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Spyderco C199TIP Peter Rassenti Nirvana Folding Knife 3.74" S90V Plain Blade, Integral Titanium Handle

$443.97

Retail Price: $739.95 | You Save: $295.98 (40%)
Part #: SP199TIP | Spyderco Knives
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Description
SP199TIP: C199TIP Nirvana
Spyderco
 
Spyderco has teamed up with Peter Rassenti, a custom knifemaker from Canada, for another amazing collaboration; the Nirvana. Produced in Taiwan, this integral handle titanium folder is more of a mid-tech piece than a production one. It has all the feeling of Peter's custom model without the matching price tag. The blade is made from S90V stainless steel with Spyderco's trademark Round Hole that is actually part of the original design. The handle is machined from a single piece of 6Al4V titanium with a broken glass pattern finish. The handle is thin, durable, ergonomic and absolutely beautiful. Jimping on the thumb ramp and near the butt end of the knife is perfectly executed and really locks this knife into your hand. This is Spyderco's first integral handle design and it's simply extraordinary.
Specifications
  • Blade Length: 3.74"
  • Cutting Edge: 3.74"
  • Closed Length: 4.72"
  • Blade Material: CPM-S90V Stainless Steel
  • Blade Style: Drop Point
  • Blade Grind: Saber
  • Handle Material: Titanium
  • Locking Mechanism: Reeve Integral Lock (R.I.L.)
  • Pocket Clip: Tip-Up, Right-Handed
  • Designer: Peter Rassenti
  • Made in Taiwan
Frame Lock
Frame Lock
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.
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
Titanium Handles
Titanium Handles
A nonferrous metal, it's prized for its high strength to weight ratio and is often used on higher end knives.
4.182 (11 reviews)
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Randomnick
Colorado
Jul 26, 2017
Pros: Overall Quality, Ease of Opening, Blade Material, Handle Feel, Handle Material, None
Cons: Blade Sharpness, Lock Ease of Use, Pocket Clip
Cool Design - Poor Execution
This knife is hard not to like but impossible to love. It's disappointing that Spyderco stepped into the "high-end production" price range as a test with this particular knife...because it doesn't fully represent who would buy something at this price point from them considering it's shortcomings. Pros: Nice action (Kind of. Read on in the negatives.) Good finish. Feels good in hand. Solid feeling in every way: built like a brick. I'll throw S90V here despite the fact that I don't like it. Pain in the ass to sharpen and too prone to chipping...but it is a "high end" steel and a decent choice at this price. Cons: Lock stick. Bad. Mine is over a year old and I flick it around fairly frequently and have attempted to use it for quite some time. I have no lubricant on the lockface...it isn't user error. This thing just locks up and refuses to let go sometimes. Quick 10 flicks (right now) result in: 5 disengages that I can feel and hear the stick but it's not a major concern. 3 disengages where if I were pressing on the back of the blade to disengage it - I would have sliced my finger. I learned that early with this knife...it'll stick unexpectedly when you disengage the lock and suddenly you're putting way too much force on the blade to shut it and it SLAMS shut on your thumb. 2 disengages where it took two hands to disengage. No joke. It locks up so hard you can bruise your finger trying to disengage with one hand... Blade shape. It's terrible. It is more a wedge than a blade. Anyone who owns one contemplates paying $100+ to get someone to regrind the blade completely for them to either a full flat grind or a hollow. I've yet to spring on that because I simply don't like the knife enough to do it but if I did I'm sure it would cut just fine. Who thought this was an acceptable blade?! Lastly and of least concern...the clip. I totally understand that hate for the majority of "custom" clips in the world. I've had a lot of terrible ones. But there are also a lot of awesome ones...and no matter what...they always look better. This piece of bent metal that matches every other $10-100 Spyderco was the most boring choice I would have ever imagined on such a nice "looking" knife.
5 out of 5
Jon B.
Idaho
Jun 17, 2017
Pros:
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Reviewers stop using lubricants on your lockbar.
You can't completely fault the knife company for making this knife the way they did without a steel lockbar insert If you've been putting lubricants on the d**n lockbar. The reviewer that said he used oil, galled the lock face for sure. You use compounds or graphite like mentioned but not in conjugation with oil ever. Be careful the oil doesn't run down the blade onto the lockbar either. I'm sorry this isn't super relative to this knife. I just don't find it fair to fault the knife design when it's user error that's not allowing proper break in. The knife is an awesome design wit some great features for sure. There's a reason why not everyone has had a bad experience with this knife, the ones that haven't are the ones maintaining their knives the right way and breaking them in the right way. The 4 and 5 star reviewers
5 out of 5
Anthony S
Saint Louis, Mo
Sep 14, 2016
Pros: Weight, Ease of Opening, Blade Material
Cons: None
Spyderco C199TIP
all around a great knife, light weight, great steel
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