Spyderco has been told their knives are different, peculiar, even out
there. All true. Spyderco is definitely out of the norm in the knife
industry in our
dedication to researching and developing fresh, improved and better
performing materials all with function and reliability being key.
Someone once said to Sal Glesser, Spyderco's owner, "You must design in
the dark because your knives look so strange." True again. Spyderco
recognizable appearance is a result of designing ergonomic
functional tools rather than applying lipstick and nylons to a
pocketknife. Making knives that consistently deliver reliable
high-performance requires an ongoing commitment to testing. In Spyderco
testing facility they examine edge retention with a
CATRA machine, look for rust development with Q-FOG, check the force
needed to open and close a knife. Also repeatedly test for stress,
wear, optimal heat-treating and actively search for higher quality,
performance enhancing steels and materials.