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Category: Weird Knives

30 of the Strangest (or Ugliest) Spyderco Knife Designs Ever

Regular readers here at the Knife Depot blog know just how much we love Spyderco Knives. We’ve written a number of blog posts about the iconic brand, as well as a comprehensive article about its history, designers, innovations, and more.

Despite our gushing over Spyderco Knives, we’re not afraid to say the company comes up with some of the most bizarre and strange-looking designs ever. Although many people would call some designs downright ugly, their functionality-over-looks mentality is part of why we love them so much.

I went through some of the most unique blade shapes already, which featured more than a few Spydies, but I wanted to dedicate a whole post to interesting Spyderco knives.

I originally wrote this post a few years ago with 10, but I’ve since gone through the archives of products and seen some of the latest models and thought it would be a good idea to give this list an update.

So now, instead of the 10 most awesomely bizarre Spyderco knives, here are the 30 most awesomely bizarre Spyderco knives.

1. Spyderco Matriarch 2 with Wave

The original list featured the Civilian, but I’ve come to realize the Matriarch 2 with the Wave feature is even more strange. Long-time Spyderco fans have probably become inured to the odd look of the knife since the larger version has been around since the 1990s, but if you give this knife to the common person, they’d likely be confused.

It has a fully serrated patented reverse S-blade with the wave featured made by Ernest Emerson. Users can engage the knife in a single motion out of the pocket. The blade shape and wave give this an almost reptilian look.

2. Spyderco Captain

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From the fierce Matriarch 2 with Wave to the pudgy Captain. This discontinued knife had a 4-inch blade with a shape like no other. The lower part of the blade was curved with a bulbous tip. The handle was also somewhat blocky and peppered with screws and rivets.

Part of the reason it was probably discontinued was the fact that it was unclear what the goal of the knife was.

3. Spyderco Roadie

Next up is the Roadie — one of the most recent models on this list. This design came about after the TSA announced it was going to allow certain knives on planes. Working within those limitations, Spyderco made the Roadie.

But when the TSA reversed its decision to allow knives on planes, Spyderco went forward with the release. Despite its very odd look, the knife is beloved by diehards. It has a 2.09-inch blade that looks like the head of a dodo and a slender handle. The blade opens up with a pair of symmetrical dimples and doesn’t look intimidating at all.

Strange indeed.

4. Spyderco Q

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Simply named the Q, this knife featured a fascinating design that’s come in a ton of variations — at least 50 according to Spyderco Source. The standard version of the Q has a cutout blade design with the Spyderco logo on a web. The handle also has cutouts and comes in different colors.

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10 Absolutely Insane Art Knives Designed by Paul Ehlers

When you need a knife that will get the job done, it’s best to opt for something with the least amount of bells and whistles and gimmicks. But if you want something that’s completely impractical but downright whimsical, you go for a knife designed by Paul Ehlers.

Ehlers is a man of many trades. The man made movies as a kid and drew comics. He played Madman Marz in the cult classic horror movie “Madman” and acted in a few other short videos. But, for our purposes, Ehlers is a designer of fantasy knives and weapons. He teams up with knife makers to bring the awesome designs to life. He forged a relationship with the legendary Gil Hibben, which is the guy who does the tough job of bringing his designs into reality with expert knifemaking skills.

Before we get into the knives, I want to get something out of the way: these knives are for artistic purposes only and not for regular use. Don’t complain about how this is mall ninja junk because these are actually well-made and quite expensive most of the time. They’re to be enjoyed as art.

1. Stingray

Stingrays are elegant creatures that appear to fly through the water with grace. One thing is clear about the Paul Ehlers Stingray: this thing will sting with impunity. Brought to life by the great Gil Hibben, the Stingray is a gauntlet you can hold in your hand with some flourishes that take this awesome design to another level.

Part of it is covered in genuine stingray skin and the eyes are made of mother of pearl. The attention to detail, particularly in the curvature of the flaps, is unparalleled.

Here is a look at the Stingray on the hand.

2. Photon

The Photon is another Ehlers design and Hibben creation that features a pistol-grip and futuristic lines, like something you’d find straight out of Star Trek. It has a black Micarta handle and an overall length of 16 inches. The knife was featured at the New York Custom Knife Show in 1995 and went on sale in 2005 for about $3,000.

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India’s Urumi Whip Sword May Be Most Dangerous Sword Ever

A Sri Lankan version of the urumi weapon

In the pantheon of insane weapons, it’s easy to look at more modern offerings like the PHASR or vomit gun. But one of the fiercest and most difficult weapons to use is the ancient whip sword known as the urumi.

The urumi may very well be one of the most dangerous melee weapons ever — not only for foes but also for the person using the weapon. While the weapon hasn’t been used as such for generations, it is still wielded in demonstrations and Indian martial arts.

This unusual blade is essentially a bendy piece of sharp metal that the user wields like a whip. Here is a look at a fighting demonstration with the urumi sword.

The urumi, which translates to curling blade and is sometimes known as the aara or chuttuval, comes from southern India where it was used as a weapon back in the day. Eventually, it fell out of favor but became incorporated into Kalaripayattu martial arts, one of the oldest fighting styles in the world.

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See the World’s Largest Bowie Knife in Bowie, TX

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In an attempt to drum up some attention and tourism in the small city of Bowie, Texas, (population 5,219), the Bowie Chamber of Commerce did the most logical thing: they built the world’s largest Bowie knife.

This giant knife is more than 20 feet tall and weighs in at more than 3,000 pounds. It boasts a 14-foot stainless steel blade with a famous clip point. It also has a brass guard and wooden handle—two features commonly seen on Bowie knives.

Why did Bowie create this beast? The city was named after James Bowie, the 19th-century pioneer and creator of the legendary Bowie knife. We’ve written countless articles and posts about Bowie and his knife, so we’d recommend checking those out for more info.

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15 Knives with Unique Opening Mechanisms

One of the things I love most about the knife community is the constant quest toward innovation and freshness. While I love dissecting the minute changes in the latest flipper, it’s those completely ground-breaking models that keep me in awe.

For a tool that’s been around for a couple million years, the knife is still experiencing some pretty radical changes and creativity. While these knives can be hit-or-miss and many have been discontinued, they stand as evidence that no matter how long something exists, great minds can always think outside the box.

Here are 15 knives with the most interesting deployment mechanisms.

1. Kershaw ET

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Let’s start off with one that most people will instantly point to when you mention unique opening mechanisms:  the Kershaw ET. Standing for External Toggle, the ET hails from the genius minds of Grant and Gavin Hawk. This father and son duo has developed some pretty out there designs like the TOAD, Boker Griploc, and many more.

The Kershaw ET uses a toggle mechanism to open and close the blade. You can actually engage the blade through many ways (using your thumb like a traditional folder and dropping the handle while holding the blade), but the toggle is probably the most fun. You can use a lever near the butt of the handle to open and close it. The knife was discontinued, probably because there’s the danger of the knife closing on your thumb when you use the toggle.

Here’s a gif of how it opens with the toggle from this review:

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2. CRKT Rollock

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Next up is another discontinued knife. The CRKT Rollock is a fascinating knife with a cool opening mechanism. To deploy the blade, you press down on the blade (specifically on some jimping near the rear of the spine) when closed. That pops the blade up, and then you slide it completely open.

This factory version from CRKT was inspired by the Rolox from Blackie Collins. Collins is often cited as the first person to create an assisted-opening knife, though Ken Onion may have invented the SpeedSafe assisted opener concurrently.

Here’s a gif of the opening from this commentary-less YouTube video:

3. Paragon Knives by Asheville Steel Warlock

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The Warlock from Paragon Knives by Asheville Steel (I know that’s a mouthful) is actually a new knife. Not quite an automatic knife and not quite an assisted opener, the Warlock is its own category. When shut, the blade is completely invisible. So how do you open this baby up?

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See the Swiss Army Machete for Zombie Defense

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There are many ways to kill a zombie—decapitation, crushing the skull, de-braining, and more. Think of how much more convenient it would be to have all the zombie-defense tools you would ever need in one place.

Well, you’re in luck.

A dude on Instructables made a Swiss Army Machete he calls the Zombie Defense Multi-tool.

We’ve seen a lot of crazy knives over the years—the world’s largest pocket knife, the legendary squid knife, and the knife chainsaw to name a few—but this one might take the cake.

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10 Strange and Unique Blade Shapes

From the infamous Shark Knife to the slew of hidden knives, we’ve covered an array of interesting knife designs on this blog. One thing we haven’t really touched on are bizarre blade shades. Sure, various novelty knives like the Scorpion Knife qualify for this post, but we decided to bring you only real knives that are functional—or at least were meant to be functional.

Microtech Jagdkommando

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In the world of bizarre blade designs, the Microtech Jagdkommando is one of the kings. This blade has three razor-sharp edges that twist into a point. This knife was criticized by many for the fact that it has almost no functional use, except for hurting someone… and hurting them very badly. Still the blade design is novel and interesting to look at.

CRKT Ringed Razel

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I hate to say it, but the CRKT Razel has an ugly blade. Don’t get me wrong though: the blade is highly functional and downright useful. Anyone who’s owned the knife loves it and the chisel point makes it really versatile. It’s not something you would ever put on display though.

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Weird Knives: Alps-Serrated Bread Knifves

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There are many unique knives that resemble things, including the cleverly designed watermelon knife and the always frightening shark knife. But this design from these smart knife makers is utterly brilliant.

Someone had the great idea of recreating mountain ranges from the serrations of a bread knife. Right now there are only three knives replicating the range of the Swiss Alps, but it seems like there is a desire to do the same for ranges around the world. I would love a nice bread knife with parts of the Sierra Nevada range or the Rocky Mountains.

As I’m not too familiar with the Swiss Alps, though I did hike along the Alps near Mürren a few years ago, I’m curious how geographically accurate these knives are. If they are correct, it only makes this idea and execution even better.

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Weird Knives: The Knife Gun is the Ultimate Weapon

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An old U.S. made cutlass pistol worth about $15,000.

We’re all familiar with bayonets—knives that are attached to guns—but there’s one class of knives and guns you might not be aware of: the knife gun.

The knife gun (or gun knife depending on how you look at it) combines two of America’s favorite items into one seamless device. The major difference between a bayonet and a knife gun is that bayonets are affixed to the gun while the blade on the knife gun is usually built into the barrel. This offers much more stability and strength.

It’s difficult if not impossible to find any functioning knife guns for sale, most likely because they are novelty display items. That doesn’t mean they weren’t used in the past, however.

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Weird Knives: Largest functional kitchen knife ever

In this age of excess, you sometimes see accessories trying to keep up with the growing size of food. For example, you see extra long hotdog buns or reinforced ice cream cones to support numerous scoops. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on who you’re talking to), knives have fallen victim to this same excess.

According to a recent article on FOX news, there is a massive kitchen knife with a five-foot blade and one-foot handle. That comes to an overall length of a whopping six feet long. So, what’s the reason for this massive knife? To cut 700-pound bluefin tuna properly without letting anything go to waste.

When I first read the article, I just assumed the long knife was some sort of sword or Japanese Tanto knife, but it really is just a long kitchen knife. The knife is called a maguro bōchō knife, which usually come in much smaller sizes, can cut a whole giant bluefin.

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Is there such a thing as an ugly knife?

I’m faced with a question: is beauty in the eye of the knife holder?

Let me explain how I arrived at this very philosophical question. While strolling the Internet for interesting tools, I came across the knife you see to the right. As you probably notice, it is a custom-made knife with a really “unique” design. There were some debates on a forum over how it looks.

This is my opinion alone, but I think the knife is absolutely ugly. I’m sure the knifemaker, whom I believe is Rich Derespina, put a lot of thought and care into it, but I still think it’s hideous (to be fair, Rich has also created a bunch of cool knives).

I’ve looked at a lot of knives in my day, and though I’ve never said it out loud, there are some knives I think are flat out grotesque. However, I’m sure there are people out there that think all knives (whether designed for practical uses or art) are a labor of craftsmanship. Each knife is a matter of taste and there will always be someone out there who thinks a knife is beautiful (even if it’s only the knifemaker).

So what side are you on? Is there such a thing as an ugly knife or are they all beautiful in their own right? (Here’s another “artistic” knife below to help you with your decision.)

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Weird Knives: World’s Largest Pocket Knife

There has always existed the mantra that bigger is always better. For example, you have giant SUVs, massive airplanes and huge orders of french fries.

In our latest next installment of weird knives, one man took this mantra to the extreme by creating the world’s largest pocket knife.

I’ve heard a lot of people say they must own one of the world’s biggest pocket knives because they can barely get it into their pocket, but those people have obviously never seen this humungous knife, which is an astounding 12 ft. 8 in. when opened. This 268.9 lb definitely takes the cake (which is good because this knife could cut any sized cake).

The knife was designed by a Portuguese artist Telmo Cadavez and handmade by Virgílio, Raúl and Manuel Pires in 2003. It also holds a special place in the Guinness World Records.

Despite its impressive size, this kind of defeats the whole purpose of the pocket knife. If you can’t get it into your pocket (let alone a door frame), is it really a pocket knife?

I know this knife is probably only for artistic purposes and was never created for practical use (unless the designer was expecting Paul Bunyon to make a triumphant return), but the massive pocket knife is still pretty cool.

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Out of kitchen knives? Consider using a MacBook


Circulating around the Internet as of late have been a number of pictures and videos of people using their MacBooks for odd things.  This Japanese video shows Apple’s popular laptop being used to cut through, guess what, an apple.  According to the MSNBC blog Gadgetbox, Macbooks have also been used to cut onions, carrots and bacon.  It’s a cool fact, but I think I’ll still stick with my usual set of kitchen knives.  What about you?

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Weird Knives: The Pointless Knife

Despite the pretty obvious playfulness of the name, there is actually a point to this knife: prevent those spontaneous stabbings we are so often urged to do.

These New Point knives are billed as the kitchen knife that can’t be used as a weapon.

They arrived out of the fear that the UK was going to completely ban pointy knives because of all the knife crime. Knife crime is actually a huge problem in the UK, so this might seem like a good idea over there.

There are a number of problems with this design, however. Firstly, although you can’t fatally stab anyone since the knife doesn’t have a point, it still features an extremely sharp blade stretching the length of the knife. While it might prevent accidental stabbings if it falls off the counter, it will definitely not deter someone with malicious intent.

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Weird Knives: Giant Swiss Army knife

In this occasional series featuring weird knives we come across in our research, we’ve seen some pretty impractical designs (Shark Knife, I’m looking at you).

This next entry follows that same vein of impracticality to a tee.

The aptly named Giant Swiss Army Knife is a monster with 85 tools built into a single folding knife. As you can see from the picture, the massive block is huge and unwieldy. It weights a whopping 2lbs, 11 ounces and measures almost 9 inches wide.

Not surprisingly, the Wenger knife holds the Guinness World Record for “the most multi-functional penknife.”

While I think the idea is novel and pretty cool, the knife itself is just outrageous. Can you imagine trying to saw something, use those baby scissors to cut or open a bottle of wine as you hold the other 84 tools simultaneously?

My only other qualm with this giant knife is that there are not one, but two keychain rings. The bigger Swiss Army knife models felt a bit heavy attached to my keys, so I can’t even imagine what this thing would feel like dangling from my house keys.

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Weird Knives: The Bloody Chef’s Knife

This is the second post in a series bringing you some bizarre knives we come across in our research.

If you’re looking for a good gag knife, you have a number of great options, including the knife disguised as a key.

However, if you’re looking for something more cringeworthy and confusing, nothing beats the bloody chef’s knife.

This very weird kitchen knife aims to convince people you’re a serial killer who doesn’t wash his or her weapons before slicing bell peppers.

The chef’s knife comes with a fired-on, food safe blood design made to look like it has just plunged through someone’s body. If you have an additional interest in making people believe you are odd, the knife also comes with an evidence tag, so it looks like you just took the knife from a crime scene.

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Weird Knives: The Shark Knife

This is the first in a series of occasional posts on very bizarre and strange knives we come across in our research.

If you’re the ultimate fan of the 1975-classic Jaws and have an undying love of knives, we found the item for you: the coveted Shark Knife.

As you can see from the image above, this outrageously impractical knife features an array of razor-sharp edges created in a way that represents the likeness of a fierce shark.

I have no idea where to actually buy it, but if you somehow find a seller and can’t live without this knife, it’ll set you back a few hundred bucks.

The knife seems like more of a hazard to the guy wearing it than anyone else. He’d get a big surprise if he forgets he has it on and puts his arm at his side.

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