Handle material: G-10

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Would you like to see a Spyderco with polished G-10?

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I don't care.
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Handle material: G-10

Postby huugh » Fri May 18, 2007 8:25 am

G-10 has become popular handle material in last years. However it seems most manufacturers chose the textured G-10 and stick to it's "tactical" look.

I realize that this heavy texturing improves grip but isn't it too much? I mean most folders are under 4", often way less, do we really need it?

Very few knives were produced using polished G-10 (Kershaw Leek (and that was limited run), BM Gravitator and Dejavoo).

However I quite like it's appearance and I'd sacrifice the sandpaper-like grip for it :)






Blue G-10 Spyderco used on several models was good start. With G-10 you can have great variety. E.g. silver twill G-10. Present on some customs and if I'm not mistaken, of production knives only tiny bits of it on BM 425 and 210 (limited run again).




My question is why? (and it's very similar situation with Micarta). Current situation is boring.

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Need more G-10 variety

Postby Left Hand Path » Fri May 18, 2007 9:13 am

While I like Spyderco's G-10 on my Caly 3 (and also G-10 byrd Robin), I would love to see more variety and different shapes and colors.

I think a Spyderco with different/smoother texture G-10, and a more curvy/rounded/3-d shape in a color other than black would be very nice. In all honesty though, I am usually in favor of variety. Variety is the spice of life, and while I have my favorites, I like to carry different types of knives.

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Postby Th232 » Fri May 18, 2007 9:25 am

I voted no, since I prefer the grippy G-10. Besides, aside from the dust, it's easier to sand the G-10 down to make it smooth, rather than making smooth G-10 grippy.

Now, if you ask about different colours...

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Postby Hannibal Lecter » Fri May 18, 2007 9:29 am

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Th232 wrote:Now, if you ask about different colours...
That statement is right on the money...

Purple sounds good... :D


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Postby cobrajoe » Fri May 18, 2007 9:33 am

I'll admit it, G-10 is not my favorite handle material. Then again, I'm starting to look at more "gentlemanly" knives than I used to, so maybe a polished G-10would be an interesting thing to have. But I would like to see it in a color other than black. Maybe a gun metal blue?

Of course, micarta is very similar, and I would also love to see some more micarta spydies! (In a few different colors, of course ;) )

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Postby yablanowitz » Fri May 18, 2007 11:50 am

I like G-10 because of the grippiness. I would like to see more Micarta, especially in the applications where smooth G-10 is proposed.
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Postby dalefuller » Fri May 18, 2007 12:01 pm

I have a Native 1 with smooth black/green G-10. It is a different feel that we're used to with the really grippy texture that Spyderco and Al Mar use. I like G-10 in both forms as well as Micarta. My green canvas micarta handled FB is surprisingly grippy when it gets wet and very smooth & cool feeling when it's dry.

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Postby naggalowmo » Fri May 18, 2007 12:20 pm

Although it is visually appealing, I can't hold on to my dejavoo for my life its so slippery. I had a g-10 leak polished before i gifted it to a friend and it was much better in terms of grip than the dejavoo. So depending on how its done Id say yes and no. :o
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Postby Michael Cook » Fri May 18, 2007 12:25 pm

:spyder: I carry spydercos for self protection, I don't care how they look by far as much as I do how they feel in hand. :spyder:
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Postby KaliGman » Fri May 18, 2007 1:24 pm

yablanowitz wrote:I like G-10 because of the grippiness. I would like to see more Micarta, especially in the applications where smooth G-10 is proposed.
Exactly. I love grippy G-10 handles. If you want smooth, I like Micarta just fine.

Different colors would be good, as long as red is still reserved solely for trainers. :D
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Postby The Deacon » Fri May 18, 2007 6:14 pm

I voted "I don't care". If I had my way, they'd drop G-10 and CF altogether. Bolsters and wood, bone, or stag scales look soooo much better. :D
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Postby Padawan » Fri May 18, 2007 6:44 pm

I like the idea of different colours or textures of G-10, but it would also be nice to see greater use of Micarta.

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Postby smcfalls13 » Fri May 18, 2007 7:22 pm

With the exception of Blue Tweed and Silver Tweed G-10(which are both quite uncommon on production knives, and difficult to find as is, particularly Blue Tweed, which I can't find anywhere anymore) there is absolutely no reason to ever polish G-10. Polished G-10 loses everything that makes G-10 great.

If a handle material is going to be polished, it should be micarta. Micarta looks much better polished than G-10 does.
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Postby Capt. Carl » Fri May 18, 2007 7:38 pm

It looks okay but I'd much rather have micarta.

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Postby JD Spydo » Fri May 18, 2007 8:08 pm

I went ahead and voted YES because I always like to try new stuff and I've never had a knife with a Polished G-10 handle. I would love to check it out on a Sprint run maybe or a new obscure model.

Now I must admit that I am a big fan of the "Grippy" G-10. But I am also a fan of all of the Micarta handled Spyders as well. It might have a great Salt Water application the more I think about it. It might also do well on a fixed blade.

So I guess at this point I would just say>> Bring it on!!
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Postby Fred Sanford » Fri May 18, 2007 11:36 pm

I have had all of the knives in your pictures. I didn't like all of them due to their handle "slickness". I sold or traded all of them.

Spyderco has the best G10 on the market. I wouldn't want it any other way.
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Postby Dr. Snubnose » Fri May 18, 2007 11:49 pm

I voted yes!...Doesn't mean I don't like Micarta or the grippy G-10 but the polished G-10 not only feels wonderful in the hands it looks great...I have several knives with polished G-10 handles and I like each one of them....I am suprised that Spyderco hasn't made one yet in Polished G-10...I would buy it in a heartbeat....Doc :D
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Postby jaislandboy » Sat May 19, 2007 1:02 am

I voted "i don't care" coz I'd prefer G10 not as coarse as it is currently offered on clipits but not as smooth as polished.... :rolleyes:
Speaking of polished, isn't the G-10 on the Lil Temp considered "polished" G-10? :confused:
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Postby Darkfin » Sat May 19, 2007 1:44 am

The Deacon wrote:I voted "I don't care". If I had my way, they'd drop G-10 and CF altogether. Bolsters and wood, bone, or stag scales look soooo much better. :D
Hmmm, Paul, for a guy who is a big fan of those materials it sounds like you may be a fan of the wrong brand, given less than 10% of Spydercos come with those scale types. Perhaps you should check THESE knives out--nary a CF, G-10 or Micarta among them! :)

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Postby spydutch » Sat May 19, 2007 2:14 am

I voted no because I like my G10 grippy as well ;)

As for colours, I don't want them any brighter than BRG.
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