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Spyderco C144CFPE Caly 3.5 Folding Knife ZDP-189 / 420J2 Plain Blade, Carbon Fiber Handles

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Part Number: SP144CFPE
Manufacturer: Spyderco Knives
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SP144CFPE: C144CFPE Caly 3.5
A good folding knife should function and feel like a natural extension of the hand. A great one does that while looking like a million bucks. The Caly 3.5's carbon fiber handle positions the hand and fingers ergonomically for a comfortable and controlled grip. The blade has an internal core of exotic high-carbon ZDP-189 that is layered between two more pliable layers of 420J2 steel, creating a high performance, stunningly visual flat-ground, leaf-shaped blade. The core's ZDP-189 cutting edge has 3% Carbon for extended edge retention.
  • Lockback with David Boye Dent
  • Spine and Choil Jimping
  • Laminate ZDP-189 with 420J2 Blade Steel
  • Carbon Fiber Handles
  • Length Overall: 7.63" (194 mm)
  • Length Closed: 4.34" (110 mm)
  • Blade Length: 3.51" (89 mm)
  • Cutting Edge: 3.11" (79 mm)
  • Blade Thickness: 0.118" (3 mm)
  • Blade Steel: Laminated ZDP-189 / 420J2
  • Handle Material: Carbon Fiber 
  • Weight: 3.1 oz. (89 g)
  • Made in Seki-City, Japan

UPC Code: 716104009305

The lockback system has been used for many decades. It can usually be found on the knife spine and it provides a strong lockup that will wear well.
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
Made in Japan
Made in Japan
The exotic steel Capital of the World, Japan produces and innovates some of the best products, from pocket to kitchen knives and everything in between.
Carbon Fiber Handles
Carbon Fiber Handles
Very strong and lightweight material. Provides an upscale and modern feel.
ZDP-189 Steel
ZDP-189 Steel
Has an extremely high carbon and chromium content allowing for exceptional sharpness and durability. With this hardness comes decreased corrosive properties.
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Eugene L.
Mesa, AZ
May 21, 2016
Pros: Blade Material, Handle Feel, Lock Type, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Weight, Handle Material, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Ease of Opening, None
Solid gold
I just received this knife from KC and am floored. I watched a lot of reviews before dropping the cash and let me just say if you want perfection in a production knife, this is it... I read a lot about ZDP-189 and have handled a ton of blades, but out of the box this thing seemingly wanted to tear through spacetime. The true carbon fiber is stunning (as always) and the weight is stellar. The only thing I dislike is the ease of opening, *however* that is simply because it is brand new and not a blemish on the knife itself. Get one!
5 out of 5
Des moines
Oct 25, 2015
Pros: Lock Type, Pocket Clip, Handle Feel, Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Handle Material, Weight, Ease of Opening, Overall Quality
Cons: None
Outstanding EDC for most
I have carried this knife as an EDC for several years now and it is the knife I always come back to. I had two of the three inch versions and now I'm on my second 3.5, so I have a lot of experience with them. While it is not a heavy duty knife, it is ideal for everyday tasks like slicing food, opening boxes, etc. it is very light and has supremely good materials. The zdp can be a little hard to maintain without good abrasives, but it is harder than anything else out there. A full flat grind is difficult to find and this one is perfect, tapered heel to tip as well as spine to edge. A work of art. The pivot will not stand up to yard work or remodeling, but I have other knives for that. This thing will slice like no other. The design is not scary for non knife types and the old fashion back lock makes it seem even less aggressive. The ergos are great, the materials are great, the grind is great. What else can I say? I'm buying a third one in case I ever lose the one I've got.
5 out of 5
Tennennesse USA
Oct 20, 2015
Pros: Lock Type, Pocket Clip, Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Handle Material, Lock Ease of Use, Weight, Ease of Opening, Overall Quality
Cons: Handle Feel, None
Classy Large EDC
Classy Large EDC. More than enough style and class to impress, enough blade to intimidate. Polished carbon fiber handle scales do provide enough grip for delicate tasks, however not enough traction for aggressive ones. Thankfully good quality gimping is applied. The ZPD-189 san mai blade is beautiful and holds a toothy sharp edge for a long time. Consequently, don't think about sharpening this blade without diamond stones. The steel is too hard and has too many carbides to get a sharp edge otherwise. The pinned construction with the solid back lock is annoying. As a primary EDC, this will collect dust and lint inside. Expect to give the knife attention every once in awhile to keep it looking good.
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