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My new Caly3

Discussion in 'Spyderco' started by Flatlander1963, Oct 14, 2012.

  1. Flatlander1963

    Flatlander1963 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 28, 2008
    I've always liked the mid-lock and I've been interested in a plain edge Caly3 for some time. About six weeks ago I caught a CF laminated zdp-189 on sale and grapped it. I thought I would go right back to the Sage II once I played around with the Caly for a bit. Nope, I'm in love with it. I haven't even considered any of my other EDC rotation since I put the Caly in my pocket.

    If you haven't tried this knife you should. Its an older design but one of Sal/Erics's best efforts.
  2. Flatlander1963

    Flatlander1963 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 28, 2008
    I suppose I should say why I'm liking this knife so much. Light weight, perfect ergos, fantastic cutter, wire clip, perfect fit and finish. Small but feels bigger. Great knife.
  3. rnbtexas


    May 7, 2012
    Agreeded, it is the next on my buy list. I have had it in hand a couple of times and really like it. How does it ride in your pocket? do you notice the pivot pin at all when you are getting it out of your pocket?
  4. Flatlander1963

    Flatlander1963 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 28, 2008
    I don't notice the pivot pin when clipped to the pocket. That said it rides down in the pocket with the change and car keys as often as not. No open back to collect change and the CF still not showing any rash from that type of carry. If you wear comfortable pants ie without tight pockets you shouldn't have a worry with the big pivot pin.
  5. rnbtexas


    May 7, 2012
    Thank you for the info. I didn't think it would be a big deal.
    I agree about the tight pants. I heard a comedian say the other day, "why does a country with a weight problem have an obsession with skinny pants."

  6. bh49

    bh49 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 27, 2005
    Congrats on your new Caly3. IMHO Calys is one of the of best Spyderco designs and near perfect EDC. I strongly prefer VG10 variant- really do not lake uneven laminated lines. I fall in love with Caly3 when I saw proto picture and carried VG10 Caly3 for more than four years, since the day they came out. It was replaced with Caly3.5, when they came out. The same package, but longer blade. The same ergos, the same blade geometry, the same feel in the pocket, but longer blade. Make a big sense unless exceed legal limit. I love both Caly3 and Caly3.5. I brought Caly3.5 up because it is available in VG10, unfortunately VG10 Caly3 was discontinued.
  7. Striderco


    Jun 17, 2010
    Love the Caly 3! What a beautiful knife!!
  8. wfochris


    Dec 12, 2010
    Off topic, but you don't happen to have a jeep on tons do you?

    I'm checking the caly now.
  9. drbobguy


    Jan 29, 2006
    I just got the Damascus version and I have to say I prefer the knife to the Sage 1 in terms of ergos and handling. And I'm one of those people who almost always prefers liners over lockbacks, since they have such a smoother opening. The caly 3 ergos fit my hand better, and the slightly slimmer profile makes a surprisingly large difference in my pocket.
  10. AF

    AF Hobbyist Knifemaker Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jan 14, 2000
    I have the Caly 3 in VG-10 and agree that it's a great design. I don't like the ZDP version as much for aesthetic reasons - the blade sratches and wavy laminate lines. I also have the 3.5 and think it's an improvement in ergos.
  11. rexromic

    rexromic Gold Member Gold Member

    May 28, 2011
    Just got mine today,one of the best edc knives IMO.:)
  12. Invective


    Jul 7, 2012
    I'm waiting for the SB sprint to come out :D
  13. Flatlander1963

    Flatlander1963 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 28, 2008
    I don't mind the wavy laminate lines but the J2 does scratch easy. I guess that's the only negative for me.
  14. christopher

    christopher Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 7, 1998
    I'm not sure why I would want to use it. If it scratches, I'll consider making it a safe queen...... No, I'll only carry it for formal occasions, such as going to church, work, and such.
  15. BoxANT


    Mar 23, 2008
    Love my Caly3 ZDP/CF, probably my favorite EDC, just a beautiful knife.

    Last edited: Oct 15, 2012
  16. scrub


    Dec 12, 2011
    I have a VG10/SE Caly 3. I'd love a PE version to keep it company!
  17. smoakie976


    Mar 12, 2011
    My first Spyderco was a Caly3 ZDP189 CF, I love that knife very much, but does not see much pocket time because I am an auto technician and I do not want to destroy it.
  18. Franz_N


    Apr 3, 2010
    I really wish they didn't discontinue the G10/VG10 version, i'd love a plain edge. It was was of the greatest pocket knives i ever had.
  19. bh49

    bh49 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 27, 2005
    May be we will be lucky to see sprint run. But I really have not problem now. Caly3.5 near perfect for me.
  20. JTR357


    Sep 10, 2007

    Love to see a pic of that.I hope they don't sell out b4 I get a chance to grab one.

    I have the SB & ZDP 3.5's & they are my fav Spydies.Slim & slicey!:)

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