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Spyderco Chapparal FRN LW - No Stock Anywhere?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Unadan, May 29, 2019.

  1. Unadan

    Unadan

    19
    May 25, 2019
    Was wanting to pick one of these up - I've checked online retailers - the usual suspects - and can't find one anywhere. Come on Spyderco!!

    Anyone know of a retailer that is stocking this knife?
     
  2. Cscotttsss

    Cscotttsss Basic Member Basic Member

    935
    Mar 3, 2015
    Interesting as I've never seen that model sold out or in high demand.
     
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  3. ScooterG

    ScooterG You mean Ireland? Yeah, it’s mine. Gold Member

    Mar 15, 2016
    The best I see is one site saying back in stock in 2-3 weeks.
     
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  4. Unadan

    Unadan

    19
    May 25, 2019
    Which site is that? Thx.

     
  5. ScooterG

    ScooterG You mean Ireland? Yeah, it’s mine. Gold Member

    Mar 15, 2016
    They’re not a BF sponsor. If they’re actually getting them in that time frame though, I would expect others to as well.
     
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  6. Hackenslash

    Hackenslash Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jul 25, 2014
    The Spyderco Chaparral LWT has suffered (benefited) from the effects of Shabazzing.

    I love Nick's reviews and completely agree with him about the Chappy LWT, but when he gushes more than once about a knife, you can expect them to sell out fairly quickly...especially an inexpensive, excellent, widely available Spyderco like the Chappy LWT.

    We're rapidly getting to the point where we can compile an Urban Knife Dictionary of terms related to Nick:

    Shabazzing: The rapid disappearance of certain desirable knife models after recently appearing in a "Best of 20**" Nick Shabazz knife review video. Shabazzing is rarely permanent but can lead to sold out stock and in some rare cases, elevated secondary market prices. Major knife manufacturers continue to deny that Shabazzing is a genuine phenomenon whilst simultaneously packing up boxes of knives for his perusal.
    Shabazz Hands: Apparently first used by @ScooterG , and not to be confused with "Jazz Hands", Shabazz Hands in it's most simple use refers to a grown man with hands smaller than average. Taken to an extreme, the condition of Shabazz Hands can lead to irrational insults from mouth breathers who think the size of the hand makes the man. One benefit of Shabazz Hands; At the 7-Eleven, you can buy a Small Gulp and it will always look like a Big Gulp.

    This could go big...
     
  7. ScooterG

    ScooterG You mean Ireland? Yeah, it’s mine. Gold Member

    Mar 15, 2016
    Go big or go Shabazz.
     
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  8. b00n

    b00n Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 15, 2016
    I don't understand the LW Hype in general. I understand that a 2 oz cutting tool cuts as well as a 4 oz cutting tool if the blades are identical but are 2 oz gonna really make a difference for carrying? Maybe it's just my distaste for plastic/frn coming through and making me biased.
     
  9. GronK

    GronK Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 1, 2001
    When those two ounces are hanging from the corner of your pocket they can make quite a difference.
     
  10. Unadan

    Unadan

    19
    May 25, 2019
    Of course now Shabazz is discussing his extreme dislike for the unlock bar on the back of the knife - or as he calls it "The Ugly."
     
  11. b00n

    b00n Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 15, 2016
    Well I am carrying a 5.5 oz TR4 right now and it's a good weight to me. (And a 2.2 oz CK Shuffler in my chest pocket.) Maybe I am just used to half a pound of stuff in my pockets where 2-3 oz make no difference anymore.
    [​IMG]
     
  12. Hackenslash

    Hackenslash Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jul 25, 2014
    I'm usually a little "meh" over Spyderco bi-Directional FRN, but for some reason the pattern on the Chappy LWT feels different to me. I recently got a Para 3 LWT and it's got the typical FRN "cheap" feel, but there's a little difference in the Chaparral FRN...not sure if it's composition or pattern...but it just doesn't feel cheap on that knife to me. I have a stepped titanium and Raffir Noble Chaparral, gave away a CF Chaparral...and for some reason the cheaper LWT one feels like the premium one in my hand.

    If you haven't handled one, try to pick it up and see if you can feel a difference.
     
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  13. Comeuppance

    Comeuppance Fixed Blade EDC Emisssary Gold Member

    Jan 12, 2013
    It seems possible the difference is a matter of relative density; the Chap LW is exceptionally thin, and there’s likely little to no empty space in the handle since it has a lockback and a spring - so it’s comparatively solid.

    The Para3 LW only needs a liner to hold the compression lock spring (and maybe a pin? I haven’t seen one apart) which means that the increased length of the knife and general open nature of the design means it is less dense for its size than the Chap.

    This is entirely speculation, but it makes sense to me.
     
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  14. b00n

    b00n Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 15, 2016
    The Raffir Noble is very tempting I would probably try a LW one for a week but I know that I wouldnt be happy buying one. Especially at roughly 150$ here.
     
  15. Cowboyfromhell666

    Cowboyfromhell666

    27
    May 13, 2019
    Good luck on your hunt for a chappy. I picked one up last month and it truly is a nice piece. Definitely going to be my" hazy-hot-humid " knife when I'm wearing lightweight drawstring type shorts by the pool stuff.
     
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  16. miso2

    miso2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 19, 2014
    Yeah, the FRN pattern on Chaparral is very appealing.
    And the color as well.
    Because of the light weight, I can just drop it in my front pocket and forget about it (I took off the clip).

    Highly recommend to try one when available.

    [​IMG]
     
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  17. extrastout

    extrastout Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 10, 2013
    If the Delica if uprgraded to cts-xhp, would be a hundred dollar knife. The chap (besides the clip bolt location) is a great buy and better, more practical bang for your buck in the current market pricing
     
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  18. DocT

    DocT

    Mar 25, 2012
    I have the carbon fiber and the LW. The LW is my favorite of the two. It is one of my two favorites tied for first place in my preferred edc. The other is the Urban LW.
     
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  19. ucfgrad93

    ucfgrad93

    370
    Dec 13, 2017
    I love my Native 5 LW, feels great in my hand.
     
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  20. extrastout

    extrastout Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 10, 2013
    Opticsplanet.com......Not sure about this site...but they are available with long shipping times

    Link removed, read the site rules.
     
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