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Many people seem to feel that Spyderco knives are some of the most peculiar folding knife designs on the market today. However, thinking beyond established knife industry barriers allowed them to introduce new and radical innovations to the knife industry including: single-hand opening, serrated blades on a folding knife, and a clip to attach a knife to a pocket. Thus, Spyderco is definitely out of the norm in the knife industry in their dedication to researching and developing fresh, improved, and better performing materials all with function and reliability being key. In fact, according to Spyderco, someone once said to Sal Glesser, Spyderco’s owner, “You must design in the dark because your knives look so strange.” But, their easily recognizable appearance is a result of designing ergonomic, functional, tools rather than applying lipstick and nylons to a pocketknife. So, although they may look curious, they could never be called unusable or undependable. In addition, making knives that consistently deliver reliable high-performance requires an ongoing commitment to testing.
Thus, in their million-dollar testing facility, they examine edge retention with a CATRA machine, look for rust development with Q-FOG, and research the force needed to open and close a knife. They also repeatedly test for stress, wear, optimal heat-treating, and actively search for higher quality, performance enhancing, steels and materials. Now, as a customer you probably don’t think about this or much care but, it allows them to put forth a promise: When you purchase a Spyderco knife, you are buying a high-quality, reliable, cutting tool designed and manufactured for peak performance and ergonomic comfort. Consequently, the Spyderco Yojimbo 2 folding knife definitely displays Spyderco’s unusual way of thinking about folding knife design but also displays their commitment to incorporating high quality materials and excellent craftsmanship.