Spyderco Southard Positron C195CFP


Specifications:
Blade Length: 3.01″ (76 mm)
Cutting Edge: 2.93″ (74 mm)
Overall Length: 6.98″ (177 mm)
Closed Length: 3.97″ (101 mm)
Blade Thickness: 0.118″ (3.0 mm)
Blade Material: CPM-S30V Stainless Steel
Handle Material: Carbon Fiber
Locking Mechanism: Liner Lock
Weight: 2.6 oz. (74 g)

The Spyderco Positron is another collaboration knife with custom knife maker Brad Southard. When you look at the Positron you can’t help but notice it has very similar body lines as the Spyderco Southard but slightly smaller in overall size. When I saw the first leaked photos on this knife I said to myself: “I gotta pre-order one of these immediately”. Fast forward a couple of months from putting in my pre-order for this knife. It’s finally here!

Blade:


The blade on the Positron measures 3″ inches and is constructed out of a premium S30V blade steel. S30V contains carbon as well as high amounts of Chromium, Molybdenum and Vanadium. This steel combines fantastic edge retention and high ductility combined with corrosion resistance. The knife has a real beautiful stonewash finish that you would find on knives twice the price.

The blade deployment is provided by the flipper opener in tandem with ball-bearings at the pivot. The blade flips open super smooth and FAST! Lockup is solid with absolutely no side-to-side or in or out movement. This is a liner-lock knife.

Out of the box it is extremely sharp which is something you come to expect from Spyderco knives. The slight belly on the blade allows you to use this knife for all sorts of cutting task. Whether you are food prepping, cutting rope, leather or cardboard boxes the blade will go through it like a knife through hot butter.

Handle:

The handle on the Spyderco Positron measures 4″ inches and is constructed out of beautiful carbon fiber.  There are some things I absolutely love about the handle and some things I would have changed..

Likes:

– The carbon fiber is beautiful. It accents the rest of the knife and really makes the knife look elegant and classy.
– The liners are skeletonized and recessed into the handles giving it a sleek look and reducing overall weight on the night.
– Reversible deep carry wire pocket clip for right and left hand carry.

Dislikes:



– The edges on the handle are rather squared off. I think it’ll be an easy modification to bevel the edges so it’s not really a deal breaker for me.
– I’m not a huge fan of bland looking back spacers. Specially on a knife that cost over $100 dollars. I think a simple stainless stand off would have made the knife look 5x better.

But overall the knife feels great in the hand. The ergonomics are just amazing. It fits in the hand so naturally and can be gripped comfortably is a variety of positions.

Another thing I like about this knife is the pocket clip. The pocket clip is Spyderco’s wire clip, and I feel it is the best pocket clip on the market right now. It is very discreet, but it holds the knife securely. It also doesn’t have as many sharp edges as most of the other common pocket clips, so you are less likely to scratch things, like your car, as you walk by.

Thoughts:

The Spyderco Positron is simple, plain, incredibly light, has a great clip, incredible steel, super strong lock, and great blade geometry. So are you looking for a light, strong, quality knife you can carry every day for a good price? If so, this should be at the top of your list because it is not only one of the best bargains, but it is also one of the best folding knives made regardless of price and it outperforms many other knives that cost significantly more money.

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