Spyderco Howard Viele blade choice

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Hello. I was wondering which blade steel to get in this knife. I don't know much about steels and cannot find out anything on VG-10's characteristics. Also, as I understand it there are 2 version of this knife, the old and the new (has an open back with studs instead of the spacer)...any suggestions on this?
 
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By all means, get the newer one with VG-10. The reason that there are 2 versions, an old and new, is due to the fact that Spyderco allows their designs to evolve with the company, when something can be upgraded for a reasonable price, it is done. The new version has better steel in it than the old, and the construction was upgraded also. I just got a new one and I love it, lock up, fit, and finish are all 100%. The only older model I have seen had a terrible liner problem, so if you do by chance get one of those, make sure you look at the liner first, this one's lock was all the way against the far liner. Mine is perfectly placed on the left half of the blade. If you look around, you can pick one up for 95 shipped from some of the dealers here, an outstanding deal in my opinion.
 

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Absolutely. By all means if you can get one in VG-10, do so. These are exceptional knives, and providing that the liner lock checks out, offers an incredibly close to custom feel for the money.

I really love the creamy ball detent action on the Spydie/Vieles. Smooooootttthhhh.
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Next Question,
Whats the best place to get this knife...so far the best price I've seen was on blades4less but its the old one I think...
 
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I got one from Santa Claus and boy does Santa have good taste in blades!
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Funny thing, I think Santa bought mine from 1SKS.

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I just got one in VG10 and am very impressed with this knife. One warning: This is a righties only knife. With the small hole and clip this knife is nearly impossible to open in the left hand.

Fit and finish is right on. Very happy with this knife...sort of a cross between a gents tacticle.

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Just got mine (plain-edged) last night. What a sweetheart! My former favorite carry (JD Smith) got retirement status as a result.

I only wish it came with a black clip. I'll try swapping clips with some of my other Sypderco's.

Sorry, I can't tell you more at this time--I've got to log off and play with the Viele some more.
 
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I just got mine today and like wise, my usual carry, Kershaw Black Gulch, received retirement status. Maybe its the finish (or euphoria) but the VG-10 seems to have a 'soft' feel to it and the overall knife does have a custom feel to it. I'm a lefty but my old man made certain that any 'manly' thing I did was right handed, so I do everything from sports to shooting a gun right handed, except a pistol which I am slightly better with left handed. It was a smart thing to do as opening a right handed knife feels comfortable.

As for the knife...WOW...I now use my CRKT Wasp for a money clip and the Spyderco for general use.
 
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The Viele is the smoothest knife I've ever used, I carry mine daily. This is a right hand only knife, not a problem for me. Try Bayou LaFourche Knife Works (www.knifeworks.com) for the best prices I've found. You won't be sorry with the Viele.
 

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I have been carrying my vew VG10 Viele all week and boy is this a smooth knife. I just hope those nylon washers hold up. For me, this is the ultimate knife to take to work. Looks like a gents knife, big enough for a tactical. I just love it, and I love VG10 in my WH and SERE 2K though I have not had to sharpen this yet. Used it the other night when I took my wife out to dinner to cut my T-Bone!
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Viele........my favorite I have been carrying mine a couple years now
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I still love it and it is as smooth now as it was new. I will get one of the new ones also, not because of lack of performance on the old one, but for the fear of losing it someday and not having a replacement.

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I continue to be very impressed with this knife's fit and finish. The thought custom-like keeps popping into my head. Also, VG10 is a joy to sharpen...you can just hear it getting sharper when you run it across the stone.

This has been my daily carry since I bought it and my Military and Starmate have been collecting a bit of dust since I got it. I usually carry a Barlow knife too.

This is the closest production knife that I have that reminds me of a custom knife. I just love it.
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This thread got me thinking that I needed a Viele in VG-10 to go with the first gen model I have now. So I ordered one up, and just got it yesterday.

Very nicely made. The VG-10 is wicked sharp right out of the box. The action is very smooth, and the locking liner sits on the blade right where it should. This one seems a bit lighter than than my older model, probably because this one doesn't have the full backspacer.

I'd only change two things about this knife If I could: an adjustable pivot screw, and a black pocket clip. Definitely a good buy, though- typical Spyderco quality and you've got to love that edge put on by the factory!

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Well, I'll be dipped- thanks tique, I didn't even notice it there!

Cool. Thanks!

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ok folks... i have a thing or two to say about this knife. i have the old one... now i love spyderco? but no way was it enoguh knife for the money. First of all that liner problem? i had it too... all the way to the other side. and its because the liner is made of softer steel... if you apply back pressure with your hand you can actually see the liner bend slightly and go back when you let go. Also, AUS 6 for a knife around 100$? no way... also.... no adjustable pin? AHHH! does that new VG-10 one have a better liner and maybe an adjustable pin? if it has those id get it....
 

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The "old" Viele used AUS-8 , not AUS-6.

Yes, the "new" VG-10 has an adjustable pivot screw, I didn't even see it until tique pointed it out, but it's there, tucked away under the pocket clip.

The lock up on both my "old" and "new" is just fine, although I have handled an example where the lock travelled too far over to the opposite liner. It's probably best you check the lock for yourself, or have the dealer you buy it from check for you.

As for it "not being enough knife for $100", I'd have to disagree. The Viele is an excellent knife- the build quality and materials is/are top shelf. At least twice as nice as a $50 plastic knife from say, Cold Steel, IMHO.

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The only old Viele I have ever seen/handled was a complete POS. Lock smacked into the opposite liner, blade play like crazy, just overall looked like crap.

The new Viele, which is my daily carry, is simply one of the nicest folders I own. IMHO it is worth every bit of the $180 or some awful number like that that Spyderco put on it at a retail price, so paying $95 shipped for mine from a dealer made the deal even sweeter. I don't think you can go wrong with it, the knife is a beauty to look at, and the VG-10 blade is more than enough for most occasions where I have a knife of this size.
 
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Firebat,

Ya i know its a nice knife, but i dont know, just seems like for a knife in that price range it should have had better steel and an adjustable pin. i think its great they covered both of those bases for the new one. But what about that liner? i mean it just seems like the liner material wasnt up to par. it actually would bend if i pushed on the spine.... perhaps mine was a lemon, but from hearing the other folks opinions it seems like maybe spydercos choice of liner steel could have been a little better.... Nothin against em tho.... i like spydercos stuff.
 
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