Looks like something I would I might throw in the bottom of my tool box. But knowing Spyderco, I'm sure it's priced way beyond what I would want to pay, so No Thanks. About as traditional as a sheet rock knife.
The indents are an interesting alternative to nail nicks, but many traditionals with sheepsfoot or Wharncliffe blades can be pinched open without resorting to a nick.
A better approach might have been a more conventional sheepsfoot with an easy open notch in the handle, which would allowed dispensing with that unsightly bulge at the top.
IMHO Spyderco has merely reinvented the wheel here. Look at a GEC #15 Boy's Knife with a sheepsfoot blade for comparison. This is certainly a perfectly serviceable knife but it's not really any improvement over 100+ year old designs. Its notable improvements are the result of superior materials and manufacture, not design.
I suspect Sal would disagree. While certainly their materials and manufacture are top-notch, it is their design that has made them a stand-out brand. They are designed for functionality, not looks, and that is precisely what makes them superior to 95% of other knife manufacturers.Superior materials and manufacture, not design, are the hallmark of all Spyderco's, and the Roadie does not disappoint.
I suspect Sal would disagree. While certainly their materials and manufacture are top-notch, it is their design that has made them a stand-out brand. They are designed for functionality, not looks, and that is precisely what makes them superior to 95% of other knife manufacturers.
The Roadie is undoubtedly a perfectly serviceable knife, but IMO it fails to provide anything significantly better design-wise than century-old designs. That's OK, it won't stop me from buying new Spydercos in the future. They are still my favorite modern (non-traditional) knife manufacturer. I just won't be buying one of these.
It's been that way for me for every Spyderco I have...it was definitely not love at first bite; after a while, it would start to sink in the rationale for the designs, and that's when I was able to take an objective view. Unfortunately, I never could take to the PM2. I have two orange ones in the safe, but I have always felt they were just too big. I often think how neat it would be to have a Paramilitary in a 3.75" closed length (call it the PM Jr or the Midshipman); I am a big fan of folders that are at least 3.5" to 3.95" closed, but the Dragonfly at 3.1" feels just perfect with the choil. I'm sure the Roadie will not disappoint, even at 2.99".