Spyderco Sal Glesser Respect Bowie Fixed 7.94" CPM-154 Satin Plain Blade, Black G10 Handles, Leather Sheath - FB44GP


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The Spyderco Respect is a truly remarkable fixed blade knife with a history that reaches back nearly 35 years to the very first American Bladesmith Society (ABS) "hammer-in" in 1985. Spyderco founder Sal Glesser participated in that landmark event and learned to forge blades under the watchful eyes of legendary master smiths Bill Moran, Don Hastings, and Bill Bagwell. Although he was already a Bowie enthusiast, Moran, Hastings, and Bagwell also gave Sal a graduate-level education in the lesser-known aspects of Bowie and big-knife design.

Inspired by that extraordinary experience, Sal was determined to design his expression of the perfect Bowie Knife. He started with a series of hand-drawn sketches to define the knife's basic shape and size. He then put steel to wood and began carving full-scale models of it. With each one, he dialed in the details a little bit more, fine-tuning the shape and balance of the design until he was satisfied with the result.

Although Sal completed the final wooden model decades ago and always intended to bring it to life as a hand forged knife, his busy schedule never seemed to allow it. It wasn't until Spyderco expanded its US manufacturing facility in 2015 that he felt the time was right to express it as an American-made production knife.

Like the original design process, the prototyping and development of the knife was meticulous. Sal insisted on a thick spine to replicate the strength of a hand forged knife, but with a wide blade profile to ensure superior edge geometry and a lively balance. He personally tested each successive generation of the prototype, making subtle changes and adjustments until he knew he had it right. Only then was the design finalized and the aptly named "Respect" was born.

The Respect is an homage to the classic American Bowie Knife that also elevates its form by expressing it with state-of-the-art modern materials and manufacturing methods. The heart of the design is its blade, which is painstakingly crafted from CPM 154 stainless steel. A powder metallurgy form of 154 CM—which was introduced to knifemaking by the legendary Robert W. Loveless—CPM 154 has an extremely homogenous microstructure and a uniform distribution of carbides throughout the steel. While it is easier to grind and polish than conventional ingot 154 CM, CPM 154 is significantly tougher, making it an ideal material for use in a Bowie blade.

For maximum strength, the Respect's broad, satin finished blade is an impressive 0.30 inch (7.6 mm) thick at the spine and ricasso. However, because it is just over 1.5 inches (38.1 mm) wide, its full-flat grind has plenty of room to taper uniformly to the edge, shedding excess weight while creating truly impressive blade geometry. The long, straight, double-beveled swedge on the back of the blade is unsharpened but ensures a strong but acute point. A generous choil at the ricasso accentuates the knife’s classic style and allows the user’s index finger to wrap around the guard if desired to create a locked, reinforced grip. To proclaim the knife's Spyderco pedigree, the blade also includes an understated Trademark Round Hole near the spine.

To protect the user's hand, the Respect includes a precision machined stainless steel double guard that is meticulously press-fitted to the tang and shoulders of the blade. The guard is held in place by contoured G10 scales that have matching machined cavities to envelop the knife's concealed tang. The mirror-image scales are secured by four sets of stainless steel Torx screws, creating a near-seamless, one-piece feel in the hand that highlights the handle’s refined ergonomics. For those who prefer to outfit their knives with lanyards, the handle also includes a generously sized lanyard hole.

In keeping with its classic styling, the Respect comes complete with a premium-quality, handcrafted leather sheath that includes both a conventional belt loop and a brass stud. The stud serves double duty as a traditional snap closure for the sheath’s leather retaining strap and to prevent the knife from slipping down when it is worn using classic friction-style inside-the-waistband carry.

A knife truly deserving of its name, the Respect is a fitting tribute to the iconic American Bowie. More than three decades in the making, it also reflects the rich history of Sal Glesser's evolution as a knifemaker and industry-leading designer.
  • Blade Length: 7.94" (202 mm)
  • Handle Length: 5.21" (132 mm)
  • Overall Length: 13.15" (334 mm)
  • Cutting Edge: 7.00" (178 mm)
  • Blade Thickness: 0.300" (6.0 mm)
  • 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: FB44GP
  • Model Name: Respect
  • Weight: 12.5 oz. (354 g)
  • Weight with Sheath: 15.9 oz. (451 g)
  • Designer: Sal Glesser
  • Made in the USA

UPC Code: 716104651023

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.
Made in USA
Made in USA This product is USA born and raised.
Spyderco Sal Glesser Respect Bowie Fixed 7.94" CPM-154 Satin Plain Blade, Black G10 Handles, Leather Sheathrated 4.429 stars out of 5 (7 reviews)
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Spyderco Sal Glesser Respect Bowie Fixed 7.94" CPM-154 Satin Plain Blade, Black G10 Handles, Leather Sheath
rated 5 stars out of 5
Manhattan Beach, Ca
Dec 19, 2019
Pros: Finish, Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Overall Quality, Materials
Cons: None
Steel GOOD, Fit & Finish GOOD, Mandalorian level
Since I got the Respect Bowie I've honestly been struggling a bit. Don't get me wrong, this is a very very good build, CMP-154 nice steel and a lot of it. I'll likely hang onto it because I love the Spyderco build quality and this beast is a rather unique item. All that said, I wish the end of the handel had bit more girth for better overall grip. I also want to actually use it, yet I get uneasy about messing up the blade and guard. The sheath has a classic touch. Honestly it seems like something the Mandalorian would roll with.
Spyderco Sal Glesser Respect Bowie Fixed 7.94" CPM-154 Satin Plain Blade, Black G10 Handles, Leather Sheath
rated 5 stars out of 5
Manhattan Beach, Ca
Dec 06, 2019
Pros: Blade Material, Materials, Handle Material, Weight, Finish, Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness
Cons: None
Totally Works, got some RESPECT
1. Fit & Finish spot on.2. Sheath is more classic, yet does the job and hold the blade well. I would like a more technical connection to the sheath and belt/clothing. Maybe I'll add one later. 3. This strikes me as more refined tactical bowie. I like the length is not super long like some of those choppers. It holds a more functional size while being tough AF. 4. I want to use this one for backcountry camping or deep hiking. I also have Vg-10 Schempp Rock and I'll like trade them out depending on how I am feeling. Both are epic, yet if you want that very purpose shaped bowie with a lot refinement, top notch steel, for actual use or just showing get that RESPECT. 5. Handle also works fine, almost full tang, thick blade stops about 3/4 of the way into the handle which is very securely mounted by the screw in pins. 6. The guard has more of muted mirror finish, which works well to pull the knife out of items. It also gives some options on the overall holding of the knife.
Spyderco Sal Glesser Respect Bowie Fixed 7.94" CPM-154 Satin Plain Blade, Black G10 Handles, Leather Sheath
rated 4 stars out of 5
Mesa, AZ
Jun 28, 2019
Pros: Sheath/Scabbard, Materials, Handle Material, Weight, Finish, Overall Quality, None
Cons: Blade Material
Amazing, but at a price...
I waited for over a year for this knife to be released, checking at least once every few days with reviewers and sites. Eventually it finally landed and I ordered it the moment it hit... In short the knife is extremely well made. Despite the hate that its gotten online for its somewhat odd finger choil, to me that died away the second I got it in hand. There are two reasons I cannot give this knife a solid diamond perfect recommendation. One is, even though CPM-154 is a great steel, I wish we had gotten something better, but this also comes down to my massive bias for other steels. The original prototype for this (appeared at Blade Show too) was in D2 which I would have MUCH preferred, but that's me... The main reason I think people, myself included, have felt a little underwhelmed with this knife is that it simply isn't full tang. It comes three quarters of the way down the handle of the knife, but it is NOT full tang. This isn't a deal breaker to me, but I can imagine that for someone who wants a really good modern style bowie for over $350 they are going to be shunned away at the idea of not having that steel run the full length of the knife. It's a shame too because other than that the thing is absolutely fantastic.
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