Spyderco byte April 2018
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MSRP: $94.95

MSRP: $99.95

Like all smart consumers, Spyderco customers appreciate a good value. Led by our best-selling Tenacious™ model, our Value Series of folders was specifically created with that thought in mind, packing all the high-performance features that define a Spyderco knife into an entire family of very affordable models. To accomplish that feat, we had to figure out how to make calculated compromises that reduced the cost of production while maintaining the highest overall product quality and reliability. After exploring all the possibilities, we realized that the best way to do that was by choosing an economical blade steel. 
Using a less expensive blade steel allowed us to maintain the highest quality materials and craftsmanship in the overall execution of the knife, while still achieving a significant cost savings. For hundreds of thousands of satisfied Value Folder owners, this works perfectly. They use their knives, sharpen them when necessary, and keep on cutting. Other customers, however, told us that they were ready for “the next step”—folder models that were still very reasonably priced, but featured a more advanced blade steel. To meet that need, we created two of the newest additions to our Value Folder family, the Alcyone and the Polestar.
Alcyone is a brilliant multiple star system in the constellation of Taurus. Its official astronomical designation is Eta Taurus, and it was once believed by the Mayan people to be the center of our solar system. Polestar is another name for Polaris, or Alpha Ursae Minoris, commonly known as the North Star. Like these namesakes, the Spyderco Alcyone and Polestar were specifically created to shine brightly above their peers.
The heart of the Alcyone is its full-flat-ground, PlainEdge™ blade, which is precision machined from American-made CTS® BD1 stainless steel. This high-carbon, high-chromium steel offers an excellent balance of hardness, corrosion resistance, and wear resistance, making it ideally suited for use in working knives. By design, the Alcyone’s leaf-shaped profile has a very small ricasso (the unbeveled portion of the blade near the handle) to give the blade a long, exceptionally capable working edge. The fully accessible Trademark Round Hole™ proudly identifies the knife’s Spyderco pedigree and provides an excellent purchase for swift, ambidextrous one-handed opening.
The Alcyone’s ergonomic handle features full skeletonized stainless steel liners and an open-backed construction style that minimize the knife’s weight, make it easy to clean, and provide a sound structure for its sturdy LinerLock mechanism. To ensure a comfortable, non-slip grip, the liners are sandwiched between gray G-10 scales with a unique high-traction checked texture. The obverse (near-side) scale and liner also include relief cut that allows easy release of the lock when closing the knife and makes one-handed operation simple and intuitive. To support all possible carry options, the Alcyone features a four-position pocket clip that is easily configured for left or right-side, tip-up or tip-down carry. The clip has a broad, triangular base for strength and a center hole that works in concert with a generously sized lined lanyard hole to allow the easy attachment of fobs and lanyards.
The Polestar shares all the same qualities and performance features as the Alcyone, but in a package that is about 11 percent larger. While the Alcyone is ideal for smaller hands or jurisdictions that require a sub-three-inch blade length, the Polestar fits larger hands more readily and offers a longer and somewhat thicker blade for more demanding cutting chores. Best of all, it does all that while keeping its weight a trim 3.9 ounces (111g) and remaining amazingly pocket friendly.

No matter which one you choose, the Alcyone and Polestar truly do “shine brightly” and proudly offer all the best features of our world-class knives at budget-friendly prices.

OVERALL: 7.04 in / 179 mm
BLADE: 2.91 in / 74 mm
EDGE: 2.78 in / 71 mm
WEIGHT: 3.3 oz / 94 g
GRIND: Full-Flat
OVERALL: 7.84 in / 199 mm
BLADE: 3.33 in / 85 mm
EDGE: 3.15 in / 80 mm
WEIGHT: 3.9 oz / 111 g
GRIND: Full-Flat



Mother’s Day is rapidly approaching and the time to start shopping for that special gift is now. Whether it’s in the kitchen, working on hobbies and crafts, or in the garden, all Mom’s cut things, so they appreciate good, sharp knives and other tools. Show the special Mom in your life how much you love her with one (or more) of these special gift suggestions from Spyderco.

SQUEAK™ PINK LIGHTWEIGHTIt may seem cliché, but a compact, socially friendly, non-locking pocketknife with an irresistible pink handle is a perfect gift for any Mom.

DELICA® 4 LIGHTWEIGHT PURPLEIf pink isn’t Mom’s thing, but purple is, this lightweight lock back folder will make her day.

CHAPARRAL™ RAFFIR NOBLEWho says a “gentleman’s folder” is for men only? This classy pocketknife with polished Raffir® scales would be very much at home in Mom’s pocket or purse.

SANTOKUA Santoku is a Japanese kitchen knife that provides all the functions of both a chef’s knife and a light cleaver in a compact format that is a joy to use in the kitchen.

TRI-ANGLE SHARPMAKER® - No matter what Mom uses to cut—knives, scissors, potato peelers—make sure it’s performing the way it should by giving her the gift of sharp with the best-selling Tri-Angle Sharpmaker.



April was a busy month for the Spyderco Crew, who represented the brand and our products at three different trade shows. First, we helped kick off Colorado’s whitewater season at the Raftopia Sale and Boat Swap in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. Attracting rafting and kayaking enthusiasts from all over the Rocky Mountain Region, this fun event showcases the latest gear and accessories for the whitewater market.

Organized by the Oregon Knife Collector’s Association, the Oregon Knife Show is a perennial favorite of the Spyderco Crew and a true institution in America’s knife culture. We were pleased to visit with both old friends and new converts to knife collecting and appreciate the feedback we received on many of our newest prototypes and concept models.

Not to be out done, our European Sales Representative, Jurphaas Van Rietschoten, also proudly showed the Spyderco “colors” at the Waffen Samlerborse show in Luzern, Switzerland and at a dealer event in Frankfurt, Germany.

As April comes to a close, we are busily gearing up for a very special OpFocus® Seconds Sale event that will be held at the Spyderco Factory Outlet (SFO) on May 20th. This sale is very much like the annual Seconds Sale we conduct in November, but is open only to military, law enforcement, and first responder personnel. It is just one of the ways we at Spyderco express our sincere thanks for the service and sacrifice of our country’s men and women in uniform.
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