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    10/19 cool info about the Spyderench...

    http://spyderco.com/forums/showthrea...610#post189610

    Marty Beck is the original inventor of the Rench. He is, as he said, putting together the last of the castings. If you can get one, it will probably be a good one.

    His "day job" is a rocket scientist, for real.

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    Interesting thread, "zen." I'm especially encouraged by the posts that the Schempp Camp Knife is still in Spyderco's plan. A large Spyderco FB in 3V is just what the doctor ordered.
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    It keeps me out of trouble for a few seconds every couple of days...
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    Quote Originally Posted by sal
    Hi Ron, The CPM-S125V Native will be a short run for the "steel junkies" to get to play with the material.

    Regarding the CPM-3V vs CPM-M4, Ed Schempp is testing both. The final choice will be his.

    sal
    This should fit in here...

    another bomb

    Maybe the good Mr. Glesser would be so kind as to let me know how to afford all these sprint runs of his without ending up homeless

    What I need is a Second and a third job

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    It has been shown that fat wallets worn in the back pocket (where many Americans wear their wallets) is bad for the lower back. Spyderco is doing their part to ensure our wallets are never too fat with money, thus improving the overall back health of all Americans.
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    Hi Fairlane,

    Thanks for the info re 3V vs M4 for the Schempp Camp Knife. Either way, I'm there.

    And roger that on multiple jobs to support the knife (and gun) habit. Also to support my daughter's ballet habit, but that's another story.
    EarthDog

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    Quote Originally Posted by EarthDog
    Hi Fairlane,

    Thanks for the info re 3V vs M4 for the Schempp Camp Knife. Either way, I'm there.

    And roger that on multiple jobs to support the knife (and gun) habit. Also to support my daughter's ballet habit, but that's another story.
    Dang, I can see it now...pink ballet slippers or new sprint run knife...hmmmmm I know where that decision will end up...
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    Whoa, glad to see I'm not the only one who would soon be needing extra jobs to support the habit
    I used to buy a lot of guns as well, but that is some serious hassle in my part of the world, so I took a hard decision, found 4 that I like, and kept another 6 for the memories, and the rest had to go.
    Now, I'm considering letting 4 of those go as well, to get some money for the CF Harpy's
    But I'll probably end up doing more overtime instead, like last time I had a lot of Spyderco's I wanted
    Last edited by Fairlane; 10-23-2005 at 02:18 AM. Reason: Bad spelling and lack of proper training:-)

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    Hi Earthdog,

    Aa a father, I would have to say that in the list of priorities, daughters habits come before knives, (or father's habits).

    sal

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    Quote Originally Posted by sal
    Hi Earthdog,

    Aa a father, I would have to say that in the list of priorities, daughters habits come before knives, (or father's habits).

    sal
    Amen, Sal. Being a dad is the greatest gift I've ever experienced. My wife and I are blessed with a wonderful daughter. She is a good student, committed to dance, and is good natured.

    Thanks.
    EarthDog

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    10/23 for the Sinisters...
    http://spyderco.com/forums/showthrea...077#post191077

    We're considering a lefty only Kopa. What handle material turns lefties on?

    sal


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    10/23 sounds like the Stretch will be with us for a while and will undergo a face lift or two...
    http://spyderco.com/forums/showthrea...958#post190958

    Quote Originally Posted by sal
    Hi Paul,

    We've got pretty good sourcing. Finding out what the customer would like is probably the most important. Then we'll figure out how to make it. I know that is backwards for most manufacturers, but it is our way.

    Your suggestion for a checkered FRN is the same logic I come to. The streaking comment is intresting. My first choice is carbon fiber textured like the CF Millie, but I think cost would shrink that market. Maybe we can "imitate" CF in FRN?

    Thanx for the input. All input is appreciated.

    The Stretch, IMO, is a good ergonomic pattern, a good overall size, is well made and should serve well as an effective EDC, even if it is a bit of an "ugly duckling". Show your XYZ model, but cut with your Stretch.

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    10/23 Not really a major item...just interesting as I've seen Business school textbooks take 100+ pages to cover what Sal says in a few sentences. Although that there might be 50 designs hovering in the books at any one time is pretty interesting news....

    http://spyderco.com/forums/showthrea...919#post190919
    Quote Originally Posted by sal
    Discontinueing models is more complicated than it might seem, especially for Spyderco.

    Naturally the first reason to disco any model would be to make room for the many new designs that we are always coming up with. Between our "in-house" designs and collaborations, there are usually 50 or so designs in the "R&D works" at any given time.

    We also like to experiment with new concepts and new designers.

    Sales are usually the primary consideration, but not the only consideration.

    We might keep a slower moving design in the "line-up" for a number of reasons;

    We might feel that the design is good, but the combination of materials, or size, or price or lock or ? might be the problem. So we'll kep it about and make changes.

    We might need the design to fill a niche for some groups.

    We might have a lot of inventory and need another year to deplete stock before disco.

    We believe that variety of design is important.

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    10/23 An interesting sub plot in the quest for steel...
    http://spyderco.com/forums/showthrea...913#post190913

    I think our first venture into non stainless steels will be with Ed Schempp's Camp knife.

    D-2 is a good steel, as is M-2. We don't know the market size in Spyderco knives for those steels.

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    10/20 over in bladeforums regarding use of BG-42 steel in a

    http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/sh...9&page=2&pp=20

    We don't have enough for a large quantity of a model and we probably would not use it as a regular steel. So I would want to do a short of of something "fun" like a lil' Temp with an integral Titanium Compression lock.

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    10/22 well Kristi isn't Sal but technicaly she is Sal's right hand Taz so...

    http://spyderco.com/forums/showthrea...703#post190703

    Black Meadowlark and Black Cara Cara should be in inventory (at our warehouse) around the end of the month. The Robin and Finch... I'll post an update on Monday when I'm back in the office (sorry, I don't recall off the top of my head).

    We're looking forward to all of them - thanks for your interest and support!

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    10/26 regarding the Big Calypso...( history)
    http://spyderco.com/forums/showthrea...981#post191981

    Quote Originally Posted by sal
    Hi 5150.

    I don't remember the exact number of each, but as I remember, there were fewer plain edge versions. At the time, sales of serrated versions were greater than plain edge versions by significant multiples.

    We didn't plan the model to be a "sprint". I thought the model would be a "classy" Police Model. Long, thin, lithe, micarta, etc. It was also our first VG-10 folder, which was a new steel at the time. I was pretty excited about the new design.

    Reality is a firm, but honest teacher and as it tuned out, the model failed in the marketplace and we disco'd the piece after the first run.

    Hindsight is supposed to be 20/20, but not always

    We "believe" the problems were;

    1) It was too large for a "gents" folder.
    2) Many dealers wouldn't carry both the Police Model and the Caly and the Police Model was more popular, so the Caly was just not ordered by the dealers.
    3) It was pretty expensive.
    4) Many of the blades had a slight warp. We discounted the model and included a note with the knife explaining the warp and the discount, thinking the dealers would also discount. But as it turned out, many dealers removed the note and sold them at full MSRP and we got many complaints about the warped blades.

    It's always hard to determine why a model fails in the markeplace. What I tell my crew is; "It doesn't matter if I like the design, or if you like the design. It only matters if the customer likes it".

    The Caly is, IMO, a beautiful design, but not enough customers agreed so it went away.

    sal
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    10/26 why the new tip on delica, endura, pacific salt...

    http://spyderco.com/forums/showthrea...975#post191975

    Quote Originally Posted by sal
    Hi CMD,

    When we began plans to redesign the Endura and Delica as well as design the Salts, we did a lot of research to determine what could be improved on the current Endura and Delica models.

    We spoke with customers at shows. We spoke with dealers and distributors. There were even a fair number of discussions on the forums. A lot of input was obtained from a wide variety of souces worldwide.

    One of the major complaints was tip breakage. The new tips were specifically designed to still be able to penetrate easily, but we made the tips both wider and thicker. The overall results of the pattern and grind changes approximately double the tip strength.

    We made many other refinements as well, but that's another subject.

    sal
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    "Spyderco Fixed Blades" thread

    http://spyderco.com/forums/showthrea...t=17765&page=3

    Sal speaking on the Temperence FB...

    Quote Originally Posted by sal
    However, the present design will be disco'd for '06. I won't let it hurt my feelings and I will learn from the experience.

    sal
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    10/23 Sal posted this great piece of wisdom, right here in this very thread.

    http://spyderco.com/forums/showpost....6&postcount=49

    Quote Originally Posted by sal

    Aa a father, I would have to say that in the list of priorities, daughters habits come before knives, (or father's habits).

    sal
    I'm surprsised no one else has posted this to this thread yet!

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