The day of reckoning is here for a number of Spyderco models.
Kristi Hunter of Spyderco has released the annual list of Spyderco knives that did not make the cut. If you’re curious why these specific knives were discontinued, I refer you to my article on why knives are discontinued.
You can find the full list at the end, but here are some of the models we’ll miss the most
Spyderco Sage 2
The discontinuation of the Sage 2 is probably the biggest surprise on this list. Although the knife has been around for a while, the Sage 2 is pretty beloved. What I enjoy about the Sage series is that each comes in a different lock with the 2 using the Reeve Integral Lock. It looks like we’re down to the Sage 1 with a liner lock and the Sage 5 with a Compression Lock.
If you don’t have one yet, you should get one now.
Spyderco ATR 2
This is another shocker simply because it hasn’t been on the market for very long. The ATR 2 marked the return of a much requested knife. The original ATR had an integral Compression lock. However, the new one didn’t have the integral Compression lock and many were saying the knife didn’t live up to expectations.
It’s that time of year again.
The guillotine is falling on a few of our favorite knife models as companies begin announcing the knives being sent to the glue factory next year.
Spyderco was the first to release its list on the Spyderco Forum. You can see the full list of knives being discontinued for 2018 at the bottom, but I’ll be writing an obituary for a few of the most notable models being put out to pasture first.
It’s important to note that some of these knives may come back in updated iterations, so don’t be surprised to see the Nirvana 2 with different materials and a more streamline design. Also others have already received updates like the Salt 1 series, so it’s kind of a moot point.
As Neil Young once sang, “It’s better to burn out than to fade away.” The Nirvana was a short-lived, having only been released for 2016. Despite only seeing light for a couple of years, the knife burned bright and got a lot of people excited.
The Nirvana was Spyderco’s first integral folder from custom knifemaker Peter Rassenti. Its handle was made from a single piece of titanium and featured the Reeve Integral Lock mechanism. The 3.76-inch blade was made from S90V steel while the overall design was sexy.
So where did the Nirvana go wrong? It ran into production problems since titanium is such a difficult material to work with. A few people had complaints about the larger size and a lackluster design.
The onslaught of discontinued knives continues.
So far, most of the discontinued knives haven’t been that surprising, whether it’s due to upgraded models or lagging sales. But Benchmade shocked the knife community with the immediate discontinuation of its entire Heckler & Koch line.
We’ll keep up the tradition writing obituaries for certain models getting the axe (according to Knife News).
Benchmade 586 Barrage
The Barrage has quietly become one of my favorite knives over the past few years. I like the premium versions of the Barrage—the 581 and the 586 mini—because of the aluminum bolster and M390 steel. Now, Benchmade is doing away with the mini version of its assisted-opening Barrage.
From the sound of it, the 581 will still be available, but as someone who lives in Los Angeles at the moment, I appreciate all the blades under 2.91 inches that comply with the carry laws. For now, you can still pick up the knife in the 3.6 iteration, but the smaller version will be missed.
According to Benchmade, the Presidio is one of the most recognizable tactical Benchmade knives. Well, not anymore.