I bought a Rescue and Endura for myself, and a bunch of Enduras and Delicas for people who worked the same theater crew with me, in 1997. I still have those old Gen-1's with the Aus-8 and molded zytel clips. Just sharpened up the Endura a few weeks ago in fact, still performs great next to all these modern super steels.
◊ Manix 2 XL ◊ Manix 2 lightweight blue ◊ Caly 3 carbon fiber ◊ Caly 3 damascus / CF ◊ Lum Chinese Nishijin ◊ Sage 1 ◊ Superleaf
◊ Dragonfly FRN serrated ◊ Endura Gen 1 ◊ Rescue Gen 1 ◊ Endura 4 FFG ◊ Delica 4 half serrated ◊ Mule Team ◊ Spin ◊ Bushcraft UK
◊ S110V Forum Native 5 ◊ Black Nishijin Cricket
Top 5 most wanted: Domino, Dice, CF Para-2, CF Cricket. Seeing a theme here?
** Endura 1 SE G2, Delica 1 CE G2, Co-Pilot SE Almite G2, Bob Terzuola Jr CE ATS-34, Rescue Jr SE ATS-55, Caly 3 PE VG-10 G10, Lady Bug II SE AUS-6, Delica 4 PE VG-10, Endura 4 CE Vg-10, Lady Bug 3 PE VG-10, Cricket SE VG-10, Salt 1 PE H1, Dragonfly 2 PE VG-10, UK Penknife PE CTS BD1 **
1992. It was a full serrated edge with a built in carabiner clip called the Snap it (I think). I bought it at REI in Sacramento, California. I actually bought 2 of them, but I only know where one of them is at this point.
1985 Native aus 8 steel. black frn. CO made. I knew I wasn't going to buy it but I asked to look at it anyway because it was a Spyderco. It is a mid-lock and I cannot open and close them one handed (My number 1 LAW of folding knives) Yet in messing around with it I found that I could do my one-handed thing and that even though it is a funky looking knife a lot of thought and engineering went into it and I went home with it. Haven't been without a native since.
2005 C41 Native PE BLK. Best purchase I ever made and it took me a year to actually carry it. I was so consumed with other brands in my EDC I didn't even get around to this gem. Glad my eyes were opened.
sal wrote: .... even today, we design a knife from the edge out!