Spyderco C156GPBN Southard Flipper - CTS-204P - Brown G-10/Titanium
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Spyderco Brad Southard Folder - Spyderco's First Flipper
The heart of the Southard is its premium CTS 204P stainless steel blade. Hollow ground
for superior edge geometry, it features a gradually curved edge and a slightly dropped point,
making it ideal for a broad range of cutting applications. Its stonewashed finish matches the
finish of the handle's titanium scale and offers a handsome, non-reflective appearance.
The Southard's handle combines a textured Earth-brown G-10 scale and thick titanium liner
on one side with a solid titanium scale on the other. The titanium scale forms the foundation
of the knife's sturdy Reeve Integral Lock (R.I.L.) mechanism and features a small inlaid G-10
panel that acts as an overtravel stop when releasing the lock mechanism. It is also home to
the knife's matching stainless steel clip, which supports right-side tip-up carry.
To support the smooth operation of the flipper mechanism, the Southard features a unique
ball-bearing pivot system. Rather than conventional flat washers, the Southard's blade pivots
between special washers that contain nested ball bearings. This advanced construction greatly
reduces friction on the blade, providing an incredibly smooth action and maximizing the efficiency
and ease of operation of the flipper mechanism.
To open the Southard's blade using the flipper mechanism, grip the knife so the back of the handle
is against your palm and the handle is held firmly between your fingers and thumb. Maintaining a firm
grip, place your index finger on the flipper and pull it toward you. You will feel the tension of your
finger's pull build against the resistance of the detent that keeps the blade closed. When the force of
your pull overcomes the tension of the detent, the blade will rotate to the open position. With minimal
practice, you will find that you can do this swiftly and easily.
The Southard's blade can also be opened using the Trademark Round Hole™, just like other Spyderco
designs. No matter which opening method you choose, always ensure that the blade is opened fully and
locked securely before beginning any cutting task.
Blade Steel: CTS 204P
Handle Material: Earth Brown G-10/Titanium
Length Open: 7.96" (202 mm)
Blade Length: 3.46" (88 mm)
Length Closed: 4.50" (114 mm)
Blade Thickness: .157" (4 mm)
Weight: 4.1 oz. (116 g)
Made In: Taiwan
12/9/2012 12:18 AM
Although I have collected many USA & Japanese made Spyderco knives, this was my first Taiwan produced knife, and the fit and finish easily exceeds the rest of my Spyderco collection. The knife seems to be an accurate representation of Brad Southard's custom masterpieces, which makes this knife easily comparable to customs that generally cost twice as much.
The detent on the flipper is perfect, and the blade deploys as smoothly and authoritatively as a Paramilitary 2 thanks to the bearing system. The lockup is as good, if not better than any Ti framelock I've encountered; solid lockup at 50%, no sticking, and the lock bar refuses to move past 50% regardless of pressure.
I haven't put the blade though any serious use yet, but judging from the reputation of m390/CTS-204p it should hold a fine edge for a ridiculous amount of time. The spine of the blade starts very thick (similar to the PM2), but it quickly tapers down to a super thin hollow grind which slices surprisingly well.
My only gripe is that the the G10 scale is noticeably thicker than the locking side (which is mostly a cosmetic issue, since the grip & ergonomics are excellent).
Considering the cost of this knife, I was skeptical if it live up to my high expectations. I can gladly say that this knife has blown me away due to the combination of looks, light weight, ergonomics, and performance. If Spyderco keeps making this beauty, it's going to be kicking a lot of other knives out of a lot of pockets.