I bought mine at the Spyderco factory in Golden Colorado in 2001 during a visit to the US from England. My knife is ATS55 steel which is not as highly rated as VG10, but I have no complaints.
It is very light and portable and the clip makes it great to store in a shirt breast pocket. The one handed opening is very useful when up a mountain or similar and only one hand is free.
The Spyder edge will cut anything and is VERY aggressive. Climbing rope or clothing succumbs immediately and it will retain its cutting ability after long spells in the field due to the serrated nature of the edge. It is NOT suitable for cordon bleu cookery, as the blade rips through meat or similar, rather than slice finely.
It gives a big performance for such a slim light package and is clearly very strongly constructed. The rivets are peened over to avoid lateral forces prising the knife apart.
The main problem here in England, is that we have ridiculous politically correct knife laws to contend with. I am a 62 year old ex Headteacher, into the outdoors and have never knowingly committed a crime in my life. I don't carry a knife in town, but always have one with me in the outdoors. In Britain you can now ONLY CARRY a non locking pen knife with a blade of 7.5cm or less! No lock blades, no fixed blades.
There are hoards of urban scum here who totally ignore the law and knife crime is rife amongst certain sectors of our urban youth. I won't point the finger at any group in particular in case the political correctness brigade come after me.
Back to the Spyderco. A great USEFUL TOOL for the outdoors. I shall continue using mine and who knows it might save a life one day.
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I really like this knife. It has great vg10 blade steel that holds a razor sharp edge for a good while. It has a great pocket clip that can be adjusted any way you want it. I really like how low profile the knife is, you forget it is in your pocket, but it is still a seriously solid robust knife. Out of many quality knives in my collection this one is one of my favorites!
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