John D’Allara was a New York City police officer, knife enthusiast, and avid Spyderco collector who gave his life to save those of others during the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center. To honor his memory, in 2003 we created a special rescue knife design that incorporated an inlay of the New York City skyline crafted from steel girders recovered from the wreckage of Tower 1. In the years since, we produced several different utilitarian versions of the D’Allara model. The all-new D’Allara 3 revitalizes this iconic design, maintaining its original spirit and key features while updating the design with improved materials.
The heart of the D’Allara 3 is its full-flat-ground blade, which is crafted from Crucible® CPM® S30V® particle metallurgy stainless steel to offer an exceptional balance of edge retention and corrosion resistance. In the D’Allara 3, this premium material is shaped into a utilitarian drop-point profile with a PlainEdge™ cutting edge and a fully accessible Trademark Round Hole™ for swift, positive, one-handed opening with either hand.
The knife’s slim, pocket friendly handle is built with skeletonized full stainless steel liners, a stout stainless steel back spacer, and high-traction textured G-10 scales. This construction ensures excellent structural strength and provides a solid foundation for Spyderco’s patented Ball Bearing Lock™ mechanism. The D’Allara 3’s distinctive expression of this lock features a ceramic ball bearing that offers extreme strength, smooth, ambidextrous operation, and undeniable visual appeal. A reversible deep-pocket wire clip allows the knife to be easily and conveniently carried tip-up in the pocket, keeping it instantly accessible when needed. Like the other features of this impressive knife, it supports left or right-handed use with equal ease.