Spyderco LionSpy G-10 Review

The first thing that stands out about Spyderco’s LionSpy is its drop point, a feature more typical of fixed blade knives, which gives the blade a unique profile and extends the cutting edge around a radius. The handle is a mixture of G-10 composite, for a non-slip grip, and titanium, for durability and reduced weight. Even the locking mechanism, with an open back for easy cleaning and a hardened steel insert for durability, is unique. With the LionSpy, Spyderco has done their best to innovate and provide an entirely different take on what a folding knife can be. Let’s watch the video below for full detail review about this knife.

Features:

  • At nearly 8.5” long open, 4 5/8” closed, and weighing in at almost 6 ounces, the LionSpy is one of the largest and heaviest folders produced by Spyderco
  • The blade is made from advanced PM-170 steel, which has a high chromium and carbon content along with an extremely fine grain for excellent edge retention
  • Large, thick blade that is 3 5/8” long and 3/16” wide for durability and cutting power
  • Unique RotoLock mechanism is solid and smooth, made to easily open even with thick gloves on and keep the blade very secure
  • Built to resist wear and perform well even with very heavy use and little maintenance

Spyderco LionSpy G-10

The Good

This knife is extremely solid. The blade, handle, and locking mechanism are all designed to be as reliable as possible. The LionSpy has an excellent reputation for performance and reliability in tough conditions. For anyone who finds themselves wishing their knife was just a little bit larger to fit more comfortably in their hands, this is the knife for you.

While it’s not advertised as a survival knife, the LionSpy is at home in the woods. The thick, heavy blade makes splitting firewood easy, and the durable titanium handle insert means that it will hold up to anything you can throw at it. The LionSpy even has an open back, making it easy to clean dirt and debris out of the handle without any special tools. If you’re going to spend a long weekend camping, make room in your pack for a LionSpy.

Spyderco LionSpy G-10 package

The Bad

The LionSpy is big and heavy, and that’s either part of its charm or an inconvenience depending on what you need from a knife. If you’re looking for a knife that you carry every day and use once a week, the LionSpy might not be your knife. On the other hand, if traditional folding knives are just a little bit too small for you, Spyderco’s LionSpy is a great alternative.

Spyderco LionSpy G-10 Folded

Our Verdict

Some knives are small, light, and sit in your pocket without making a bump. The LionSpy, by design, is not one of them. This big knife will hack branches off of firewood, make a shower of sparks on a firesteel, or cut through anything you can think of without a problem.

It’s got a great grip so it’s easy to hold on to even in the rain, titanium inserts for durability, next-generation steel that resists chipping and sharpens up fast. If you’ve got big hands or just need a heavy duty knife that performs in all conditions, get yourself a Spyderco LionSpy.

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Spyderco Sage Carbon Fiber Plain Edge Review

Spyderco is known for making some of the highest quality knives available, using the best possible parts, and engineering them so that they work perfectly for a lifetime. Their Sage line was created as a tribute to innovative knifemakers, showcasing their work with a one of a kind knife. The Sage-1 celebrates Michael Walker’s liner lock system, allowing for one-handed operation and lightning fast opening with just a flick of the thumb.

Features:

  • The Sage 1 is 7 1/8” when open, 4 1/8” closed, and weighs in at 3.2 ounces
  • It has a 3” blade that is 1/8” thick and is made of CPF-S30V high carbon stainless steel
  • The extremely ergonomic carbon fiber woven handle is durable and comfortable
  • Reversible wire pocket clip, so the Sage 1 can be carried on either side
  • Full flat grind on the blade holds an edge well and is easy to sharpen

Spyderco Sage Carbon Fiber Plain Edge

The Good

One of the best features of this knife is the CPF-S30V steel, which has been called “the best material for making a blade on the market”. The Sage 1’s blade won’t chip or corrode, holds an edge incredibly well, and is easy to sharpen. The advantages of high-quality steel need to be balanced with the price, but if you’re looking for a durable, razor-sharp knife, CPF-S30V steel can’t be beat.

The Sage-1’s handle is incredible, ergonomic and lightweight, it’s been designed to fit well in your hand. The woven carbon fiber has an excellent texture, giving a smooth, satiny feel without being slippery. The handle itself is backed by a steel liner which lends even more durability and a reassuring feeling of solidness and weight.

As you might expect from a knife that’s actually been designed around a locking mechanism, the liner lock works flawlessly. The blade deploys really smoothly, snapping into place securely with a click, and is made for one handed operation. There is very little, if any, play in the knife blade after it’s been opened which makes the knife feel more like a fixed-blade when it’s in use.

Spyderco Sage Carbon Fiber Plain Edge Top

The Bad

The entire Sage line is assembled in Taiwan from parts made in the United States. Understandably, some people want to buy knives that are made in America, but if quality is your sole concern then you don’t have to worry. All reports so far have been that the Sage line is very well made.

The Sage-1’s Torx construction means that you might need a new screwdriver if you want to take the knife apart for cleaning. While Torx clearly has advantages, being nearly impossible to strip accidentally even when the screws are greasy or dirty, if your knife needs to be taken apart in a hurry you might find yourself without the proper tools close at hand.

Spyderco Sage Carbon Fiber Plain Edge Hand

Our Verdict

The Sage-1 is an excellent knife for everyday carry. The 3” blade with its non-serrated edge is versatile and just big enough to do what you need it to without adding a lot of extra weight. It’s durable enough for everyday use and can even take some punishment, thanks to the carbon fiber handle backed by steel.

It has an amazingly smooth action, flicking open fast and staying locked in place without any play in the blade at all. If you’re looking for a well-made knife that can stand up to anything you can throw at it, day after day, give the Sage-1 chance and you won’t be sorry.

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Spyderco Sage-2 Titanium Plain Edge Review

The second entry in Spyderco’s Sage line, this popular knife was made to showcase the work of Chris Reeve, the inventor of the Integral Lock system. The Sage-2 features a CPM-S30V composite steel blade which won’t pit or corrode and holds an edge better than any other knife-making steel. The handle is solid titanium, machined to perfection, which gives the knife an incredibly solid feel without adding weight.

Features:

• The knife is 7 1/8” long when opened, 4 1/8” when closed, and weighs 3.3 ounces

• The 3” long blade is premium quality CPM-S30V steel which has been flat-ground

• Solid titanium handle for outstanding durability and comfort

• Cutting-edge Integral Lock system, developed by award-winning knife maker Chris Reeve

• Reversible wire pocket clip so the knife is perfect for carrying on either side of the body

Spyderco Sage-2 Titanium Plain Edge

The Good

The entire knife is built around Reeve’s Integral Lock system which allows for a linerless handle, increasing strength and durability. The knife snaps open with one hand, locks into place very smoothly, and once opened there is absolutely no play in the blade. Spyderco has added phosphor bronze washers to the Sage-2 knife in particular, in order to showcase the smooth action of the Liner Lock system.

Sage-2’s titanium handle is outstanding. Not only does the satin finish look very nice, but it’s so tough and durable that you could pound nails with it. Resistant to scratching, pitting, corrosion, and probably even shark bites, titanium has a reputation for being rugged for a reason.

The Sage-2 has a reversible wire pocket clip which allows you to wear the knife on either side. The clip is deep enough that the knife sits low in the pocket, preventing the handle from getting snagged on anything as you move. While it seems simple, having a pocket clip that works without being too stiff is a huge improvement over cheaper knives, and it’s an excellent illustration of the amount of care and thought that Spyderco has put into their Sage knives.

Spyderco Sage-2 Titanium Plain Edge Profile

The Bad

The entire Sage line is made without thumb studs for opening the blade, instead using a hole for your thumb to rest in when you flick the blade open. While Spyderco has said that they prefer the hole over a stud since it reduces the blade profile and prevents the knife from getting caught on your pocket, it might take a little bit of getting used to.

Titanium has a lot of benefits, the most obvious being durability and weight, but it comes with drawbacks as well. The satin finish of the handle lacks texture, so using the Sage-2 when it’s wet or especially greasy could lead to the knife slipping in your hand. In some circumstances, the carbon-fiber mesh handle of the Spyderco Sage-1 could be a better choice.

Spyderco Sage-2 Titanium Plain Edge Clip

Our Verdict

The Sage-2 is an excellent mid-sized knife that will do everything you need it to and more. The titanium handle is overbuilt and rugged, which makes it impossible to destroy without adding an ounce to the weight. Reeve’s Integral Lock system is made for linerless handles, lending, even more, strength to the knife and showcasing the impressive qualities of titanium.

Spyderco has a reputation for making excellent knives, and the Sage-2 is no exception. If you’re looking for a folding pocket knife that will stand up to heavy use, this is the one for you.

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Spyderco Salt I Plain Edge Yellow H-1 Steel Knife Review

With an overall rating of 4.8 stars, gushing customer reviews, and a design that knocks your socks off, this knife is a clear winner.

The rustproof H1 steel will hold up well underwater, even after repeated uses. The knife itself is super light, easy to carry, and the blade is incredibly sharp. For just $65, it’s a bargain. This knife should be thought of as an investment if you are a diver, kayaker, camper, fisherman, or outdoorsman. A knife like this is an essential tool for serious outdoor activities, and this knife is certainly the best in class. Buying this knife is a no-brainer if you’re a serious outdoorsman or enthusiast.

Spyderco Salt I Plain Edge Yellow H-1 Steel Knife

Features & Specs

WEIGHT: 2oz

SIZE: 7” (overall) 4” (closed)

BLADE SIZE: 3” (blade length) 2.687” (cutting edge) .093” (blade thickness)

COLOR: Yellow FRN

The Steel That Refuses To Rust

You may have been a little taken aback by the mention of rust proof steel before. That was no exaggeration. The unique H1 steel constituting this blade will not rust. H1 steel was recently introduced to the market by a Japanese foundry. The H1 steel was produced specifically for use in and around water. The H1 steel constituting the blade will not rust, and it is ideal for boaters and fishermen who need to perform tedious chores. It will not rust – even after years of exposure to water.

Spyderco really did think of everything when it came to ensuring that this knife was impervious to water damage. All of the inside and outside steel components (clip, pins, and lock bar) have been specially treated to make them impervious to pitting and rust.

Some knife blades will rust if you just look at them wrong. Why should you worry about rust all the time? Take advantage of this cutting-edge innovation (pun intended) and never worry about rust again.

Spyderco Salt I Plain Edge Yellow H-1 Steel Knife Package

Sensible Shape, Size, And Design

This knife has a smart size, versatile shape, and proven durability. Spyderco did a truly great thing in integrating H1 into this model. The Spyderco Round Hole (used for opening the knife) has been increased in size to 14mm, which facilitates easier access for wet or gloved hands. Spyderco did much to ensure that boaters and fishermen would have an easy time using this knife. Another example of this is the FRN handle, designed for friction-resistance to slipping. The volcano grip is incredibly innovative. There are divots molded into the FRN to offer solid traction in hand.

Spyderco thought about weight, too. One customer said that you could carry it all day without even noticing it is there.

Spyderco Salt I Plain Edge Yellow H-1 Steel Knife Folded

The solid yellow color is a brilliant choice. You’re not likely to lose this knife. Even if you drop at a campsite, the vivid yellow color will call attention to it almost immediately. You could find it even in the dense foliage and dead leaves of a forest floor.

This is the knife you need for serious outdoor & aquatic activities.

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Gerber Contrast Knife Review

The Gerber Contrast Knife is the epitome of style, functionality, and quality in your everyday carry knife. Its dual G-10 stainless steel design is a true work of art and innovation, combining eye-catching appearance and high-quality performance. The versatile knife comes in at just over three ounces highlighted with a three-inch blade – making it exceptionally lightweight and durable providing an unbelievably comfortable and dexterous feel to the grip!

It features an Assisted Opening 2.0 mechanism that permits fast and instant one-handed deployment for both hands. A sturdy, detachable pocket clip and lanyard connection point, meanwhile, guarantees that the Contrast can be used with great ease and accessibility when needed.

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Benchmade 581 Barrage Review

People see the price tag of the 581 and go running. Why the hell would you pay that much money for a folding knife? How do you know that you are getting your money worth and not just some cheap quality knife with a high price tag? How do you even know if it is worth the money?

You will know all the answers to these questions as soon as you hold this knife in your hands. The Benchmade 581 Barrage is a top quality knife and although expensive, definitely lives up to its price tag.

Overall Length 8.35″
Blade Length 3.60″
Blade Steel M390 Super Steel
Best for Every Day Carry
Score 9/10

As soon as you hold this bad boy you know that it is top quality. You can feel the beautiful finish and the stunning design and you just know that this is a top quality knife. Now I am a huge fan of my Kershaw Junk Yard II, however, I was highly considering swapping it out and using this one for my every day carry.

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Gerber Ridge Knife Review

The Gerber Ridge is one hell of a lightweight everyday carry knife. This tiny little beast is not only incredibly small but also packs a real punch. This knife really brings new meaning to the word pocket knife due to its tiny closed length of 3″! That is the size of most EDC blades. This is one brilliant knife that can easily be clipped to your pocket, or added to a lanyard and you are not going to notice it there at all.

Overall Length 4.87″
Blade Length 1.98″
Blade Steel 440a HC
Best for Every Day Carry
Score 8/10

Gerber Ridge

One thing you will notice however is that when you first look at it closer you will see that the blade is actually exposed and not inserted into the handle. This not only looks nifty but also makes the blade damn easy to open as you can just slide your finger/thumb over it. Don’t worry though it features a little “ridge” which prevents you from cutting yourself when using. This little blade is perfect for someone who doesn’t want a large blade that will weigh them down and really only needs a blade for smaller more delicate tasks such as small rope cutting and box opening.

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BenchMade Infidel Review

 One of my favorite  out the front knives would definitely have to be the Benchmade Infidel. This is one hell of an automatic knife that is super sharp and super high quality. You are not going to be disappointed with a purchase of this knife and I would recommend this to anyone who is going on active service or someone who is looking for a pretty heavy duty tactical knife. Now this is not a cheap knife and will cost you upwards of $400 so you really want to make sure that you take care of this knife if you are thinking of making a purchase. However, once you made the commitment you will fall in love with this knife and won’t be able to stop using it!

Overall Length 8.95″
Blade Length 3.95″
Blade Steel D2 Steel
Best for Military/EDC
Score 9/10

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The Spyderco Endura

1990 Was the year that Spyderco first introduced the Endura and the Delica which were the first of their kind on the market. These were not only top quality knives that could be opened one handed, but were also really affordable for the everyday consumer. These two blades are one of Spyderco’s best-selling knives and thanks to Spyderco’s C.Q.I (constant quality improvement) philosophy they are constantly getting better. But this post here is going to solely focus on the Endura (I will also review the Delica shortly).

Overall Length 8.75″
Blade Length 3.75″
Blade Steel VG-10
Best for Every Day Carry
Score 8/10

Features

  • Made using the highest quality materials
  • Tested for quality and durability
  • The most trusted name in you cutlery needs
  • 4-way Clip. Screw-together construction.
  • Skeletonized steel internal liners. Phosphor bronze washers.
  • FRN Bi-Directional Textured® handle.
  • David Boye Dent. Enlarged opening hole.
  • Spine jimping. Full flat-ground blade.

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Benchmade Mini-Griptilian Combo Review

Benchmade is a manufacturer of high-quality knives, safety cutters and tools. Its Griptilian line is one of the most popular selections simply because these knives are simple, practical and very easy to use. One of the best models is the Mini-Griptilian Combo which is a knife with a sharp tip and a combination plain and serrated edge. This pocket knife looks and feels like a dangerous tool and lets us sees why with this Benchmade Mini-Griptilian Combo review.

If you are after a super-light weight yet heavy duty folding knife, then you need to strongly consider the Benchmade Mini-Griptilian. This everyday carry knife is made in the USA and the quality and craftsmanship of the knife is really visible. You will be pleasantly surprised with this knife, as was I at how god damn useful it is. Not to mention that the knife has an exceptionally good handle and actually looks fairly decent (unlike some other folding knives I have had). So if you are looking for a good quality everyday folder that isn’t going to cost you an arm and a leg then you really need to check out the Benchmade Mini-Griptilian.

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