Spyderco Lum Tanto

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Hey everyone. Any comments, suggestion or opinions on the Lum tanto? Im thinking of getting one and could really use the input. Thanks. -Lev
 
I like it. Of all my knives, the lum tanto gets the most compliments. The blade grind is a work of art, and the Ti handle doesn't hurt either.
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Mine doesn't get used, though, although it is comfortable to the hand and easily opened, as well as wicked wicked scary sharp. You just get the feeling that it could cut through anything, even if its just ATS55. Seems like it would make an excellent defensive piece, though I have no training or experience in this area. It is my first Spyderco, but it won't be my last.
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Excellent knife!!! This one is tops even for Spyderco. It has a ball bearing!!! for very smooth action, even when it is a little tight. The handle is excellent. It has a bump on either end of the handle to prevent hand slippage. I consider this an excellent quality in a knife. The blade design is both extremely sharp and strong, This a quality rare in a knife blade, and it would be very effective for stabbing and slashing. I feel this blade shape is one of the most versitile in existance. In short, you will love this knife, if you like titanium handles (which I do), Although there is a G-10 coming out, it just isn't the same. The hole is also well placed for easy opening and closing (unlike a couple other spydercos) and the hole is nice and big too, so it should work okay with gloves. This is one of my favorites, feel free to email me if you have anymore questions, but I recommend you post them on the Spyderco forum. Good luck.

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I have this knife and like its overall quality and design a lot.

However, for self-defense applications, I would not use it; by applying moderate hand pressure on the spine of the blade, I can get the lock to move a little.

Conclusion: great for utility, but use a knife with a stronger lock if its for self-defense. Cheers
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I have this knife and like its overall quality and design a lot.

However, for self-defense applications, I would not use it; by applying moderate hand pressure on the spine of the blade, I can get the lock to move a little.

Conclusion: great for utility, but use a knife with a stronger lock if its for self-defense. Cheers
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History is littered with the wars which everybody knew would never happen. ~Enoch Powell, Speech to the British Conservative Party Conference, 1967~
 
I have one and love it but I can't get myself to use it. I am going to get one of the new G-10 Lums soon and I will carry that. The Lum is a solid knife and I have had no problems with the lockup.
 
Adamant, I see you're in the UK so you might not want to bother sending it back. However, if you were to do so, I'm sure Spyderco would either repair the faulty lock or replace the knife.

Hand pressure on the spine of my Lum can cause the liner to flex but I see no liner movement. FWIW, the liner does engage further to the right than I would prefer, particularly after a hard opening such as the "Spydie drop". I have thought about sending mine in for service but have held off since there is no indication of imminent lock failure.

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Cheers,
Brian

He who finishes with the most toys wins.
 
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