Sal? Question about Kitchen Experimental 3

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I'm trying to complete the list of all spydies, but I'm still missing info on the Kitchen Experimental 3 (KX03), while KX01,2,4,5,6 do exist.

In the spyderco book the following is listed

Kitchen Experimental 1 (KX01) - 9 3/4" OAL - 4 3/4" Edge - AUS-10 - Ebony wood handle
Kitchen Experimental 2 (KX02) - 17" OAL - 12" Edge - AUS-10 - Ebony wood handle

In an old Ironstone catalog I found the 'Chefware Trio' which looks very much like these (however, the Experimental don't show a full tang, while the Chefware Trio does, and the bolster looks more round on the experimentals.

Chefware Trio SP-M120 - 8 7/8" OAL - 4 5/8" Edge - MBS-26 - black wooden handle
Chefware Trio SP-M240 - 14 1/2" OAL - 9 1/2" Edge - MBS-26 - black wooden handle
Chefware Trio SP-M300 - 17 1/4" OAL - 11 3/4" Edge - MBS-26 black -wooden handle

So, the question is, became the Kitchen Experimental 1 & 2 later the SP-M120 & SP-M300 and the Kitchen Experimental 3, was that the SP-M240?

For everybody that does not know these, here's a tiny picture (from VampyreWolf) of the SP-M300 or KX02

kx02.jpg


Thanks,
Ted
 
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Duhh, :eek: just typed in KX03 here in the search engine and the following thread came up

http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=121086&highlight=kx03

I also picked up the mid-sized KX03, 9 1/2" blade with micarta scales, and have been using it routinely since just before Christmas. I fully agree with baja311's comments: very nice design and finish, but the handle scales' fit is just slightly off. But it's great to use: well-balanced, rocks really nicely from tip to heel for "high-speed" chopping, and keeps a very fine edge as one might expect. I don't know if there is any significant real-use difference between MBS-26 and AUS-10, but my AUS-10 seems to be more than adequate.

From reading that thread, the handles on the KX01/02/03 were Micarta instead of Ebony as the Spyderco book says.

Also, the numbers in the SP-Mxxx are the length in mm

So, final questions, were the SP-Mxxx series the production version of the KX01/02/03 series?
and what was the handle material on the experimentals? ebony wood or Micarta

Thanks,
Ted
 
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I have both the X01 and X02. They are micarta scales, no doubt about it. The micarta is kind of a two-tone brown, sort of like the original run of Al Mar SERE folders.
 
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Architect, thanks!

Any chance you could take a picture or scan of them?

Ted
 
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Long live http://www.archive.org !

http://web.archive.org/web/20000511134014/www.spyderco.com/closeout.cfm?Categoryid=888

Whether Spyderco's Chefware Trio is used by the professional or the home chef, we're sure this kitchen cutlery will perform to their highest expectations. These models feature top of the line MBS-26 stainless steel for the Wood handle and AUS-10 for the Micarta handle. Each Japanese crafted blade is individually heat treated, oil quenched, and ice tempered. They are then ground and sharpened by hand. The "out-of-the-box" hair-splitting sharpness of these blades will impress you. Both Wooden and Micarta handles are riveted to the full tang for sturdy construction and an elegant look.

SP M240 Wood Handle

Price $ 60.95
Blade Steel MBS-26
Blade Length 9 1/2"
Overall Length 14 1/2"
Weight 8.3 oz
Hardness RC: 57-59

SP KX03 Micarta Handle

Price $ 60.95
Blade Steel AUS-10
Blade Length 9 1/2"
Overall Length 14 1/2"
Weight 8.3 oz
Hardness RC: 57-59

SP M300 Wood Handle

Price $ 89.95
Blade Steel MBS-26
Blade Length 11 3/4"
Overall Length 17 1/4"
Weight 11.2 oz
Hardness RC: 57-59

SP KX02 Micarta Handle

Price $ 89.95
Blade Steel MBS-26
Blade Length 11 3/4"
Overall Length 17 1/4"
Weight 11.2 oz
Hardness RC: 57-59
 
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