Pros: Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
Cons: Handle Material, None
A worthy successor to the original Worker
I've been carrying an original Spyderco Worker for many years as my everyday carry knife. I find the blade design to be very useful and haven't found another knife design I like better. So I jumped on this opportunity to buy a spare when it became available.The Sprint Run Worker is very similar to the original Worker with a few exceptions. The G10 scales are different from the solid stainless steel scales on the original Worker. They are very grippy and attractive, but the rough texture can be a problem when using the clip because it creates a lot of friction and makes clipping and unclipping the knife very difficult. In addition, it causes significant clothing wear.The knife is a little lighter than the original Worker due to the G10 scales, however it's not as light as one might expect because there are fairly thick stainless steel liners behind the G10 scales.The old Worker allowed only tip-down carry, right hand side. This knife is designed so the clip can be moved to select for tip-up or tip-down, right or left hand carry. The only downside is that there aren't filler screws for the holes that aren't used. The result is that, since you can only use 3 of the 12 holes at any given time, the other 9 are simply empty holes. There's not a significant functional problem with that, but it's something that might bother some people. I really like the option for tip-up carry since it protects the hinge of the knife and keeps grit from getting into the hinge when working in dirty conditions.The lock release has a cutout that's supposed to make it less likely that the lock will be released accidentally while gripping the knife firmly. That's a change from the original Worker. It doesn't affect normal operation as far as I can tell and if it prevents inadvertent unlocking, I guess it's a benefit.The only other complaint I have is one that I have with all Sypderco knives. The opening hole in the blade is not beveled or smoothed. Before the knife can be used, the edges of the hole need to be worked on or it will tear up your thumbnail in the course of opening the knife. I expect that on normal Sypderco knives, but I really thought that Sypderco might do the extra work to break the edges on the opening hole on this knife since it's a limited edition knife with a fairly high price tag. No such luck.Great knife, great quality. Expect to do some modification to the grips if you intend to use this knife as a pocket-clip knife and also realize that you'll need to break the sharp edges on the opening hole to make the knife user-friendly.