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Spyderco Vallotton on its way, any thoughts?

Discussion in 'Spyderco' started by lobo9er, Jan 28, 2015.

  1. choombak

    choombak Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 6, 2009
    You should, especially now that knifeworks has the best Spyderco prices including Vallotton. I'm looking for a second one...it's a splendid and pretty knife!
     
  2. jeeper9010

    jeeper9010

    83
    Dec 29, 2014
    Same here. Looks like I'll be adding a second at that price. This is my favorite knife. Thanks for the link.
     
  3. lobo9er

    lobo9er

    645
    Jan 5, 2013
    Yep I think I will be buying a second down the road to be honest the knock off is pretty cool. Shipping it back tomorrow. And now I wait once again :) no biggy.
     
  4. FriarPhenn

    FriarPhenn Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 28, 2014
    Yeah, I've tossed around the idea of picking up another, just cause I'm so reluctant to put mine to work. Having a safe queen and a user makes sense with this knife.
     
  5. SpeedHoles

    SpeedHoles

    Jan 18, 2015
    Please post the ebay sellers username in the "knock-offs and fakes" thread sticked here, so people can see it and be aware.


    edit: nevermind, I see you already did! :thumbup: :)
     
  6. Able Dog

    Able Dog

    130
    Dec 26, 2013
    Sorry to hear about your counterfeit purchase.

    Happy to see that people have steered you towards a reputable retailer.

    Tell us all about your Vallotton once it arrives!
     
  7. lobo9er

    lobo9er

    645
    Jan 5, 2013
    ok the real deal is in my pocket! I love it. Not a bad EDC. heavier than my BUCK with plastic scales and no steel liners... lol but not bad at 'tall. It is gonna be following me around I can tell. And will definitely be following me out deer hunting. I am normally against folders and deer guts but this is screaming to get bloody. Its a perfect choice to keep in a back pack to accompany a fixed blade on your belt. I'll get some pics up soon. Also its pretty. Pretty enough not to scare sheeple even if its a pretty big blade for the normal folder you see amongst the local fauna while out in public.
    On a down note, mine actually has a minor flaw though. the machining on the recess of the right pivot screw is a bit rough on the inside ... but I think I am going to live with it. its not bad bad but its there. other than that its a great knife. I will probably pick up another at some point barring them getting discontinued.

    In short, I like.
     
  8. ignatious

    ignatious

    26
    Oct 3, 2001
    I also own, and love this knife. I don't use it, but man is it cool.
     
  9. lobo9er

    lobo9er

    645
    Jan 5, 2013
    Use it. Its born user with looks :)
     
  10. MacLaren1

    MacLaren1 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 15, 2014
    I agree :)
    I use mine all the time. She's stout as a bull too.
    Its just like the man said, " she's a user with looks". Fantastic looks at that....
     
  11. Bishop2Queen's6

    Bishop2Queen's6

    708
    Jun 8, 2011
    Vallotton was on top of my short list for a while. I purchased as a gift to myself after I graduated college. It is such a beautiful knife, gorgeous lines, and could keep up with any of the tactical hard use folders but elegance instead.

    I think my issue with it is that I paid $200 for a taiwanese made blade, and I thought that it wouldn't bother me much. It eventually irritated me to the point where I gave the knife as a thank you gift to a friend.

    There was nothing wrong with the knife functionally, but if I'm spending a good amount of coin on a blade, I want it to be made here in the USA.

    Also, it had a big pocket presence. I gave away my Vallotton, and my Adams 275, sold both my 0500 mudd. Too big to carry comfortably.
     
  12. jeeper9010

    jeeper9010

    83
    Dec 29, 2014
    The Taiwan made blades are of a known quality, I'm not sure what your hang up would be? The metallurgy, fit and finish from Taichung is easily equal to anything coming out of Japan or here in the US.

    The difference is labor costs which here would have that knife be closer to $400 and not be any different. Take at look at spydercos sage or Gayle Bradley and tell us how being made in Taiwan is somehow a negative or detriment?:confused:
     
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2015
  13. Bishop2Queen's6

    Bishop2Queen's6

    708
    Jun 8, 2011
    It's more of my personal pride of ownership than workmanship. I'm not knocking taiwanese produced Spyderco's in quality compared to their US made counterparts. In considered the vallotton To be made to the same standard, fit, and finish as a lot of my ZT's and other USA made blades. It was a combination of the large pocket presence and the fact that it wasn't USA made like the majority of the rest of my collection that caused me to gift the vallotton to a friend.
     
  14. MacLaren1

    MacLaren1 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 15, 2014
    The Taichung Spydies are just flat out better than anything Golden or Seki is putting out.
     
  15. SpeedHoles

    SpeedHoles

    Jan 18, 2015
    I can appreciate all of them for different reasons.

    Anyone happen to have a comparison photo of a Vallotton next to a Starmate?
    I don't yet have a Vallotton, but I'm up in the air if I'd actually carry one often or not.
     
  16. MacLaren1

    MacLaren1 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 15, 2014
    Ya know, when deciding on my first Spydie, it came down to the Starmate and Vallotton.
     
  17. SpeedHoles

    SpeedHoles

    Jan 18, 2015
    Yeah, reason I ask is because I have an original Starmate and seldom carry it. The originals were much lighter than the new ones due to addition of full liners, so mine is still light for its size, but length is up there and mostly unneeded for me daily...
    So, we all know the Vallotton has looks going for it, and I love that (seeing everyones photos), but reading input here brings up the question of heft of the Vallotton, along with length and whether or not I want to justify picking one up before some other blades I have my eye on instead. The double bevel, for example, has been intriguing me just to see if it really is a usable "best of both worlds" for the grind...
     
  18. FriarPhenn

    FriarPhenn Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 28, 2014
    The biggest thing that keeps the Vallotton out of my pocket unless I'm intentionally carrying it (as in, the reason I don't immediately gravitate toward it when I fill my pockets in the morning) is the width of the handle. It's Spyderco's thickest knife, and it's noticeable in the pocket. Not bad, just noticeable.

    It still gets carry time, though. 'Cause it's so purdy. And a beast of a folder.
     
  19. SpeedHoles

    SpeedHoles

    Jan 18, 2015
    Ha yeah been staring at your photos lol.
    Similar reason I probably won't buy a Rubicon; the fat handle girth. But, I think this Vallotton looks cooler than the Rubicon anyway though! :thumbup:

    Maybe they should just make a fixed Vallotton, then I wouldn't care about handle thickness!
     
  20. KrisOK

    KrisOK

    856
    Oct 17, 2012
    Honestly, there ARE a lot of sellers on eBay who are perfectly safe to buy from. You just have to be careful in choosing them. I would avoid people who only sell a few knife models and then a bunch of unrelated stuff, or the guys who are selling SIGNIFICANTLY cheaper than others selling the same thing.

    On the other hand, if the prices are close to one of the forum sponsors, that's the way I would go. Some, like Knifeworks have even contracted with Spyderco to have exclusive sprint runs created.
     

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