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Spyderco Amalgam Mini Review

Discussion in 'Spyderco' started by jstn, Dec 8, 2018.

  1. Lapedog

    Lapedog Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 7, 2016
    And btw guys flippers in general from Spyderco isn’t what people are saying has weaker detent.

    It is specifically the compression lock flippers that often have weak detents.
     
  2. sgt1372

    sgt1372 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 16, 2018
    As mentioned previously, that's my experience w/the 6 Spyder flippers that I currently own (including the Amalgam and Hanan which are both have compression locks and are the only ones w/light detents ) but it is NOT a "problem" as far as I am concerned, because the blades stay in place unless forcefully wrist-flipped, in which case, I think it's a "good" thing because I can open the knife quickly w/o even using the flipper.
     
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  3. jstn

    jstn Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 27, 2012
    Definitely skeletonized. The knife is super light for its size, and it rides in the pocket exceptionally well. And I wouldn't worry about the flipping action; after using mine a few weeks I prefer the flipping action over any other flippers I have.
     
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  4. Lapedog

    Lapedog Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 7, 2016
    My first Southard has abit of a softer detent and I actually like it too. I think people have got used to quite hard detents. As long as I can flip the knife every time I’m good.
     
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  5. GundaManiac

    GundaManiac Gold Member Gold Member

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    Apr 18, 2011
    Lapedog, I'm a huge Gundam fan (mainly Universal Century stuff, although Wing was my gateway drug) and a massive Star Wars nut. Before knives, my main hobby was building "lightsaber" props (or beam sabers for Gundam maniacs ;)). But you can't really EDC a "lightsaber", and it's not nearly as useful as a "light + 'saber'" anyway :p

    Yes, the Amalgam is skeletonized. Here's a pic of mine disassembled, minus the pocket clip and its screws which I forgot to include in the picture. I took it apart to polish the detent track (I do that to all my flipper knives regardless of manufacturer).

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  6. Lapedog

    Lapedog Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 7, 2016
    Let’s not hijack the thread but same for me. Wing was the first series I loved and then I watched all the UC stuff after....which I also love.

    Never got into SEED or Turn A and that sort of thing.

    Did you see their latest series in UC? Gundam Thunderbolt? Just awesome! It came out fairly recently.
     
  7. GundaManiac

    GundaManiac Gold Member Gold Member

    442
    Apr 18, 2011
    Still working my way through Origin, but Thunderbolt's next on my list. Been pretty blown away by the animation quality in the newer releases. I'm holding out hope that they'll extend Origin into a full remake of the original 1979 series.

    Anyway, back on topic kind of...here's my Amalgam with a couple knives I got for Christmas. A lockback Laguiole by Fontenille Pataud with an XC75 blade and ebony scales, and a midlock Le Thiers by Chambriard with a 13C26 blade and scales made from a recycled oak wine barrel (both should traditionally be slipjoints, but I like locks on my folders when I can get them). Didn't realize how big the Laguole was until I put my Amalgam next to it. They're nice knives but they made me appreciate the grind on the Amalgam even more. Despite being a traditional style knife, the Laguiole is nearly the same thickness as the Amalgam at the spine, but has a shorter blade height and so is more of a wedge and actually binds more than the Amalgam when cutting through things (mainly been using the Laguiole on things like cheese and saucisson so far P=)
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  8. 44magnumb

    44magnumb Gold Member Gold Member

    232
    Dec 19, 2011
    Well, I said I wanted to hold out until there was a sprint run in a different steel, but I couldn't wait. I just bought one and I love it.

    But when is Spyderco going to start using more premium steels on knives that are near $200 and UP? An American made ZT with 20cv with titanium scales can be bought new at a similar price. It's like Spyderco bought 80% of the world's S30V in one shot and has to put it on almost all their knives.
     
  9. shunsui

    shunsui Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 12, 2008
    Let's see if we can sell a few more Amalgams this weekend.

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  10. shunsui

    shunsui Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 12, 2008
  11. GundaManiac

    GundaManiac Gold Member Gold Member

    442
    Apr 18, 2011
    Thanks for the nice size comparisons with different knife families! You wouldn't happen to have one with a Manix and a Manix XL would you? :p

    Edit: just got an original Manix in, so here we go. Comparison with an original Manix and a Manix 2 backlock:
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  12. MississippiRifleman

    MississippiRifleman

    60
    Oct 16, 2013
    My new Amalgam just arrived here via APO, and after taking it out of the box, the first thing that struck me is how amazingly light it is. The flipper is very positive and the action can only be described as smooth - like, crazy smooth, better than any other flipper I've tried. The edge is nice and sharp, and I'm looking forward to carrying this knife as part of my mission essential gear. The lightness is one of the many things that makes it ideal for my application, as every bit of gear I wear adds a bit of weight here and there, so shaving several ounces in a few places really adds up.

    The handle is astonishingly ergonomic, and works for saber or reverse grip equally well. The generous and comfortable choil ensures that my hand won't slip forward onto the blade if I ever have to punch it through anything.

    I will most likely order another one very soon, just in case anything happens to this one, because it is rapidly becoming my favorite Spyderco of all time, after more than two decades of carrying various flavors of Endura or Military models.
     
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  13. ferider

    ferider Basic Member Basic Member

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    Jun 20, 2018
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  14. 00ChevyScott

    00ChevyScott

    Dec 3, 2010
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  15. Salokcin69

    Salokcin69

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    Jun 16, 2019
    Going in to Northwest Knives in meridian, ID to pick mine up on Monday.
     
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  16. jstn

    jstn Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 27, 2012
    I would like to see an Amalgam sprint run at some point. Still enjoying my knife.
     
  17. amateur blacksmith

    amateur blacksmith

    131
    May 19, 2018
    I can't see this being a huge seller, but I think it will eventually be a grail for collectors. Not for me, but I can certainly see it's an interesting piece for sure.
     
  18. shunsui

    shunsui Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 12, 2008
    It's a pretty solid knife. I'd prefer a little more of a pointy tip, and the choil would be more comfortable with a straighter riccaso and thicker steel over the choil. But aside from that, it's sweet. It's not 50HRC either, I've been trying to take a little off the front of the blade spine, but it's tough stuff. Laughs at my extra coarse diamond plate. Might take awhile.

    The stop pin set up is nice too. The track for the interior stop pin is grooved on the blade tang but doesn't go all the way through the tang. Nice and strong. That's good design.
     
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  19. Sergeua

    Sergeua Gold Member Gold Member

    May 1, 2016
    Take tiny amount of metal off and it looks much better imo.
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    Or a bit of a curve
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  20. soc_monki

    soc_monki

    267
    Apr 5, 2019
    Love my amalgam. Probably my favorite, along with my 0562cf. It's so light for its size, and carries so well for being so big. Worth every penny imo.
     
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