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Spyderco C172CFTIP Domino Folding Knife 3.13" CTS-XHP Blade, Carbon Fiber Laminate and Titanium Handles

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Part Number: SP172CFTIP
Manufacturer: Spyderco Knives
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SP172CFTIP: C172CFTIP Domino
One of Spyderco's guiding principles is "No more than necessary; no less than perfect." Our Domino folding knife is a shining example of this concept, combining an understated, but highly efficient "flipper" with the advanced ergonomics and high-performance cutting capability that make Spyderco knives unique. Designed by Eric Glesser, this performance-driven knife is our second model to feature a flipper (the first was the Southard Folder). Originally developed by custom knifemaker Kit Carson, a flipper is a small integral tab that extends from the edge side of the blade's tang. When the knife is closed, it protrudes slightly from the back of the handle, where a slight pull of the index finger provides leverage to overcome the blade detent and rotate the blade into the open position.

The Domino's flipper is a minimalist design that does not interfere with the knife's refined ergonomics or prevent it from being opened via the blade's Trademark Round Hole™. It is perfectly positioned to offer optimal leverage and is supported by special ball-bearing washers in the pivot that reduce friction to guarantee a smooth, reliable opening. In the open position, the flipper practically disappears into the grip-friendly contours of the handle.

Precision machined from CTS® XHP stainless steel, the Domino's blade features a full-flat grind for superior edge geometry and a distal taper that ensures an acute point. It is mated to a handle that consists of a solid titanium scale on one side and a titanium liner and carbon fiber/G-10 laminate scale on the other. The solid titanium scale forms the foundation of the Domino's sturdy Reeve Integral Lock (R.I.L.), which features a hardened steel interface that ensures a long service life and doubles as an overtravel stop for the lock. On the other side of the handle the Cubic Check carbon fiber/G-10 laminate scale boasts an intricate geometric pattern that is both visually stunning and provides an enhanced grip texture.

Designed to be carried and used, the Domino has a slim, pocket-friendly profile and an open-backed construction that reduces weight and allows easy cleaning. The Domino also boasts a four-position pocket clip—a unique feature for a flipper-style knife—that allows tip-up or tip-down carry on both the left and right sides of the body. Its long textured thumb ramp and forefinger choil (finger groove) comfortably support a wide range of grip options and ensure positive control during use. The Domino is a vivid reflection of Spyderco's design philosophy that integrates all the defining characteristics of our approach to knifemaking into a uniquely functional cutting tool. We're confident that you'll be as excited about it as we are.

Information from Spyderco.
  • Closed: 4.55" (116 mm)
  • Overall: 7.68" (195 mm)
  • Blade: 3.13" (80 mm)
  • Edge: 2.94" (75 mm)
  • Blade Thickness: 0.118" (3 mm)
  • Blade Steel: CTS XHP
  • Grind: Full-flat
  • Handle Material: Titanium and Carbon Fiber Laminate
  • Weight: 4.1 oz. (116 g)
  • Made in Taiwan

UPC Code: 716104009572

Frame Lock
Frame Lock
Developed by Chris Reeve, it functions like a liner lock but the lock is comprised of one of the handle scales. It's an extremely strong and easy to manipulate lock.
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
Carbon Fiber Handles
Carbon Fiber Handles
Very strong and lightweight material. Provides an upscale and modern feel.
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5 out of 5
Dec 15, 2013
Pros: Blade Material, Handle Feel, Lock Type, Overall Quality, Ease of Opening, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Handle Material, None
My New Favorite Knife
WOW! This knife is amazing. The build and feel is great. Lock-up is about 50% and is solid. It's extremely sharp and flip out like a beast. The CF laminate is okay but not my cup of tea. I sent mine off to get pimped because the CF just wasn't for me. Other than that it is an amazing EDC. I would recommend this knife hands down!
5 out of 5
Sep 12, 2013
Pros: Blade Material, Lock Ease of Use, Lock Type, Overall Quality, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Ease of Opening, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Weight, None
What a great knife! The flipper action is perfect and the ergos don't get much better. It could be a touch lighter and a touch skinnier, but that is just my personal preference for smaller knives coming out.
5 out of 5
Sep 12, 2013
Pros: Overall Quality, Lock Type, Ease of Opening, Blade Material, Handle Material, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Sharpness, Weight, Sheath, Handle Feel, Pocket Clip
Cons: None
the best
The spyderco domino is seriously the best knife ive ever handled/used. The fit & finish is beyond perfect. It slices through cardboard like no other knife ive used. The knife is a little bigger than expected but that is not negative in any way. The action is smooth, the flipper works great, the lockup is very very solid at 45%-50%, the carbon fiber laminate looks great. This knife just melts into your hand. I honestly see no reason in buying a crk or any other semi custom knife. You cannot get a better knife for the price as far as i am concerned and i may even dare to say that you cannot get a better knife for $400. As one reviewer said "buy and you will not regret it". Hands down the best folding knife. Some reviews mention the placement of the spyder hole in a negative way but i feel the placement is perfect for functionality. The hole placement makes it very very easy to open the knife with a ring finger or your thumb. I rate this a 5 out of 5. Edge could shave out of the box as well.
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