The Spyderco Chaparral is an exclusive gentleman's knife, designed by Sal Glesser. The Chaparral collection is for Spyderco the perfect collection to experiment with exclusive and new handle materials. With this particular model the handle is made from Raffir Noble.
Raffir Noble is a Danish composite material. In this case a base of smoke-coloured epoxy containing thin sheets of copper and brass. The semi-transparent epoxy adds a lot of depth to the material. Because the material is nicely polished, it really stands out.
Of course, the material used for the handle is not the only reason to buy this pocket knife. The blade is namely also great. The blade is made from CTS-XHP. A good type of steel that retains its sharpness well. What is also special about this blade is how thin it is behind the edge. As such it cuts like no other.
You can easily open the blade with one hand with the help of the characterizing thumb hole. When opened a solid backlock neatly keeps the blade in place. The knife is enhanced with a subtle wire clip-pocket clip. It is functional and at the same time shows a nice and large part of the material used for the handle.
|Right or left-handed||symmetrical|
|Blade shape||leaf shape, drop point|
Gerard Lochmans, Oss
Monday 23 September 2019