Let's get hyped for the Amalgam!

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Let's get hyped for the Amalgam!

Postby curlyhairedboy » Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:31 pm

The Spyderco Amalgam

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Designer: Brian Lai
Factory: Taichung, Taiwan

STATS

Peel ply CF
Functional spydiehole
Compression Lock
Flipper
Conventional Spyderco spoon clip, 4 way reversible



MORE INFORMATION:


RETAIL PRICE: ~$175
S30V steel
Blade Length: around 3.8 inches
Blade stock thickness (at the pivot): .138 inches


ACTION VIDEOS

https://youtu.be/zjnJNNE4F6U
https://youtu.be/ktF3aZqZlN4

PICTURES:
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We are fortunate to have the blade designer, Gundamaniac (Brian Lai), in the thread to enlighten us about the design process!

Gundamaniac's Posts:

On Choils:

viewtopic.php?p=1207859#p1207859

Design Process:

viewtopic.php?p=1208440#p1208440

Prototype pictures and discussion:

viewtopic.php?p=1209324#p1209324
viewtopic.php?p=1209556#p1209556
viewtopic.php?p=1210891#p1210891
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Re: Let's get hyped for the Amalgam!

Postby koenigsegg » Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:51 pm

Did anyone else notice Condor also had an Amalgam? They even have it on their website already. I wouldn't be surprised if like the Silverax it gets a new name but it did look like a very interesting design that I would love to try.
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Re: Let's get hyped for the Amalgam!

Postby bearfacedkiller » Wed Jan 31, 2018 1:00 pm

I think it looks great but I would be much more interested if it didn't have a choil. Without the choil it would be a must buy for me. With the choil it is a maybe.
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Re: Let's get hyped for the Amalgam!

Postby Bloke » Wed Jan 31, 2018 3:23 pm

It looks like a nice enough knife but I've got a mouthful of Amalgam! :rolleyes:
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Re: Let's get hyped for the Amalgam!

Postby argyle1812 » Wed Jan 31, 2018 3:42 pm

Really excited for this one. Although I think it may be slightly pricier than I would like.

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Re: Let's get hyped for the Amalgam!

Postby Evil D » Wed Jan 31, 2018 6:52 pm

bearfacedkiller wrote:I think it looks great but I would be much more interested if it didn't have a choil. Without the choil it would be a must buy for me. With the choil it is a maybe.
Same. I just don't get the "100% blade choil", it's even more a waste of edge space than a 50/50. This would have been another great all around EDC like the Sliverax, possibly even more popular due to the more mainstream design.
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Re: Let's get hyped for the Amalgam!

Postby ABX2011 » Wed Jan 31, 2018 7:07 pm

Not interested. I don't like the blade shape.

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Re: Let's get hyped for the Amalgam!

Postby ekimox » Wed Jan 31, 2018 11:48 pm

Defintely excited for this one. I love the look, shape and size of the blade, and I'm a fan of the choil. I'll need to see a review or two first but there's an excellent chance that this will be added to the collection. I also love Eric's explanation of how the blade came to be. Gives the knife more character.

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Re: Let's get hyped for the Amalgam!

Postby curlyhairedboy » Thu Feb 01, 2018 5:51 am

I think my favorite thing about it is the blade shape. A conventional drop point with a long straight - coupled with a full flat grind, a flipper, AND a functional spydiehole.
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Re: Let's get hyped for the Amalgam!

Postby gundamaniac » Fri Feb 02, 2018 2:10 am

Personally, I like choils. The way the choil meets the edge means it serves as a sharpening choil and you can really bring that edge angle down when sharpening without accidentally nicking the handle on the stone. It's large enough to double as a finger choil, allowing you to choke up and get your hand right up to the start of the edge if you need to. And the slope of the choil where it meets the blade should be gentle enough that material being cut shouldn't accidentally bind in the choil but rather slide onto the edge if you're drawing the knife back in a pull cut motion.

I do concede that it results in the loss of some cutting edge though. But that's one of the nice things about Spyderco; they offer a wealth of designs and different combinations of features to fit various preferences and needs. The debate over choil preferences continues as it always has, but in the meantime Spyderco has you covered, whatever your preference may be :D

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Re: Let's get hyped for the Amalgam!

Postby curlyhairedboy » Fri Feb 02, 2018 4:26 am

gundamaniac wrote:Personally, I like choils. The way the choil meets the edge means it serves as a sharpening choil and you can really bring that edge angle down when sharpening without accidentally nicking the handle on the stone. It's large enough to double as a finger choil, allowing you to choke up and get your hand right up to the start of the edge if you need to. And the slope of the choil where it meets the blade should be gentle enough that material being cut shouldn't accidentally bind in the choil but rather slide onto the edge if you're drawing the knife back in a pull cut motion.

I do concede that it results in the loss of some cutting edge though. But that's one of the nice things about Spyderco; they offer a wealth of designs and different combinations of features to fit various preferences and needs. The debate over choil preferences continues as it always has, but in the meantime Spyderco has you covered, whatever your preference may be :D
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Re: Let's get hyped for the Amalgam!

Postby J32A2 » Fri Feb 02, 2018 5:56 am

Yay...

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Re: Let's get hyped for the Amalgam!

Postby curlyhairedboy » Fri Feb 02, 2018 7:06 am

So happily we have the knife designer in the thread (GundaManiac) and hopefully he can enlighten us about the design process a little more.

How long is the blade? How thick is it? :D
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Re: Let's get hyped for the Amalgam!

Postby PayneTrain » Fri Feb 02, 2018 7:48 am

Hmm, a big flat ground flipper. This is one that may grow on me. I'm totally down with the choil. It looks like a pretty comfy knife! I'll stay tuned...
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Re: Let's get hyped for the Amalgam!

Postby gundamaniac » Fri Feb 02, 2018 9:53 am

Thanks for the welcome! Long time lurker, first time poster (...technically I guess this is my second post, but hey, semantics :p )

Curlyhairedboy, unfortunately I don't have numbers like that on hand as I don't have the actual prototype with me. But based on the original model I submitted, it should be something like 3.85 inches from the edge of the handle to the blade tip, and approximately 4mm thick (I know, shame on me, mixing my units).

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Re: Let's get hyped for the Amalgam!

Postby curlyhairedboy » Fri Feb 02, 2018 10:33 am

Excellent! I was hoping for something beefy and under 4 inches :D
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Re: Let's get hyped for the Amalgam!

Postby Mako109 » Fri Feb 02, 2018 1:10 pm

This one made the top of my watch list among all the 2018 Spydercos announced. Eagerly awaiting more specs, photos, and in-hand reviews.

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Re: Let's get hyped for the Amalgam!

Postby BrianMcCord » Fri Feb 02, 2018 1:26 pm

This is a must for me. I really like the offerings this year. Almost like they got inside of my head somehow...
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Re: Let's get hyped for the Amalgam!

Postby curlyhairedboy » Sat Feb 03, 2018 10:01 pm

Hey GundaManiac, any insight into the design process? Is there a particular task that the amalgam is designed for?
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Re: Let's get hyped for the Amalgam!

Postby fanglekai » Sat Feb 03, 2018 11:37 pm

I'd buy one in a lefty version. I can't do right-handed compression locks.


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