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My wife bought me a Ray Mears Spyderco knife for my birthday recently. Pro’s. The build quality is excellent strong, precise and robust. The blade shape configuration is ‘Woodlore knife familiar’ and a superb shape. The mechanism and lock are both positive and were easy to use one handed, this was safe for opening and closing. The hand scale shape is ergonomically very well thought out including the shape of clip which in my size 9 hand fitted perfectly with the contours of the hand. Con’s. I used the knife to make feather stick and found a section of the blade close to the handle ‘dragging’ slightly during cutting. I decided to remedy and sharpen the knife using all the recommended Waterstones exactly in compliance with Ray’s video – sharpening a knife at camp. After sharpening I discovered that the tips of the G10 scales (top of the blade) had caught on the sharpening stones and worn two significant dents into the scales. These scales slope, significantly, about 45 degrees across the end of the blade for good hand ergonomics. This feature differs to the ‘Woodlore’ / Wilkinson Sword type and other knives so, I recommend CAUTION and modification to sharpening technique (To avoid catching the angled scale tips) if using Waterstones for sharpening. The G10 scales are so light in material I did not feel any drag on them during sharpening (my fault!). I’m not yet convinced that the G10 scale material which look similar to plastic at the unintentional dents/wear is going to be a long term robust enough material. I am allocating 4 stars as Spyderco do not offer scale replacement.
Zbigniew Majchrzak12th September, 2017