Link to Holland's thread - viewtopic.php?f=2&t=85435&p=1380910
. I had to search it out. He put links to previous years in it. The premise is:
- From the 2012 thread "I used to do this on a semi annual basis and it's been a while since I've posted my TOP 10 favorite Spyders of all time. But I've now compiled a top 10 list of my favorite Spyderco knives of all time."
- From the 2014 thread "This is meant to be your top 10 favorites as it stands today, at the end of 2014 (NOT the top 10 that came out in 2014)"
So, my top 5 favorite others of all time, as of the end of 2019 / start of 2020.
1. Quiet Carry The Drift. It has a thin Vanax blade in an all Ti frame lock handle (other than the LC200N lock bar face insert), with a wire clip. Think SpydieChef and Brower had a child, with a slightly thinner than Delica thin blade, and an upgrade in steel.
2. Cold Steel Tuff Lite - I'm partial to the blue handled variant. I wish Spyderco made this knife. It's the Goldilocks between the Native 5 LW and the Dragonfly 2 for me.
3. CRKT Pilar - Blue G10 show side scale variant. It's too bad this was a BHQ exclusive, and there won't be any more. The standard stainless steel version is still possibly the best Byrd / value line Spyderco that Spyderco doesn't make.
4. ZT 0562CF.
5. Cold Steel Mini Tuff Lite. I have the original AUS 8 blade version in both black and lime green handles. I'll be pre-ordering the 2020 reincarnation with a blue handle to match my full size version. The downgrade to 4034 blade steel (Thyssen-Krupp's equivalent of 420HC) is a bit disappointing. But it's not a deal breaker given the size and price of these little things. Again, it's a Spyderco-esque knife that another company makes. It's like a finger choiled, wharnie, Manbug. It's made in Taiwan, and I really would like to have one in a better blade steel.