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    Spyderco Forum Registered User demoncase's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Janich View Post
    The knife world is filled with creative designers and craftsmen. Unfortunately, some of their innovations become so widely used they get taken for granted and we lose sight of the history and original genius behind them. Spyderco tries to correct that whenever possible and help everyone give credit where credit is due when it comes to knife history. Butch Vallotton pioneered the concept of having thumb stud do double duty and also serve as the stop pin for a knife's lock. The Vallotton Subhilt recognizes his innovation, but as a Spyderco also includes our Trademark Round Hole.

    Thank you all for your passion for this knife. In addition to all the cool things you mentioned, it's one of my favorites in the line because of its blade shape, which is reminiscent of traditional Japanese tanto designs.

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    Mike
    That's a superb insight- thanks: I've looked and looked and couldn't work out* if the thumbstuds actually did provide an extra lock up or were merely aesthetic- I'm pleased that it's a combination of the both.

    *I'm sure I could've with enough beating and abuse, but I couldn't do to my Valloton
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    Quote Originally Posted by Liquid Cobra View Post
    Mike, could you provide some insight as to why there aren't more Spyderco tanto blades?
    That's a question best answered by Sal and Eric, since they choose what Spyderco makes.

    If you are a fan of Americanized tantos with faceted points, you may like the Battlestation design from Dialex that's in the new 2014 catalogs.

    Stay safe,

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    I like the Vallotton but it's not one I carry a lot because of the weight and the grind. It's not a slicer.
    My biggest complaint is that the knife would look so much better without the hump caused by the opening hole. I understand why Spyderco needs to use their trademarked hole but in the case of the Vallotton it isn't needed and makes the knife less attractive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Janich View Post
    because of its blade shape, which is reminiscent of traditional Japanese tanto designs
    I like the way they have added an angled grind at the tip in addition to the hollow grind. It always bugged me that long blades had a straight hollow grind and they had to fudge somewhere in order to get a thin edge all the way up to the tip. With the Vallotton they didn't have to fudge, they added a second grind.

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    It will wave open if you pull it from your pocket fast enough also
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    I love the hump! To me it adds character to the knife just like the Gayle Bradley, Starmate, and the Stretch series!

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    The Butch Vallotton dual action 'custom' version is on my grail list, that, is a fine knife. I've always held off on the production model for what appears to me as an unnecessarily thick handle and blade, would love a Vallotton on a diet.

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    I've got one of the DA Vallottons, and it is a sweet piece.
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