Embarrassing Incident at the Spyderco Booth
So I'm at the Spyderco booth at SHOT Show, and I spot the new Model C-108.
The vendor shows me how to open it. I have to grip the knife by using only my middle finger and thumb so the handle will swing out. To release the spring-loaded handle, I have to reach in the hole with my finger and depress the lever.
The knife jumped out of my hand and hit the floor at least three times before I could open it properly. :embarassed:
I've handled many, many knives of all kinds of opening systems, including the oddball auto-closing Boker :rolleyes: and the "reverse butterly" Cold Steel Triple Action. I'm not an idiot with a knife, and the vendor told me the knife jumping out of the hands has happened to quite a few people who tried it. "It takes practice" he said, and I must "gently push the lever back." While I didn't feel any less embarrassed knowing others sent the knife flying, I did wonder why anyone would design an opening mechanism that would require a minimal grip and gentle touch to open it.
Even when I could successfully open the knife, I believe a knife should not require such practice to open it. It's too sensitive and complex in my opinion. That knife is designed with a finger hole for a sturdy grip while using it. You should not have to hold it gingerly to open it.
I consider it a novelty knife or light duty blade. It's certainly not a defensive blade - there's no way I'd trust opening that thing and retaining it successfully during a scenario.