Sal's "Portable Hand"...

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Sal's "Portable Hand"...

Postby Bolster » Fri Feb 29, 2008 11:21 am

Of historical interest, I would like to see a photo of this "Portable Hand" device that was an early product of Sal's circa 1976, which gave the name "Spyderco" to the company. Reportedly it looks like a spider. I did a google image search and came up with nothing.
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Postby The CoPilot » Fri Feb 29, 2008 11:29 am

This a photo of the device appeared in "The Spyderco Story", the book that was published in 2001 on the history of Spyderco.

Here's a pic from the thread listed above:
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I've been looking for a Spyderco Portable Hand on eBay for quite some time now. So far, none have shown up. :(
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Postby Spygineer » Fri Feb 29, 2008 11:49 am

Can some one kindly explain what the intended function/use of this "portable hand"?
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Postby The CoPilot » Fri Feb 29, 2008 11:55 am

According to the book, the device was aimed at helping people working with and assembling small parts (like computer circuit boards). The clips hold the parts and can be precisely positioned.
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Postby Chucula » Fri Feb 29, 2008 12:10 pm

Huh that's a pretty creepy looking invention. Imagine it dangling over your bed while you sleep....hand spreading apart...alligator clips slowly opening... :eek: :D

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Postby swingshot » Fri Feb 29, 2008 12:30 pm

I *knew* some of Spyderco's designs were inspired by Decepticon technology.



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Postby Levi » Fri Feb 29, 2008 3:31 pm

I expected it to look more like this (it's called a "third hand" and is very handy when soldering); but that does look more "spider-like".

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Postby enyong112 » Fri Feb 29, 2008 6:01 pm

swingshot wrote:I *knew* some of Spyderco's designs were inspired by Decepticon technology.



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hahahaha good one swingshot... :D
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Postby Jay_Ev » Fri Feb 29, 2008 8:31 pm

I think there should be a "Portable Hand" sprint run.

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Postby Agent Starling » Thu Mar 06, 2008 12:58 am

Jay_Ev wrote:I think there should be a "Portable Hand" sprint run.

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great idea...I'd love one in Spyderedge!! :eek: :D

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Postby JAfromMN » Mon Mar 26, 2012 9:30 pm

I need a hand :) )
My favorite Spyderco is the one I'm carrying now :p


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Postby PARATOM » Mon Mar 26, 2012 11:24 pm

that hand is creepy as f**k... i had no idea

lmao at the sprint run hand!!!
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Postby sal » Tue Mar 27, 2012 3:45 am

the "Portable Hand" was an "invention pilot" that Gail and I wanted to go through. The project was; to invent an funtional tool, patent it, design it, build it ourselves, market and sell the product. We welded up the parts while on the road on campground benches and motel rooms. We sold them mail order and at shows.

Our 2nd invention, the Sharpmaker, overpowered the portable hand and we didn't have enough time to do both, so we disco'd the portable hand.

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Postby kbuzbee » Tue Mar 27, 2012 7:31 am

You second invention was something as legendary as the Sharpmaker? Wow! Just Wow!

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Postby Donut » Tue Mar 27, 2012 8:06 am

sal wrote:the "Portable Hand" was an "invention pilot" that Gail and I wanted to go through. The project was; to invent an funtional tool, patent it, design it, build it ourselves, market and sell the product. We welded up the parts while on the road on campground benches and motel rooms. We sold them mail order and at shows.

Our 2nd invention, the Sharpmaker, overpowered the portable hand and we didn't have enough time to do both, so we disco'd the portable hand.

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So, sprint run in S90V? Or would the cost of a new welding vehicle outweigh the profits? :p

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Re: Sal's "Portable Hand"...

Postby qazy » Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:46 am

Little bit of Necromancy here, but I want that thing, looks awesome.
Maybe for 50th aniversary in 2026 a historical run? :)

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Re: Sal's "Portable Hand"...

Postby chuck_roxas45 » Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:15 am

I'm enjoying ham radio now and that would really come in handy. Yes, pun intended. :D

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Re: Sal's "Portable Hand"...

Postby Evil D » Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:15 am

Maybe we can get a Damascus sprint with carbon fiber clips :D
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Re: Sal's "Portable Hand"...

Postby JRinFL » Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:31 pm

Does anyone else think there should be a horror movie called "Sal's Portable Hand"?
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