YOU CAN’T GO WRONG WITH THESE SPYDERCO KNIVES WITH RIP-THROUGHANYTHING CUTTING POWER
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
Salt features a retractable glass breaker that pops out when the knife is squeezed while closed.