After a long and exciting week for Spyderco fans, Spydercollector has wrapped up his reveal of prototypes and production samples from the yearly Amsterdam Meet. More meet-related content is still on the way, but coverage of the new knives has concluded, leaving Spyderco fans with a taste of what’s coming next from the company. Spyderco allows certain prototypes at the Meet to be photographed: this year, Spydercollector shared 24 of the 75 blades on display.
Among those were some familiar faces, like the Peter Rassenti-designed Nirvana, a larger folder with CPM S90V steel and an integral (one piece) titanium handle. A new version of Peter Carey’s Rubicon flipper was also shown, dressed down in a less ornate, less expensive, and slimmed-down version with flat carbon fiber scales and a standard Spyderco spoon clip.
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The Rubicon wasn’t the only knife to get retooled: Spyderco’s Scandinavian-inspired Nilakka model now has a little brother, the Lil’ Nilakka, as does the Bob Lum Chinese Folder in the Lil’ Lum. The latest addition to the long-running Sage series, the Sage 5, features Spyderco’s own Compression Lock, nested liners, and textured carbon fiber scales. In the value-oriented Byrd line, the Meadowlark 2, Cara Cara 2, and Robin 2 all received upgrades to titanium handle scales.
There were several brand new models as well. The Bradley TAC 1s is a beautiful larger folder that checks all the boxes of modern ‘tactical’ knife design with a titanium frame lock, flipper tab, and designer Gayle Bradley’s favored CPM-M4 super steel. The Magnitude, Peter Carey’s second Spyderco collaboration, may satisfy those who loved his original Rubicon but wished it was larger.
Marcin Slysz, designer of the very popular Spyderco Techno and Slysz Bowie knives, is back with something a little different this year: the SpydieChef. It shares a similar design language with his previous Spyderco collaborations but is uniquely designed for kitchen work and made with LC200N blade steel: an exotic, low-carbon, high-nitrogen steel designed for edge retention and extreme corrosion resistance. Also new are two smaller folders that both utilize Spyderco’s compression lock: the spiny-looking Reinhold Rhino and the curvaceous Ouroboros.
New Fixed Blades
It wasn’t all folders; there were a handful of very cool fixed blade prototypes. The Rock Salt is getting a second sprint run in H1 steel, this time with orange handle scales. Gayle Bradley had a new mid-sized fixed blade dubbed the Packer, and the sinuous Cooks Knife is designed to work wonders in the kitchen. Also revealed was the brand new Sustain: a genuine combat knife designed by Stuart Ackerman made with CPM 20CV blade steel.
With all the prototype pictures posted, Spydercollector has begun uploading video footage of the Meet. The first video features Eric Glesser showcasing the ATR, a design revived from Spyderco’s archive. Glesser discusses some of the design choices and production process that went into bringing this knife back onto the market. Like the pictures, it is a rare glimpse into this exclusive presentation only 80 people were lucky enough to see for themselves.
Spydercollector Amsterdam Meet VIDEOS
Knife featured in image: Spyderco Gayle Bradley TAC 1s Production Prototype (Copyright owner: Spydercollector.com)