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Spyderco Caly 3 Folding Knife 3" ZDP-189 / 420J2 Plain Blade, Carbon Fiber Handles

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Part Number: SP113CFPE
Manufacturer: Spyderco Knives
Retail Price: $249.95
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SP113CFPE: Caly3 - Carbon Fiber
Spyderco

Yes. Before the Caly3 (and abbreviation of the name) there was a Calypso2 and Calypso1. No they didn’t fade away or die. They were improved upon, becoming more functional and useful with each rendition. Like comparing the first Corvette to today’s Corvette, the latest Caly3 is an offshoot and tangible testament to the design’s durability and sale-ability in the market. People continue buying the folder because Spyderco held true its original premise: A great folding knife should function and feel like a natural extension of the hand.

The Caly3CFP, with its high-end laminated ZDP-189 blade steel with buffed carbon fiber handle is (yes) yet another variation of the knife that converted legions of knife buyers to the hard-use benefits of flat-ground leaf-shaped blades. ZDP-189 blade steel contains 3% carbon, making it harder, higher on the Rockwell scale and in turn extending the amount of time it stays sharp. The Caly3CFP comes with a PlainEdged that is ground flat for precise cutting. The handle’s shape settles the index finger on the underside and thumb naturally above on the jimped (slip resistant) spine so the knife feels like part of the hand with controlled grip and no forward or backward slide while cutting. Ambidextrous deep-pocket-carry tip-up wire clip. Mid-positioned backlock.
Specifications
  • Length Overall: 7" (178 mm)
  • Length Closed: 4-1/16" (103 mm)
  • Hole Diameter: 15/32" (12 mm)
  • Blade Length: 3" (76 mm)
  • Cutting Edge: 2-5/8" (67 mm)
  • Blade Thickness: 1/8" (3 mm)
  • Blade Steel: Laminated ZDP-189 / 420J2
  • Weight: 3 oz (84 g)
  • Handle Material: Carbon Fiber

UPC Code: 716104008346

Lockback
Lockback
The original locking mechanism. It can be found mid spine or at the bottom of the handle, and it provides tight lockup that will wear well.
Made in Japan
Made in Japan
The exotic steel Capital of the World, Japan produces and innovates some of the best products, from pocket to kitchen knives and everything in between.
Carbon Fiber Handles
Carbon Fiber Handles
Very strong and lightweight material. Provides an upscale and modern feel.
ZDP-189 Steel
ZDP-189 Steel
Has an extremely high carbon and chromium content allowing for exceptional sharpness and durability. With this hardness comes decreased corrosive properties.
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5 out of 5
Will
Cottonwood, Ca
Jun 24, 2014
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Lock Type, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
Cons: None
Thumbs up
This knife is perfect for my use. The knife is carried in my shirt pocket, rather than clipped in a pant pocket, so weight can be an issue. The knife carries very comfortably. The wire clip is absolutely perfect holding the knife firmly in place yet not so tight as to damage the shirt pocket. Retrieval is smooth. The workmanship and construction of the Caly 3 is outstanding! NOT ONE SINGLE FLAW VISIBLE! The large pivot is great. The riveted construction is tight and solid! If needed the blade can be easily removed. The blade action was smooth with absolutely no grittiness - none! The Carbon Fiber scales are perfect for me! Had no trouble griping the knife. The blade arrived razor sharp. I rather like the unique blade construction. The lamination allows for grinding 10% ZDP-189 to shape the blade. Interesting approach! This knife ticked all my boxes and I expect Caly 3 to last many years!
4 out of 5
Gordon L
Philadelphia, PA
Nov 22, 2013
Pros: Pocket Clip, Overall Quality, Handle Feel, Weight, Blade Sharpness, Ease of Opening, None
Cons: Lock Ease of Use
Great for lefties (and righties too)
As a left-handed person, I appreciate that because of the large hole in the blade, the Caly 3 is easy to open with the thumb of either hand. Opening is smooth, can be done one-handed, and with practice takes less than a second. Once open, it locks into place firmly and securely, with no wobble. I can close it safely with one hand too. The lock is equally ambidextrous. Closing is a bit slower, but most pocket knife owners are more concerned with a quick open than a quick close. I agree with other reviewer's comments about the blade being relatively easy to scratch. That said, you'd have to look close to see any scratches, assuming you care. I use my knifes, not look at them, so a few tiny scratches is no big deal to me. The blade is a little tricky to sharpen, but once sharp it's ridiculously so and stays that way for longer than lesser steels. As for the non-cutting edges of the knife being sharpish when the knife is new, that's true too. A few light swipes with 400-grit wet-and-dry sandpaper took care of that problem easily enough. To summarize, although the Caly 3 may falls short of glistening perfection, it still offers extremely high-quality, reliability, durability, light weight, sharpness, and ease of use. The price is a tad high, but not unreasonable given how good a knife this is and how long it's likely to last.
1 out of 5
Danny
North Carolina
Dec 04, 2012
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, Weight, Blade Material, None
Cons: Pocket Clip, Lock Type
clip
I hate to rate this knife so low but im am very upset with one point of the knife that i cant deal with. I have had mine for about two months and am on my 3rd pocket clip. the first broke after a month when i sat down in a chair and the clip caught and broke. Normally my knifes would bend the clip or just pull threads out of the fabric but it just snapped off. The second broke when walking and honestly just bumbed into a stool. It blows my mind that it broke so easly and when you call to get a replacment its not under warrenty because its a wear part but the 2nd one wasnt even 2 weeks old when it broke. Im very upset about this cause each one is about $8 after shipping. Just so everyone knows the knife is wonderful other then that. But with this problem i cant consider it a everyday carry and would rather get my money back
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