This article was first published back in May 2016. It was updated in November 2022 to reflect newer models.
Behold the wonders of titanium.
This metal alloy has so many advantages in its favor—from superior corrosion resistance to excellent durability—that it’s a coveted material. Even though it’s heavier than other materials like carbon fiber, titanium is surprisingly lightweight for a strong metal. The amalgamation of all these characteristics makes titanium one hell of a material for knife handles.
No company has done a better job at making titanium handles than Spyderco. So, we decided to take a look at six Spyderco knives that expertly utilized titanium handles.
1. Spyderco SpydieChef
Let’s kick things off with one of Spyderco’s best knives available: the Spyderco SpydieChef. Back when this article was first published, it wasn’t out yet. Since its release, this titanium folder has vaulted up to become not just one of best titanium Spyderco knives but one of Spyderco’s best knives ever.
This folder has LC200N steel with a simple yet fantastic design.
2. Spyderco Techno 2
Unfortunately, many of the best and most unique titanium knives have been discontinued, including the artistic fluted titanium Native 5. While the Paysan previously held this spot, we had to bump it off for its severe lack of availability.
Luckily, the Techno 2 widely available. This little big knife has a 2.52-inch CTS XHP blade with a titanium handle.
3. Spyderco McBee
This tiny little folder from Jonathan McNees looks like a novelty, but it’s a surprisingly efficient EDC knife. It has a CTS XHP steel Wharncliffe blade.
The solid titanium scales have a matte finish and feature what Spyderco calls McNee’s “signature stippling on the lock recess and the pivot pin screw heads.”
4. Spyderco Chaparral, Stepped Ti
The Chaparral used to occupy this spot until the beautiful three-dimensional “stepped” pattern titanium handled version was discontinued.
Fortunately, this absolutely adorable little folder is the perfect replacement. Designed by Japanese knifemaker Kazuyuki Sakurai, the Spyderco Pochi is a dog-shaped knife with a premium S45VN blade and bead-blasted titanium handle.
5. Spyderco SwayBack
Marcin Slysz, the creator of the previously mentioned SpydieChef and old fan favorite Slysz Bowie, recently designed the SwayBack — a modern take on the traditional pattern. This knife has a long Wharncliffe blade made from S30V steel.
It also has titanium handles that are crowned for comfort.
6. Spyderco Delica 4, Damascus
The Spyderco Delica 4 is a true classic. This iteration of the iconic model that turned the knife world upside down features a simple titanium handle with a bead-blasted matte finish. Its good-looking titanium handle probably takes a backseat to the Damascus blade with a core of VG-10, but the handle deserves some love.
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