They say that the first impression is the most true. But I think that this is not entirely correct in relation to the Spyderco Military folding knife. The knife is ambiguous, with its pluses and minuses and at first causes quite mixed and conflicting feelings, from admiration to bewilderment and rejection.
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There are a lot of pictures of the Spyderco Military folding knife, both general and unassembled, on the Internet. For the same reason, I will not give its general characteristics. I have encountered Spyderco Military before, but these meetings were episodic. I basically held it in my hands and cut it a little. And only now I can express my opinion after working with him. The knife is made well and soundly, there are no obvious shoals from my amateurish point of view. For appearance, you can put 5 with pluses. But at the same time there are moments on which I would like to dwell. First, about what I did not like about the appearance of this folding knife.
1. A knife with the name Spyderco Military should, in my opinion, have a corresponding powerful structure, and not metal dies for 3/4 of the handle length, and less than half its width.
2. The bolts for attaching the Spyderco Military grip pads are very small and delicate. Not to mention the fact that the depth of the cutouts is most likely designed for one or two disassembly-assembly. You need to look for such little stars, and the hexagon that fits them will most likely erase them a couple of times..
3. The clip on the knife is semi-tactical, if you can call it that of course. Her U-shaped protrusion is almost 5 mm longer than the standard, and the clip itself is very long. If we add to this that clip fastening is possible only in one position, then you can say the word Military in the name of the Spyderco Military folding knife, no more than a skillful marketing move.
I will explain point 3. We are talking about the adopted standard for the width of the MOLLE tape, which is now sewn onto most equipment, it is 2.5 cm. The protrusion is indicated on the enlarged photo. He called it that way, not knowing otherwise. In order for the knife to hold well on this tape and not hang out, its clip should be short, and as much as possible wider than the thickness of the tape in this P. itself. Here’s an example of how to cut ZT. Their clip can be called tactical, at least the designers approached this issue thoughtfully.
At Spyderco Military, the clip is long, almost two rows of ribbons, and the knife itself on the equipment dangles. Therefore, I wrote semi-tactical in quotation marks, it holds, but the design is not thought out and not adapted. Immediately upon receipt I hung this knife on a clip in my trouser pocket. The first 10-15 minutes there was a feeling of discomfort, mainly because of its length, and then after getting used to the knife you do not feel at all, it is very light for its size. The clip holds well, practically does not change when moving its position, only the knife sticks out from the pocket by 1.5-2.0 cm. When squatting, the knife in the pocket interferes and significantly.
When shown to friends and acquaintances, the Spyderco Military folding knife usually causes an exclamation of Ah … how big it is … and further on the situation. For two days I gave it to everyone, I wanted to hear opinions from different people. The knife just did what he cut, performing mainly the duties of a kitchen knife, and in different hands. Reviews are specific and unambiguous cuts amazingly! Here of course you can’t take and don’t take Spyderco Military. It really cuts a hundred and even three hundred percent, the shape and structure of the blade contributes. It would be foolish to deny the excellent cut of this knife.
They cut not only on a wooden board, but also on plastic and even on metal, there are no deformations visible to the eye on the cutting edge. Most of the respondents noted only one drawback (it is the main one), which is prohibitively long and hindering the handle during operation. The knife can be very difficult to place in the hand so that it does not cause discomfort during operation. With a conventional grip, the hand is located far from the blade, which significantly reduces the handling of the knife. And when you try to move your hand closer to the blade, the shank already interferes.
The same picture and when grabbing type peel potatoes.
According to the manufacturer, the handle is so big because it is adapted to work with a glove. But what is the width of the palm to have, so that the hilt, even if the gloved hand, is at the right time? By measurements, the width of the palm should be almost 13 cm! We decided to look and check for real. Here is the knife in the hand, the end of the handle protrudes, when working, especially if the clothes have long sleeves, it interferes. Wearing a tactical glove is not much better.
And if you move your hand closer to the blade and place your index finger on the notch, designed according to the manufacturer’s statement for power work, then the length of the shank is further increased, and it further interferes.
Very well, the Spyderco Military hilt rests in the hand with a warm glove and in a tactical three-fingered mittens, but at the same time you completely stop feeling the knife and do any work that requires accuracy and accuracy, it is almost impossible.
When working with Spyderco Military, the angle at which the blade is located relative to the handle, as well as the tip of the blade, lowered relative to the center, is slightly annoying. It’s possible that this is normal, and I’m just used to working with knives with a straight blade relative to the handle, and this angularity of Spyderco Military requires some getting used to.
Surprised by a very long blade shank. As a result, the central axis is shifted into the handle by a greater distance than most knives. This increases the length of the handle and creates inconvenience when opening the folded knife, the radius of the circle is very large. At the end of the movement you need to reach with your finger or move your hand.
Given this, as well as the fact that a little more than a centimeter still remains from the tip of the blade to the end of the handle when folded, it becomes clear that the manufacturer specifically makes such a long and not always convenient to use the bare hand handle, emphasizing and focusing on working with with this knife in gloves.
General conclusion about the Spyderco Military folding knife.
But no matter how it was, I liked the knife as a whole, it cut its main function, it performs wonderfully. But I’m probably not going to become his fan, very much, but his design and the process of working with him are causing it. And to get used to it on purpose does not make sense, there are many other good knives. I would compare Spyderco Military with a parquet SUV, have it solidly, use it mainly in the city, and for severe rough terrain, where increased cross-country ability is needed, apply with restrictions. This is also facilitated by a thin non-crowbar tip, requiring at least careful handling. However, all of the above, this is only my subjective opinion regarding this knife. The way I saw him.