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Spyderco Flipper

Discussion in 'Spyderco' started by mattz357, Feb 25, 2012.

  1. mattz357

    mattz357

    848
    Jun 20, 2002
    There was a post recently with a pic of a titanium framelock flipper, but I didn't see any mention of a model number or name. Is this officially going to be made, or just a rumor at this point? Any info on steel, country of origin, etc? This looks like an awesome knife!
     
  2. MountainBilly

    MountainBilly

    402
    Nov 13, 2007
    Sounds like the Brad Southard prototype. No word on when or if it will be produced.
     
  3. EZ Bake

    EZ Bake Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 5, 2009
    It's rumored to have been talked about at SHOT with Sal as if it's most likely going to happen.

    I'm excited about this one.
     
  4. mattz357

    mattz357

    848
    Jun 20, 2002
    I really like the looks. It will be nice to find out about size and materials, and PLEASE make it in the USA!!!
     
  5. neuron

    neuron Moderator Moderator

    Apr 18, 2010
    I got to play with the proto at SHOT -- it's an awesome knife. Just from eyeballing it, the blade length was around 3.5". The stock of the titanium on the framelock was nice and thick, and the overall thickness of the knife was definitely greater than your average Spyderco (think something like the ZT 0550). Not sure what the steel was, but at least on the proto, the G-10 scale on the off side was tan.

    As for whether they'll make it into production, in the display case with not-yet-released models, Spyderco had each knife labeled as either a "proto" or a "concept knife". "Proto" meant that the knife was going to make it to production and was a knife that Spyderco had produced (you guessed it) a proto of, while concept knives were just that -- knives that designers (often custom makers) had submitted for consideration but which may never see the light of day. As I recall, the Southard flipper was in the "proto" category, meaning it should make it to production. I certainly hope so, as it was a fantastic knife.
     
  6. mattz357

    mattz357

    848
    Jun 20, 2002
    A 3.5" blade would be awesome, but I hope it isn't "too" thick. Where do you typically preorder a knife like this when it becomes official?
     
  7. neuron

    neuron Moderator Moderator

    Apr 18, 2010
    Haven't seen any pre-orders up for it yet. My guess is that even if it's "official" within Spyderco (and between Spyderco and Brad), it may be far enough out that dealers haven't put in orders for them yet.

    As far as the thickness, my guess is that the blade stock is around the same thickness as the Millie (4 mm), with the difference being that the Southard flipper maintains its thickness out toward the tip a lot more than the Millie does.
     
  8. mattz357

    mattz357

    848
    Jun 20, 2002
    I don't mind a thick blade, I'm just hoping the overall thickness is "pocket friendly."
     
  9. Niles

    Niles

    99
    Sep 24, 2010
    This picture was posted over on the USN. Who knows what the current iteration is like though.

    [​IMG]
     
  10. Spydesense

    Spydesense Gold Member Gold Member

    854
    Nov 17, 2010
    :eek:I like! :D
     
  11. rkmoore

    rkmoore Basic Member Basic Member

    Oct 30, 2010
    Oh ya! I would LOVE to get one of these suckers. But I'm guessing it'll be out of my price range.
     
  12. Niles

    Niles

    99
    Sep 24, 2010
    The only things I don't like about the prototype is the g10 lock stop (because of the color against the titanium), and the double curve on the lock cutout. Otherwise, I dig it.
     
  13. PropThePolecat

    PropThePolecat

    Jan 31, 2009
    That flipper looks wicked...I hope Spyderco goes through with it.
     
  14. 23xdm3.8

    23xdm3.8

    863
    Apr 18, 2011
    I spoke to sal about this at last years Blade..typically from prototype to production, it takes anywhere from a year to 1.5..

    Either way, I think it's an awesome design..I hope they work some kind of bearing system pivot. I want that blade screamin out of the handle
     
  15. jsp

    jsp

    346
    Jun 6, 2007
    That looks so sweet. I would love to see it with a 4" blade though.
     
  16. mantzao

    mantzao

    Jun 16, 2011
    whose logo is that?
     
  17. mattz357

    mattz357

    848
    Jun 20, 2002
    Noooooooo! I hope 3.5" max. I Really like this knife and I hope they mention pricing and materials sooner rather than later.
     
  18. MountainBilly

    MountainBilly

    402
    Nov 13, 2007
    When I tried it at OKCA last year I barely flicked it and the blade flipped open and locked at near light speed. What ever is in there now doesn't need any improvement. Can't wait to try it again this year.
     
  19. 23xdm3.8

    23xdm3.8

    863
    Apr 18, 2011
    I know the original by Southard has IKBS
     
  20. 23xdm3.8

    23xdm3.8

    863
    Apr 18, 2011
    Brad Southard
     

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