5 Predictions for Spyderco’s Discontinued for 2019 List

One of fall’s most bittersweet events for knife fans is the release of the Spyderco Discontinued List. Soon, we’ll find out which models won’t be returning next year in order to make room for the inevitable deluge of new products. Spyderco’s discontinuations are dramatic in terms of the sheer number of knives that go. Some lucky people have already snagged the models they want from the departing class, but others will have only a short window of time to track down quickly dwindling stock.

There are bound to be some surprises on the list, but here are our five predictions for models that will be discontinued for 2019.

The Techno is a modern cult classic. Users love the fact that it blends a stout build with standout good looks, accentuated by Spyderco’s Taiwanese manufacturer’s superlative attention to detail. With the refreshed and refined Techno 2 on the horizon, however, it seems like a good bet that the original will be ushered out.

Mantra 1
Eric Glesser’s hardworking flipper series has a lot of innate appeal. It offers two high performance, pocketable, attractive designs, each with a different and functional blade shape. The SHOT Show reveal of a Mantra 3, however, indicates that the leaf-bladed Mantra 1 might be one to go.

The Gayle Bradley-designed Advocate impressed as a design, but got off to a shaky start in the knife world due to issues with the pivot discovered by YouTuber TheApostleP. Spyderco has since rectified that issue and the Advocate shines, but we wouldn’t be surprised if the company took an opportunity to completely redesign it for the future.

Schempp Bowie
Every Ed Schempp design is one of a kind. His focus on the interplay between the ergonomics of a knife and its blade make his designs stand out, even in Spyderco’s eclectic oeuvre. His rendition of a folding Bowie knife has plenty of fans, but its unusual appearance and fairly large size meant it was never going to have a universal audience.

Marcin Slysz’s corrosion resistant, kitchen knife-inspired folder put a singular twist on the concept of a high-performance EDC blade. From the tip of its sheepsfoot blade to the tail of its humpbacked handle, there was nothing conventional about this particular design. Ask anyone who owns one and they’ll tell you that’s the SpydieChef’s greatest strength, but it’s also it may be on the shortlist of possible discontinuations.

Knife featured in image: Spyderco Techno