First off, I'd like to say, this is a small knife. I prefer a larger blade, but the light (60g-2.1oz), very durable and high-visibility yellow Spyderco SALT 2 serrated edge or SpyderEdge as the company calls their very interesting serration pattern, grew on me fast.
The blade consists of corrosion resistance H-1 steel, enhanced ergonomics, a high-traction Bi-Directional Texturing pattern on the handle and a black-coated titanium pocket clip that supports left or right-side, tip-up or tip-down carry.
The overall length is184mm (7.25in) with a blade length of 76mm (3in) and 2.5mm (0.098in) thickness. Overall, a solid and capable little knife that is very handy, and small enough to always be there.
Spyderco, based in Golden, CO/USA, has specialised in producing high quality production knives and knife sharpeners for over three decades. The signature feature of Spyderco is the SpyderHole opening mechanism, the large thumb hole in the spine of the blade, which may cause it to appear somewhat unusual but, serving to make the blade significantly easier to open with one hand.
Spyderco knives are different, weird, and even peculiar. That said, according to the Spyderco web site, someone told the owner that he, “must design in the dark because your knives look so strange!” But, their distinguished design is actually a result of striving to create ergonomic, functional, tools rather than simply applying the same old ideas to a folding knife. Also, making knives that consistently deliver reliable high-performance to their owners requires an ongoing commitment to testing. Thus, in their million-dollar testing facility, Spyderco examines edge retention with a CATRA machine, looks for rust development with Q-FOG, and even researches the force needed to open and close a knife. They also repeatedly test for stress, wear, and optimal heat-treating and, they actively search for higher quality, performance enhancing, steels and materials. Of course, as a customer, one is probably unaware of all of this but, such rigorous testing ensures that when one purchases a Spyderco knife, one receives a reliable, high quality, cutting tool. (Photos: DPM)