Spyderco Phil Wilson South Fork - FB30GP - CPM-S90V FFG Blade - G-10 Handle
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Spyderco Phil Wilson Southfork
Phil Wilson is an avid outdoorsman, hunter, and fisherman who lives in the "Gold Country" of Northern California. He began
making knives in 1985 after receiving a copy of David Boye's Step-by-Step Knifemaking book from his son. Based on the information
in that book, the tutelage of a number of veteran knifemakers, and lots of trial and error, Wilson developed his own unique
approach to handcrafted custom knives.
Wilson focuses exclusively on fixed-blade knives for general utility and outdoor use and is best known for his exceptional
fillet knives. An avid student of metallurgy, he eagerly experiments with new blade steels and personally tests his wares in the
field. Wilson's knives feature thin, flat grinds and distal tapers that produce excellent edge geometry and balance. Based on a
painful personal experience he had while filleting fish, all his designs also include finger guards to ensure safety during use.
The South Fork is one of Wilson's most popular hunter/utility designs. Its thin, trailing-point blade and simple, yet ergonomic
handle design make it an excellent "do-everything" cutting tool and a popular choice among hunters and outdoor enthusiasts. Those
fortunate enough to own one of Wilson's handmade versions swear by them, making it an ideal choice for a production collaboration
The Spyderco South Fork is a faithful rendition of Wilson's custom version, boasting all the qualities and features that define
the design. Consistent with his penchant for high-performance steels, the blade is ground from state-of-the-art CPM S90V steel.
This particle metallurgy steel was originally called CPM-420V and was developed as a wear-resistant steel for use in feed screws
in plastic injection molding machines. Its high carbon content and the addition of molybdenum ensure a fine grain size and extreme
wear resistance, giving it outstanding cutting performance and edge retention. Like Wilson's custom knives, Spyderco's South Fork
is meticulously flat ground for superior edge geometry.
The South Fork's handle features full-tang construction for strength and pinned handle scales made from polished G-10. An integral
guard provides ample protection for the user's hand, while the thoughtfully contoured handle shape allows both excellent control and
fatigue-free cutting, even during prolonged use. The handle also includes a lined lanyard hole for users who prefer the additional
security of a lanyard on their knives.
To protect the South Fork when not in use and allow it to be conveniently carried, it comes complete with a custom-molded
Boltaron® sheath. The sheath's G-Clip fastener supports vertical, horizontal and canted carry on the belt, as well as
inside-the-waistband carry. The sheath is also symmetrical, so it can easily be configured for a variety of carry positions to suit
the needs of both left and right-handed users.
The Spyderco South Fork is a high-performance hunting and utility knife that faithfully offers the critical qualities of Phil
Wilson’s handmade custom version in an affordable, user-friendly package.
Category End Use: Hunting/Fishing/Outdoor/Survival/Field Utility
Blade Steel: CPM-S90V
Handle Material: CaG-10
Length Overall: 9.57" (243mm)
Blade Length: 4.82" (122mm)
Blade Thickness: .118" (3mm)
Weight: 5.3 oz. (151g)
this knife rocks
8/6/2012 10:40 PM
Ok, after putting this knife through its paces here are my thoughts on this blade…It is a winner! After a weekend of feather sticking and processing smaller limbs, also a couple of whistle pigs, the blade still can cut phone book paper. Yes it doesn’t shave hair but it’s really close. Sharper then my 3V blade doing similar chores, fire steels love this knife and the point shows no wear. I was a little apprehensive of the thickness at first and didn’t attempt to process larger limbs because of the length of the blade but I think it would have done fine. S90v is perfect if you’re out for a couple of days and can’t touch up your blade; it stays sharp and keeps a workable edge throughout my trials. Phil Wilson knows the outdoors, no one is going to argue that and this collaboration is great for those of us who want his knife but at half the cost in really great steel. Will this take the place of my Fallkniven F1 for general purpose no, but if you need a hunting knife that can do many bush crafting duties or for an solid EDC...This knife rocks...Thanks Jeff for turning me on to this and it’s a home run for Spyderco.