Anyone order their zdp/cf caly3s yet?

Discussion in 'Spyderco' started by Slim to None, Mar 21, 2007.

  1. Bflo Barry

    Bflo Barry

    Jan 10, 2007
    I just ordered mine. I am looking forward to comparing it to the the mini manix and D'Allara. The D'Allara has not blown me away yet, but that may be because the mini manix, at twice the price, is an unfair comparison.
  2. Sal Glesser

    Sal Glesser Moderator Moderator

    Dec 27, 1998
    Thanx much for the kind words.

    Its nice to know efforts are appreciated. The Caly line was designed for afi's, but I must admit that the design has been molded and refined by afi's and the Caly3 is the result of your efforts.

    Hi Barry,

    Welcome to the Spyderco forum.

    Each model is different in its philosophy, spirit and purpose. Sometimes difficult to compare. the Caly3 is different still.

  3. Bflo Barry

    Bflo Barry

    Jan 10, 2007
    Sal -

    It has been fun to experiment and learn. Thanks for the response. I have read many posts complimenting you for taking the time to review and respond to forum comments, and I wholeheartedly agree.

  4. hankmarx


    Oct 3, 2006
    I ordered mine as soon as it appeared on the NGK site. I hear it is at my house, but I have been working on the road for a few weeks now.
  5. DavidZ

    DavidZ Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 30, 2004
    I got mine this week, and I love it. I was just whittling a stick around the camp fire in my backyard. It is an incredible cutter. I do have a question, for those of you who have one. If I rub my finger on the carbon fiber handle for a short while, it feels like some of the cf rolls off on my finger. Try it. You do not have to rub real hard, just multiple times, and what appears to be cf rolls between your finger and the handle. Does anyone else notice this??

  6. mapesd


    Feb 14, 2007
    I got my CF Caly in this week as well. Absolutely love it! :D
    I did try rubbing the CF to see if it would come off and I can barely tell there is something rolling in between my finger and the knife.
    Honestly, I couldn't tell if it was the CF or some dead skin rolling off of my finger. I did check the handle under direct light and didn't see any blemishes due to the rubbing.
  7. DavidZ

    DavidZ Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 30, 2004
    mapesd - That is exactly what I mean. I thought it was skin being abraded away too, but I am not sure, as it is black, or handle color. When you first start rubbing, it feels smooth, then it starts developing some drag, and then this roll of something appears. Anyone else try it??
  8. Knife_Geek


    Mar 11, 2007
    didnt order a caly3 but instead i went for the caly Jr. in the zdp i found a guy thatll sell them to me below list price and i just cant pass up a zdp-189 folder at the oh so low price of $70:cool:

    btw this is my first post in the spydie forum(since it'll be my first spyderco knife)
  9. arnon


    Mar 13, 2006
    welcome to the spyderco family:) :)
    Be well Arnon
  10. Bflo Barry

    Bflo Barry

    Jan 10, 2007
    My Caly3 CF/ZDP arrived earlier today!
    Wow! Gorgeous knife.
    I did not realize that it was going to be the exact same length as my mini-grip, which has now been replaced as my EDC when wearing a suit (although I need to remove the clip).
    The mini manix remains the non-suit EDC, and I am getting used to the D'Allara.
    Fit-n-finish on the Caly3 is awesome and reminds me of my Sebenza (large).
    However, I agree with the prior comments that the CF seems to rub off.
    For me at least, this removes any need for the small sebenza ("need" being only one variable in the overall decision making process).
    While the Caly3 cost $40 more than the mini-manix and $90 more than the D'Allara, I can see why.

  11. J D Wijbenga

    J D Wijbenga

    Oct 17, 1998
    Mine just arrived and all I can say is "Woooh, now thats a knife!". Sharpest Spydie I have had. Very high qaulity.

    Top marks for this one Sal and crew!

  12. ktk


    Jan 15, 2005
    Mine also arrived this morning. Wow, that's the real small beauty. Classy, neat, well-built, and extremely sharp, that's all I can say. But I prefer the feeling CF scale on Millie BG42 a bit over the smooth one on caly3 zdp.

    It will be my EDC from now on.
  13. fishwatcher


    Nov 26, 2002
    I received mine this morning.

    This is my own personal "Holy Grail".

    I'm always about a knife that is EDC/user oriented. It is impossible for me to "hold on to" any knife, ie to keep as a "collector" item.

    Here is what I really like about this knife:

    Discrete carry wire clip, including the non-reflective finish
    Dual steel liners, with weight reducting holes
    Adjustable, robust looking pivot
    Rivets holding the handles, liners, back-spacer together for a clean and balanced look + will prevent me from trying to take this apart.
    High tech materials: laminated ZDP, matte CF
    Size - not too big for EDC. I have a lot of 2" folders, that fit into the watch pocket of my jeans.

    One question I have is, on the signature logo on the blade, opposite side of the Spyderco bug. Is this Sal's name on the blade?

    This is definately a home-run in my book.
  14. wec12


    Mar 8, 2006
    Yeah... That's SAL's signature ;) .
  15. sk8n


    Feb 20, 2006
    Has anyone noticed scratches on the blade around the pivot caused by interference with the liners. I have only opened/closed mine 10-12 times and there are noticeable scratches. I also have a small chip in the blade directly above the Spyderco Bug. I already discussed this with the vendor and they said that I can return it. I am trying to decide whether to return it or just keep it.
  16. nickcarr


    Feb 13, 2005
    Sorry for the spam, but if you act fast, you can pick mine up in the for sale forum. :p
    I also couldn't get use to the slick/smooth CF handle. I prefer the FRN or the Emerson Black G-10 epoxy / glass laminate handles.

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