You're right about ergos! The Shaman takes the spydie ergos that are generally good and just makes it amazing.. its crazy what a little contouring can do to make the handle just melt into your hand. That being said you do pay a premium for the contouring and overall beef aspect to the knife I think but its definitely worth it if you're into having a serious tool in your pocket.Wartstein wrote: ↑Sat Aug 10, 2019 4:13 pmMan, you´re right, it´s really hard for me NOT to buy a Shaman... (and I most likely will eventully anyway, and "just" the G10 /S 30V version, which is perfectly fine for me..). It´s just: I can´t and don´t want to have TOO many folders (and except one BM Minigrip all my quality folders are Spydies), generally / for financial reaons, and cause I could not really carry and use all of them any more if I had too many. And though I am NOT one of those who say the Shaman is overpriced (it is NOT in my view, but worth every cent), it is still quite expensive compared to lets say my usual Endura / Stretch and so on models (especially here in Europe...)
If weight is not a concern of yours PLUS you are a compression lock guy: You really HAVE to get a Shaman imho! Ergonomically one of the best designs I ever experienced in a folder.
After having the Shaman now for a couple days I can agree with you on how awesome it is! Also what you were mentioning about the attention on the opening/closing of the knife is completely something that comes about from overthinking at the computer and watching too many youtube videos haha. After I played around with the knife for a few minutes I really couldn't care about the small details of the action of the knife. It does its job and does it well and thats really what matters.Tucson Tom wrote: ↑Sat Aug 10, 2019 8:52 pmI've been meaning to answer this for some time because I am a huge fan of the Shaman. I have my CF/S90V version right here by my side for reference as I answer these questions. The Shaman is in my top 3 Spyderco knives of all time alongside the PM2, Manix 2, and Military.
This is just a superb knife. I love the thick blade stock. The contoured scales are wonderful. It fits in my hand like it was made just for me.
For such a big stout knife, it really carries like a smaller knife in pocket. The contoured scales have a lot to do with this.
And yes, I am quite glad I picked up the CF/S90V sprint, no regrets there, though it was a tad pricey It is one of my all time favorite knives.
A brief tangent here. I am surprised how much attention is paid to how knives open and close. The most important thing ought to be how the knife functions when it is being used as .... a knife! Maybe the second on how it carries. On the other hand, I am totally hung up on the Spyderco hole. I hate studs in the worst way. Worse than splinters in my underwear. Anyway, the Shaman is superb when open and being used as a tool and I love the compression lock, no apologies from me there.
I was pretty doggone sure I was going to like the Shaman before I ever got one and it has only grown on me since.
Genotoxic wrote: ↑Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:47 pmAlso a little comment about compression locks. The normal way people close them is with the pinch grip and drop shut but since Im so used to backlocks I usually close my compression locks by holding like you would a backlock and pressing the comp lock to the side with my thumb and letting the blade drop to my finger then flipping it around and finishing it with my thumb. I found at work this makes it a lot more secure and easy to close when I have gloves on and because im so used to backlocks its just as fast. Not trying to break your will power but if you HAD to warm up to a comp lock maybe that'll help!
glad you're enjoying it!Genotoxic wrote: ↑Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:28 pm
Got the Shaman a few days ago and have been giving it some use since to get a feel... and I can say its definitely a badass tool first and foremost.
I always found the Native to be a little tank of a knife because it's fairly indestructible for what it is but the Shaman is a big tank! It's a little chunkier and heavier than most if my Spydies but really it's so well balanced I never feel like its sluggish, more like you just know you've got a chunk of steel in your hand ready to get at whatever job you put it to.
This knife isn't as flicky and fidget friendly as say a Para 3 but does it ever open with authority. Strong detent makes the heavy blade come barreling out and the compression lock on this guy is more stout than other models giving it a loud snap letting you know its locked and loaded. To me the action fits the knife perfectly.
The knife carries just as well as a PM2 if not slightly better, and also cuts great... I mean it's a Spyderco who doubted that? But considering how strong the blade and tip is you're really not compromising much on this knife.
Oh also ergonomics... probably the main feature. Let me say they're on another level from the typical spyderco ergonomics. I doubted how effective some contouring would be but really it makes the handle feel like it's custom made for your mitts. Something you've got to experience in hand to really understand I think.
Overall it's a sweet knife and I'm happy with the purchase for sure! This knife just begs to be used so I feel like its gonna get a lot of pocket time, sorry to my other spydies that'll collect dust for a bit. Already a huge fan of this knife and most likely going to grow an even bigger appreciation as time goes on. I'd like to thank everyone that answered on here... my wallet might not like you guys but whatever that'll recover haha.
Oh 100% agree backlocks are far more satisfying in this method. Just a little workaround for comp locks because when I'm 20ft in the air on a scissor lift cutting a band of tape with one hand while the other holds a bundle of wire steady I do not trust the pinch method one bit haha.Wartstein wrote: ↑Fri Aug 16, 2019 4:09 am
You are right, that is a point I certainly was not fair to the compression lock (and was not in many comments I made already tbh)!
Sure you can close it almost like backlock if you want (so not just in that pinch grip way many people seem to do it).
Two things are a bit worse though if you do so:
1.) Pressing the lock tab to the side with the thumb is a little less convinient and reliable than pressing down the backlock with the thumb (but not by much)
2.) More importantly: The bias towards closing makes many "backlock closing methods" more natural and easyier with, well, a backlock than with a comp. lock from the point the lock is released. Using YOUR method there really is not much difference admittedly, but if you more PULL the blade in the closing position like in other "backlock methods", a backlock knife "closes itself" from a certain point on, while you have to pull a comp. lock knife all the way in the closed position (and than make sure it is really closed, since it does not "snap" in place)
EDIT: But what´s also true: Anone who can close a comp.lock knife with the "backlock-methods" will have LEARNED those, an no longer find a backlock harder to close one handed than a comp. lock whatsoever anymore...
Honestly every day I carry and use this thing the more it grows on me! Its cutting performance is insane. I'm not sure if it's the grind because I know it's a bit thicker than other Spyderco grinds but maybe because the handle is so comfortable I can go full force into cuts without holding back due to hotspots so cuts seem easier.curlyhairedboy wrote: ↑Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:51 amglad you're enjoying it!
As you break it in, it's only going to get more satisfying to use. My s30v Shaman has seen a lot of pocket time and it's only gotten better. Faster deployment, effortless cutting and returning to the pocket. I use it all day in the garden and it's quicker than a pair of shears.
Yeah, I'm busy trying to line up custom scales in several different micarta 'flavors' just for the cruwear sprints. I need my OD green canvas!