Spyderco byte June 2018
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MSRP: $359.95
ORIGIN: Taiwan

Brad Southard’s lifelong passion for knives began at the tender age of eight, when he received his first knife from his grandfather. Years later, his love of woodworking led him to start making his own chisels and hand planes and ultimately inspired him to try his hand at knifemaking. As a student of Industrial Design in college, he added machining and advanced metalworking to his skill set and by 2009 had transformed his knifemaking hobby into a full-time profession. He has since earned an enviable reputation as one of the most meticulous and detail-oriented custom makers in the industry.
A former Colorado resident, Southard was also a frequent visitor to Spyderco’s Factory Outlet store during his early years as a knifemaker. Jokingly referred to as “furniture” in the store, he literally spent hours examining every detail of our knives and their construction. When he became a full-time knifemaker, he was therefore a natural choice as a design collaborator.
Southard’s first collaboration with Spyderco was the Southard Folder™, a production version of one of his most popular custom designs. Its release in 2012 was a milestone event, as it was Spyderco’s first knife to include a “flipper” opening mechanism. Pioneered by the late custom knifemaker Kit Carson, a flipper is a small integral tab that extends from the tang of the blade on the cutting edge side. When the knife is closed, the flipper protrudes from the back of the handle to offer a small lever. Pressing or stroking the lever with your index finger overcomes the tension of the ball-bearing detent that holds the blade closed and swiftly pivots into the open, locked position. 
Although the flipper feature was a significant departure from our signature Trademark Round Hole™, it was very well received by Spyderco enthusiasts and soon inspired demand for both more Brad Southard designs and more flipper models. In 2015, we responded to those callings with a second Southard collaboration—a sleek, flipper-opening gentleman’s folder called the Positron™. It delivered serious cutting capability in a compact, pocket-friendly size and set a standard that paved the way for our newest Southard collaboration, the Hanan.
Meaning “gracious” or “gracious gift” in Hebrew, the Hanan is a unique synergy of a flipper-style opener and Spyderco’s patented Compression Lock™ mechanism. This powerful combination provides a convenient, reliable, one-handed opening action and a solid, trustworthy blade lock-up. Since the Compression Lock’s release is located in the spine of the handle, it also allows the blade to be easily closed one handed without ever placing your fingers in the path of the edge.
The Hanan’s blade is full-flat ground from CPM® S30V® particle metallurgy stainless steel and has a handsome stonewashed finish. Its PlainEdge™ cutting edge is slightly recurved and has a sweeping belly that terminates at an acute, utilitarian point. Although the blade includes a small Trademark Round Hole™ as a symbol of its Spyderco lineage, it is purpose designed for flipper opening only and optimized to work best with a “push-button” opening stroke of the index finger. Thanks to special phosphor-bronze ball-bearing washers on each side of the blade, the Hanan’s opening action is incredibly smooth. 
Faithfully replicating Southard’s flawless custom craftsmanship, the Hanan’s handle is built with full titanium liners, titanium bolsters, and G-10 scales and backspacer. The bolsters and scales meet seamlessly at a sweeping arc and are precisely radiused to ensure a comfortable grip. They are supported by thick titanium liners that are skeletonized to reduce weight and painstakingly machined to create the knife’s high-strength Compression Lock mechanism. All the handle’s titanium parts feature a handsome matte finish that matches the distinctive custom pocket clip, which mounts into machined recesses in either scale to offer a choice of left or right-side tip-up carry.
The Hanan is an exquisitely crafted folding knife that truly captures the magic of Brad Southard’s coveted custom designs. If you like flippers, gentleman’s folders, Southard designs, or all the above, it will not disappoint you.

OVERALL: 6.83 in / 173 mm
BLADE: 2.95 in / 75 mm
EDGE: 2.95 in / 75 mm
WEIGHT: 2.9 oz / 82 g
GRIND: Full-Flat
ORIGIN: Taiwan



One of the most important design aspects of any fixed-blade knife sheath is its mounting hardware. Well-designed mounts not only keep the sheath and knife secure and easily accessible, but ideally offer a variety of carry styles and positions.
Spyderco’s early Boltaron® sheaths used original Blade-Tech™ Tek-Lok™ hardware. Depending upon the size and weight of the knife, either a small or large-sized Tek-Lok was used to provide secure attachment to a belt and offered a choice of vertical or horizontal carry. Although they worked well, Tek-Loks were limited in that they did not allow inside-the-waistband (IWB) carry or any angular adjustment. 
In the early days of custom-made Kydex® sheaths—the late 1990’s and early 2000’s—one of the premier craftsmen in the business was Mike Sastre, founder of River City Sheaths. Besides handcrafting custom Kydex sheaths with a fit and finish that far outshined the competition, Sastre also developed a unique mounting device for his sheaths that not only offered secure belt carry, but also worked equally as well as a spring clip for IWB carry with or without a belt. Called a “G-Clip” because when viewed on edge it resembled the letter “G,” it was a brilliantly simple solution to the problem.
With Sastre’s support and cooperation, Spyderco took the original G-Clip design and improved it, adding an enhanced hole pattern that allows vertical, horizontal, and both forward and rearward-canted mounting positions. Instead of molding the clips from flat stock, we also invested in tooling to have them injection molded from a tough, springy polymer material. The result was Spyderco’s expression of the G-Clip, which remains the standard mounting hardware for almost all of our Boltaron® and injection-molded polymer sheaths to this day. 
Spyderco G-Clips fit comfortably on belts up to 1.5 inches wide and .25 inches thick. They come complete with two sets of stainless steel screws and two rubber washers that attach them securely to the sheath. The Torx® screws are easily removed with a T-10 Torx driver to allow the clip to be repositioned for different carry preferences. Because Spyderco designs its sheaths to be symmetrical, the G-Clip can be attached to either side of the sheath for left or right-handed carry and either edge-forward or edge-back orientation. That flexibility, coupled with the choices of belt or inside-the-waistband carry and vertical, horizontal, or angled carry positions, makes the G-Clip one of the most versatile mounting platforms available today. For that reason, in addition to being a standard feature on most of our fixed-blade sheaths, it is also a popular aftermarket accessory—either as a mount for custom-molded sheaths or as a turnkey replacement for small Tek-Loks.

There is a lot more to the G-Clip—and its history—than meets the eye. And the closer you look, the more confident we are you’ll like it.

Spyderco began June in style at the 2018 BLADE Show in Atlanta. From the time the doors opened on June 1st, we were mobbed by Spyderco enthusiasts clamoring to see, touch, and experience our latest models. Despite the show’s expanded floorplan, which included a second exhibition hall and about 30 percent more floorspace, the aisles were packed with knife lovers from all over the globe. When the dust settled, the BLADE Magazine staff confirmed that this year’s show was indeed the largest and best attended ever, with 900+ exhibitors and more than 10,000 attendees.
During the show, Spyderco was also honored to win the BLADE Magazine Imported Knife of the Year award for our expression of Peter Rassenti’s remarkable Paysan™ folding knife design.
Thanks to BLADE Magazine and to everyone who visited with us for making the 2018 BLADE Show an unforgettable event!



From June 18-21, Spyderco also exhibited at the OutDoor Trade Fair in Friedrichshafen, Germany. Widely regarded as the European equivalent of the US-based Outdoor Retailer Show, this remarkable event highlights the broad scope of the European outdoor lifestyle and showcases every conceivable type of outdoor and leisure product. This year’s show featured nearly 1,000 exhibitors attracted more than 20,000 visitors from more than 90 countries.


In last month’s byte, our article on changing the position of your knife’s pocket clip stated that the clip screws of our knives are not treated with thread-locking compound during assembly at the factory. That statement was inaccurate. In fact, all the clip screws on our knives are treated with non-permanent thread-locker when they are assembled. We apologize for that mistake and any confusion it may have caused.
If you choose to remove or reposition the clip on your knife, we still recommend a fresh application of thread-locking compound on each screw to help prevent them from loosening over time.


The first-generation Techno, designed by Polish custom knifemaker Marcin Slysz, has been discontinued and all current stock has been depleted. This model will be replaced by the second-generation Techno 2, which is currently being manufactured in Taiwan and should be available later this summer. 
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