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I had been looking for a Bushcraft folder for a while, the TK4 being top of my list, then I saw the Wolf Spyder, I don't know why I hadn't seen this before. Ray needs to do some publicity on this, I'd love to see a video or two of him putting it to use but maybe it's best to keep it as a well kept secret for true bushcraft initiates only. So I'd been mulling over the TK4 for months, then I saw this one, and it took around an hour to mull it over before hitting the buy button. The TK4 is obviously a great knife, and I may still get one at some point, but the Wolf Spyder just ticks all the boxes for me. First I already own the Spyderco bushcraft knife, I managed to get one on sale just as they announced it's discontinuation, brilliant knife, so it's a no brainer for me that a good pair for that would be this Spyderco bushcraft folder. Secondly, it's designed by Ray Mears, a real pro that obviously a lot of us hobbyists trust. Thirdly it's a scandi grind, and that is what I'm used to, so that is a real bonus for a folder. Fourthly it's called the Wolf Spyder, that has to be one of the coolest names for a knife ever, certainly for the Spyderco range. All in all it was an easy decision for me to make. The secondary bevel on mine was very slight, and has all but dissipated with just some occasional wipes on the white side of a CC4, I think the secondary bevel is just there so Spyderco can be sure it'll have that out of the box razor sharpness. I've put it through it's paces on a lot of the usual bushcraft tasks and it has proven to be very easy to use, giving great results every time and also feeling very satisfying in use. I wasn't using it constantly processing wood for hours or anything, if you were in that situation you'd want a fixed blade anyway. I've heard the Spyderco Paramilitary can get a bit sore in the hands, but this feels very good, the ergonomics are amazing, it even fits nicely with the pocket clip on, but I took that off as it feels even better without it, the pocket-clip would be good in the US or other countries where this could be used as an EDC, but here in the UK it's best to keep it tucked away until needed. When first looking at the knife I thought the design looked a bit non bushcrafty but now I see it as the most perfect shape for the woods. It now looks sort of ancient to me, like an artefact from Elven days. By the way, Wolf Spider in Quenya is something like Lianteraca which has a cool vibe a great choice as Glamdring would obviously have been a bit ostentatious for a humble folder.
Gav22nd June, 2021