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First Knife is a Spyderco!

Discussion in 'Spyderco' started by 101AASLT, Feb 13, 2020.

  1. 101AASLT


    Feb 13, 2020
    Just getting into the hobby and I just got my first non-issued Gerber / non-noname knife in the mail. Decided to start with a Shaman. From lurking it looks like Spyderco has a big following for making good knives and the shaman “spoke” to me the most. Saw this was some kind of special run at BHQ so I got it despite the scales being puke colored. Look forward to using it and being part of the community.
  2. Sal Glesser

    Sal Glesser Moderator Moderator

    Dec 27, 1998
    Hi 101AASLT,

    Welcome to our forum.

    Let us know what you think of the model?

  3. Wharn

    Wharn Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 1, 2011
    Great choice, and welcome.
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  4. 101AASLT


    Feb 13, 2020
    Well first impression is it’s actually a bit lighter in color/translucent than I was expecting but that’s a good thing. I was also surprised to see the pin for the lock is also coated black. The flat black on the blade and pocket clip looks very well done. As of right now the only criticism I can think of is the blade doesn’t drop closed under it’s own weight like I see in most videos. It takes some shaking but perhaps the washers need to break in a bit or that’s just how it’s sposed to be.
  5. lieferung

    lieferung Basic Member Basic Member

    May 24, 2016
    Blade drop is more of a personal preference thing, Not really related to the functionality of the knife.
  6. 101AASLT


    Feb 13, 2020
    Oh, ok cool. Good to know! Thanks
  7. Fixall

    Fixall Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 26, 2018
    Holy crap... That's a heck of a first "real" knife!

    If you like a larger handle/blade, I'm not sure you could have chosen a better knife at any price. The Shaman is fantastic and M4 is among the best steels I've ever used.
    stevejams likes this.
  8. sharp_edge

    sharp_edge Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 30, 2015
    Blade free dropping is not necessarily a good feature to have. CRK knives purposely set not to free drop in the factory.

    Congrats to the OP for choosing a $200+ spyderco as your first decent folder:thumbsup:
  9. 101AASLT


    Feb 13, 2020
    To be 100% honest I did order a $35 CRJB Crag the same day but this one got delivered first . I logged in to buy the regular Shaman but saw this “Exclusive” one and drank some marketing koolaid
  10. Fixall

    Fixall Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 26, 2018
    I wasn't a fan of the jade G10 on my M4 Para 3 so I had some black canvas Micarta scales made for it. In fact, the jade scales are a little bit in demand so I was even able to sell the stock scales for a decent amount to help finance the custom scales. I much prefer the look and feel of the Micarta... That being said, the M4 steel is WELL worth the added $10 cost over the standard S30V Shaman, I think you made the right choice.
  11. Black Oak Bladeworks

    Black Oak Bladeworks KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 5, 2019
    Welcome! Very nice looking knife, That is a great first choice!
  12. Surfingringo

    Surfingringo Gold Member Gold Member

    May 25, 2013
    Hey AASLT, welcome to the forum and congrats on a VERY nice knife! Let us know how you are liking it as it gets some carry time and use.

    -You likely already know this but just in case, be aware that though M4 is an amazing performer, it is not a stainless steel and it requires a littler more care. Nothing crazy, just make sure to wipe off corrosive material or acidic food after use and try not to put it away wet.
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  13. GB940Rookie


    Apr 19, 2016
    Welcome to the forums. Great choice.
  14. Bigfattyt

    Bigfattyt Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 23, 2007
    As for the puke color, iv always liked the ghost green g10. I liked it enough to buy a set of it to make handed scales for my first home made knife.
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  15. cabfrank


    Jun 21, 2010
    Great brand, great knife. Congrats!
  16. Richard Coyle

    Richard Coyle Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 12, 2019
    Welcome to the community!

    My fist good knife was a Spyderco also... a pm2.
    And then it snowballed from there lol

    Enjoy the ride :D

    That shaman is shweet!
  17. TheFactor

    TheFactor Life is good ! Platinum Member

    Feb 26, 2015
    Welcome to the forum and beautiful choice if I must say so myself :D
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  18. 101AASLT


    Feb 13, 2020
    Quoting myself from another recent post haha: “I bought the BHQ Shaman in M4 and I love it. It’s my first pocket knife of any notable quality and I’ve carried it this whole week. I feel like I’ve gotten bitten by “the bug” and it’s been fun learning up on on the different steels, models and upcoming sprints/flash batch/exclusives. I just got on a couple email lists for the orange Rex shaman as well.”

    I’m also interested in eventually hunting down examples of a PM2-3, Manix and Native
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  19. ucfgrad93


    Dec 13, 2017
    My first real non-SAK knife was a Native 5 LW. I love that thing.
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  20. macwv


    Feb 4, 2009
    Congratulations on making an amazing choice for your first "real" knife. If the color of the G10 really bothers you then you can find tutorials on how to bye them with Rit dye and make them whatever color you want!

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