List of Spydie Hole license holders?

Discussion in 'Spyderco' started by Shmackey, Oct 9, 2019.

  1. Shmackey


    May 5, 2000
    In an effort to keep my collection under control, I decided to keep only Spydercos. But hey I'm a flexible guy, so maybe I could collect only knives with proper round opening holes. (Ovals and trapezoids need not apply.)

    Is there a list of the companies and makers that have licensed the opening hole?
  2. ric75


    Jun 2, 2017
    I only know the Benchmade Mini Griptilian.
  3. tiguy7

    tiguy7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2008
    If Benchmade licensed the Mini- Griptilian, they may have licensed the AFCK. image.jpeg
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  4. maugust09


    Mar 14, 2018
    Theres a bunch of custom makers that use Spydie holes, but I think these are mostly designers that have worked with Spyderco previously.

    You might also wanna look into the timberline service special and reconsider only owning knives with spydie holes ;) also what about Byrd style opening holes??
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  5. Shmackey


    May 5, 2000
    Nope no Byrds. Or Timberlines. I even just sold my GiantMouse. Round or go home. :)
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  6. South paw draw

    South paw draw Yep.....I'm a idiot. Platinum Member

    Sep 23, 2019
    I'm 95% positive that made the full size grip with a syderco hole as well.they discontinued it a few years back. In fact I happen to know someone that's got one and going to put it up for sale here in the very near future. I could be wrong it could be the mini grip. I will double check my Facts and get back to you
  7. kreisler


    May 11, 2012
    Do you need a license to drill a hole in the blade? i don't thinks o.
  8. South paw draw

    South paw draw Yep.....I'm a idiot. Platinum Member

    Sep 23, 2019
    If your a major knife company and your mass producing a product with with a trademark which the syderco hole is then yes you do. Well I guess you don't if you don't want to keep your company for long. SAL has no problems adding a new factory to syderco I sure.
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  9. on_the_edge

    on_the_edge Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 31, 2006
    You can drill a hole in the blade if you want to without worrying about licensing matters. You can drill a hole in every blade in your collection no matter how many knives you have if you want to. You can make an "Emerson wave" if you want to. You can make your handle look like something done by Tom Mayo with holes all over the place. All this can be done without worry about licensing issues.

    The problem generally comes in when you use the feature on a bunch of knives that you make or modify to sell for profit. There is no restriction on your knives for personal use by you. You can also gift such a knife to a friend or family member as well. Of course, if you make such a modification, you can forget about resale value, which will be essentially zero.

    Spyderco does not want or need competition from other business models who utilize their intellectual property. So don't do that on even one knife and you'll be fine.

    If your question is strictly limited to who has the legal authority to use the Spyderco thumb hole manner of opening a knife, Spyderco is in the best position to answer that.
  10. South paw draw

    South paw draw Yep.....I'm a idiot. Platinum Member

    Sep 23, 2019
    Well said and explained
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  11. Cogam87


    May 5, 2019
    Only one who can legally do it is benchmade I believe, they pay spyderco royalties for doing so.

    There was a article about it shared not long ago.
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  12. BilboBaggins

    BilboBaggins Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 14, 2016
    Others can if they have a deal with Spyderco though I'm not privy to the specifics. I believe @razor-edge-knives (among others) can do so.
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  13. razor-edge-knives

    razor-edge-knives Moderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Apr 3, 2011
    Yeah Spyderco generously allows makers to pay a small fee to make up to 50 blades with round holes per year without any issues. If it's more than that you have to discuss specifics with them and probably pay more. I'm still under my limit even with my 23 Benchmade 940 reblades with round holes :)
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  14. BellaBlades

    BellaBlades Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 12, 2013
    I had no idea. Those are sweet.
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