me, but the current grey is good too. That coyote tan like the Urban got is a good color.
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Re: Finally got a Chap!

Postby DansGearAddiction » Fri Apr 02, 2021 10:39 pm

Congratulations on an excellent pickup! The Chap was the model that truly sold me on Spyderco knives.
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Re: Finally got a Chap!

Postby Joshcrutchley1 » Fri Apr 02, 2021 10:48 pm

Wartstein wrote:
Thu Apr 01, 2021 9:20 am
:) :) :)

Great! I'm sure you won't regret it!
Now use it, and use it hard (for a pocket knife...), should need be...The Chap will take it and also outslice most other folders.
Can't wait for your thoughts after some use...:)
I'll try and write up a small review after some use. There's definitely something special about these thin blades.


z1r wrote:
Fri Apr 02, 2021 4:04 pm
Left the Outlet today with one of my own. Really liking it but not sure I know what you mean by the lockbar being beveled? I guess when I think of bevel I'm thinking of a Boye Dent like on the Dragonfly.

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It doesn't look like yours has the beveling. If you look at my second picture the light is reflecting off the bevels.
Doc Dan wrote: We need Chaps in colors! Pink for my wife, please. Olive Drab for me, but the current grey is good too. That coyote tan like the Urban got is a good color.
I just picked up a Cat for my brother but almost went with the Urban. I'll probably get one for myself to give n690co a try. I seem to have caught the bug.


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