Folding Knife: EDC, Tactical, Utility
Spyderco Caly 3.5 Folder, ZDP-189 Stainless Steel, Black Carbon Fiber
Spyderco was founded in 1976 by Sal and Gail Glesser. In 1981, the Glessers put down roots in Golden, Colorado and introduced the first Spyderco folding knife. That knife pioneered the concept of a round hole in the blade for one-handed opening, a clip on the handle for carry at the top of the pocket, and the option of a serrated edge for aggressive cutting performance. Those features revolutionized the knife industry and literally defined the form of the modern folding knife. Spyderco has steadily grown to become one of the leaders in the cutlery industry. In addition to a worldwide distribution network and manufacturing resources in the U.S., Japan, Taiwan, Italy, and China, Spyderco innovation has also earned them an impressive portfolio of patents, trademarks, and industry awards. More importantly, it has allowed Spyderco to earn the trust and loyalty of countless thousands of dedicated knife users around the world.
Spyderco has several knife designs that remain steadfast year after year. What keeps people
buying them over decades is their basic function but also that they’re upgraded or refreshed with new technology and materials when they become available. A prolific design in Spyderco’s line is the Calypso. Its arrival over a decade ago as a mid-sized folder has spawned numerous variations and converted legions of knife buyers to the benefits of flat-ground, thick leaf-shaped blades. This is a workingman’s or woman’s folder founded on the premise that a comfortable, usable pocket knife is one that feels like a natural extension of your hand. A larger, newer Bionic version of the original Calypso Jr. is the Caly 3.5. The latest Calypso progeny has a three and a half inch ZDP-189 leaf-shaped blade that is thick at the tang, then tapering to a tip. The cutting edge is flat-ground and thin for precision and receptive cutting. Ergonomics and control were taken into the designs’ consideration and where handle and blade meet is a substantial finger choil. This is the spot where the index finger settles ergonomically leading the thumb to naturally position itself directly above on the blade’s spine. Also the spine is textured with slip resistant jimping making the knife feel like part of the hand with no sliding forward or backward while cutting. The Carbon Fiber handle has a mid-positioned back lock and a low profile wire clip, holding the folder deeply in a pocket facing tip-up.
Blade: Leaf Shape
Blade Steel: ZPD-189
Handle Material: Black G10
Blade Length: 3.5 Inch
Closed Length: 4.15 Inch
Overall Length: 7.65 Inch
Pocket Clip: Yes