One of the most respected knife companies in the world, Spyderco, made the 2022 Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trades (SHOT) Show with an edge-u-cation in the best of blades. Spyderco has done a little bit of everything in the knife industry, from chef knives to combat hardened self-defense blades. Every year since 1976 Spyderco has been setting the bar for quality blades, and this year they have done it again. All the new releases had their own characteristics that made each of them worthy to be bestowed in each of our pockets.
The first one I got the pleasure to hold was the Stovepipe. When the salesman told me its name, I was instantly sold on it. The Stovepipe … are you kidding me? That is the coolest name on the planet. “Hey man, you wanna see my stovepipe?” The Stovepipe is an almost 7-inch-long folding cleaver. The design is inspired by David Rydbom’s “Bill the Butcher” design. The handle is fully decked out in titanium scales and backspacer. The blade alone looks cool as hell but is made from CPM 20CV, which makes it also equipped with one of the strongest blade steels on the planet.
The second knife I got the pleasure to see was the Sprint Run expression of the Yojumbo. This new Yojumbo is a little over 9 inches fully opened and is made from CPM S90V steel. The handle is carbon fiber which helps the knife only weigh in at a little over 5 oz. This knife blew my mind because in your hand you are holding a 9-inch-long Wharncliffe, a behemoth of a blade, but it handles like a fan of five feathers. The Yojumbo comes equipped with Spyderco’s trademark compression lock to keep the blade safely closed in your pocket but also easily closed after use.
The third knife I got to hold was the Sprint Run Urban. This little knife is cool in its own little way. This limited-edition reconstructed Urban is a little under 6 in., and the steel is DS93X twisted Damasteel. Now if that isn’t cool enough, the handle scales are made from ivory G-10 and equipped with a wire deep-carry pocket clip. All those components together make for a very eyecatching and breathtaking knife.
The final knife I got to hold was one of the new additions to the Para Military series, the new Para Military 2. The new Para 2 comes with brown micarta and CPM CRU-WEAR blade steel. The new Para 2 still has an overall length of a little over 8 inches and a weight of almost 4 ounces just like the original. The brown micarta gives a very slick new look to the Para 2.
Now, these are only a few of their new releases … but if you keep an eye on this space, we’ll keep you informed!
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