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Spyderco Alistair Phillips Kapara Folding Knife 3.6" S30V Satin Plain Blade, Carbon Fiber Handles - C241CFP

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Part #: SP241CFP | Spyderco Knives
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Description
SP241CFP: C241CFP Kapara
Spyderco
 
One of the most anticipated Spyderco knives of 2018, the Kapara is Spyderco's first collaboration with Australian custom knifemaker Alistair Phillips. The design is based on Phillips' popular Redback folder and, like the term "redback," draws its name from the redback spider (Latrodectus hasseltii), a species of highly venomous spider found throughout Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia. The adult female redback has a spherical black body with a prominent red stripe on the upper side of her abdomen. Inspired by this distinctive feature, Phillips' handmade Redback folders showcase a contrasting red backspacer in the handle.

A self-described "spare-time knifemaker," Phillips specializes in meticulously crafted slipjoint and lock-blade folding knives. After licensing Spyderco's Trademark Round Hole for use in his custom blades, he posted several photos of his work on Spyderco's online forum. Spyderco founder Sal Glesser was impressed with what he saw and purchased one of Phillips' Redbacks for his personal collection. When he received it, he was even more impressed and ultimately suggested a collaboration project. Phillips eagerly agreed.

According to Phillips, he originally designed the Redback/Kapara as a personal carry knife that he could use for food preparation in an office environment. After gaining a bit of weight, he was committed to eating healthier and trimming down, so he decided to create a cutting tool that would help him achieve that goal. He began by measuring a variety of fruits and vegetables to determine an appropriate blade length. He then tried using several of his existing designs, which happened to be flipper openers, to prepare food on a cutting board. Realizing that the flipper tab got in the way of using the entire length of the edge, he envisioned a knife with a long cutting edge, a Spyderco Round Hole for easy opening and a Compression Lock to keep food from getting into the lock mechanism. Ultimately, he not only created a great folding knife design but managed to lose a significant amount of weight by putting it to use!

The heart of the Kapara's design is its CPM S30V stainless steel blade, which is full-flat ground for truly impressive low-friction edge geometry. Its fully accessible Trademark Round Hole allows convenient one-handed opening with either hand and its drop-point profile gives it both a long, gently curved edge and an acute, utilitarian point.

The handle of the Kapara features full, skeletonized stainless steel liners that form the foundation of its high-strength Compression Lock mechanism. The liners are capped by stunning solid carbon fiber scales that are meticulously 3D machined to give them a subtle radius. This detail complements the sophisticated styling of the handle profile to offer an exceptionally secure and comfortable grip. An index-finger choil at the base of the blade allows a forward grip for enhanced control and helps draw attention to machined details on both sides of the blade’s pivot. Symbolic of the knife's name, the Kapara proudly features a red G10 backspacer that provides a visual accent and added structural strength, while leaving most of the handle’s back open to reduce weight and simplify cleaning.

For ease and convenience of carry, the Kapara includes a reversible deep-pocket wire clip that can be configured for left or right-side, tip-up carry. A generously sized lanyard hole also allows the easy attachment of fobs or lanyards.

The Spyderco Kapara is an exquisitely executed folder that faithfully represents the character and meticulous craftsmanship of Alistair Phillips coveted custom knives. An impressive synthesis of style and utilitarian function, we hope you will be as excited about it as we are.
Specifications
  • Blade Length: 3.60"
  • Cutting Edge: 3.44"
  • Closed Length: 4.65"
  • Overall Length: 8.25"
  • Blade Thickness: 0.118"
  • Blade Material: CPM-30V Stainless Steel
  • Blade Style: Sheepsfoot
  • Blade Grind: Full-Flat
  • Blade Finish: Satin
  • Blade Edge: Plain
  • Handle Material: Carbon Fiber
  • Handle Color: Black
  • Locking Mechanism: Compression
  • Pocket Clip: Tip-Up, Right/Left Carry
  • Model Number: C241CFP
  • Model Name: Kapara
  • Designer: Alistair Phillips
  • Weight: 3.4 oz.
  • Made in Taiwan

UPC Code: 716104012961

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.
Carbon Fiber Handles
Carbon Fiber Handles
Very strong and lightweight material. Provides an upscale and modern feel.
Spyderco Alistair Phillips Kapara Folding Knife 3.6" S30V Satin Plain Blade, Carbon Fiber Handles4.500 (2 reviews)
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Spyderco Alistair Phillips Kapara Folding Knife 3.6" S30V Satin Plain Blade, Carbon Fiber Handles
5 out of 5
Paris
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
When a knife is excellent -> 5 stars is mandatory
After so much hesitation I was able to get a Kapara thanks to Tom (and Howard) at the Knifecenter. My “fear” was real since I had held the Kapara prototype at the Amsterdam Minimeet, worse it was a love at first sight when Alistair was showing is original design: the “Red Back” to the forums and Facebook… I was also hooked when Alistair came to Europe for working on the Australian museum bout WWI in the East of France.(This should not be Forgotten Years, and if you can try to see Peter Jackson, the director of Lord of the Rings, “They Shall Not Grow Old” and see how he has used technology to render the footage from that area in colors and with sound: amazing!).Also since the early 80’s I’m a big fan of the Oil, the Finn brothers (OK they are from New Zealand too), and even bands like Eden, Little Heroes, Ice House and Iva Davies.Many description and test of the Kapara has been done last year but this very one here is the Version 2.0 as it has return to the bench for some adjustments as Eric Glesser has announced at the Minimeet 2019. So this is a new version.So what do we get with that knife ? First you got a very strong flavour from the Big Southern Land: some pragmatism and commun sense for the tools you bring with you in the bush. OK the Kapara was first design as a kitchen knife for making Alistair Sandwich but this perfectionist of a designer as provided something incredible:– beautiful line,– smooth action of a “free dropping smooth as glass powerhouse”– excellent blade ratio– great ergos…And a very very sharp factory edge. So sharp, I don’t want to convex it yet. Go figure!So, from what I was afraid of ? I was afraid of near perfection EDC knife: the one knife which create distance with all the other designs you love.I was right to be afraid.As you can see the blade ratio is excellent bringing a maximum edge for than handle, the hidden choil helps a lot.The carbon fibers rounded handed is so nice to watch and use.A word about Taichung manufacturing again: I was not able to find a single hotspot on the V2. The blade is centered. The blade drops with a release of the lock. The red spacer and the liners are soft and perfectly adjusted. This is really something to experiment to understand: it is like if Des Horn has been on the quality control for this one. Very very impressive !Alistair has designed a very utilitarian high performance blade. There is not jimping.The blade of the Kapara has been enhanced with a subtle hidden choil for the more precise cutting tasks. With this choil you will have a lot of control over the knife which is practical when peeling fruit.The wire clip is set for deep carry and this is simply the best Spyderco configuration. The one which is missing on the Shaman design for example. I cannot imagine you would wear a pocket with that smooth handle and deep wire clip. It carries so easy like the marvelous Ed Schempp Bowie.People call it “fancy pocket knife” but it is a Miss Australia in a Terminator design. The smooth and precise action, the long sharp edge, the wonderful ergo which can be used to cut on a board like the Spydiechef of the PPT.It is a practical EDC knife with as a main function in mind: the cutting and peeling of different types of fruit and vegetables: the 9.1 cm blade is measured exactly to be long enough to cut most types of fruit in half. This is a fruit knife with an open back design: very easy to clean. And yes: tomatoes are fruits.This is a tool with a healthy purpose as quoted on Spyderco site.“Phillips originally created the Kapara as a personal carry knife to help him prepare healthy, vegetable-based meals.” Fruits and vegetables are good for your health. This knife could be a life saver but for now it is a “Coup de Maitre” !Bonza Mate !!More pictures on my blog:https://nemoknivesreview.com/2019/09/17/spyderco-kapara-c241cfp-alistair-phillips-life-saver/
Spyderco Alistair Phillips Kapara Folding Knife 3.6" S30V Satin Plain Blade, Carbon Fiber Handles
4 out of 5
Atlanta
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
Great knife
Great knife! I got it at blade show so I payed a little less. So far it’s been great.
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