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Fastest opening...

Discussion in 'Spyderco' started by Peroni1973, Aug 4, 2012.

  1. Peroni1973

    Peroni1973 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 25, 2010
    I have several cracking Spydies but despite owning a Para 2, a Sage 1, the Junior and many others...

    ...my Tenacious seems to fly out ahead of them all.

    Any other fast opening Spydies that I need to watch for?

  2. Dr Heelhook

    Dr Heelhook

    Jul 24, 2007
    The new Brad Southard flipper seems pretty fast.
  3. SAKsRCool

    SAKsRCool Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2007
    You should get a shot timer, increase the sensitivity and find out the average open times.
  4. DrChimRichalds


    Jul 3, 2011
    Emerson Delica/Endura ought to be up there for fast deployments! Also the most entertaining deployments too!
  5. kreole


    Jul 23, 2009
    Military (liner not frame) is fastest for me. Spyderco does a good job at making their liner locks seem frictionless.
  6. staxnet


    Jul 4, 2011

    This. The Emersons start to deploy before the knife clears the pocket. Not even automatics do that.
  7. KBar666


    Jul 1, 2011
    Its big but my XL Manix now that its broken in is pretty freaking fast, fast as any other I've seen and its bigger than most spydies out there.

    I still want a Yo 2 though.
  8. bdmicarta

    bdmicarta Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 16, 2012
    Does your Tenacious have a strong detent?

    I've noticed that some of my knives have a stronger detent than others, and by the time you put enough force on the blade to overcome the detent you have a good amount of force involved and the causes the blade to come out fast. Something like my PM2 opens very easily so I don't have time to get a good amount of force built up before it is mostly open. It opens pretty fast even at that.

    I have a couple of the really big CRKT knives with flippers. It takes a good amount of force on the flipper to overcome the detent and once that happens the force accelerates the blade to good opening speed pretty fast.
  9. austonh

    austonh Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 26, 2012
    Right now I feel like my Vallotton is my fastest. Although I have an Emerson Endura, so if we count the nifty wave feature then it wins.
  10. frontline29


    Oct 7, 2008
    The street beat. ;)
  11. Peroni1973

    Peroni1973 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 25, 2010
    Thanks Guys for all the comments. BDMicarta, your thoughts on the detent may be spot on. I also think that there is a mass factor in there as the larger blade of the Tenacious has greater inertia once the opening has started.

    I've recently ordered the Gayle Bradley, and whilst the Spydie hole isn't the biggest and there isn't complete access to it - it seems to be reasonably fast to the practiced hand from what I can tell. (I should get mine in a day or two!) We drill handgun drawing, etc. so my thinking is to drill blade opening and to groove a consistent approach. So I guess I'm rather focused on using the hole as opposed to a flipper/wave option, although there is no denying that they work well. (My ZT's assisted or not, fly open).

    I have several other makes of knives but my Spydies just seem to fit the bill in terms of carry and as a result feature in my EDC far more often than anything else.

    Cheers all!

  12. enderwiggin


    Nov 18, 2006
    Anything waved, followed by anything with a compression lock.
  13. kevink1


    Jul 6, 2012
    The perrin PPT, has a great detent that allows instant thumb flick opening!
  14. cevtv


    Feb 6, 2009
    Yojimbo 2
  15. chasmo


    May 1, 2012
    Hands down the P'kal, the larger "wave" has the most consistent opening of any of my waved knives, including Emerson's. Although some don't like the ergos for EDC... I love it.
  16. canyon56


    Jun 7, 2012
    Para 2 is my fastest opening knife.
  17. hondahirny


    Apr 2, 2012
    Aside from pivot/detent friction, the rest is a matter of inertia. The human thumb can only exert so much force and only move so fast. In all cases, I've found my lighter/shorter blades to deploy quickest. My Benchmade 840 is super quick with a light blade and a thumb stud relatively close to the pivot. My ZT0560 is relatively slow with its large and heavy blade.

    If your concern is a defensive situation, practicing deployment is most crucial. No matter how fast your knife can be, fumbling for the thumb stud or Spydie hole isn't going to get the knife open. A reliable opening is more important than a faster opening that can only be achieved sometimes.

    I've played around with a variety of brands and deployment systems. None are infallible. Even waving open an Emerson can be done wrong. I find that knives that fit my hand well while being removed from my pocket are easiest to open quickly.

    In terms of Spydies, my Para 2 is quick and the giant hole is hard to miss :) My ZT flippers are also pretty easy to open quickly.
  18. Violentgrip


    Feb 4, 2012
    I don't have a lot of Spyderco's but I just got my second one, the Techno and it deploys pretty dang fast.
  19. d.2.the.p

    d.2.the.p Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 30, 2011
    The Chokwe is by far the fastest I've ever handled.
  20. 1badcj_7


    May 2, 2012
    I dont get the whole "fastest opening" knife thing... Every single knife I've ever seen or handled opens at about the same speed except for slipjoints and knives with a nail nick.. I mean, some have stiffer detents than others, but the speed difference when opening them is negligible.. We're talking less than miliseconds; infinitesimal amounts not even worth mentioning in my opinion..

    I can understand discussing "ease of opening" (due to a nice stiff detent), but speed:jerkit:? They're ALL fast!
    Am I missing something here because I sure dont understand

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