Spyderco Bob Lum Darn Dao Fixed 10.63" CPM-154 Satin Plain Blade, Black G10 Handles, Leather Sheath, Flash Batch - FB41GP


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The late Bob Lum was a legend in the knifemaking world. In addition to his consummate skills as a custom knifemaker, Lum had the uncanny ability to translate traditional Asian cutting tools and edged weapons into modern form. Best known as the true father of the "Americanized tanto"—one of the most popular blade shapes of all time—Lum was also instrumental in helping knife enthusiasts to understand and appreciate the deep historical significance of Asian blade patterns.

One of Lum's rarest custom designs was his homage to the classical dan dao—or "single knife" of the Chinese martial arts. In Chinese culture, anything with a single cutting edge is regarded as a knife—regardless of the length of the blade. This is in contrast to a sword, which they regard as a double-edged weapon. The dan dao—or as Lum preferred to Romanize it—Darn Dao—was one of the primary weapons of the Chinese martial arts and typically had a broad blade about two feet long, a substantial disk-shaped guard, and a flared pommel. Designed primarily for swift, powerful cutting and chopping tactics, it was also a highly effective thrusting weapon.

Spyderco founder Sal Glesser was one of the few people fortunate enough to purchase one of Lum's handmade Darn Dao. Although Glesser had long wanted to make a production version of the knife, the skills and technology of the knife industry had not evolved to the point that they could do this extremely special design justice. As the capabilities of Spyderco's best-in-class manufacturing partners steadily improved, they felt the time had finally come to make it a reality.

Spyderco's expression of Lum's Darn Dao is expertly full-flat ground from thick CPM-154—a state-of-the-art powder metallurgy stainless steel that offers increased toughness over the conventional ingot version of this alloy. Its long, unsharpened swedge ensures an acute point, while its tapered full tang reduces the knife's weight and gives it extraordinary balance. Contoured black G10 scales, an integral twin guard, and a flared pommel ensure a positive grip during high-speed manipulation. A generously sized lined hole offers further insurance, allowing the easy attachment of a lanyard or safety cord.

Every Darn Dao comes complete with a high-quality zippered storage pouch and a handsome leather sheath with an integral loop for belt carry. The sheath's open-backed construction and thumb-break-style snap ensure positive retention, while still allowing a swift draw.

In addition to its other amazing qualities, the Darn Dao also holds a special place in Spyderco's history as their second "Flash Batch" product. A Flash Batch is similar to a Sprint Run in that is it a truly distinctive, one-time-only event. However, whereas Sprint Runs are based on current or previously produced models, Flash Batches introduce a brand new design that will never be duplicated in the exact same form again. To make them even more unique and collectible, Flash Batches are individually serialized with a laser-engraved number on every blade.
  • Blade Length: 10.63"
  • Handle Length: 5.64"
  • Overall Length: 16.27"
  • Cutting Edge: 9.86"
  • Blade Thickness: 0.236"
  • Blade Material: CPM-154 Stainless Steel
  • Blade Style: Clip Point
  • Blade Grind: Full-Flat
  • Blade Finish: Satin
  • Blade Edge: Plain
  • Handle Material: G10
  • Handle Color: Black 
  • Sheath Material: Leather
  • Model Number: FB41GP
  • Model Name: Darn Dao
  • Weight: 18.4 oz.
  • Weight with Sheath: 23.2 oz.
  • Made in Taiwan

UPC Code: 716104650989

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.
Leather Sheath
Leather Sheath Leather is known for its durability and traditional appeal. When compared to Kydex it is preferred for its silence when bumped against other objects, as well as blade retention.
Spyderco Bob Lum Darn Dao Fixed 10.63" CPM-154 Satin Plain Blade, Black G10 Handles, Leather Sheath, Flash Batchrated 4.500 stars out of 5 (4 reviews)
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Spyderco Bob Lum Darn Dao Fixed 10.63" CPM-154 Satin Plain Blade, Black G10 Handles, Leather Sheath, Flash Batch
rated 5 stars out of 5
Oct 06, 2019
Pros: Materials, Finish, Overall Quality, Weight, Blade Material, Blade Sharpness
Cons: None
found the cure for the handle
this is a great knife! Second best big knife spyderco ever made! (after the Forester) Everything is great except for the handle which is a bit slippery. thought about Skateboard tape and other tapes but nothing seemed right. Wanted to keep it simple so I bought 5col Ranger Bands (2.25 inch) and twisted 3 of these bands on the handle and it now has a firm nonslip grip! Bonus: you can use the bands for fire starting too!
Spyderco Bob Lum Darn Dao Fixed 10.63" CPM-154 Satin Plain Blade, Black G10 Handles, Leather Sheath, Flash Batch
rated 5 stars out of 5
Apr 02, 2019
Pros: Finish, Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Overall Quality, Sheath/Scabbard, None
Cons: Weight, Handle Material
Large piece of CPM154 steel. .
Well balanced very nice knife. Handle is smooth but easy for me to grip.Wasn't sure about wanting it until I held it. I like the feel of it. Quality product...
Spyderco Bob Lum Darn Dao Fixed 10.63" CPM-154 Satin Plain Blade, Black G10 Handles, Leather Sheath, Flash Batch
rated 4 stars out of 5
Lenexa, Ks
Jan 10, 2018
Pros: Materials, Overall Quality, Sheath/Scabbard, Finish, Weight, Blade Material, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Handle Material, None
Beautiful knife
Andys review is pretty spot on for my blade as well. I agree handle is slippery and front taper could be wider for savage thrusting hand security. A beautiful knife pleasing to the eye but functional if a need arose.
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