I’ll preface this article, by saying that I really like Spyderco and what they do. I’m also a big fan of Marcin Slysz, the talented knife maker who’s the designer of the Spyderco SpydieChef. He’s a humble guy living in the South of Poland and his shop must be one of the simplest professional knife making shops I’ve ever seen (considering he’s been professionally making knives for a living for about a decade now).
I’m also a sucker for titanium frame lock folders, so you can easily guess my reaction when I received my SpydieChef, I fell in love instantly. However, despite my immediate love, I decided to wait and use it for awhile before writing a proper reality-based user review. Now after more than six months, I’m ready to share my thoughts, so grab your coffee and enjoy the review.
Overall Length 7.78″ (198 mm)
Closed Length 4.46″ (113 mm)
Blade Length 3.32″ (84 mm)
Blade Steel: LC200N
Weight 3.8 oz (108 g)
Blade Thickness 0.118″ (3.0 mm)
Lock Type: R.I.L. (Reeve Integral Lock)
MSRP: $329.95 (Street price is about $199.95)
The Folding Kitchen Knife
A folding kitchen knife is definitely not a new idea and I’ve seen and actually owned one before with A.G. Russel’s folding Santoku. However, most of them were designed with the same type of pattern, which is taking a kitchen knife and shortening the blade so it can be used as a folding knife. The usual result (as expected) was a knife that was indeed good for kitchen use, but only for kitchen use.
Good luck trying to skin a whitetail with a folding sushi knife. Now the SpydieChef’s genesis was very different; it was designed foremost as a lightweight EDC folder with great ergonomics and a good edge-to-handle ratio.
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