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I don't post much about knives here. I suppose it is a shame because overall I really enjoy knives just as much as I do firearms. Thus, I decided to post about my favorite knife of all time and my current EDC.

Spyderco Yojimbo 2. It features of a wharncliffe blade profile and a Spyderco compression lock. I'll be honest, for years I discounted many of the Spyderco knives because I thought that the "compression lock" was the same as a linear lock. I couldn't be more wrong!

Two things happened.

  1. I realized that no folding knife can take the place of a fixed blade. In other words, any/all locks will fail under the right circumstances.
  2. I watched this video. This, along with other research, gave me enough confidence that the compression locks are quite a bit better than linear locks.

You can read more about different lock types offered by Spyderco here.

I'm sorry, I just have a prejudice against linear locks. No offense implied to anyone that likes them.

I present to thee...the Yojimbo 2!

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I'm not exaggerating when I state that it is my favorite knife ever. I just feels perfect in the hand and in the pocket. Just decided to post some pictures of it today since it has been on my mind.

Spyderco showed off a "Yojumbo" a few days ago. I'm lusting.

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Hmmm.....I wonder if I could make a fixed blade version of that Yojumbo....

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2 minutes ago, Grand Torino said:

Hmmm.....I wonder if I could make a fixed blade version of that Yojumo....

I'd say so! Spyderco makes a fixed version...but sadly it doesn't have as nice blade steel and that's the only reason I haven't bought it. I like S30V.

Spyderco Ronin 2

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I would challenge you to that task, if you made it in Damascus steel with a 3"'-3 1/2" blade, I would most likely buy it. You know me I like to challenge your skills.

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I prefer a compression lock, too. I’ve carried a PM2 EDC for years.

While I can’t speak for every maker - I’m fairly certain that on a Spyderco you’d damage the knife before you get the lock to give out.

You should always use the right knife for the job, and there’s a reason I carry a fixed blade in the field.  But for EDC, Spyderco has had a place in my pocket since I got my first Rescue model in 1991.

CPM S30V is a great value in steel. I can remember just a few years ago when it was the super steel. It’s easy to maintain and carries a great edge. My current PM2 is in M390, and I can’t say enough good things about it.

The fact that this sprint run was in Swiss Army red was kind of a must have for me: https://www.dlttrading.com/spyderco-paramilitary-2-red-g-10-m390-blade

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2 minutes ago, MacGyver said:

I prefer a compression lock, too. I’ve carried a PM2 EDC for years.

While I can’t speak for every maker - I’m fairly certain that on a Spyderco you’d damage the knife before you get the lock to give out.

You should always use the right knife for the job, and there’s a reason I carry a fixed blade in the field.  But for EDC, Spyderco has had a place in my pocket since I got my first Rescue model in 1991.

CPM S30V is a great value in steel. I can remember just a few years ago when it was the super steel. It’s easy to maintain and carries a great edge. My current PM2 is in M390, and I can’t say enough good things about it.

The fact that this sprint run was in Swiss Army red was kind of a must have for me: https://www.dlttrading.com/spyderco-paramilitary-2-red-g-10-m390-blade

I've thought about getting a PM2 just because that's the knife everyone swears by. Have you seen this sprint run?

https://bladeops.com/spyderco-para-military-2-emerson-opener-satin-plainedge-exclusive/

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1 minute ago, MacGyver said:

I don’t know that my pockets are big enough for that thing.

The Spyderco Smock may be my favorite Wharncliffe style blade: https://www.bladehq.com/item--Spyderco-Smock-Flipper-Knife-Carbon--81450

I discovered that a few weeks ago. I almost instantly bought it, but when I saw it was Taiwan manufactured instead of U.S.A., I admit it was a bit of a turnoff due to principal. I admit I'll probably still buy one at some point. Love the design and blade profile.

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23 minutes ago, GlockSpock said:

I discovered that a few weeks ago. I almost instantly bought it, but when I saw it was Taiwan manufactured instead of U.S.A., I admit it was a bit of a turnoff due to principal. I admit I'll probably still buy one at some point. Love the design and blade profile.

I’ll have to check. I think mine has a Golden, CO stamp. 

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2 hours ago, MacGyver said:

I’ll have to check. I think mine has a Golden, CO stamp. 

Please do. 

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1 hour ago, GlockSpock said:

Please do. 

I was wrong - it does have a Taiwan stamp.  I still have a bunch of Seki City, Japan knives, and a few Taiwanese ones.

Honestly, there were some years where both of those beat our domestic made ones on fit and finish.  It’s been several years since you could say that, though.

I prefer US production, but I’m not going to be exclusive when I know Sal and Spyderco have built and supported some of those relationships over a long period of time.

Sal himself once said, “The opposite of war isn’t peace, it’s trade.”

BTW, if you’re going to pull the trigger on that BladeOps PM2, I wouldn’t wait on it for too long.  That’s a sprint run that may last a bit longer than normal, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it didn’t last the weekend. That saber grind is interesting.  

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26 minutes ago, MacGyver said:

I was wrong - it does have a Taiwan stamp.  I still have a bunch of Seki City, Japan knives, and a few Taiwanese ones.

Honestly, there were some years where both of those beat our domestic made ones on fit and finish.  It’s been several years since you could say that, though.

I prefer US production, but I’m not going to be exclusive when I know Sal and Spyderco have built and supported some of those relationships over a long period of time.

Sal himself once said, “The opposite of war isn’t peace, it’s trade.”

BTW, if you’re going to pull the trigger on that BladeOps PM2, I wouldn’t wait on it for too long.  That’s a sprint run that may last a bit longer than normal, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it didn’t last the weekend. That saber grind is interesting.  

I just bought that sprint run. Guess you should too. 

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13 hours ago, GlockSpock said:

I just bought that sprint run. Guess you should too. 

OUT OF STOCK 

too late drake GIF

Disregard, wrong PM2.

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6 minutes ago, hughd said:

OUT OF STOCK 

too late drake GIF

 

I was talking about buying this knife:

https://bladeops.com/spyderco-para-military-2-emerson-opener-satin-plainedge-exclusive/

Which one were you talking about? It seems as if that one is still available, but I'm obviously not going to try and complete a second purchase just to find out.

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7 minutes ago, hughd said:

OUT OF STOCK 

too late drake GIF

 

Oh...I think maybe you are talking about the Yojimbo 2. Unless the discontinue it, it is still in production so you should be able to find it.

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3 hours ago, hughd said:

Oh yeah.

They did two runs of that one - and another with the PM3 in the same configuration.

If you wanted one, you pretty much had to be on the site with your finger on the ‘Complete Order’ button when they dropped.

They were literally gone in minutes. 

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