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Spyderco Assist Lightweight Combo Knife
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- FOLDING KNIVES - Locking folding knives are safe, compact, and easy to carry. They also happen to be where the Spyderco revolution began.
- FRN HANDLE - Fiberglass Reinforced Nylon is a polymer mixed with glass fiber then injection molded into formed and textured lightweight high-strength knife handles.
- HOLLOW GRIND - It comes with bevels that are ground with a concave radius. The bevels may extend the full width of the blade (full hollow grind) or only a portion of its width.
- COMBINATIONEDGE - Our combinationedge is a blade that is partially PlainEdge and partially SpyderEdge at the cutting edge.
- SPECIFICATIONS - Closed Length (Inches): 4.87, Overall Length (Inches): 8.55, Blade Length (Inches):3.68, Blade Steel: VG-10, Grind: Hollow
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How we got our start?Spyderco was founded in 1976 by Sal and Gail Glesser. Spyderco’s first knife-related product was the Tri-Angle Sharpmaker. Originally sold out of a converted bread truck, it remains one of our best-selling products over 40 years later.
What makes our product unique?Spyderco pioneered the modern folding knife, introducing now-common features like the pocket clip, serrated edge and one-handed opening capability. Those innovations revolutionized the pocketknife and changed the knife industry forever. Those who know carry Spyderco.
Why we love what we do?Today, that creative spirit and an uncompromising commitment to quality are still the heart of Spyderco's distinctive product line, which includes a full range of folding knives, fixed-blades, sharpeners & other accessories produced in 5 different countries, including our facility in Golden, CO USA.
Spyderco named this knife after its principal job function- to assist. The Assist is designed for emergency/fire/rescue professionals who rely on their knives to function flawlessly under pressure. The blade is made from VG-10 stainless steel and loaded with teeth. The VG-10 patented blunt-tipped blade is a toothy eighty-percent SpyderEdged for aggressively cutting seatbelts and fibrous material. The last inch of the tip Spyderco left PlainEdge for detailed cutting (think sharpening pencils). Other awesome features include: retractable carbide tip for breaking glass, attention-pitched survival whistle, carries left/right handed, tip-up by means of a tension wire clip. Blade length: 3.7". Overall length: 8.4". Weight: 4 oz.
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Easy to open even with bunker gloves on
Will cut, saw or scissor through wires and ropes
It can saw through a lot of material but if you are using it for EMS clothing removal you will do a lot of sawing which can be bad for patient care if you over manipulate your patient. (A decent or good set of shears/scissors works better for the most part.)
If you are not VERY careful you can easily cut yourself badly when you close this knife because you 100% have to put your hand in the path of the blade to close it. It's okay when you train yourself but I cringe when people want or need to use my knife and try or come close to closing it.
I've had a lot of knives and I'm gonna say for a knife to actually carry around daily. My friend has the H1 atlantic salt which is about the same length as this one, but mine has a much fatter handle. It's not so thin that fell like I can't get a hold if it. This knife is very easy to grip. The checkering on the handle is well raised and provided good traction. The glass breaker, while it's not a full blown heavy duty dedicated glass breaker, will certainly do the job in a pinch, and let's be honest, unless you work as a first responder, you're not gonna be carrying a glass breaker at all otherwise, so it's good to have this one on the knife. The blade is thick and looks like it's going to last a very long time. The hood over the thumb hole gives it a nice bit of both style and function, it looks good and it makes the knife easier to control both when opening and when using the knife at certain angles where bracing with your thumb can be a benefit.
The knife is very tight. The blade comes in and out nice and smooth, and if you try and squeeze the handle together to see if it wiggles when the knife is open, it's very firm and holds it's shape well. This is certainly not a flimsy knife. It feels more like a serious tool.
I tried the rope cutting thing and it's insane. It works very well. I'm not a knife engineer or designer, and I know very little about rope, but something about the angles and the serration of the blade just make it chop right through the couple of kinds of rope I've tried to cut. No problems so far. So the rope cutting feature is great.
Lastly, the whistle. I know. It seems like kind of an odd feature for a pocket knife. But this is technically a rescue knife. I searched online for a video of someone blowing the whistle because I just couldn't imagine how it must sound or where they were even really supposed to blow. You blow into the two holes on the handle and let me tell you....it is LOUD and SHRILL. If you blow into this whistle, someone will hear it.
So here's my take. I don't work as s rescue guy, but I do carry a pocket knife. Spyderco is top of the line when it comes to knives that aren't intended to collect dust. What I mean is that they make the most economic, high quality knives that are out there in common use. So I wanted to upgrade from just a regular old pocket knife to something a little more spiffy, and getting this knife was exactly the right thing to do. It's nicer looking, it does more things, it's built to exacting tolerances and appears to be excellent quality.
I got mine on amazon for around $75 or so. If you get one, I think you'll love it.
However...I carry it clipped inside my left pocket, so as I've done with all my other similar knives, I proceeded to reverse the clip for safe carrying in my left pocket. Un-screwed the 2 piece bolt, swapped the clip to the other side (the same clip recesses are on both sides) and re-fastened the bolt to the same tightness it had been. And...the handle cracked - from the bolt hole over to the blade. I really don't think I applied too much pressure. I called Spyderco and they were very nice and said I could return it to them or return it to Amazon. It's heading back to Amazon and I've ordered another. Hopefully this one will handle a clip swap.
You manage to break it they ll fix or replace it.
When it gets dull mail it to em and they ll sharpen it for the cost of return shipping.
I got this to use as a first responder. Has great safety features that make it a lot more practical than a tactical style knife. Easy to use with gloves on. Color makes it easy to use and less intimidating.
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no sirve para hacer cortes que inicien con la punta, simplemente por que no tiene punta, ademas es muy estorbosa para usarla en el EDC...con todo y eso es la que llevo normalmente, es buena navaja, solo tienes que superar un par de detalles y te va a encantar