- Aug 3, 2017
Figured the PM 2/3 but guessing someone(s) has access to the real world figures here.
#4 & #8 response both say Police Model, kinda surprising to me since the blade length is technically over 4", thought most Spyderco buyers liked the shorter & lighter models(knife laws etc). I do really like the Police Models though(mostly due to its larger size etc).
Interesting, but was wondering what the best seller in the line up was, longest in production?
The C08 Harpy has been running continuously since 1987, yet it is admittedly a niche model. Volumes are not high, but it serves a specific role. Frankly, I'm surprised the Tasman Salt hasn't supplanted it completely, but some folks just won't accept FRN.
I agree that the C08 Harpy is a niche product and certainly not a high volume seller for the company but, if they didn't make $ on it, I'm still certain that they would have stopped making it long ago.
As an aside, it's also not clear (at least on SpydieWiki) that the C08 Harpy has been in continuous production since 1987; at least not named the Harpy.
In 1993-94, Spyderco produced the C21 Merlin but then they renumbered it the C08 Merlin (not the Harpy) but then again later they dropped the Merlin name and resumed calling it the C08 Harpy.
The timeline for all of these changes, as reported on SpydieWiki is uncertain and very confusing.
However, I do note that there are those who collect the C08 Merlin as opposed to the C08 Harpy.
Absent the box, how they can tell the differences (which apparently are very subtle) between the the C08 Merlin and C08 Harpy, I do not know and do not care to learn.
I'm just happy to know that I have an authentic C21S Merlin (fully serrated FRN w/the plastic molded clip) that I purchased myself back in 1993-94 for SD.