Spyderco Discontinued for 2018 List Cuts Deep

Spyderco Nirvana

Spyderco has just dropped its Discontinued for 2018 List. A whopping 42 products are leaving the catalog this time, and there is no shortage of surprises on this year’s roll call.

In 2017, we saw Spyderco rebalance its catalog, introducing more user-oriented knives alongside the collectible, high-end products it emphasized in recent years. The 2017 catalog, SHOT Show surprises, and Mid-Year Product Guide showed an attention to users with practical releases like Wharncliffe Delica and hard-working Police 4. Their value knife category also received a major shot in the arm with the release of the Polestar family and Efficient models.

Now, with this Discontinued List, we’re seeing a reduction in collector-oriented knives, with some unexpectedly deep cuts from the high-end of Spyderco’s catalog. The company is also cleaning house in the Salt lineup, and even putting a few popular models to bed.

Class of 2016

C199TIP Nirvana: Released just last year, many collectors and fans will lament the early passing of the Nirvana, Spyderco’s first integral knife which took years to come to market.

C206GP Introvert: Chris Knutson drew up the Introvert for personal carry, asking himself what the perfect Spyderco knife for his needs would look like. The result was a knife with lots of personality, but one that was also bound to be a little misunderstood.

Class of 2015

C195CFP Positron: The second Spyderco/Brad Southard design, the EDC-friendly Positron took a lightweight approach, opting for a carbon fiber body and liner lock.

C194CFTIP Myrtle: A Philip De Leeuw design, the Myrtle managed to stand out even in Spyderco’s catalog with its sinuous, unusual blade profile and classy bolstered look.

C196CFTIP Mamba: The Mamba goes for the high-end tactical market with contoured carbon fiber scales, two-tone trailing point blade, and ball-bearing flipping action. This liner lock knife resulted from a collaboration between Walter Brend and Joel Pirela.

C198TIP Tighe Stick: Spyderco and Brian Tighe targeted collectors with this one. Its fluted titanium scales and stylized tanto blade – featuring S90V steel, no less – made it destined for shelves and safes from day one.

C181GTIP Lil’ LionSpy: The Lil’ LionSpy was a collaboration between Spyderco and Lionsteel. It’s a chunky little titanium frame lock based off the award-winning SR-2 knife.

C193TIP Squarehead: Darriel Caston’s tiny Squarehead knife riffed on the micro folder concept, sporting his recognizable, angular style.

C201TIBLP Vrango: Swedish maker Michael Henningsson’s Spyderco debut was a small, lightweight liner lock folder with a quirky blade shape and overall look.

FB34GP Reverse: As the name implies the Reverse caters to a reverse-style grip, ideal for certain self-defense styles. Its scales are reversible so the CTS-BD1 edge can face in or out depending on the user’s preference.

H01 Szabohawk: Martial artist Laci Szabo puts out bold designs every time. He created the curvy Szabohawk primarily as a lightweight fighting axe, but it can be flexed into utility roles as well.

Class of 2014

C184GPOR Firefly: The Peter Carey Firefly maintained the luxurious feel of the original Cary-designed Rubicon with contoured G-10 scales and carbon fiber bolster.

C182CFTIP Dice: An in-house flipper design, the Dice is a smaller companion piece to the full-size Domino.

FB30GP South Fork: Steel expert Phil Wilson’s sinuous South Fork mixed impeccable blade geometry with high-performance S90V steel to make an impressive fixed blade offering.

Class of 2013

C156GPBN, C156GPBBK Southard: The Southard made huge waves upon its release as the first ball-bearing flipper knife in Spyderco’s lineup. Its high-end steel and A-list designer pedigree helped cement its reputation as one of the most talked-about releases of 2013.

C172CFTIP Domino: The Domino, designed by Eric Glesser, was the first in-house ball-bearing flipper from Spyderco.

C163PBK, C163POR, C163TIP Pingo: Designed to remain legal under strict Danish knife laws, this Voxnaes/Ansø collab was one of the very few Spyderco folding knives without a functional opening hole.

Class of 2009

FB05P2 Temperance 2: A no-nonsense, broad-bladed knife, the Temperance 2 catered to outdoorsman with its sturdy construction and ergonomic handle. After nearly a decade of service the venerable fixed blade is being retired.


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Salt Series
With the advent of the second generation of Salt knives earlier this year, it’s no surprise the old guard is being ushered out. Gen 1 Salt and Tasman Salt models, in both yellow and black FRN as well as plain and serrated variants, will be gone in 2018. The Snap-It Salt line is ditching its non-serrated model and the old Assist with VG-10 steel faces retirement. Newer versions of this knife feature H-1 steel.

Other Cuts
Other discontinuations include the titanium and fluted titanium versions of the Military, as well as a fluted titanium Native 5. The stainless steel ‘tattoo’ variant of the Ladybug and the blue version of the PITS model are also gone, as is the Micarta-handled version of the Street Beat fixed blade.


Knife featured in image: Spyderco Nirvana

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