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Crowned Spines

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by psquared, Aug 13, 2019.

  1. psquared


    Aug 21, 2011
    I've been carrying a custom today with a crowned and filed spine that I think is really attractive. My knives get light use and I have no requirement to use the spine of my knife to strike fire steels or open bottles so, personally, I'd like to see crowned spines on more knives. The production knives in my collection that I can think of off hand that have crowned spines are :

    CRK Sebenzas
    CRK Mnandi
    Benchmade Shoki (not sure if both versions had crowned spines, mine is the M390 version)
    Benchmade 32
    Spyderco Goddard Jr sprint
    Mcusta Bamboo
    Mcusta Tsushi
    Strider SJ75 - not sure if that is regarded as crowned with filework but I like it.

    There are lots with swedges but not so many with really attractive rounded crowns.

    Which other production models could I look at to expand my list?
  2. orangejoe35

    orangejoe35 Former McDonald's Employee Platinum Member

    Nov 23, 2016
    I don't know about the folders, but the fixed-blade Boker Kwaiken has a crowned spine.
  3. Comeuppance

    Comeuppance Fixed Blade EDC Emisssary Gold Member

    Jan 12, 2013
    Of all knives, my SRM Land 910 has a crowned spine. It’s a nice detail* on what amounts to a budget beater knife.

    * it is worth mentioning that this detail and much of the form factor has been directly lifted from the Chris Reeve Sebenza. One can hardly give the manufacturer any credit for that (or any) design decision regarding the knife.
  4. Murdamook

    Murdamook Basic Member Basic Member

    Nov 3, 2010
    Is a crowned spine simply rounded? Not a fan, if so. I like having a 90 degree spine. I feel like it makes the knife more utilitarian.
  5. KAEDC

    KAEDC Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 25, 2013
    Alot of the Benchmade Gold Classes havr crowned spines
  6. kreole


    Jul 23, 2009
    I have a M390 black G10 Benchmade 710 with a crowned spine. Definitely nicer
  7. The Zieg

    The Zieg

    Jan 31, 2002
    Pics of the knife you're referring to?

  8. halden.doerge

    halden.doerge I'll Sharpen Your Knife Gold Member

    Aug 17, 2014
    Benchmade Anthem also has a crowned spine. The Slysz Bowie (RIP) also has one.
  9. lambertiana

    lambertiana Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 7, 2000
    The Lionsteel Shuffler and Viper EO that Mike sells at Collectorknives have crowned spines.
  10. Mako109


    Dec 17, 2008
    Viper Belone. M390 with crowned spine.
  11. Bigfattyt

    Bigfattyt Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 23, 2007
    I like rounded spines on knives. I prefer not to use my knives to strike ferro rods. It uglies them up. I usually have a dedicated striker, or my leatherman with lots of striking surfaces.

    Rounded spines feel great under the thumb, especially when bearing down into cuts. I round the spines on my cheap users, like Opinel, and Cheap Spydercos.
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  12. halden.doerge

    halden.doerge I'll Sharpen Your Knife Gold Member

    Aug 17, 2014
    And like all the Giant Mouse Knives.
  13. Nsled


    May 13, 2019
    Someone want to explain or provide examples of a "crowned spine". If it just means round, then yeh I generally find them ugly.
  14. Sharp & Fiery

    Sharp & Fiery Platinum Member Platinum Member

    May 14, 2012
    Im also in the “fan of crowned spines”.
    sechip likes this.
  15. ShadyMethods

    ShadyMethods Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 9, 2016
    Just means the spine of the blade is rounded. Not the best photo to show it but you can sort of see it here.


    To add to the list:
    Lionsteel SR2
    BM 51 Morpho
    BM Gold Class Foray
    BRS Alpha Beast
    Grimsmo Norseman
  16. psquared


    Aug 21, 2011

    I’ll try and take better photos of the spine and file work today.

    I’ve got a few knives to have a look at, thank you.

    Interesting to see so many Italian made knives mentioned.
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  17. psquared


    Aug 21, 2011
    A few more (assuming you were asking about the custom that got me thinking in the first place).



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  18. tiguy7

    tiguy7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2008
    C290ED8A-97E9-4ABC-A650-4309C1D98FB7.jpeg They said this one had a crowned spine. It’s hard to see.
  19. sechip

    sechip Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 27, 2013
    Viper orso
  20. Insipid Moniker

    Insipid Moniker Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 28, 2011
    I prefer a crowned spine on my folders. I find it increases comfort, looks good and, in a folder, doesn't cost any utility that I'm ever gonna miss.

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