2015 Knives & Tools by Spyderco

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edge-u-cation 130 131 changing the position of your pocket clip many spyderco knives have adjustable clips that allow you to configure them for different carry positions some are adjustable for left or right-side tip-up carry while others offer the flexibility of four-position carry tip-up or tip-down on the left and right sides because spyderco provides our customers with the option of configuring their knives to meet their personal preferences we do not apply thread-locking compound i.e “loc-tite®” to our clip screws at the factory to help prevent the clip screws of your knife from loosening over time we recommend that you apply thread-locking compound to them once you have determined your preferred carry position thread-locking compound is available at most hardware auto supply and home improvement stores get the proper tools before you begin proper tools are critical to good folder maintenance before you attempt to change the position of your knife’s clip invest in the correct size of micro screwdrivers torx® drivers and/or hex wrenches for your knife the exact tools you will need depend upon your specific model of knife and in some cases when it was made as part of spyderco’s commitment to constant quality improvement c.q.i the clip style and screw types used on some knives have evolved over time it is therefore impossible for us to provide a comprehensive list of which knives require which clip screw tools however generally speaking a good spyderco tool kit should include t-6 and t-8 torx® “star-shaped” drivers a small phillips screwdriver 1 phillips a 1.5mm metric hex-head aka “allen” wrench and a small coin like a u.s penny or nickel with these tools you should be able to tackle just about any spyderco clip changing clips attached with screws place a folded towel or computer mouse pad on a firm flat surface this will protect your knife and keep it from rotating as you work place your closed knife on the pad never work on a knife with an open blade insert the tip of the tool into the screw head and apply firm downward pressure as you turn counterclockwise to loosen the screw make sure that you maintain downward pressure to avoid stripping the screw head repeat this process with the other screws until they are all loose but leave them in the clip holes lift the clip and the screws together and hold the screws in place with your fingertip to avoid dropping them apply a small drop of temporary thread-locking compound to the threads of each screw and then align the clip and screws with the handle holes for your preferred mounting position with the knife again supported by the towel or mouse pad turn the middle screw until it engages this will align the clip and make the other screws easier to install turn all screws down until snug finish tightening them while applying firm downward pressure on the tool to avoid stripping the screw heads changing wire clips abs a black amorphous thermoplastic polymer with high impact strength ambidextrous using both hands with equal ease pertaining to knives it is a knife that can be operated equally well with both the left and right hand hold the closed knife over a towel or pad on a table and place your thumb over the head of the barrel bolt insert a coin into the slot on the other side of the barrel bolt and while maintaining firm pressure turn counterclockwise to loosen it remove the bolt assembly completely to move the clip to the opposite side place the clip into the recess in the handle and insert the body of the barrel bolt the larger piece with the internal threads through the clip hole into the handle apply a drop of loc-tite or similar product to the threads of the screw and screw it into the barrel bolt body using the method described above tighten the barrel nut with the coin with the proper tools and knowledge you can easily configure the carry of your spyderco knife to best meet your needs preferences and tactics clips deep-pocket clip a knife clip designed to mount close to the end of the handle so very little of the knife remains exposed when it is clipped in the pocket integral pocket clip follow the same procedures as described above to loosen the single torx screw that retains the wire clip if necessary apply pressure with your fingertip to the head of the torx screw on the back side of the knife to prevent it from turning you may also use a second torx driver to prevent that screw from turning once the screws have been loosened a few turns they don’t have to be removed completely lift the wire clip up and remove it from the milled grooves in the handle push the screw head on that side of the handle down and turn the knife over insert the ends of the wire clip under the screw head on the other side and tighten the screw to hold the clip in place if desired you may remove the screw completely and apply loc-tite to the threads before completing the installation before you attempt to remove any spyderco clip screw check to ensure that you have the proper tool for the job a magnifying glass or loupe will help you examine the screw head closely and choose the correct tool for the job also check the tip of the tool to ensure that it is not worn using worn or incorrect tools can easily strip screw heads changing barrel bolt clips glossary a pocket clip molded as an integral part of the handle rather than a separate component attached with screws this style of clip was used on early spyderco models metal clip the most commonly used clip on spyderco knives metal clips can be made of stainless steel or titanium they vary in shape size and finish to complement specific knife designs they may be attached to the handle with screws or barrel bolts and often may be adjusted to provide multiple carry options wire clip a clip made from formed heat-treated wire that is attached with a screw or barrel bolt some wire clips are designed for deep-pocket carry while others position the knife higher and closer to the pocket’s edge anodize to subject a metal to electrolytic action as the anode of a cell in order to coat with a protective or decorative film austenite a solid solution of carbon or of carbon and other elements in gamma iron having a face-centered cubic lattice at all temperatures austenitic steel a major class of alloy steel especially stainless composed primarily of austenite unlike martensitic steels which are hardened through heat treating austenitic steels work harden bead blasted a finish achieved by bead blasting a form of abrasive blasting that uses fine glass beads as an abrasive medium abrasive blasting is the operation of forcibly propelling a stream of abrasive material against a surface under high pressure smooth roughen shape or clean a surface bolster a piece of metal generally nickel silver or stainless steel that is located at one or both ends of a folding knife handle boltaron® a recycled abs/acrylic pvs extruded alloy sheet material used for making sheaths a moldable thermoplastic it has excellent impact strength and is resistant to chemicals and abrasion similar to kydex® caping the careful and detailed removal of the hide of a game animal for the purpose of taxidermy more precisely it refers to the removal of the skin from the head shoulders and neck carbide a hard sharp carbon/iron material typically used in tools for the machining or drilling of steel spyderco uses carbide to make the glass-breaker tip of the c79 assist model carraca an onomatopoeic term referring to the sound of a spanish navaja folding knife when it is opened the sound is created by the knife’s ratchet-style lock mechanism choil a small scallop or cutout between the cutting edge and the ricasso of the blade that allows the edge to be sharpened all the way to the shoulder of the ricasso clipit® spyderco’s trademarked term for their line of folding knives that feature a pocket clip clipjoint™ a non-locking clip-carried folder specifically designed for two-handed operation unlike slipit knives clipjoints cannot be opened one-handed cobra hood™ a machined flange or shroud positioned over the spyderco round opening hole on the spine of a blade it provides increased surface area and a positive purchase when opening the blade one-handed ideal for use with gloved hands this feature is currently used on spyderco’s c79 assist rescue knife cordura® cordura® is a family of fabrics made from yarns or fibers from invista it is used in a wide range of products including luggage backpacks boots military wear and performance apparel because it is very durable and abrasion resistant spyderco uses cordura in our spyderpacs and in the sheath of our warrior knife corrosion a process in which a solid especially a metal is eaten away and changed by a chemical action c.q.i constant quality improvement—a process spyderco applies to product design and manufacture in which changes and refinements are continually made to existing models improving ergonomics materials or manufacturing techniques “d” pin an assembly pin or pivot use in knife manufacture that features a flat on one side of its cylindrical body so its cross section resembles an upper-case “d.” when inserted into a matching hole this shape prevents the pin from spinning damascus steel a steel produced by forge welding layers rods or strands of steel to create a homogenous piece nonferrous metals are sometimes also included in this process after final shaping parts made from damascus steel are typically etched to highlight the steel’s pattern david boye dent custom knifemaker david boye removed a small arc or “dent” of metal from the lock bar lever of his knives.this modification adopted by spyderco reduces the possibility of gripping the handle hard enough to depress the lock bar and accidentally unlock the blade during use detent a minute divot or dimple machined into the tang of a folding knife blade a ball bearing seated in the surface of the linerlock® drops into the detent hole when the knife is in the closed position to hold the knife blade closed inside the handle diamond coating the mechanical entrapment of diamond crystals into a metal substrate used in the production of sharpening devices this process is done by depositing metal layer by layer from a plating solution until enough material is built up around the diamond crystals to hold them in place dlc coating dlc diamond-like carbon is a mixture of sp2 graphite sp3 diamond used for coating blades and parts to make them non-reflective and increase their wear resistance and corrosion resistance edc an acronym for “everyday carry,” indicating a knife that is carried and used daily embellishment a term used to describe personalized engraving or additional ornamentation added to a knife after it is manufactured emerson opening feature a blade opening device invented and patented by ernest emerson of emerson knives it consists of a hook protruding from the blade’s spine that catches the edge of the pocket when the knife is drawn to automatically open the blade licensed from ernest emerson pat #5,878,500 ergonomics an applied science concerned with designing and arranging things people use to maximize safety and efficiency knives that are designed to be comfortable and less fatiguing to use are considered “ergonomic.” exclusive run the production of any spyderco product at the request of a wholesale customer in a configuration different than what has been previously produced exclusives are produced for one customer or cooperatively between one customer and the spyderco factory outlet store the customer reserves the right to reorder this item while it is under the exclusive contract in most circumstances spyderco reserves the right to reproduce the item after contractual obligations have been fulfilled false edge originally a term that referred to the upper edge of a sword that faced back toward the use and was used in reverse or “back” cutting tactics when applied to knives it refers to a section of sharpened edge on the back of the knife near the tip it is sometimes used interchangeably with “swedge” to describe an unsharpened bevel on the back of the blade finger choil a cutout or scallop in the profile of a knife at the juncture of the handle and blade that provides a purchase for the finger when gripped on non-locking slipit™ knives this feature also helps prevent accidental blade closure during use flipper a small integral tab near the tang of a folding knife blade that extends from the back of the handle when the knife is closed invented by custom knifemaker and cutlery hall of fame member kit carson it provides leverage that allows the blade to be opened with a stroke of the index finger g-clip an adjustable thermoplastic clip affixed to fixedblade sheaths to support a variety of carry positions on the belt waistband or other locations guard aka handguard a protrusion or expansion at the juncture of the handle and blade of a knife that helps prevent the user’s hand from slipping forward onto the edge high alumina ceramic the compound used in the manufacture of spyderco sharpening stones it consists of a ceramic-bonding agent mixed with alumina particles synthetic sapphires that is shaped then kiln fired at temperatures in excess of 3000 degrees f inlay to ornament an object by embedding a piece of a different material in it flush with its surface or the piece of material inlaid into an object jimping grooves on the edge of the tang spine or other surface of a knife that provide texture for increased control during use kick the unsharpened portion on the underside of a knife blade adjacent to the edge the kick prevents the edge from touching the inside of the handle when closed kraton® a high-performance elastomer manufactured by kraton polymers used as a synthetic replacement for rubber kraton provides the flexibility high traction and sealing abilities of natural rubber but with increased resistance to heat weathering and chemicals kraton is used in the manufacture of knife handles to provide a comfortable secure grip kydex® a thin thermoplastic material commonly used for firearm holsters and knife sheaths it can be easily heat formed yet is flexible durable and resistant to perspiration chemicals oils and solvents lanyard a cord passed around the neck wrist or other anchor point for holding a knife or other object lanyard hole a small hole in a knife’s handle through which a cord or lanyard may be threaded lanyards provide additional security during use of a knife and help prevent dropping or loss especially around water liner a thin flat metal plate that provides the primary structure for the handle of a folding knife liners are typically used in pairs little big knife™ a term coined by spyderco to describe a smallbladed knife generally under three inches that is manufactured using features and materials that allow the knife to be used for strenuous cutting tasks normally only performed with larger heavier tools martensite a solid solution of carbon in alpha-iron that is formed when steel is cooled so rapidly that the change from austenite to pearlite is suppressed responsible for the hardness of quenched steel martensitic steel a steel composed primarily of martensite a crystalline structure created when the steel in subjected to a heat-treating process in which it is heated to critical temperature and rapidly cooled or quenched to harden it molle an acronym for modular lightweight load-carrying equipment—the current system of load-bearing equipment used by military and law enforcement personnel it consists of a grid of nylon webbing that allows the modular attachment of pouches and other equipment to achieve customized mission-specific configurations nesting the practice of machining a recess into g-10 or other handle scale material to inlay the liners and lock mechanism nesting increases structural strength while reducing the overall thickness of the handle nonferrous relating to or denoting a metal other than iron or steel obverse the side of a coin or medal bearing the head or principal design when applied to knives it is the side of the knife visible when viewed edge down with the point facing to the left opfocus® short for “operational focus,” a term coined by spyderco to describe a perspective of our product line as it applies to operational applications roughly synonymous with “tactical,” it highlights the features and benefits of our products as they apply to the needs of military law enforcement and first responder personnel and selfreliant civilians phosphor bronze washers washers placed over a knife’s pivot pin between the between the scales or liners and the blade they are made of phosphor bronze alloy which provides a lowfriction bearing surface for smooth operation pommel the knob or expansion found at the butt end of a knife handle powdered metallurgy as it applies to knife steels a manufacturing process in which the component alloys of a steel are gas atomized into powder form and thoroughly mixed before heating and compressing the material into a solid billet this process ensures a highly homogenous material and the uniform distribution of the alloys throughout the steel quillion a handguard protruding from one or both sides of a knife at the juncture of the handle and blade its purpose is to prevent the hand from sliding forward onto the blade during use reverse aka pile side the side of a knife opposite the obverse side it is visible when the knife is viewed edge down with the point facing to the right scale a slab of material used as part of a knife handle handles typically have two scales that are riveted screwed or bonded to the tang of the blade skeletonized liners internal steel handle liners that feature a series of holes skeletonizing that reduces their weight while maintaining strength and rigidity spine cusp a ridge or crest above the spyderco round hole that creates a shelf for the thumb to apply pressure during use sprint run™ a limited one-time-only production of a specific knife design or variant production quantities of sprint runs are limited to less than 1500 pieces spyderco trademark round hole™ a round hole in a knife blade that is used for ambidextrous one-handed opening of the blade in fixed-blade knives it also serves as a forwardpositioned lanyard hole spyder-drop opening a one-handed opening method that involves grasping the closed blade of a folding knife near the pivot pin and swinging the handle down to open the knife it is best accomplished with a spyderco knife using the spyderco round hole to achieve a secure grip stainless steel steel containing a minimum of 12 chromium making it resistant to corrosion the chromium oxide cro that forms on the surface of the steel creates a barrier to oxygen and moisture that inhibits rust formation stainless steels are corrosion resistant but not immune to rust stepped pivot a folding knife pivot that features right-angle “steps” or shoulders between sections of different diameters most commonly the center of the pivot is larger in diameter than the two ends this pivot style provides increased strength and ease of assembly during manufacturing stonewashed finish as it applies to knives a dull matte finish on a metal part produced by a tumbling or vibratory process using a coarse polishing medium swedge  a beveled area on the back of a blade near the point that is purposely unsharpened tang the portion of a blade that connects to the handle or serves as the foundation of the handle of a knife tip-up/tip-down terms of reference that describe the position of the blade of a closed knife when it is clipped to a pocket the attachment of the clip to the handle of the knife determines whether it is positioned tip-up or tip-down alzheimer’s association boltaron carpenter cordura cpm crucible cts h-1 kraton kydex loctite micarta ntoa member tested and recommended pink heals torx 440v and s30v are registered trademarks of their respective holders.