EDC BLADES

YOU CAN’T GO WRONG WITH THESE SPYDERCO KNIVES WITH RIP-THROUGHANYTHING CUT­TING POWER

Concealed Carry Hand Guns - - TABLE OF CONTENTS - STORY AND PHO­TOS BY STEVEN PAUL BAR­LOW

Ihad been away from them for too long.

Af­ter tak­ing a fresh look at some Spyderco knives re­cently, I won­dered why I had not kept cur­rent with the com­pany’s prod­ucts—specif­i­cally its EDC blades—for sev­eral years.

Early in my law en­force­ment ca­reer, I bought a Spyderco Del­ica lock­back fold­ing knife with ser­rated edge and car­ried it both on and off duty for sev­eral years. At the time, that knife with its Spy­der Edge ser­ra­tions and innovative Trade­mark Round Hole for one-handed open­ing were rel­a­tively new things.

It was light­weight, handy and per­formed well on ev­ery cut­ting task I asked of it. But I liked to try new things. Along came a se­ries of knives from other man­u­fac­tur­ers and I set that Del­ica aside. That was a mis­take.

But I’m mak­ing up for lost time now with sev­eral re­cent of­fer­ings from the com­pany. These blades of­fer the same rip-through-any­thing cut­ting power but are made with the newer spe­cialty steels. And while they are all top per­form­ers, each one is a lit­tle dif­fer­ent and I’m not sure yet which one I like best.

01 PARA 3 G-10 BLACK

The Para 3, with its 2.95-inch blade, is a slightly smaller ver­sion of the ear­lier Para 2, one of the com­pany’s top sell­ers. It is an ex­tremely use­ful size that’s easy to carry.

Mine fea­tures a plain edge with a fullflat grind on the CPM S30V blade. It’s very sharp. The knife is also avail­able with the Spy­der Edge ser­rated blade. The knife fea­tures jimp­ing on the choil and on the thumb ramp for se­cure con­trol. Nat­u­rally, it has the Trade­mark Round Hole so you can open it one handed with ei­ther thumb.

The Para 3 fea­tures stain­less steel lin­ers re­cessed in the G-10 han­dle scales. The blade is se­cured with Spyderco’s

Com­pres­sion Lock, ba­si­cally a type of liner lock. But this lock is dif­fer­ent than most liner locks in that the lock re­lease lever is po­si­tioned con­ve­niently on the back of the knife.

The back of the knife is open, a de­sign fea­ture

I like be­cause lint and other mois­ture-soak­ing de­bris doesn’t be­come trapped in the han­dle. The pocket clip is am­bidex­trous and can be po­si­tioned for ei­ther tip-up or tip­down carry. An­other fea­ture I like is the over-sized lan­yard hole that al­lows you to use a strong piece of cord to se­cure the knife—es­pe­cially nice when I’m kayak­ing, fish­ing or oth­er­wise likely to drop it near wa­ter. This knife is made in the U.S.

02 SALT 2 FRN YEL­LOW

Spyderco of­fers an en­tire line of Salt knives, all with the vir­tu­ally rust­proof blades of ni­tro­gen-based H-1 steel, mak­ing them ideal not only around salt­wa­ter, but in any ex­treme en­vi­ron­ment.

The Salt 2 FRN Yel­low is ba­si­cally an up­dated, rust­proof ver­sion of my old Del­ica, which is prob­a­bly why I like it so much. It makes use of the Del­ica 4 de­sign im­prove­ments, specif­i­cally the bi-di­rec­tional tex­tur­ing on the han­dle and the black-coated ti­ta­nium pocket clip that can be at­tached to the left or right and for ei­ther tip-up or tip-down carry.

The Salt 2 fea­tures a fiber­glass-re­in­forced ny­lon han­dle. There are no stain­less steel lin­ers as in the Del­ica 4, but there are stain­less steel threaded in­serts to at­tach the pocket clip. All other parts are made of non-rust­ing al­loys. The han­dle is a highly vis­i­ble yel­low, ex­cel­lent for some­one like me. If I set it down, I’ll be able to find it again.

Mine fea­tures the Spy­der Edge ser­ra­tions over nearly the full length of the 3-inch blade. It will cut through just about any­thing. I was never a big fan of the half-plain, half-ser­rated edges that don’t give you enough of ei­ther. To my mind, ei­ther fully ser­rated or com­plete plain edge is the way to go. This knife is avail­able ei­ther way.

03 AS­SIST SALT LIGHT­WEIGHT YEL­LOW

To pi­geon-hole this lock­back knife as merely a res­cue tool be­cause of its blunt-tipped blade would be to un­der­es­ti­mate its ver­sa­til­ity. Yes, that blade shape will serve first re­spon­ders well when it comes to cut­ting seat belts or cloth­ing away from in­jury vic­tims. But it can be used any­where you might need to cut one thing with­out punc­tur­ing some­thing else nearby, such as flota­tion de­vices or in­flat­a­bles.

It fea­tures a rust­proof H-1 steel blade with Spy­der Edge ser­ra­tions and Trade­mark Round Hole. An­other in­ter­est­ing fea­ture is the wavy fin­ger-groove blade spine. You can use this knife cigar-cut­ter style to cut rope or cord by pinch­ing it be­tween the blade and han­dle. It works great.

“SPYDERCO OF­FERS AN EN­TIRE LINE OF SALT KNIVES, ALL WITH THE VIR­TU­ALLY RUST­PROOF...H-1 STEEL, MAK­ING THEM IDEAL... IN ANY EX­TREME EN­VI­RON­MENT.”

Squeeze the blade against the han­dle when the knife is closed and a re­tractable car­bide glass breaker pokes out of the butt end. There is also an in­te­gral sur­vival whis­tle in the yel­low, fiber­glass-re­in­forced han­dle. The knife comes with a wire pocket clip.

04 JUMP­MAS­TER 2

For those who spend a great deal of time in re­mote ar­eas, their pre­ferred go-to knife might be a fixed blade. Spyderco’s Jump­mas­ter 2 fea­tures a leaf-point blade that’s more ver­sa­tile than the orig­i­nal blunt-tipped Jump­mas­ter, de­signed for para­troop­ers.

The knife’s Spy­der Edge nearly full-length ser­ra­tions are ideal for cut­ting para­cord and rope but will eas­ily rip through other ma­te­ri­als as well. Its H-1 steel is vir­tu­ally rust­proof and many ac­tu­ally use this as a salt­wa­ter dive knife.

The han­dle scales are fiber­glass-re­in­forced ny­lon with bi-di­rec­tional tex­tur­ing for a se­cure grip. The Jump­mas­ter 2 comes with the com­pany’s Boltaron sheath with G-Clip that al­lows for ei­ther right- or left-side carry.

01 Para 3 G-10 Black

02 Salt 2 FRN Yel­low

03 As­sist Salt Light­weight Yel­low

04 Jump­mas­ter 2

The As­sist

Salt fea­tures a re­tractable glass breaker that pops out when the knife is squeezed while closed.

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