Waved Matriarch 2 what an amazing knife. 2 other Officers I work with have purchased one since seeing mine. Ive purchased 4 other Spyderco's in the last 2 months. I'm thinking I'll get a Military this week.
It is hard to say exactly when I became hooked on Spydercos. My first Spydie was a Pacific Salt SE and although I was awe struck by it, it was still early in my knife gathering days. I was still bouncing around from brand to brand for a while.
I bought a Caly 3.5 a couple of years ago and it got lost in the shuffle for a while before becoming my light duty weekend warrior and eventually becoming my edc work knife.
Last fall though, when I purchased a couple of Militaries, I realized Spyderco was my brand of choice and I had this feeling that I was done. I have mostly just been hanging around the last six months or so out of habit.
I am usually not too much of a brand whore. My golf bag is loaded with an assortment of different brands, as is my a/v equipment and fishing gear etc. But after all is said and done, and after all the different knives I have bought, Spyderco claims the top three spots in the lineup. Four and five belong to other brands and only get used occasionally.
That is a tough call...I've had a number of models pass through my hands but I'm going to say it was the Southard. Owned quite a few before it and quite a few after it, but the quality, F&F and value really kept me hooked on Spyderco.
For me it was the delica clipit with Aus8 steel, Spyderco is what got me started collecting knives. Now, I've changed directions with my collection, but still have 12 different models. There's a couple that will stay with me, I could never part with the Caly 3.5 or the CF chaparral. I just picked up a Domino and am loving it. Come to think of it, don't think I can part with the Southard either. Spyderco will always have a spot in the collection
It was the Tenacious for me. I never thought that I would own a spydie, it was in the late 90's when I saw a knife with a hole and it looked funny and ugly for me. Years passed until I tried this tenacious,,that's it, the next thing I knew I was addicted.
Combo edge Delica. It was like the Angels parted the clouds and trumpeted! Lol. I'm serious about that btw! You would think that more expensive knives would have done that for me, but none so much like the Delica. Been carrying the UKPK in BD1 lately. I will migrate to a Caly maybe by the end of the year. The Delica 4 is very hard to beat in any configuration though.
First Spyderco I ever purchased was about twenty years ago, a stainless Mariner in ats55, fully serrated. I still have the knife but now it sits in my work bag and I don't use it much other than cutting the odd piece of rope, it has earned its retirement and then some but still has plenty of life left. That knife was one of my first good quality folders and rode in my pocket on edc rotation for many years, it definitely contributed to my appreciation of all things metallic and bevelled.
My first Spyderco was a Native FRN. I remember when I first saw a Spyderco and I thought "jeez those are ugly", then I handled one and I quickly changed my mind. I left the store without buying one but wound up going back the next day to get it. This happened again much later when I handled the PM2. I had heard good things but didn't know what the fuss was about until a local store got one. Again, I left without buying it but wound up going back later that night before they closed to get one
Delica 4 saber ground zdp-189 gifted it to a friend and he left it in the rain to rust then "misplaced" it before i could get it back to clean up still haven't forgiven him no more good knives for him even though I have known him for all my 39 years
Bug. A friend showed me his ridiculously small folder, and I had to get one of my own. The knife he had was no longer available, but after a little searching I came across the bug. Up to that point I thought the Spyderco knives looked too strange. I ordered the bug and honeybee, then immediately decided I needed a full size one. I am now up to 9 Spydies and there are plenty more on my list.
I actually bought a few Spyderco's and knew they were for me but they didn't have me hooked. Sure, I wasn't buying any other brands but to me they were still just cool knives. One day I decided I'd like to get my hands on the Yojimbo 2 which of course I could not find anywhere. Then one day after 2 months of searching, the crappy cutlery store in the mall happens to received 3 the day before. I scooped one up and it changed everything. I was hooked and probably always will be. I'm getting close to 30 blades now. Yikes.
Maybe we believe it's the knives that have us hooked. But I think it's more likely that a particular model got us to take a closer look at the company and at what Sal does and how he runs things. That's what really got us hooked.