Ian's Para-Military and orange G10 handled Mule
Just like the colors on this one
My 556S with a bottle of, probably, DC Supershow Blue
My new Spyderco Persistence
Note the bronze washer visible through screw holes around pivot
Excuse the blade smudging, that's from cleaning off a little excess oil
The shallow liner engagement concerned me a little to begin with, but I've been assured that this is normal and the lockup is very solid. Rock solid in every direction, in fact.
Here's a glimpse of the liner drilling
My little Spyderco family: Cricket, Native III, Tasman, Persistence. Roughly aligned where blade meets handle.
More directly overhead view, to compare size
Now joined by a couple friends from outside the family, to give further size comparison: Cricket, Native III, Tasman, Persistence, 556S Mini-Griptilian, 930S Kulgera.
Oct. 30th, 2009 - Admiring our new Schempps, along with various other purchases from this year. (Kulgera, Persistence, Manix 2, Khukuri, Barong, Chokwe.)
Nov. 4th - The year's purchases. (Kulgera, Persistence, Manix 2, Khukuri, Zing.)
Spyders as of Dec. 15th, 2009.
Dec. 20th, '09 - The new seconds: UKPK Rescue, Cat, Chicago.
23rd - Quick shot of all Spyderco folders before giving the Chicago to Ian. (Cricket, Native III, Calypso Jr. ZDP, Tasman, Persistence, Manix2, Khukuri, UKPK Rescue (2nd), Cat (2nd), Chicago (2nd))
Closer look. (Persistence, Manix2, Khukuri, UKPK Rescue (2nd), Cat (2nd), Chicago (2nd))
Closer look. (Cricket, Native III, Calypso Jr. ZDP, Tasman, Persistence, Manix2)
Cricket, Native III, Calypso Jr. ZDP, Tasman, Persistence, Manix2, Khukuri, UKPK Rescue (2nd), Cat (2nd), Chicago (2nd)
Tasman, Persistence, Manix2, Khukuri, UKPK Rescue (2nd), Cat (2nd), Chicago (2nd)
Cricket, Native III, Calypso Jr. ZDP, Tasman, Persistence
Chicago and Cricket. The blades are almost exactly the same length.
Chicago and Cricket
Chicago, all ready to go, next to Cat. UK Rescue helped with the wrapping.
Tossed on a bow to complete it.
UK Rescue after a bit of work in the garden on a grey day.
A very grey day indeed.
Tears shed for any plant that got in its way.
All cleaned up.
Inventory update, as of February 14th, 2010.
The newly arrived Mora Allround.
The Scandi grind cuts wood really really well.
March 2nd, 2010 - I love the Salts! A new arrival getting dunked. (Of course by the time this is going up it's already a pretty familiar face here.)
The original spiky teeth.
Studies in dust. (UK DP and Cat.)
March 18th, 2010 - I think this was just after rounding the points.
After some garden work.
March 31st, 2010 - The Ladybug Salt is my official banana knife, but this time it was a banana just its size.
April 2nd, 2010 - Have you ever tried this stuff? Don't, it's dreadful.
April 19th, 2010
4/30 - Cutting the mustard test.
7/15 - This is what you aim not to do. (Rocks often hide beneath brush.)
Dec. 27th, 2009 - Trying to fix loose pivot. Unsuccessfully. Me: owwww my stupid!
Me: if you're reassembling a knife that has a caged ball bearing lock,
what's the number one thing you want to not lose?
Joe: ooh ooh pick me, the ball bearing!
Me: move to the head of the class!
Joe: like hell. i TEACH the class on losing shit like that.
Me: fun fact: when you drop a ball bearing, it ceases to exist.
May 31, 2010 - Ian checking out Katie's new pink Manix2. I think this was right after I demonstrated its out of box sharpness by removing a 1" patch of hair from my arm... which was more than I intended. It was. Sharp.
Dec. 31st, 2009 - Arrival of the Sage 1, my one christmas present from my father. A tribute to Michael Walker with its MW LinerLock and twill-woven carbon fiber scales.
End of the year update with newly added HoneyBee and Sage I.
6/18 - I came home from a show and emptied out my pockets and bag to see just what I was actually carrying. Even I was surprised.
6/22 - Ian's new Superhawk.
Superhawk and Tasman. (No open photos because I was sitting in a busy restaurant while taking these.)
6/27 - Inspection and cleaning of my new (used) ZDP Endura (which I got a great deal on).
Every internal component came coated in motor oil. That's not bad, but it's not my preference either.
The worst part! The lock spring is the worst part of reassembly!
At this point, it was pretty much the cleanest Endura in the world.
7/8 - Doing some wood carving with the Mora.
July 28th, 2010 - The Tasman has become my favorite pizza sauce spreader.
July 30th, 2010 - My new Spyderco UKPK Lightweight/FRN Drop Point. This appears fairly close to the actual color to me, but it's difficult to capture accurately.
The stonewashed finish is grey and stonewashy indeed, but it has a surprising smoothness and shine to it in person. Looks good, better than it does here.
In natural light, around sunset. It appears lighter than it actually is here.
The imitation-G10 FRN texture.
Closeup of texture.
Not a very good shot of the top, but best I got.
I like the big Spyder logo more than I expected to. It doesn't excessively dominate the appearance in person, and I now think it would look too plain without it, even though the G10 models don't. Hmm.
This was shot with a 50/1.4, and the DoF really shows it.
With some artificial light added.
With artificial light.
But how does it compare to candy? Well, it's not quite a candy blue.
Multiple sources of light. I think the front area, near the finger choil, is closest to actual color.
With UK DP.
You can see from the clearly reflected screw how shiny the stonewash on the Lightweight is.
FRN version is just a little bit thinner.
Quick color comparison photos under artificial light. The FRN UK is nowhere near this light in reality!
August 11th, 2010 - Pacific visiting Pacific
August 24th, 2010 - Used Ladybug Salt and spork on blueberry muffin. I was hoping to minimize inconvenience by not forcing them to re-set the table after me, so I pushed the silverware, plate, and napkin carefully out of the way.
9/13 - What happens to a Mora edge when you flagrantly abuse it.
9/17 - New goodies! And there's a Spyder logo in there!
A cute little black box containing...
A Grasshopper! This is probably the best dadgummed $8.50 knife I've ever purchased.
It's just a little bigger than my trusty Ladybug.
And a bigger box for an...
Have you noticed that I really love yellow tools?
This is what happens when you're not careful enough in how you push while the sheath is still stiff.
And with Mule.
Grumpy bear likes it! I think....
October 7th - Already managed to tarnish/rust up my new Cara Cara Rescue. I'm used to geocaching with a Salt, so maybe this isn't so surprising.
10-10-10: Pacific on the Rusty Bridge to Nowhere.
Oct. 16th - Ian's Damascus Mule.
Dec. 7th - New pocket stones from the seconds sale, with UKPK from last year's seconds sale for scale.
Nov. 8th - Michelle's Tasman. I can put up the photos now that it's been given to her.
Michelle has loved my Tasman since she first saw it and she always wants to check it out when I'm carrying it, so I figured she should have her own. This one was made in February of this year, so there are some subtle differences, like the logo change and a more hooked point, which fixes my criticism of the model.
Dec. 12th - Reshaping the tip after a plate encounter while cutting an apple.
Dec. 14th - Finals day breakfast.
Sharpening my scanton pencil for the final.
Dec. 17th, 2010 - This years prize from the seconds sale. Thanks, Jim!
During power outage.
Comparison of my Tasman to the one I gave Michelle. Notice the difference in curvature. My criticism of mine, which was made around 2006, was that it was more of a very large recurve blade, without any real hook at the end to catch onto what it's cutting. The newer one, made in early 2010, has a decreased radius toward the point, and the blade sits a little higher when closed to accomodate it. I believe this "fixes" the design.
Military after late night walk in the rain.
Playing with a loupe. Didn't really work that well.
Dec. 28th - Leftover from leaving it in wet pack a week ago. Cleaned off easily with some alcohol.
My new year's eve carry this time around.
Feb. 25th - A present from Vermont!
A friend for the LadySalt!
Tasman, Ladybug Salt Hawkbill, LB Salt.
A use for jimping!
April 1st - Lunch
Ian's new ParaMilitary2 beneath my Military. I was really excited about the PM2 because I thought it had all the good of the original but with a handle modified to accommodate the size of my hand. Unfortunately, all interest in it vanished when I actually held it. The full-size Military is a perfect fit for me, and the Para is still just too cramped and uncomfortable.
Even not using the choil, my thumb is jammed uncomfortably against the thumb ramp and my fingers feel squeezed between the bulges of the handle.
With Ian's other new knife, a Lum Chinese. I liked this one a lot more than I expected to, though it's still not my style.
With my Manix2.
Ian's new Para2 again.
Ian's new brown Military, July 5th.
Iam ponders the SuperLeaf in the month of August and reflects on the august leaves that will soon brighten the landscape with superlative swirls of color. Within the wood-like grain of the VG10, he has found a place of great delight; a frolicksome meadow in his mind where he now seeks respite.
Checking out the interesting grind on Ian's Lum Tanto.
Taking a look at some of Ian's lesser used knives.