Vivi wrote: ↑
Tue Nov 06, 2018 11:43 pm
Everyone here adores Spydercos folders, and for good reason.
However, feelings seem a little more mixed when it comes to their fixed blades.
It seems to me, from a consumer stand point, it's easier for Spyderco to distinguish themselves in the folding market than fixed.
To begin with we have their opening hole. It is, IMO, the best functioning method of opening a folding knife with one hand.
But on a fixed blade it serves little to no purpose.
Second, Spydercos in house locks aren't available anywhere else. If you're a fan of the compression lock, caged ball bearing lock or power lock, there's really no one else to turn to.
Lastly, they have a penchant for using steels uncommonly, or never found in production folding knives.
Fixed blades, having no need for an opening hole or lock, are generally available in a wider variety of steels. Especially when you get into the custom market, which is far more accessible to the average buyer than custom folding knives.
With this in mind, what could Spyderco do to draw your interest to their line of fixed blades?
I love my Spyderco knives so DO NOT read this the wrong way. I am trying to drive home a much needed message.
If Spyderco wants more of my income to be spent on their fixed and folding blades they have to compete and design blades that others are currently designing. They should be scouring the inventory of Knife Center or Blade HQ(for example), see what the competition is doing and beat them at their game.
Spyderco does not have a tactical or military grade knife to compete with a KA-BAR or a Medford USMC fighting knife and while I would love them to jump in because I appreciate the steels they bring with I've never seen a military fixed blade from Spyderco. If Spyderco brings a fighting knife to market and it's CPM 154, I do NOT see a winner there. They need to bring their expertise in steel and design.
Spyderco folders do not compete in any way with the likes of Hinderer or Cold Steel(thinking of the Code 4 here). I hate to say it but most of the Spyderco folders are glorified letter and box openers. There are only so many leaf shaped blades that I want.
Also, look at the Spyderco Proficient Fixed 4" S90V CF handled knife at $319 (retail). I love the steel but there is no guard of any kind. While I see a lot of Spyderco fixed blades with awesome steels, most of them seem to have a handle slapped on with no thought given to protecting the users hand.
Every manufacturer has a niche, and a crowd that follows them. Beyond that, most manufacturers are dead to the world and I am not sure why manufacturers make the choices they do..... I don't "rah rah" for any manufacturer as there are way too many choices.
Hey, if Spyderco wants to hire me for $2,000 a week to help them design or influence them as to where the market is, I'll be more than happy to move to CO for the effort.
Spyderco Collection: Military S110V, Bob Lum Darn Dao, Yojimbo 2 (ONE) S30V & (TWO) CF 20CV, Sustain, Native 5 Maxamet, Jumpmaster 2. SHORT LIST: CF Shaman in S90V; Manix 2 Maxamet; Native 5 Fluted CF in S90V; Nirvana in S90V; Proficient S90V; Para 3 in M390; Street Beat in VG-10.