Proving that myth and misinformation can persist for more than a decade, I wandered around knife dealers today in Toronto, Canada and was told by three separate merchants they no longer carry Spyderco AT ALL because "they are illegal".
This apparently stems from some ancient early 1990s-era attitude that Enduras and Delicas, once loose at the (admittedly non-adjustable) pivot, could be "flicked" open with the wrist. Due to Toronto police enforcing what I suspect is actually an incorrect interpretation of "gravity knife" laws, people were indeed charged accordingly. One vendor says he was requested by police to stop sales of the knives several years ago, and he complied.
I'm frustrated for a few reasons:
1) I don't understand why this situation persists in Toronto (or perhaps it's Canada as a whole) when the Spyderco model line has duly evolved. There's no way education can correct the problem?
2) There is no way on earth to "flick" open a Dragonfly. It is also an "illegal" Spyderco knife due to the unadjustable pivot?
3) There is no rhyme or reason to what is being enforced. One of these these stores had a black coated, waved Emerson CQC7 under their counter. Another store had a La Griffe style neck knife. Has common sense actually evaded our fine retailers to this extent? These knives are okay, yet a Delica is a Bad Knife to sell? (this is not a slag of Emerson, they're fantastic knives, but come on, a black waved tanto CQC7 is "okay" while a Delica is "illegal"? Ridiculous!).
I posted this for two reasons, first to see if any Canadian/Torontoian fans have any information as to why this situation persists and what's been going on.
The second is to see if Sal or any others at Spyderco are aware this terrible old myth persists in my city/country and is literally keeping these fine products, some of the most obvious utility knives made, out of stores while Emerson products are sold without anyone batting an eye. Is Spyderco stepping up to the plate for their products?
Thanks so much,