Spyderco Pro Grip

Jun 17, 1999
I was looking to get one of these knives to carry as my small knife on hiking/backpacking trips. The blade shape loks good and I think its about the right size - but I don't know much about the steel its made of. Anybody got an opinion or advice on GIN-1 steel?

I love this knife and I love GIN-1. I carried one for over a year until my Leatherman Wave made it seem a bit redundant and I gave it to a friend. The Blade size and shape make it relatively people-friendly while retaining the ability to do most folder-appropriate tasks. Some folks don't like a combo edge, but I found it pretty handy, and it's hard to beat a clip-and-hole setup for easy, fast deployment. GIN-1 (formerly G-2) is a very flexible, corrosion-resistant stainless that has decent edge retention. It doesn't hold an edge like ATS-34, but it's far less brittle and much easier to sharpen - a great steel for folks that actually enjoy the sharpening process. I don't want to give you the impression that it goes dull like 440A or AUS-6, though; it's a premium blade steel and I'd take it over 440C or AUS-8 any day. GIN-1 used to be the Spyderco "standard" upper-grade steel the way ATS-55 is now, and it was used on a few Benchmades as well. I haven't used ATS-55 much yet, but it better be darn special to warrant replacing a steel as fine as GIN-1.

The only bad thing I'd say about the Pro-Grip is that it has a darn pricey retail for a Zytel knife that size. That's basically because it has all the "bells and whistles" - clip, hole, Kraton inserts, and a very good steel. I got mine for $40 and I've seen less, though - at those prices it's a beauty.


(Why else would a bear want a pocket?)
I've had my Pro-Grip for several months and just love it.
Really a sturdy little knife.
Mine, however has an AUS-8 blade.
I'm still confused about the various grades of steels.
Just make sure, whichever grade you pick, that your particular
Pro-Grip has that type. It seems, there are variations.