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Spyderco Serrata Fixed 4.65" Plain Blade, Black Micarta Handles, Boltaron Sheath - FB32GP

$162.47

MSRP* : $249.95 | You Save* : $87.48 (35%)
Part #: SPFB32GP | Spyderco Knives
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Description
SPFB32GP: FB32GP Serrata
Spyderco
 
The Serrata was designed by custom knifemaker Stuart Ackerman. Currently living in New Zealand, Ackerman is a native of South Africa and a veteran of combat service in Namibia and Angola. During his time as an infantry soldier, he learned a lot about what a survival knife really needs to do. That experience, along with his natural fascination with knives, both inspired and guided his efforts as a knifemaker and designer.

Ackerman designed the Serrata as the consummate utility cutting tool. It combines the familiar look and versatility of a kitchen knife with an ergonomic handle that offers hands of all sizes comfort and control no matter how it is gripped. The blade's full-flat grind and distal taper allow it to have a thick spine for strength, yet still provide low-friction cutting performance and excellent point utility. In Ackerman's words, "Hold a Serrata edge up, edge down, reverse grip, you name it, and it feels like it belongs."

The Serrata is unique because its blade is made of cast 440C steel. This process involves making a wax model of the blade and then encasing the wax in a mold. When the mold is heated, the wax melts and leaves a cavity in the mold shaped exactly like the wax blade. Molten steel is then poured into the mold to create a pre-shaped blade, which is then heat treated, ground, and polished.

Unlike traditional rolled steel, cast steel creates a dendritic ("fern-like") crystalline structure. Pioneered by knifemaker David Boye in 1981, this process infuses microscopic crystals into the steel that create microserrations along the edge. These microserrations increase the blade's "bite" into the material being cut and enable it to retain its sharpness significantly longer than traditional steels. The crystal structure of dendritic steel gives its surface a distinctive look that sometimes includes minor pits created during the casting process. It also makes it somewhat more susceptible to minor surface scratches. These characteristics are completely normal and are part of the character of this G10.

The Serrata features a plain-edged, full-flat-ground blade and full-tang construction. Its black G10 handle scales are secured by stainless steel cutler's bolts and meticulously contoured to provide a hand-filling grip devoid of hot spots. The heel of the edge (the area closest to the handle) is also purposely blunted to provide an extra measure of safety during use.

To protect the blade when not in use and allow convenient carry of the Serrata, it comes with a custom-molded Boltaron® sheath. The mouth of the sheath provides a snap fit around the forward portion of the knife's handle to retain it securely during vigorous activity. A G-Clip allows the sheath to be carried on the belt or clipped to clothing in a variety of different positions. The symmetrical design of the sheath also allows the G-Clip to be attached to either side, making it fully adaptable to left or right-side carry and both dominant-side and cross-draw carry positions.

The Serrata combines the hard-won real-world experience of its designer with advanced manufacturing methods to yield a knife that is purpose built for reliable high-performance.
Specifications
  • Blade Length: 4.65" (118 mm)
  • Cutting Edge: 4.38" (111 mm)
  • Overall Length: 9.00" (229 mm)
  • Blade Thickness: 0.205" (5.2 mm)
  • Hole Diameter: 0.24" (6 mm)
  • Blade Material: Case 440C
  • Handle Material: Black Micarta
  • Sheath Material: Boltaron with G-Clip Attachment
  • Weight: 6.2 oz. (176 g)
  • Made in Taiwan
Micarta Handles
Micarta Handles
Micarta is a compressed layered composite sealed within a thermosetting plastic which creates a strong, attractive material that is impervious to water.
440C Stainless Steel
440C Stainless Steel
High end stainless steel with a high resistance to corrosion and will sharpen to a razor edge.
4.500 (4 reviews)
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Tom H
Illinois
Sep 19, 2018
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
Cons: None
Don’t Miss This Opportunity to Own a Somewhat Rare Knife Steel
Great review by Nemo, below, about this exceptional steel. This cast 440C is great blade steel for many purposes where a toothy micro edge is desired (meat, leather, etc.). I think many folks lump all 440 steels in one package. 440C is tough, strong, wear resistant blade steel, with pretty good stain resistance, and holds an edge fairly well (compare to 9Cr18MoV, AUS10). Usually taken to 57-59 HRC (good hardness). Fairly easy to sharpen, too. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Funny, Spyderco is pretty low-key about touting the tactical implications of their knives. Some companies hype the tactical properties of their blades past the point of ridiculous. The tactical implications are here if you know what you’re looking at, you just have to read between the lines a bit. This is a good knife if you ever have to cut through a leather coat sleeve (here would be a good place to read between the lines). This is a task cast 440C performs well in. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> From the description: “These microserrations … enable it to retain its sharpness significantly longer than traditional steels.” This is kind of a misnomer. The cast 440C blade steel does not stay sharp longer. It is really the “cheap serrated steak knife principle.” People buy cheap serrated steak knives because they don’t sharpen their knives. The serrations rip/tear a steak long after the knife is dull, allowing it to remain useful. This cast 440C will still cut (rip/tear) due to its micro serrations, long after many blade steels have quit cutting (please don’t take away from this analogy that this is anything like a cheap serrated steak knife). This blade is fairly thick, at over 3/16”. Serrata’s blade reminds me of an overbuilt version of Kershaw Diskin Hunter (a great knife, now discontinued), or a combat chef’s knife. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> There was a good article in Knives Illustrated awhile back, on knife making; handle making specifically. The author said that a knife handle should not look like a dog turd. This has stuck in my mind since reading the article, or perhaps, become stuck in my craw. I, myself, would much rather grab hold of a comfortable, ergonomic, functional dog turd; than some uncomfortable, pretty-boy, fancy-pants handle. This dog turd Micarta handle is comfortable, grippy, and functional in all grip styles, as the designer states, above. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Serrata is a fixed blade that won’t be pigeon-holed into one neat category. Its uses are so broad: utility, hunting, camping, kitchen, survival, bushcraft, backpacking, canoe/kayaking, and defense, to name a few. This is one knife I will be grabbing for often, and slipping the convenient G-clip onto my belt as I go out the door. Well, I’ve probably done enough damage here, comparing Serrata to a cheap serrated steak knife with a dog turd handle. Anyone looking for a good knife salesman? I’m available. Don’t understand why no one has snatched me up yet.  See ya next time, here, at the Center of the Knife Universe.
5 out of 5
Nemo
Other / Non US
Jul 24, 2018
Pros: Materials, Overall Quality, Sheath/Scabbard, Finish, Weight, Blade Material, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Weight, None
Excellent design and great steel !!
The Serrata is a masterpiece in knife manufacturing no more no less.This is a tool with character. Imagine a thick spine, a thin edge and a great balance.The designer, Stewart Ackerman, is from South Africa (now living in NZ) and he knows how to use a knife in the bush.The steel is especially unique and wonderful. This cast 440C got a permanent microserration which gives an aggressive edge especially on flesh.Cast 440C is legendary and was discovered by David Boye to have toothy edges... M. Boye was making cutting demos back in the 80's push cutting miles of ropes...Quoting an old friend about cast 440C by Boye: "The cutting ability was so high they would continue to cut even when dull, far better than many knives fully sharpened. As the edge was so narrow and the material fairly basic (440C) it could be sharpened almost instantly on even basic stones. A fine india was a decent finish and could get there very fast. " This is what the Serrata is all about: high performances, an exceptional steel and a great knife made by Spyderco. Unique in the knife manufacturing world.
3 out of 5
Lrh
Norway
Jun 05, 2017
Pros: Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Finish
Cons: Blade Material, None
Serrata
Good design. Not so good bladesteel. Does not hold an edge. Imagine this knife made in m4, 3,5 mm thick. THEN i would by one more.
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