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Spyderco Amsterdam Meet 2017 Report

Discussion in 'Spyderco' started by Mr Blonde, Feb 28, 2017.

  1. Mr Blonde

    Mr Blonde

    Oct 12, 1998
    I’m not a Karambit kind of guy, so the new all-black Karahawk doesn’t appeal to me. However, I noticed plenty of knifeknuts at the meet who do like this kind of knife. It’s an aggressive looking cutter, and even a noob like me could get a smooth drawstroke from the pocket with the wave opening feature.

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    Specifications
    Overall Length: 16,5 cm / 6.50 inches
    Blade Length: 6 cm / 2.35 inches
    Blade Thickness: 2,5 mm / 0.09 inches
    Weight: 108 grams / 3.8 ounces
     
  2. Mr Blonde

    Mr Blonde

    Oct 12, 1998
    More to come...
     
  3. bigolegator

    bigolegator Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 26, 2014
    Great pics and info...Thanks again!
     
  4. MattinLA

    MattinLA

    May 31, 2006
    Thanks for the "in hand" pic!
     
  5. Mr Blonde

    Mr Blonde

    Oct 12, 1998
    The Lil’ Lum sprint run with blue nishijin was one of my favorite knives at the meet. The Chinese Folder design is one my longtime favorites in the Spyderco line-up and this small Lum is a really nice gent’s knife that’s even passably lefty-friendly. The blue nishijin is a nice accent for a gent’s knife like this. I’m happy to note that, as I write this, I already got my own blue nishijin Lil’ Lum. So this one can be crossed off the wish list!

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    Specifications
    Overall Length: 13,6 cm / 5.37 inches
    Blade Length: 6 cm / 2.38 inches
    Blade Thickness: 2 mm / 0.07 inches
    Weight: 51 grams / 1.80 ounces
     
  6. Mr Blonde

    Mr Blonde

    Oct 12, 1998
    The Lil’ Nilakka will be the first knife Spyderco will only make as a flashbatch, and I’m sure they’ll move fast. The little knife was a bit blocky in the hand, but by no means awkward to hold or operate. It is a hefty little folder though, which is similar –to me- like the full size Nilakka. Pekka seems to prefer hefty strong folders, even when they’re small and elegant like the lil’ Nilakka. I’m looking forward to the release of this cool little knife.

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    Specifications
    Overall Length: 14,1 cm / 5.57 inches
    Blade Length: 5,8 cm / 2.27 inches
    Blade Thickness: 3 mm / 0.11 inches
    Weight: 74 grams / 2.60 ounces
     
  7. Mr Blonde

    Mr Blonde

    Oct 12, 1998
    The regular Vallotton sub-hilt did not appeal to me at all; too big, too narrow, too heavy. The Lil’ Sub-Hilt however, felt just right in my hand. It reminds me of the vintage Al Mar folders I like so much.

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    Specifications
    Overall Length: 19 cm / 7.48 inches
    Blade Length: 8 cm / 3.14 inches
    Blade Thickness: 3.2 mm / 0.12 inches
    Weight: 149 grams / 5.25 ounces
     
  8. Mr Blonde

    Mr Blonde

    Oct 12, 1998
    One of my favorite Spyderco knives from the time I really started to get into the brand was the Lil’ Temperance. So I was excited to see an updated concept model float by at the various Amsterdam Meets over the past 10 years. Finally, the Lil’ Temperance 3 has made it to production. As a purist I regret to see that the new Lil’ Temp does not sport that 3D handle anymore. However, I now can get a proper left-handed version. The grip and feel is very close to the original. Even if it comes in basic black, this is on the top of my wish list!

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    Specifications
    Overall Length: 18,3 cm / 7.19 inches
    Blade Length: 7,4 cm / 2.90 inches
    Blade Thickness: 4 mm / 0.15 inches
    Weight: 113 grams / 4 ounces
     
  9. Mr Blonde

    Mr Blonde

    Oct 12, 1998
    I’m a sucker for Ladybugs, Jesters and the Manbug. So this salt version of the Manbug with a sheepfoot blade is a no-brainer. The tag at the meet said Manbug Sheepfoot, so I’m going with that, even though the catalog lists it as both the Manbug Salt and Manbug Rescue Salt. Whatever the name, this little folder is a must-have for me!

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    Specifications
    Overall Length: 11,2 cm / 4.40 inches
    Blade Length: 4,8 cm / 1.90 inches
    Blade Thickness: 2,5 mm / 0.09 inches
    Weight: 23 grams / 0.8 ounces
     
  10. Mr Blonde

    Mr Blonde

    Oct 12, 1998
    Still more to come, thanks for watching!
     
  11. Barman1

    Barman1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 21, 2013
    Thanks!
    Nice grouping of the small offerings today.
     
  12. Insipid Moniker

    Insipid Moniker Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 28, 2011
    Dammit. I think the Lil' Temperance may have just gone on the list as well.
     
  13. 353

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    Wow, that lil Nilakka kinda touches my tralala.. What an aesthetic gem!
     
  14. inkynate

    inkynate Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 4, 2010
    +1, Thank you for featuring this. It initially went overlooked for me in the catalog, but I just got my wife a pink Ladybug and realized it was folly for me to not have a keychain knife as well. This looks like my first!
     
  15. rpn

    rpn Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    Think the karahawk is the only one I'll be going for so far.
     
  16. knifewing

    knifewing Gold Member Gold Member

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    Thanks, as always, Mr. Blonde, for all your efforts to bring us these photos. This is the thread I most look forward to each year. I am soooooo in on the Jess Horn. I had written off the Lil Lum after much pre-release antiticpation, because of the inelegant and clunky black G-10 handle scales. With the blue Nishijin, though, I have to re-think that. Oh, and the sheepsfoot Manbug, too. This thread is getting expensive...
     
  17. Mr Blonde

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    Oct 12, 1998
    The Manix 2 was a nice surprise for the Amsterdam Meet. My first Manix, was in fact one of those hefty Mini Manixes with a back lock. This version is a bit bigger and seemed much lighter than the original Mini Manix. The thick G-10 handle slabs come sans liners! I was happy to note that steel threaded inserts are used to fix the clip, something a lefty like me certainly appreciates. The G-10 also features a very fine but still aggressive texture on the surface. This micro texture seems like a nice compromise between going easy on the pocket but still providing a very positive grip in hand. I’m not sure what the lock strength is on this back lock versus the caged ball lock on the regular Manix 2. This back lock should be easier to manipulate with gloves though.

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    Specifications
    Overall Length: 20,5 cm / 8.07 inches
    Blade Length: 8,5 cm / 3.34 inches
    Blade Thickness: 3,5 mm / 0.13 inches
    Weight: 127 grams / 4.47 ounces
     
  18. Mr Blonde

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    Oct 12, 1998
    The Meerkat has been the subject of quite a few sprints over the years and I’d love to add this version to my collection. This HAP40 sprint is basically the same as the Delica, Endura and Stretch HAP40 sprints. However, none of those sport that fun phantom lock!

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    Specifications
    Overall Length: 13,5 cm / 5.31 inches
    Blade Length: 5,1 cm / 2 inches
    Blade Thickness: 2,5 mm / 0.09 inches
    Weight: 71 grams / 2.05 ounces
     
  19. Mr Blonde

    Mr Blonde

    Oct 12, 1998
    I think I’ve seen a concept model of A.T. Barr’s One-Eyed Jack some ten years ago during an Amsterdam Meet. I recall that design being rather plain. So I was happily surprised to see this kind of blingy cool and very refined production sample of the One-Eyed Jack. It’s a cliché, but man that Taichung factory can sure turn out some impressive knives!

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    Specifications
    Overall Length: 15,5 cm / 6.10 inches
    Blade Length: 6,5 cm / 2.55 inches
    Blade Thickness: 3 mm / 0.11 inches
    Weight: 104 grams / 3.66 ounces
     
  20. jstn

    jstn Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 27, 2012
    Thanks for the great pics! I really hope to see some pics of the Sliver!
     

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