Pros: Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
A Unique Place
This is another incomparable knife from the knife company most deserving of a large shimmering star on their fridge, and a bottle of fine scotch for the owner, Sal Glesser.I've made the perilous journey from starter-knives to six hundred dollar customs (and would have ascended the six thousand range given the pocket-book) but return again and again to Spyderco. I'd been viewing the beautiful titanium Chaparral for awhile, but kept avoiding purchase because of the "gentleman's folder" misnomer. No doubt this is a beautiful knife, and it would fit in well at the Annual Fundraising Dinner for the local charity, but I don't think it has received the attention it deserves-- In fact, I think it's a silver wolf in sheep's clothing.When I first received the knife my knee-jerk reaction was to send it back. Until I picked it up.The knife occupies a sparse ground between the Dragonfly and the Sage 2. It is a smaller yet unique version of the Sage 2, but not quite as diminutive as the Dragonfly. It feels like perfection in your fingers, four of which, snuggly placed, contact both handle scales. Chocking-up leaves room to spare at the butt end, and the scales are beautiful in a way different from what one expects from the available photos-- the highlight is not so much the fine machine lines inside the triangular sections, but the way in which the triangles are placed at a multitude of varied angles which give a wonderful tactile feel underneath your thumb-- this was pleasantly surprising and also alleviated the worry of the occasional little pocket scratch marring the overall aesthetic effect of the knife. The knife does not feel fragile in any way, and the materials-- titanium scales and CTX-XHP blade-- lead me to believe that it is tough enough to face a hard days work. This knife is Cary Grant with a stiletto behind his back. If you're hesitating, don't. It'll cut you to the core.