Handle material: G-10

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Would you like to see a Spyderco with polished G-10?

Poll ended at Tue Jun 12, 2007 8:27 am

Yes.
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33%
No.
29
40%
I don't care.
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27%
 
Total votes: 73

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Handle material: G-10

Postby huugh » Fri May 18, 2007 8:25 am

Hi,
G-10 has become popular handle material in last years. However it seems most manufacturers chose the textured G-10 and stick to it's "tactical" look.

I realize that this heavy texturing improves grip but isn't it too much? I mean most folders are under 4", often way less, do we really need it?

Very few knives were produced using polished G-10 (Kershaw Leek (and that was limited run), BM Gravitator and Dejavoo).

However I quite like it's appearance and I'd sacrifice the sandpaper-like grip for it :)

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Blue G-10 Spyderco used on several models was good start. With G-10 you can have great variety. E.g. silver twill G-10. Present on some customs and if I'm not mistaken, of production knives only tiny bits of it on BM 425 and 210 (limited run again).
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My question is why? (and it's very similar situation with Micarta). Current situation is boring.

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Need more G-10 variety

Postby Left Hand Path » Fri May 18, 2007 9:13 am

While I like Spyderco's G-10 on my Caly 3 (and also G-10 byrd Robin), I would love to see more variety and different shapes and colors.

I think a Spyderco with different/smoother texture G-10, and a more curvy/rounded/3-d shape in a color other than black would be very nice. In all honesty though, I am usually in favor of variety. Variety is the spice of life, and while I have my favorites, I like to carry different types of knives.
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Postby Th232 » Fri May 18, 2007 9:25 am

I voted no, since I prefer the grippy G-10. Besides, aside from the dust, it's easier to sand the G-10 down to make it smooth, rather than making smooth G-10 grippy.

Now, if you ask about different colours...
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Postby Hannibal Lecter » Fri May 18, 2007 9:29 am

My Dear Friends,
Th232 wrote:Now, if you ask about different colours...
That statement is right on the money...

Purple sounds good... :D

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Postby cobrajoe » Fri May 18, 2007 9:33 am

I'll admit it, G-10 is not my favorite handle material. Then again, I'm starting to look at more "gentlemanly" knives than I used to, so maybe a polished G-10would be an interesting thing to have. But I would like to see it in a color other than black. Maybe a gun metal blue?

Of course, micarta is very similar, and I would also love to see some more micarta spydies! (In a few different colors, of course ;) )

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Postby yablanowitz » Fri May 18, 2007 11:50 am

I like G-10 because of the grippiness. I would like to see more Micarta, especially in the applications where smooth G-10 is proposed.
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Postby dalefuller » Fri May 18, 2007 12:01 pm

I have a Native 1 with smooth black/green G-10. It is a different feel that we're used to with the really grippy texture that Spyderco and Al Mar use. I like G-10 in both forms as well as Micarta. My green canvas micarta handled FB is surprisingly grippy when it gets wet and very smooth & cool feeling when it's dry.
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Postby naggalowmo » Fri May 18, 2007 12:20 pm

Although it is visually appealing, I can't hold on to my dejavoo for my life its so slippery. I had a g-10 leak polished before i gifted it to a friend and it was much better in terms of grip than the dejavoo. So depending on how its done Id say yes and no. :o
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Postby Michael Cook » Fri May 18, 2007 12:25 pm

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Postby KaliGman » Fri May 18, 2007 1:24 pm

yablanowitz wrote:I like G-10 because of the grippiness. I would like to see more Micarta, especially in the applications where smooth G-10 is proposed.
Exactly. I love grippy G-10 handles. If you want smooth, I like Micarta just fine.

Different colors would be good, as long as red is still reserved solely for trainers. :D
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Postby The Deacon » Fri May 18, 2007 6:14 pm

I voted "I don't care". If I had my way, they'd drop G-10 and CF altogether. Bolsters and wood, bone, or stag scales look soooo much better. :D
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Postby Padawan » Fri May 18, 2007 6:44 pm

I like the idea of different colours or textures of G-10, but it would also be nice to see greater use of Micarta.

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Postby smcfalls13 » Fri May 18, 2007 7:22 pm

With the exception of Blue Tweed and Silver Tweed G-10(which are both quite uncommon on production knives, and difficult to find as is, particularly Blue Tweed, which I can't find anywhere anymore) there is absolutely no reason to ever polish G-10. Polished G-10 loses everything that makes G-10 great.

If a handle material is going to be polished, it should be micarta. Micarta looks much better polished than G-10 does.
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Postby Capt. Carl » Fri May 18, 2007 7:38 pm

It looks okay but I'd much rather have micarta.

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Postby JD Spydo » Fri May 18, 2007 8:08 pm

I went ahead and voted YES because I always like to try new stuff and I've never had a knife with a Polished G-10 handle. I would love to check it out on a Sprint run maybe or a new obscure model.

Now I must admit that I am a big fan of the "Grippy" G-10. But I am also a fan of all of the Micarta handled Spyders as well. It might have a great Salt Water application the more I think about it. It might also do well on a fixed blade.

So I guess at this point I would just say>> Bring it on!!
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Postby David Lowry » Fri May 18, 2007 11:36 pm

I have had all of the knives in your pictures. I didn't like all of them due to their handle "slickness". I sold or traded all of them.

Spyderco has the best G10 on the market. I wouldn't want it any other way.
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Postby Dr. Snubnose » Fri May 18, 2007 11:49 pm

I voted yes!...Doesn't mean I don't like Micarta or the grippy G-10 but the polished G-10 not only feels wonderful in the hands it looks great...I have several knives with polished G-10 handles and I like each one of them....I am suprised that Spyderco hasn't made one yet in Polished G-10...I would buy it in a heartbeat....Doc :D
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Postby jaislandboy » Sat May 19, 2007 1:02 am

I voted "i don't care" coz I'd prefer G10 not as coarse as it is currently offered on clipits but not as smooth as polished.... :rolleyes:
Speaking of polished, isn't the G-10 on the Lil Temp considered "polished" G-10? :confused:
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Postby Darkfin » Sat May 19, 2007 1:44 am

The Deacon wrote:I voted "I don't care". If I had my way, they'd drop G-10 and CF altogether. Bolsters and wood, bone, or stag scales look soooo much better. :D
Hmmm, Paul, for a guy who is a big fan of those materials it sounds like you may be a fan of the wrong brand, given less than 10% of Spydercos come with those scale types. Perhaps you should check THESE knives out--nary a CF, G-10 or Micarta among them! :)

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Postby spydutch » Sat May 19, 2007 2:14 am

I voted no because I like my G10 grippy as well ;)

As for colours, I don't want them any brighter than BRG.
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