Spyderco Friction Folder 2.84" VG10 Plain Blade, G10 Handles - C167GP

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SP167GP: C167GP Friction Folder
Designed by Belgian knifemaker Filip De Leeuw, the Friction Folder is an extremely unique knife with a significance that goes far beyond our typical collaborative design.
From a historical standpoint, it pays tribute to the very first folding knife mechanism, which was a simple pivot that relied solely on the handle's friction against the tang to keep the blade open. Later, a tab-similar to that found on traditional straight razors-was added to the tang of the blade to serve as a lever to open the knife. In the open position, this tab also indexes against the back of the handle where pressure from the user's hand holds it in place to stabilize the blade during use.
Friction folders evolved independently in different areas of the world and the earliest examples can be traced back as far as 600-500 BC. Since many styles of friction folders were also closely associated with specific cultures, the Friction Folder also qualifies as a member of Spyderco's Ethnic Series of knives. Its drop-point blade profile, tang tab, and gently curved handle shape are reminiscent of European friction folders and similar knives of the American frontier.
Although the Friction Folder's VG10 stainless steel blade includes a Trademark Round Hole, its primary one-handed-opening method is to use the tang tab as a lever, making its operation distinctly different than all other Spyderco knives.
As a modern cutting tool, the Friction Folder is the latest example of Spyderco's growing family of socially friendly, non-locking folders that comply with knife laws in areas that prohibit locking blades. When used with care and proper cutting technique, the Friction Folder is an amazingly capable everyday carry knife and a great alternative to conventional folding knife designs.
Because its simple design does not include a self-close mechanism, the Friction Folder is not suitable for clip-style carry. Instead, it comes with a handsome faux leather pouch that does feature a clip—another unique departure for a Spyderco knife.
Best of all, these distinctive features faithfully reflect the style and exceptional attention to detail that define Filip De Leeuw's prized custom knives. Like De Leeuw's popular handmade version, it successfully blends traditional design with state-of-the-art materials to create a highly functional everyday cutting tool and a fascinating reflection of folding knife history.
  • Closed: 4.94" (125 mm)
  • Overall: 6.50" (165 mm)
  • Blade: 2.84" (72 mm)
  • Edge: 2.58" (66 mm)
  • Blade Thickness: 0.118" (3 mm)
  • Blade Hole Diameter: 0.39" (10 mm)
  • Steel: VG10 Stainless Steel
  • Weight: 3.2 oz. (91 g)
  • Grind: Full-flat
  • Made in Japan
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.
VG10 Stainless Steel
VG10 Stainless Steel This Japanese excellent quality steel is known for it's ease of sharpening, ability to take a super fine edge, and outstanding corrosion resistance making it one of the best bang-for-buck steels on the market.
G10 Handles
G10 Handles Formed in a sheet under high pressure by combining fiberglass and an epoxy resin binder. These handles are lightweight and shaped to ensure a solid grip.
Spyderco Friction Folder 2.84" VG10 Plain Blade, G10 Handlesrated 4.000 stars out of 5 (5 reviews)
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Spyderco Friction Folder 2.84" VG10 Plain Blade, G10 Handles
rated 5 stars out of 5
Mar 22, 2018
Pros: Sheath, Ease of Opening
Cons: None
gift to husband
my husband was thrilled with this gift
Spyderco Friction Folder 2.84" VG10 Plain Blade, G10 Handles
rated 3 stars out of 5
Round Rock, Tx
Nov 13, 2017
Pros: Blade Material, Sheath, Blade Sharpness, None
Cons: Handle Feel, Ease of Opening, Lock Type
it is on sale
I would never have purchased the knife at the full price. since it went on sale, I took a gamble. the construction is top notch. the G10 has an interesting pattern. and the knife shape is very usable. but there has to be con's. first of all is the handle. If you look at the videos, it seems everyone is choking back on the handle. The reason is the plastic choil they made is painful to grasp. it is sharp and protrudes into your fingers. I really wish they would not have put that on the handle because if you put your finger in that area, it rubs against the blade and voila, cut. the second issue I have is the arm on the blade. It is not long enough or pronounced enough to let you squeeze it tightly to prevent the blade from closing. it sort of works, in theory, but I have not been able to put enough pressure on it to maintain some sort of 'lock'. while squeezing, if you push on the back of the blade gently, it starts to close, and I don't think it is safe enough. Its in my safe as a collectable, not user. I am purchasing the svord to compare the two.
Spyderco Friction Folder 2.84" VG10 Plain Blade, G10 Handles
rated 4 stars out of 5
Santa Cruz
Aug 11, 2017
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Lock Ease of Use, None
Cons: Ease of Opening, Lock Ease of Use
Need to Be Careful of Sharp Corner
This is a very well built knife with adequate adjustability to insure that the "looseness" of the pivot is proper for your desires. The edge is excellent and the sheath works well. The design is almost perfect except for one issue that I encountered. The back edge of the sharpened portion of the blade at the choil is a very sharp corner. It is quite easy to have your index finger slide into this corner. Since the blade is very sharp, that results in a nasty cut.
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