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Spyderco Javier Vogt Tropen Flipper Knife 4.02" S30V Satin Plain Blade, Polished Black G10 Handles - C237GP

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Part #: SP237GP | Spyderco Knives
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Description
SP237GP: C237GP Tropen
Spyderco

Javier Vogt is one of the few custom knifemakers in Argentina and one of only a handful of craftsmen there to make folding knives. As a child, he was fascinated with swords, but it wasn't until he studied industrial design in his early twenties that his focus changed to knives—specifically folding knives. In 2002, he made his first handmade knife and instantly knew he had found his life's calling.

A self-taught knifemaker, Vogt learned his craft primarily from articles and videos on the internet and through lots of trial and error. Despite his lack of formal instruction, his skills improved very quickly and he soon found himself a full-time knifemaker with a dedicated worldwide following. He now specializes in handcrafting intricate, artistic folding knife designs and often incorporates exotic materials into his work.

In 2016, Vogt contacted Spyderco to license their patented Compression Lock for use in his custom folders. Shortly thereafter, he decided to make a knife for personal use that not only included that lock but also offered three different one-hand opening options. Rightfully proud of his creation, he shared it with Spyderco's management at the Atlanta BLADE Show, who opted to display it with their other concept models and prototypes. Customer feedback on the design was very positive and Vogt's first Spyderco collaboration—the Tropen—was born.

The most distinctive feature of the Tropen is its broad, dramatically curved blade. Precision machined from CPM S30V stainless steel, it includes three different blade-opening options—an index-finger flipper, Spyderco's Trademark Round Hole, and a stylized Emerson Opening Feature, which hooks on the lip of the pocket as the knife is drawn to automatically open it. Together, these features allow a full scope of one-handed opening techniques and are further enhanced by special ball-bearing washers on each side of the blade's pivot that ensure an ultra-smooth, low-friction action.

The Tropen's satin-finished PlainEdge blade is paired with an elegantly styled handle crafted with G10 scales, a partial G10 backspacer, and skeletonized stainless steel liners. The polished scales are gently radiused for a comfortable grip and their interiors precision machined to house the nested liners, which form the foundation of the knife's high-strength Compression Lock mechanism. This advanced construction style ensures impressive structural strength while keeping the knife exceptionally thin, lightweight, and pocket-friendly. To allow instant access and support the proper function of the blade's Emerson Opening Feature, the Tropen includes a stainless steel hourglass clip configured for right-side, tip-up carry.

One somewhat controversial aspect of the Tropen's design is the fact that a small section of the heel of the edge is visible in the lock well when the knife is closed. Intended to maximize the blade's functional edge length, this design feature is also faithful to Vogt's original custom version of the knife. Although some have speculated that it represents a safety concern, when closing the knife, the blade's flipper tab contacts the user's finger well before the edge can enter the lock well. In Spyderco's extensive carry and testing of the design, it has never posed a hazard.

The Tropen is a truly unique folding knife that offers unprecedented versatility in one-hand opening options. It also faithfully reflects the superb craftsmanship and elegant design flair of Javier Vogt's handmade knives and is a proud addition to the Spyderco product line.
Specifications
  • Blade Length: 4.02"
  • Cutting Edge: 3.95"
  • Closed Length: 5.11"
  • Overall Length: 9.13"
  • Blade Thickness: 0.138"
  • Blade Material: CPM-30V Stainless Steel
  • Blade Style: Upswept
  • Blade Grind: Full-Flat
  • Blade Finish: Satin
  • Blade Edge: Plain
  • Handle Material: Polished G10 
  • Handle Color: Black
  • Locking Mechanism: Compression
  • Pocket Clip: Tip-Up, Right Carry
  • Model Number: C237GP 
  • Model Name: Tropen
  • Designer: Javier Vogt
  • Weight: 4.1 oz.
  • Made in Taiwan

UPC Code: 716104012992

S30V Stainless Steel
S30V Stainless Steel
A hardened wear and corrosion resistant stainless steel developed in collaboration with Chris Reeve. It is known for its improved sharpness and toughness. This is a premium grade steel only used in high end knives. Composition: Carbon 1.45%, Chromium 14.00%, Vanadium 4.00%, Molybdenum 2.00%
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
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 Javier Vogt Tropen Flipper Knife 4.02" S30V Satin Plain Blade, Polished Black G10 Handles4.333 (6 reviews)
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Spyderco Javier Vogt Tropen Flipper Knife 4.02" S30V Satin Plain Blade, Polished Black G10 Handles
5 out of 5
High Plains
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
Superb knife
This is really a remarkable knife. I've had mine for five months and I must have opened it about a thousand times because it is so smooth and so much fun to flip open. If you cut yourself on the bit of blade next to the lock (when closed) then you are working very hard to do that. Never has been a problem for me— or even possible— just like hitting your finger with the flipper when closing it. If you do that you are closing it wrong. My only complaint was the Emerson opener, which hardly ever worked as advertised. But it would catch on the pocket and sometimes open about halfway, which is not a good condition IMO. The solution was simple: a Dremel + a cut-off wheel + five minutes. The Emerson is not needed as this knife opens so smoothly and quickly. It's done a lot of work for me as my EDC and still has a killer edge. I would recommend this knife to anyone who wants a fine-steel working knife with style and performance.
Spyderco Javier Vogt Tropen Flipper Knife 4.02" S30V Satin Plain Blade, Polished Black G10 Handles
5 out of 5
Fairfax va
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
Exceptional!
I own a lot of knives. They all serve a purpose. This thing is great. Exceptional feel in the hand and the materials are top notch. Some people are complaining about the small blade exposure near the lock. I have put this thing through the paces in terms of handling it and i can honestly say that if you manage to cut yourself there it's because you were REALLY trying to. I'd never heard of Vogt before but i'm hopeful that he will continue to work with Spyderco. The triple opening feature on this thing is money.
Spyderco Javier Vogt Tropen Flipper Knife 4.02" S30V Satin Plain Blade, Polished Black G10 Handles
2 out of 5
Carlsbad, Ca
Pros: None
Cons: None
Beautful knife, but it cut me while closed??? HMM
This is a tough review as I like Spyderco and I also like the unique design of Javier's knife. The action is freakishly smooth. The knife is very light for it's size. Three different opening options and beautiful G10 panels. However, there is a design defect in that the blade is exposed through the handle when the knife is closed. Look at the pictures closely and you will see it near the compression lock. I was able to cut myself on it while digging around for the knife in my pocket. I had to return it in the end. Not sure how this design made it into production. The detent is also a little weak and opens with a medium strength shake test. I hope Spyderco comes out with a revised version as I will certainly revisit this knife if they fix this issue.
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