Spyderco Chaparral and Urban

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  1. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Morning folks! I had the Urban and it is a great knife, super light with a nice strong back spring and a razors edge. But I kept comparing it to images of the Chaparral and felt the blade shape was more to my liking, not as curved, but once I sold my Urban and got the Chaparral, I find they were quite similar with just a light difference along the edge. The Spydy hole of course and associated hump are visibly different but overall similar knives. The Chaparral being even thinner and lighter and of course as razor sharp, I am happy with this one as well, but probably would have been as happy hanging onto the less expensive Urban :) live and probably won't learn...

    Here are some photos showing a comparison between the two knives;

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    Urban in black;

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    This shot shows the Urban having a bit more continuous curve to the edge and note the Spydie hole hump differences.

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    The Urban on the left is just a bit thicker

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    And the Urban on the right has a bit thicker blade stock too

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    The Chaparral is about $1.25 thick ;)

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    As you can see, these are similar in a few ways, but overall I am happy with the decision, especially since I already have it :) and it rides clipped to my shirt just above one of the buttons, very discreet carry!

    Nice work Sal and crew!
    G2
     
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  2. nephron

    nephron Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 3, 2017
    The Urban looks cheaper with those scales and riveted together, no thanks. The blade is thicker but the hole gets really close to the edge. In pictures 4&5 the fit looks much better on the Chappie. Chaparral is definitely worth more.
     
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  3. Insipid Moniker

    Insipid Moniker Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 28, 2011
    I'm very fond of both, though I probably carry my K390 Urban a bit more often than my Chaparral.
     
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  4. powernoodle

    powernoodle Power Member

    Jul 21, 2004
    Thank you, sir - I did not know there was such a thing as a Chaparral Lightweight. I own the standard flavor, but think I now need a Lightweight.
     
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  5. PirateSeulb

    PirateSeulb

    Jun 6, 2017
    I love my Urban but I think if it were not the AEB-L version I might be more swayed to look at an alternative like the Chaparral.
     
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  6. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Thanks guys and the Urban has screws on the other side but I do like the scales on the Chaparral myself
    G2
     
  7. nephron

    nephron Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 3, 2017
    OOPS! Brain fart I thought both sides were pictured.
     
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  8. powernoodle

    powernoodle Power Member

    Jul 21, 2004
    I do like the fully accessible Spydie hole on the Urban. An occluded hole <insert joke> never sat well <insert pun> with me.

    The Urban reminds me of the Squeak and Cat. More so the Squeak, with its FRN scales.

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    Squeak. Maybe it was highly discounted at the time, but I bought this one on May 1, 2014 for $15.47. They are around $60 now.
     
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  9. Halfneck

    Halfneck

    Jun 30, 2005
    The Chaparral LW is a staple of my work EDC rotation
     
  10. John_0917

    John_0917

    Apr 15, 2014
    The K390 Urban and the FRN Chap are (to me) identical in color, which is really weird since one is made in Taichung and the other in Maniago.
     
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  11. John_0917

    John_0917

    Apr 15, 2014
    Mine too, hard XHP (61-62) is one of the best all around steels on the market.
     
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  12. DavidZ

    DavidZ Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 30, 2004
    Gary
    Nice comparison!
    Can you recall if the older chapparals had liners? Not the light weight versions obviously, bet the regular versions. Now I think none have liners.
    I just am having a senior moment, and I had the CF version.
     
  13. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Thanks Dave, the CF version had steel liners, just checked on youtube ;)
    G2
     
  14. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Dave, this guy you may remember, it currently resides at my wife's uncle's home, it's a very interesting design by Raffir Noble, it also has steel liners;

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    Very nice knife, but like the carbon fiber the lack of physical texture made it quite slippery to use.
    G2
     
  15. DavidZ

    DavidZ Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 30, 2004
    Thanks for jogging my memory.
    It looks like the sun and moon version is liner less. Could be wrong though.
    I keep forgetting about you tube
     
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  16. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    I was very tempted by the Sun and Moon but you are correct that it doesn’t have liners making it quite thin and light
    G2
     
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  17. powernoodle

    powernoodle Power Member

    Jul 21, 2004
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    One's gravitas on the forums is measured in part by his influence on others.
     
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  18. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Looks great and I take it that you like it?
    G2
     
  19. DavidZ

    DavidZ Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 30, 2004
    My sun and moon arrived today from DLT trading. Awesome blade and super thin. I don't have any pictures yet. Still admiring it. Perfect fit and finish
     
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  20. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Wow nice Dave!
    I may need to splurge at some point for one myself
    G2
     
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