Spyderco C185TIP Farid Mehr K2 Folding Knife 4.54" CPM-S10V Satin Plain Blade, Titanium Handles
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SP185TIP: C185TIP Farid Mehr K2 Folder
Farid Mehr is a British custom knifemaker who is best known for his hollow-handled fixed-blade survival knives and heavy-duty, hard-use folding knives. A full-time maker, he also crafts custom-made leather and Kydex sheaths and makes a variety of other custom knives to meet his customers' needs and interests.
Strength is the most prized quality of most of Farid's knife designs, so his folders tend to be large and boast stainless steel or titanium handle scales and Reeve Integral Locks (R.I.L.). He also has a penchant for using exotic blade steels with reputations for edge holding and toughness. One of his most popular models is his K2 folder, which is slightly smaller and lighter than many of his other designs without sacrificing the key qualities that make his knives unique. It was therefore the ideal choice for his first collaboration with Spyderco.
The K2 is a generously sized folding knife designed to withstand the rigors of serious cutting chores. Just shy of 10 inches (254mm) overall, it features a 4.53-inch (115mm) blade ground from CPM 10V—the first high-vanadium tool steel made using Crucible steel's Powder Metallurgy process. CPM 10V's toughness and machining characteristics are comparable to D2 and M2, but it’s impressive 9.75% vanadium content gives it extreme wear resistance. In a knife blade, this translates to superior edge retention—a highly desirable quality for a hard-use folder.
To balance the strength of its broad Bowie-style blade, the K2 features a full-flat grind that tapers over its entire width to a keen PlainEdge cutting edge. The blade’s spine is also precisely radiused near the handle to provide a comfortable bearing point for the thumb during demanding cutting chores. An amazing synthesis of strength and cutting performance, the K2's blade also features Spyderco's Trademark Round Hole™ for positive one-handed opening.
The K2's handle is also a study in strength. It consists of two extremely stout scales machined from solid titanium. The reverse scale forms the foundation of the knife's sturdy Reeve Integral Lock (R.I.L.) and faithfully includes Farid’s signature serpentine cut on the lock bar. The lock bar’s relief cut is also made on the outside of the handle scale to create a straight-line force vector to the blade's tang ramp for maximum lock strength. Like all well-made R.I.L. knives, the K2 to is designed so a firm grip on the handle actually reinforces the function of the lock and greatly reduces the chances of unintentional lock release during use. Despite the K2's impressive size, it is easily and conveniently carried by virtue of a stainless steel pocket clip that positions the knife for right-side, tip-down carry. In this position, the knife is drawn pivot-end first, leaving your hand perfectly positioned for a smooth, one-handed opening. For users who prefer extra security or enjoy accessorizing their knives, the K2's handle also includes a generously sized lanyard hole for easy attachment of fobs or lanyards.
Spyderco's K2 combines the durability and heft that characterize Farid Mehr's custom knives with the refined details that define Spyderco’s commitment to reliable high performance.
A note about the K2 frame lock from Spyderco: "With the K2 we made that lock harder to operate on purpose. We took into consideration the size of the blade and made it more of a two handed knife."
- Blade Length: 4.54" (115 mm)
- Cutting Edge: 4.25" (108 mm)
- Closed Length: 5.45" (138 mm)
- Overall Length: 9.99" (254 mm)
- Blade Steel: CPM-S10V Premium Tool Steel
- Thickness: 0.138" (3.5 mm)
- Edge Type: Plain
- Handle Material: Titanium
- Weight: 6.2 oz. (176 g)
- Made in Taiwan
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.
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
A nonferrous metal, it's prized for its high strength to weight ratio and is often used on higher end knives.