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've been adding all sorts of fixed blades (much slower then folders) to my collection . Large choppers to small horizontal carry EDC blades....and everything in between.
Like the folders I've been gravitating to Spyderco fixed blades after buying from other manufacturers like Bark River, Bradford guardian, Becker, LionSteel, etc. I really like the designs and materials used in Spyderco's blades. ..but most every time I click on a given spydie non folding knife.... I'm BLOWN AWAY at how much they cost for where they're made!!! Come on guys....
I've picked up two mules (20CV and A11) with Halpern scales, Street Beat, and Junction ....all which I absolutely love. I'm on the pre order list for the Province (which is priced appropriate IMO) and would love to get the Bradley Bowie eventually(maybe when it's discontinued or exchange).
How does Spyderco justify the price of the Zoomer ? Especially when Bradford, Bark River, and LionSteel have competitive knives with similar (or better) materials! That's not even touching on the custom knife market ...which offers unique quality blades at similar prices to the Zoomer! Am I wrong? Please educate me and set me straight ...as I'm still new (13 months in) to this great hobby.
I love Spyderco knives!, Actually addicted to them in reality ! But I can't justify a lot of their high end fixed blades.... that SEEM to be way over market.
I would love for Spyderco to make more knives for EDC horizontal carry like the street beat in different steels and handle materials. The different blade shapes, steels, and handle materials of the Guardian 3 ...but with the spyderco flare would be awesome.