Between the Two, I would go with the Matriarch.
Regarding the Lil Matriarch, how does its tip compare to the Tasman Salt's? I use my Tasmans a lot, but am mindful with their tips, since I lost a bit of the tip on one of them when it accidentally bumped the table lightly while doing some cutting.
I would imagine the Matriarch or Civilian would be fearsome weapons, but always wondered at the delicate tips. If it were brought into action in a violent, life-threatening situation, in many cases I wouldn't expect the tip to survive. Of course, if it WERE actually used as such, it most likely would be confiscated as evidence anyway.
I've been eyeing a waved matriarch 2 for my next spydie. They look great.
Civilian seems a tad too big for me.
Trust me on this JD. Prior to the Gray Matriarch becoming available as a BF exclusive (limit 3 to one buyer), Matriarchs were only available in South Africa and with a black handle. Prior to the Gray one being available, I had carried a first Gen G-10 Civilian (absolutely no liners) in one of my neck sheaths. The Matriarch was lighter while only sacrificing 1/4" max of the Civy's blade length, so became my EDC necker at the time. At that point, the SA black version was unavailable here and I was in the middle of acquiring one from a gentleman in SA, when Spyderco decided to make the black version a production item here, based on the response from the BF crowd. Almost paid much more than I had to to get one. As often happens, one bit of misinformation posted on the internet will get repeated enough times until all of a sudden it becomes fact. I still carry that same gray Matriarch when I am sleeping away from home.
Originally Posted by JD Spydo
I don't use my knives tough but the Lil is pretty sturdy. I would probably tip my hat to H1 for being more tough but either should be fine for your uses.
Originally Posted by James Y
All reverse s or hawkbills need a little extra care with the tip. Physiologically when you use it the tip is canted towards more aggressive cutting than a knife where it is ramped away (knives with belly/sweep). Over penetration or hitting hard things is just more common.
Just scored 1st Generation Civilian in 99% condition with original zip pouch and Spyderco letter about the design for $145:).
I am a very happy fellow:cool: