sidpost wrote: ↑
Wed Jan 11, 2023 7:04 am
I have been looking for a Magnacut knife and see lots of postings for the Salt and talk of the Paramilitary but, nothing is in stock. The Syperco Mule seems to be a very limited run for collectors so, it doesn't seem to be available either.
What does production of Magnacut Spyderco knives look like these days? Is it just a temporary shortage due to supply chain issues or were these all limited runs that are sold out?
Because of MagnaCut's very high corrosion resistance, Spyderco decided to use it as a blade steel in their Salt line of knives, starting with the Salt variant of the Native 5. Salts are not merely corrosion resistant, but darn near corrosion proof. The delay, according to a recent post by Sal, was in finding other materials (presumably lock bar steel and pivot / handle screws) that wouldn't have a galvanic reaction with MagnaCut. Apparently that's recently been solved the Native 5 Salt is now in production. It looks SE was first, so I'd expect PE to be coming soon. Spyderco also added MagnaCut PE and SE blade versions of the non-locking UK Pen Knife to the 2023 product catalog. I'm sure those will be out this year once they catch up on demand for the MagnaCut Native 5 Salt that was announced over a year ago in Dec. 2021.
Considering how close of a relationship Spyderco has with MagnaCut's developer, Dr. Larrin Thomas, I'd be shocked if we don't see more Spyderco models getting MagnaCut blades as a regular catalog item, Sprint Run, or distributor / dealer exclusive. I'm sure this will also depend on user feedback on the MagnaCut N5 and UKPK Salts as well.