Spyderco byte March 2017
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MSRP: $319.95

As its name implies, the Lil’ Temperance 3 is the third-generation expression of this remarkable folding knife design. A shining example of Spyderco’s passion for Constant Quality Improvement (C.Q.I.), to truly appreciate the qualities that make this knife so special, it helps to explore the rich history of its predecessors.
The original Lil’ Temperance was designed by Spyderco co-founder Sal Glesser to distill the high-performance characteristics of his iconic Temperance™ fixed blade into a pocket-friendly folding knife. Like the Temperance, he envisioned the Lil’ Temperance as both a full-service utility tool and a potential personal-defense weapon. It therefore had to offer extreme cutting performance, exceptional structural strength, and highly refined ergonomics that supported its martial application. Introduced in 2001, the Lil’ Temperance accomplished all these things with distinctive style. It featured a full-flat-ground leaf-shaped blade crafted from CPM® 440V particle metallurgy stainless steel. The blade had a very minimal ricasso (the unbeveled portion of the blade nearest the handle) to maximize the length of the cutting edge while keeping the overall blade length to just over three inches. Its Trademark Round Hole™ was fully accessible from either side to support swift one-handed opening with either hand.
The Lil’ Temperance’s blade was supported by Spyderco’s patented Compression Lock™ mechanism. Glesser insisted that the lock be “Martial Blade Craft (MBC) rated,” which meant that it had to withstand at least 200 inch pounds of pressure per inch of blade length. The Compression Lock easily achieved this standard and its location on the spine of the handle made one-handed closing of the knife safe and simple. The stainless steel liners that formed the framework of the lock were nested within 3-D-machined green G-10 handle scales. The top surface of the peel-ply G-10 near the upper perimeter of the handle featured a non-slip, checkered texture, while the remainder of each scale was precision machined to create a thinner, smoother shelf. At the bottom of this shelf, along the centerline of the handle, were three concave “divots” that aligned with matching holes in the knife’s clip. Each of these index points served as an axis for the thumb and index or middle finger that allowed the knife to be quickly spun from standard grip to reverse grip—a technique used in some systems of martial knife use. The Lil’ Temperance’s clip was also unique in that its edges were folded 90 degrees to reduce the contact surface on the pocket and promote a smoother draw. It was configured for right side tip-up or tip-down carry and its design was refined several times during the knife’s active production. 
In addition to the Lil’ Temperance’s leaf-shaped blade, Spyderco also made a version of the knife with an upswept, trailing-point blade reminiscent of a classic Bowie knife. Billed the Lil’ Temperance 2, it was also initially made with CPM 440V blade steel. Later, both versions were switched to CPM S30V and offered with a choice of PlainEdge™ or fully serrated SpyderEdge™ cutting edges. Manufactured at Spyderco’s U.S. factory in Golden, Colorado, the Lil’ Temperance and Lil’ Temperance 2 were ultimately discontinued in the mid 2000’s.
Today, interest in these designs remains high and original examples of both versions are highly prized by collectors. Based on this near cult-like following, Spyderco decided to update and reintroduce the design in a leaner, simpler form that takes full advantage of our current state-of-the-art manufacturing methods.
The Lil’ Temperance 3 still boasts the unmistakably classic lines of the original, but in a leaner, simpler form. Its broad, leaf-shaped blade is full-flat ground from CPM S30V particle metallurgy stainless steel to give it an incredible balance of strength, edge geometry, corrosion resistance, and low-friction cutting performance. The iconic Trademark Round Hole™ is fully accessible from both sides to support swift, ambidextrous, one-handed opening and a strategically placed section of jimping (textured grooves) on the thumb ramp provides a positive thumb purchase for enhanced control during use.
Like its predecessors, the Til’ Temperance 3 employs Spyderco’s patented Compression Lock™ mechanism to lock the blade securely open during use. Built on a foundation of skeletonized stainless steel liners, this high-strength lock is nested into CNC-machined recesses in the handle’s textured G-10 scales. This advanced, open-backed handle design reduces overall weight, simplifies cleaning, and keeps this amazingly capable knife thin and pocket friendly. 
True to the design’s original spirit as a potential personal-defense tool, it includes a single indexing “divot” in each handle scale. These divots align precisely with the concave portion of the knife’s four-position pocket clip to provide a handy pivot axis for grip-change maneuvers. The clip itself has been updated to Spyderco’s time-tested hourglass design and can be easily configured for either left or right-side, tip-up or tip-down carry. 
The Lil’ Temperance 3 is an extremely versatile knife that is ideal for everything from casual utilitarian use to life-saving personal defense. It honors its proud heritage while advancing the state of the art of its design to even higher levels of performance.

OVERALL: 7.30in / 185mm
BLADE: 2.90in / 74mm
EDGE: 2.90in / 74mm
WEIGHT: 4.0oz / 113g
GRIND: Full-Flat

The Power of iPaper

At the risk of being immodest, Spyderco’s current printed catalog is pretty impressive. At 169 pages and 20.5 ounces (581grams) in weight, it showcases our product line very proudly and offers a wealth of other knife-related information. For Spyderco enthusiasts who want to put their feet up and spend a few hours savoring every page, life doesn’t get much better. However, if you’re looking for a specific knife, knives made with a particular blade steel or handle material, or models designed by a certain collaborator, thumbing through nearly 200 pages can be overwhelming.

Fortunately, there is another solution: Spyderco’s digital catalog and online “flipbook” catalog powered by iPaper. If you go to the “Catalog” page of our web site and click on the cover image of our 2017 Product Guide, you’ll be taken to an online digital version of our catalog presented in iPaper’s interactive format. Clicking on the arrows on the left and right of the catalog pages allows you to page through the catalog in the traditional way. A single click on any page zooms the image for easier reading, and clicking and holding the left button of your mouse lets you drag the two-page image around to get a detailed look.

If your goals are more specific—like finding all the Spyderco knives designed by Gayle Bradley—type “Bradley” in the search box in the upper right corner of the screen and hit “enter.” You’ll instantly see a selection of all the pages related to Gayle Bradley knives appear on the right margin of the screen. Want to find all the Spyderco knives with Emerson Opening Features? Simple, just type “Emerson” in the search box and hit “enter.”

The functionality of iPaper doesn’t stop there. Let’s say your interest in Spyderco knives only focuses on lock-blade folders. As cool as our other products may be, if you had your way, your “personal” version of the catalog would not include non-locking folders, fixed blades, or kitchen knives that would get in the way of your primary interest. No problem. Just go back to the online version of the catalog and click on the “Menu” button just to the right of the page number box at the top of the page. You’ll see an option to “Build your own catalog.” Click that and you’ll get a complete array of all the pages in the catalog. Now, click on all the pages you want to keep in your personal catalog and then click “Next step” in the bottom right corner. The next screen will show you all the pages you selected and allow you to rearrange them if you like. Click “Next step” again and you’ll advance to a screen where you’ll have the option to type a welcome message—in case you want to share your custom catalog with a friend. Finally, click “Create catalog” and the last screen will give you a special URL that gives you access to your custom catalog anytime you want. You’ll also have the option to e-mail that URL to a friend.

If you want to enjoy either the full Spyderco catalog or your personalized version when you’re offline, you can also save it to your own device as a PDF. To do this, just open the online version and click on the button just to the left of the page number box at the top of the screen. It gives you the “Download PDF file” option and will prompt a pop-up that allows you to “Open” or “Save” your file. Once saved, you can access it with your device whenever you want without the need for an Internet connection.

The custom catalog option is also an incredibly useful tool for Spyderco dealers and distributors, as it allows you to create and share focused subsets of the catalog to best meet your customers’ needs.

While we are extremely proud of our best-in-class print catalog, the iPaper digital version allows you to get the Spyderco information you want faster and easier than ever before. If you haven’t explored it yet, we encourage you to give it a try.


In early March, Eric Glesser and select members of the Spyderco Crew visited The Netherlands for our 13th annual Amsterdam “Meet.” This extraordinary event brings together nearly 100 passionate Spyderco fans from all over the globe to get an exclusive insider look at the future of Spyderco’s product line. This year’s attendees were treated to approximately 80 new concept models and prototypes that included custom collaborations, in-house designs, generational evolutions of current models, and even a few reborn classics.

Organized by Spyderco’s European Sales Representative Jurphaas Van Rietschoten, the Amsterdam Meet continues to be one of the most remarkable events in the cutlery industry and remains unmatched by any other knife company. While the fortunate few who attended were treated to a once-in-a-lifetime experience, thanks to the outstanding photographic and video skills of “SpyderCollector,” all knife fans have the opportunity to share in the magic. A trusted friend of Spyderco, SpyderCollector was given exclusive permission to photograph a select number of the knives shared at the Meet. His photos, written descriptions, and technical specs of each knife are available on his web site and are also the subject of lively discussion on the Spyderco Forum. SpyderCollector, aka “Mr. Blonde,” did an amazing job of documenting this year’s Meet, taking more than 1,600 photos and shooting over three hours of video footage.

We are extremely grateful to Jurphaas, his brother Martien, Mr. Blonde, all the attendees, and everyone else who helped make the 2017 Amsterdam Meet a tremendous success! Thank you all!!!



Handles and Sheaths 

Savvy Spyderco fans are no doubt familiar with our unique Mule Team Project. In the knife industry, a “mule” is a sample knife used for testing. When testing the performance of different steels or the effects of different heat-treatment protocols on the same steel, companies typically make several mules that are completely identical—except for the one variable they’re trying to evaluate. By keeping the design, blade grind, sharpening angles, and everything else about their mules identical, they can scientifically evaluate the effects of that one difference.

For years, Spyderco’s approach to mules has been vastly different than the rest of the knife industry. Rather than jealously keeping all our testing in-house, we’ve allowed our customers to join in the fun by making our Mule Team knives available for purchase. Manufactured to exacting tolerances in the same versatile fixed-blade profile, the knives in our Mule Team series differ only in the blade steels used to craft them. This is an extraordinary opportunity for knife enthusiasts who want to evaluate and understand how different steels really perform.

Aspiring knifemakers also love our Mule Team blades because they are provided without handles or sheaths and make the ideal platform for a “kit knife.” They enjoy attaching and finishing their own custom scales and crafting matching sheaths from leather or Kydex®.

For those who are not as artistically inclined, Spyderco is proud to introduce turnkey solutions for outfitting your Mule Team blades with handles and sheaths. We now offer “bolt-on” G-10 scale kits that install on any Mule Team knife in a matter of minutes. Precision machined from solid black G-10 and featuring a beautifully contoured checkered texture, these kits include three sets of screws and threaded posts. All you need to install them is a T-8 Torx® driver (two, if you’re the manly type) and a few minutes of your time.To safely carry your Mule Team knives, Spyderco is also excited to introduce a premium pouch-style leather sheath specifically designed for the Mule Team project. Beautifully crafted from fine-tooled brown leather by one of Spain’s most respected sheathmakers, these premium sheaths include an integral belt loop and proudly bear a stamped Spyderco “bug” logo.

Now anyone can “build” a fully functional Mule Team knife in just a few minutes—thanks to our new handle kit and sheath. If you’ve been wanting to be part of the Mule Team experience but aren’t the crafty type, your wishes have come true.

P.S. If you’re wondering which Mule Team blade(s) to buy, we still have limited stock of a few of the recently featured steels available HERE. You could also wait for the new Mule Team blade to be released in April 12th or, better still, do both!
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