As you may have noticed, your humble correspondents in Las Vegas have had a hard time staying away from the knife purveyors. Much to RF’s chagrin. But he made the mistake of giving us access to the ‘publish’ button. So for all you knife lovers out there, Spyderco’s introducing a gorgeous new – if pricey – little EDC blade. . .

The Chapparal’s made of easy sharpening S30V steel and sports carbon fiber grips. This little lockback is a very pocketable 3.6 inches long when closed (blade length is 2.8″) and nicely jimped. The best part: Spyderco’s given it a deep carry clip so it will all but disappear from view when you carry it. But here’s the rub: this seksi little blade runs $179, MSRP. Certainly not a deal-killer, but not exactly an impulse purchase, either.

Nod to convention: Kimber Solo


  1. Thumb-holes are better for EDC knives, as opposed to thumb-studs, because the studs always find a way of abrading your pants or scratching your leather recliner. Holes are flatter, and don’t tear things up so badly. Too bad we couldn’t talk any T&E samples out of Gerber, Kershaw or Spyderco.

  2. Wish list for Spyderco: Bring back the Meerkat. Nifty little pocket knife, stout blade, intriguing “handle scale” lock. should have bought 2 when they were available, so I could have a spare. Prices of used ones on the net are WAY up there.


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