Pros: Blade Sharpness, Lock Type, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
Spyderco Left Hand Military, plain-edge
Being functionally ambidextrous with tools and already owning both a plain-edge and [last I was informed] a factory dis-continued fully-serrated-edge model of the Spyderco Military in standard right-hand configuration, I finally ordered a plain-edge Spyderco Left Hand Military and received it from the Knife Center in a timely manner. Essentially, I use the plain-edge Spyderco Military as a general purpose outdoor knife. I carry both the right-hand and the left-hand together, respectively positioned for easy acquisition by either hand. I find that, a lot of times, I'll have one hand already employed holding something and quick access to a blade I can open easily with my remaining free hand speeds whatever I'm doing along nicely. It's also nice that, in most scenarios, I can close it safely and clip it back at the top of my pocket with one hand. The classic, generously sized, Spyderco thumb-hole facilitates this and the pocket clip makes it easy to carry, as well as keeps it convenient. The plain-edge blades shape is well suited for various small scraping, shaping, shaving, as well as basic cutting, etc. chores, and the modestly pointed blade tip is useful for various light gouging, extracting, and drilling, etc. tasks [of course, when heavier or more prolonged work is required, I'd go grab a beefier, and, possibly, more appropriate tool]. The plain-edge Spyderco is better suited for a wider range of the tasks I find myself engaged in than the serrated model. Still, for a variety of pure cutting tasks -- particularly cutting wet rope -- I prefer the fully-serrated blade [which, yes, I also carry along with the plain-edged pair, when engaged in the appropriate activities]; if Spyderco made a left-hand, fully-serrated blade, I'd doubtless be scraping my pennies together to acquire one of them as well. The full size handle is easy to hold control, and manipulate; the lanyard hole is a definite plus, as I can easily find myself working over deep water. The left hand mounted pocket clip, along with the left hand set-up for the liner lock, are of course what define the left-hand model, maximizing it for left-hand access and carry. The action is a little stiff to open on my new knife; it will probably smooth out with use. As it works just fine in every practical sense, I doubt I'll do anything more than let it break in over time. The liner lock is perfectly solid and, being set up for left-hand manipulation on the left-hand model, probably easier and possible safer for less skilled handlers to use left handed that its right-hand counterpart. The knife did not come with a belt sheath which is of no consequence to me as I wouldn't be using one in any case; I purchased the knife for pocket carry. Also, although I live in a rural environment, it's next to a big city where any knife sheath on the belt, even for folders, are illegal and make one subject to arrest. In conclusion, I can honestly state, as the preceding implies, that I'm completely satisfied with yet another of my many purchases from the Knife Center.