Why So Few Red Handles?

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Why So Few Red Handles?

Postby ugaarguy » Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:11 pm

I've been meaning to ask this question for a while now. With the discontinuation of the Domino, that ended the only red and black weave CF handle knife from Spyderco. Spyderco boxes are red and black, so the red and black weave CF, as well as red and black patterns in other materials, seems like a natural fit that should be on more Spyderco knives. It seems like Spyderco makes just about every other handle color, except for their own company colors. Are interest and sales that low in red, or red and black handles?

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Re: Why So Few Red Handles?

Postby Evil D » Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:14 pm

For a long time red was reserved for trainer knives. That reservation has ended last I heard but it may just not be a very popular color. I personally loved the polished red Persians and I'd love to see more red.
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Re: Why So Few Red Handles?

Postby Liquid Cobra » Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:16 pm

David nailed it. I’d love to see more red. Fun colour. Oh and orange and blue. More please.
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Re: Why So Few Red Handles?

Postby xceptnl » Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:16 pm

For a long time red was restricted to use for trainers only. That has since changed, though I don't understand why it has never been more widespread through the catalog. I love red, but I think the masses probably prefer a more subdued color.

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Re: Why So Few Red Handles?

Postby TomAiello » Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:25 pm

Wasn't the latest M390 Para 2 sprint a red handle? And, if memory serves, sold out in like 3 hours?

If Spyderco mates a black DLC blade with a red handle, I'll have to buy one, or several. My wife would definitely need to get one. :)

FWIW, I recently swapped the scales on a S110V manix (not LW) to red and black G-10 Anso style, and I'm loving it.


And I think there's currently a budget sprint available with red g-10 handles, isn't there? Tenacious maybe?

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Re: Why So Few Red Handles?

Postby Evil D » Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:31 pm

I'd really love to see a red and black handle with a silver stripe and gold bug inlay just like the current box design.
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Re: Why So Few Red Handles?

Postby ugaarguy » Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:44 pm

TomAiello wrote:
Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:25 pm
Wasn't the latest M390 Para 2 sprint a red handle? And, if memory serves, sold out in like 3 hours?

If Spyderco mates a black DLC blade with a red handle, I'll have to buy one, or several. My wife would definitely need to get one. :)

FWIW, I recently swapped the scales on a S110V manix (not LW) to red and black G-10 Anso style, and I'm loving it.


And I think there's currently a budget sprint available with red g-10 handles, isn't there? Tenacious maybe?
The red M390 Para 2 was a DLT exclusive. I'd like to hope that they sold out at least in part because they were red, and not just because they were M390 at a much more reasonable price than the blue M390 from BBS.

You're correct that there is a red "check" pattern G10 Tenacious currently available. It's a thin layer of red over a translucent white base, so it almost looks pink. It is a start though.

Evil D, that would look pretty sweet.

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Re: Why So Few Red Handles?

Postby steelcity16 » Wed Jun 06, 2018 7:04 pm

TomAiello wrote:
Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:25 pm

If Spyderco mates a black DLC blade with a red handle, I'll have to buy one, or several.

same here! i love the red on the dlt m390 pm2, and i think a dlc blade and black hardware would look amazing with that red g10. how about a red g10 Native with black dlc Cruwear? id be all over that!
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Re: Why So Few Red Handles?

Postby anycal » Wed Jun 06, 2018 7:07 pm

I was hoping for a Military in this color. I guess I'll have to settle for burnt orange.



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Re: Why So Few Red Handles?

Postby tvenuto » Wed Jun 06, 2018 7:20 pm

I bladeswapped a SE Delica into the red trainer handle. I like red, and in a way it’s less intimidating because SAKs are red and people know perhaps that you’re not at all trying to hide it. I think a box style handle would be cool.

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Re: Why So Few Red Handles?

Postby xceptnl » Wed Jun 06, 2018 7:33 pm

The box idea has come up before. I still think it would be the most unique offering from Spyderco to date. Gold anodized liners with sculpted and spaced red/black polished G10 scales.

Or was I the only one who had that vision?
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Re: Why So Few Red Handles?

Postby Doc Dan » Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:12 pm

I would pass on the gold liners. That knife would look like a pimp's knife. HaHaha! :D


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Re: Why So Few Red Handles?

Postby TomAiello » Wed Jun 06, 2018 10:00 pm

I'd buy a "Spyderco Colors" knife in a heartbeat.

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Re: Why So Few Red Handles?

Postby xceptnl » Thu Jun 07, 2018 2:54 am

Doc Dan wrote:
Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:12 pm
I would pass on the gold liners. That knife would look like a pimp's knife. HaHaha! :D


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I was envisioning something more subtle, but I see your point.
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Re: Why So Few Red Handles?

Postby Doc Dan » Thu Jun 07, 2018 10:29 am

xceptnl wrote:
Thu Jun 07, 2018 2:54 am
Doc Dan wrote:
Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:12 pm
I would pass on the gold liners. That knife would look like a pimp's knife. HaHaha! :D


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I was envisioning something more subtle, but I see your point.
Actually, I was just joking. It could be done so that it would be nice.
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Re: Why So Few Red Handles?

Postby xceptnl » Thu Jun 07, 2018 10:46 am

Doc Dan wrote:
Thu Jun 07, 2018 10:29 am
xceptnl wrote:
Thu Jun 07, 2018 2:54 am
Doc Dan wrote:
Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:12 pm
I would pass on the gold liners. That knife would look like a pimp's knife. HaHaha! :D


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I was envisioning something more subtle, but I see your point.
Actually, I was just joking. It could be done so that it would be nice.
A subtle gold anodized inlay would serve the same purpose. Especially over black liners.
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Re: Why So Few Red Handles?

Postby skybladefromthe » Thu Jun 07, 2018 11:17 am

I was thinking maybe the red is too close to the classic "Swiss Army" color. I hope not because I think red is desirable especially if rare.

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Re: Why So Few Red Handles?

Postby nicktheodore » Thu Jun 07, 2018 4:06 pm

What about pm2 or para 3 trainers can spyderco come out with them since they are tactical blades

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Re: Why So Few Red Handles?

Postby farnorthdan » Thu Jun 07, 2018 5:29 pm

Need more pictures :D

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Re: Why So Few Red Handles?

Postby xceptnl » Thu Jun 07, 2018 6:03 pm

farnorthdan wrote:
Thu Jun 07, 2018 5:29 pm
Need more pictures :D

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