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10 Droolworthy 2018 Mid-Year Spyderco Knives


It’s nearly June and that means Spyderco has released its mid-year catalog with some droolworthy models we saw at SHOT Show earlier this year.

The 15-page catalog features an array of new models or updates like the Autonomy 2 and Techno 2. Here are 10 models that really jumped out to see.

You can see the whole 2018 mid-year catalog here.

Spyderco Smock

We’ll start off with one of the more radical designs. The Smock is based on Kevin Smock’s SK23 custom folder, which has a button version of the Compression Lock. Spyderco worked with Smock to bring his creation to the masses. The knife also has a fantastic top flipper tab that doesn’t stick out. The blade is 3.45 inches.

MSRP: $249.95

Spyderco Mantra 3

The common feature of many of the knives in this mid-year release is the flipper/Compression Lock combo. The Mantra 3 takes the general design of the Mantra 1 and adds carbon fiber/G-10 laminate scales and a Compression Lock.

The blade is 3.17 inches.

MSRP: $239.95

Spyderco Tropen

Want a waved Compression Lock folder with a flipper tab? Spyderco’s got you. The Tropen is designed by knifemaker Javier Vogt and comes with a bizarre 4-inch blade. The blade itself is curved with a stylistic Emerson Wave feature and a small Round Hole for looks.

MSRP: $289.95

Spyderco Drunken

This is the ZT Drunken… er… I mean the Spyderco Drunken. This knife has the overtones of many Zero Tolerance knives because it was designed by frequent ZT collaborator Dmitry Sinkevich. It has a sleek, ergonomic design with a frame lock mechanism to keep the S90V steel blade engaged. One side of the handle has a titanium scale and the other has a carbon fiber scale.

The price tag is pretty steep.

MSRP: $629.95

Spyderco McBee

This was is an interesting little folder to me. It reminds me of the Boker Nano. The straight saber grind edge stretches the 1.52-inch blade made from CTS XHP while the titanium handle has a framelock. It was designed by Jonathan McNees, a Marine and avid outdoorsman.

MSRP: $199.95

Spyderco Paysan

This is the knife that has people most excited it seems. The Paysan is the spiritual successor to the Nirvana — also designed by Peter Rassenti. The handle of the knife is made from a single piece of solid titanium. I really like the functional blade shape, which stretches 3.88 inches. Like the Nirvana, the Paysan will cost you a pretty penny. It becomes the most expensive Spyderco you can buy.

MSRP: $799.95

Spyderco Amalgam

The Amalgam is another Compression Lock flipper with carbon fiber/G-10 scales. This one looks like a nice, functional EDC. The blade is a bit long at 3.8 inches.

MSRP: $269.95

Spyderco Kapara

The Kapara is a long and thin knife that also boasts the Compression Lock — but with no flipper this time. The knife is based on custom knifemaker Alistair Phillips’ design called the Redback. Like the custom version, the Kapara has a red G-10 backspacer that gave it its original name.

MSRP: $289.95

Spyderco Brouwer

Designed by Jerry Brouwer (hence the name), the folder features a more reasonably sized 2.77-inch drop point blade made from S30V. Half the handle is textured green G-10 and the other half is titanium (that’s the half with the Reeve Integral Lock).

MSRP: $269.95

Spyderco Subvert

Finally, there’s the Subvert. I’m not sure about this one. It is based on knifemaker Nati Amor’s handmade “Sabotage” model. And this thing is massive.

The blade is 4.14 inches long and made from S30V steel. It has thick skeletonized titanium liners and a G-10 backspacer within orange G-10 handle scales. I’m not entirely sure what the intent of this knife is but it is an interesting one.

MSRP: $469.95


Timothy Martinez Jr. is the community director for Knife Depot and the editor of The Cutting Edge. If you have any questions or ideas for The Cutting Edge, you can contact him at
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