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So, what exactly makes this a $210 knife? Simply the fact that it's Spyderco?
This is very easily a $210 knife. The fact is it's made in Italy by Lionsteel with Spyderco modifications and sold under the Spyderco name.
Compared to a Lionsteel SR-2 it has a slightly rounded handle profile, half titanium and half micarta handle, and Uddeholm Elmax rather than Sleipner steel - and a Spyderhole opener rather than a stud.
Sleipner is a "better" steel than Elmax, it is tougher and less likely to chip, but Elmax is still a very good powdered steel. Micarta is a fantastic handle material imo, as it it is very light and becomes increasingly grippy as it gets wet. Imo the Spyderco hole is vastly superior to a stud.
very good locking system, premium steel, titanium handle scale.
@ebodt The handle is G10/Ti (not micarta). But everything else is solid.
@skuronaut Spyderco very frequently does collaborations with top custom knife designers/companies. One reason (among many) they do this is that they bring what are more typically considered custom knives to the mass-production market. The baseline Lionsteel models that this knife are most similar too run at this price, and that is for aluminum and thumbstud, and their Ti models are more like $400.
I may not be in on this drop, but this knife is very worth the price, as I have it's big brother the Lionspy. Knives like these, that are collaborations with manufacturers and designers that are typically outside my price range, provide a great way to experience designs from across the spectrum.
Plus, as a Spyderco collector of sorts, I can't get enough of the Spydiehole. For me, this allows me to try other knife makers and their designs, but with the thumbhole that I far and away prefer over other un-assisted opening mechanisms.