Spyderco Lil' Lionspy ELMAX Knife
Spyderco Lil' Lionspy ELMAX Knife
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Product Description
With an award winning design and high functionality, Spyderco’s Lil LionSpy knife is a utility version of an enthusiast favorite. Featuring an optimum hard-use folding design and a smaller build, this is ideal for users who need a compact and secure utility blade Read More

Dec 5, 2017
What's the point of Massdrop aside from perhaps exclusive offers of their own making?
This is available for $160 with free immediate shipping right now from another vendor.
Once again, no deal here. I don't know why I bother looking anymore...
Dec 5, 2017
was about to writ the same. Massdrop pocketing AT LEAST 40 dollars per knife...
Dec 6, 2017
You make a fair point. From an "idea standpoint" I have picked up a number of ideas on types of items, particularly to give as gifts this holiday season, though I have bought them elsewhere.
Oct 8, 2017
I would not recommend buying this knife one of the shittest quality spyderco knives I have ever held returned mine back to blade hq twice for problems knives in this price range should not have
Oct 5, 2017
OMG... literally one of the ugliest knives I have ever seen.
Dec 6, 2017
I agree. Yes, it is. And beauty is pretty subjective. To me this knife is alluring, elegant and gorgeous. To each their own.
While it may be true that some collectors don't use some or all of their knives, "super-expensive" is relative and we are nowhere near the top of the spectrum here with a $200ish large-production Spyderco. Mid-tech knives (partially handmade) run from $250 to $750, 'custom' (totally handmade) knives range from about $500 to $3500ish, and above that most people would consider them 'art knives' - which are, almost by definition, exactly what you're describing. You have to get past the custom world of hand-shaped zirconium bolsters, timascus clips, rose gold hardware, and custom engraving before you get into the $5000 art knives with precious metals, gemstones, unobtanium, etc.
And, while your statement could easily be true for some people and some knives, Bohler designed Elmax steel for hard use and I expect most buyers who are attracted to this knife plan to do some work with them. It has to be keep cool during grinding to retain it's hardness attained in the heat treatment process, and it's an absolute monster to sharpen - but if you have the time and some good stones, it will stay sharp through a lot more abuse than almost any other commercially available steel; ZDP-189, 20CV, S110V, M390 and some others come close, but Elmax has earned a pretty solid place near the top of the pile.
All that being said, I think what you're getting at here is a very interesting question: "What's the most you would spend on a knife that you will actually use?" When I first started, that number was $50 for me. Then it became $100, then $150. Now I carry and use $500+ knives. I'm not sure I will ever cross $1000, but I said that about $150 two years ago, so...yeah. The rabbit hole is deep, it's hard to see how far you can fall until you're halfway down. As evidence, I point to the name of a favorite IG account: "@TodaysGrailTomorrowsBeater" - pretty much sums it up.
Anyways - you're not wrong. But there are plenty of people who wouldn't think twice about beating the crap out of this knife - in fact, they might be buying an Elmax blade precisely for this reason. Just sayin: to be "super-expensive" in the knife world requires at least one more "0" in the price and maybe two. It's all relative, I suppose.
Oct 4, 2017
Of course cheaper elsewhere with immediate shipping. Why even try Massdrop?
It's a nice knife but with some issues: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0WYDeAmvJc
Oct 4, 2017
This is a case of an awesome product for a decent price. But I'm just not feeling the looks. Hope someone else enjoys it though.
Oct 4, 2017
Does it bother anyone else when MD does stuff like this? > At checkout, you'll have the option to receive the complimentary > Spyderco zippered travel case or decline the complimentary case (- $20)
If including or excluding something from the order changes the price, IT'S NOT COMPLIMENTARY! If I have to pay $20 more to get the case, then it's a $20 option! If it were complimentary, then the price of the knife would be the same, regardless of whether I accepted or declined the case.
Oct 4, 2017
I'll blame Spyderco for playing into the Minimum Advertised Price BS, but I'm also blaming Massdrop for inaccurately using the word "complimentary" when the same situation could be described much more clearly and accurately by using different phrasing.
Oct 5, 2017
You are confused. The case is complimentary, it is included for FREE in the MAP. You can get the knife for $20 under Spyderco MAP if you decline the complimentary case.
Do you get a case for the same price from any of the other retailers?
Oct 4, 2017
This knife can be found on bladehq.com for the same price without the wait time and free shipping.
Oct 4, 2017
Here in the US, the shipping cost is $3.50, so the total discount would be $16.50. Personally, I would not wait for the drop to save that amount, but that could be a deciding factor for others.
Oct 4, 2017
$3.50 is not that bad. I wish it was less expensive for europeans. I paid $7 on a Kizer drop for comparison.
Jul 19, 2016
Please bring this drop back!
Oct 4, 2017
It's back!
Dec 27, 2015
Exciting news group! We’re happy to report that all of the orders have been shipped out and are now on the way to you! Please allow 24-48 hours for tracking to get into the shipper's system and start updating.
If there’s anything else we can do to make your Massdrop experience better, feel free to contact us via “Contact Support” button in your transaction page: https://www.massdrop.com/transactions
We're also on Instagram! We'd love to see the photos of drops you've received and you can do that by following @Massdrop and tagging your pictures #massdrop. https://instagram.com/massdrop
Dec 21, 2015
It's a go! The order for the Spyderco Lil' Lionspy ELMAX Knife was placed just after the drop came to an end. Now our vendor will be working hard to prepare it for shipment to each of you.
As soon as we receive word from the vendor about the shipping schedule, we will update you all with that information.
Look forward to another update from us by the end of the day Pacific Time on 12/28 or earlier if anything comes up.
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