Itís a pleasure and a privilege to join the Spyderco forums. When I was a kid (far too long ago for comfort) it wasnít seen as unusual to carry a sheath knife, especially if you were a scout, but now I find myself living in a country which has the daftest and most oppressive knife laws in the world. So...my first Spyderco buy was a UK Pen Knife via ebay (knife shops here are almost as rare as henís teeth). I used to like knives with natural handle materials, but that first Spydie changed my mind about what a knife could be. Form and function combined in a beautiful EDC: I now have one to use and one to pass on to my grandchildren, if my daughters ever produce any, and I am fighting hard to resist buying the latest orange-handled model.
My other Spydies are a Native (CPMS30V, natch...what a bargain), a plain blade Cricket (wicked) and a combi-bladed Tenacious. I donít have any problem with it being made in China, Salís team obviously keep quality control to the fore, and itís one mean blade: the liner lock just makes me more careful how I close it...owwwww!
To go back to my gripe about oppressive UK knife laws, itís one more example of a nanny state clamping down on our freedoms because a minority of morons see fit to go around stabbing one another, usually in gang disputes. A knife, to me, is a tool, and you donít see Spydies being used in robberies and muggings Ė just junk knives. Iíve got too much respect for my blades from Golden, Seki City and now China to imagine anyone would use them for anything other than peaceful purposes Ė or self-defence if it came down to a him or me situation.
Anyway, sorry for rambling on (itís my age...) but I have the utmost respect for Salís team and their products, and find this website entertaining and informative. Like Spydies, itís simple, classy and to the point!