What do you think is the best knife that Spyderco has released in the last five years?

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  1. GatorFlash1

    GatorFlash1 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 28, 2012
    I'm partial to the Gayle Bradleys but wonder what other SpyderNuts think.
  2. BD_01

    BD_01 Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 9, 2016

    Para 3 LW gets honerable mention.

    FWIW, I probably “like” the Swayback the most. Like doesn’t necessairy equate to best.
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  3. StoneAndSteel

    StoneAndSteel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 24, 2019
    Admittedly I haven't handled a large volume of new Spydercos, but I'm really happy with the Para3 LW. It is my go-to when I'm in a city/state with more restrictive knife laws.
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  4. maugust09


    Mar 14, 2018
    I rarely come across a Spyderco that isnt a hit. In the last 5 years I really think the Sage 5 LW deserves some credit!
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  5. spoonrobot


    May 1, 2004
    Pacific Salt 2
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  6. el gigantor

    el gigantor Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 5, 2015
    I've carried my original Pac Salt every day for maybe two years now. Considering trying the new version. Do you think it's that much of a step up?

    EDIT: To answer the OP, the Native Chief is pretty rad!
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  7. DavidABQ


    Jul 31, 2017
    The lock back version of the Lil’Native or one of the sprint run Meerkats. Tough call for me.
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  8. dcycleman

    dcycleman Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 16, 2009
    Everything in Lc200n
  9. Spydergirl88

    Spydergirl88 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 3, 2015
    Para 3
    Lil native comp lock
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  10. jstn

    jstn Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 27, 2012
    Caribbean and Amalgam both do it for me.
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  11. orangejuice

    orangejuice Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 12, 2017
    The Gayle Bradley 2

    Based on my sample of owning over 100 Spyderco's, 20-40 Benchmade's, one of each of Chris Reeves knives, and others, I have continuously returned to the Gayle Bradley 2. To me it balances time (to maintain M4), cost, and quality. Here is why I think it is Spyderco's best knife by my definition.
    • Cost: Less than $170 (when I picked one up on sale new a couple years ago)
    • Size: Medium sized that can be used for small light duty tasks to heavy duty tasks, and do so all day long
    • Time: M4 steel takes a wicked edge and keeps it for a long time so I can work longer, and sharpening doesn't take me long so down time is short and back to work
    • Ergos: Does not force you into one preferred grip or slicing angle, but the handle thumb rest is very comfortable to use all-day.
    • Handle: The carbon fiber looks great and cleans up easy. The offset scales don't feel the best after a long time cutting, but also due to the chamfered edges, I don't feel hot spots.
    • Blade shape: versatile and can be used in a variety of angles
    • Blade grind: The hollow grind allows it to slice easily without giving up strength due to the thick spine (reminds me of a Sebenza)
    • The pivot/deployment is silky smooth, yet controlled (reminds me of a Sebenza)
    I could go on, but I won't bore you all more as I gush over my GB2. I'll end with saying that I have often considered it my "one knife for life" if I had to.
  12. nephron

    nephron Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 3, 2017
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  13. el gigantor

    el gigantor Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 5, 2015
    I'd actually like to hear more of your gushing over the GB2.

    Had one. Sold it (with instant regret). I need a bit of a nudge to pull the trigger again...
  14. bdmicarta

    bdmicarta Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 16, 2012
    I think the GB2 is an interesting design, and I have a GB1 in my garage as a work knife. My typical EDC is either a PM2 or a Manix 2. I like both but I like the design of the PM2 best. There are some bits about the GB1 that I don't like, and in common with a lot of people one of the things I don't like is the limited access to the lock bar. If I had the ability to custom design any model for Spyderco I would either make slight changes to the GB2 or I would morph the PM2 blade shape to look a little more like the GB2.
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  15. Leftytwogunz


    Apr 30, 2013
    I like that carbon fiber handled native and the shaman is a great knife.
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  16. soc_monki

    soc_monki Basic Member Basic Member

    Apr 5, 2019
    Amalgam, Shaman, or Gayle Bradley 2. Hard to choose!
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  17. Elgatodeacero

    Elgatodeacero Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 5, 2014
    Shaman Rex 45 and Siren LC200N are tied for first place.
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  18. MolokaiRider

    MolokaiRider Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 13, 2017
    GB1 and GB2.

    I’ve posted these pics before, but you know I like to show them off... D5D12B83-6506-4CB7-BD7D-3AE386B6B86F.jpeg 989B455D-F159-4830-A0A3-0BEF5CF93209.jpeg D0A01B1C-E967-4CD6-A4C6-9770FF72F82A.jpeg CF470B12-A512-448A-A742-D4E0A26EA688.jpeg B2279965-5FC0-4E98-A48F-ACC6E5876B8D.jpeg
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  19. GB940Rookie


    Apr 19, 2016
    Heavens to Betsy man, the GB2 is not only a phenomenal folder, but at today’s prices it’s a good value.
    Now, scidattle on over to your favorite BF supporting retailer and git one.

    Consider yourself nudged.:)
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  20. GB940Rookie


    Apr 19, 2016
    I’m pretty much with this guy.
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