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The Schempp Tuff is a knife that was designed to literally live up to its name. The brainchild of renowned custom knifemaker and designer Ed Schempp, it reflects his deep understanding of what it takes to make a tool that is both highly functional and practically indestructible. The Schempp Tuff was conceived as a folding knife that would epitomize the qualities of toughness and durability while still providing superior edge geometry and cutting performance. To ensure that it remained practical for everyday carry, he also focused on making the knife as versatile and lightweight as possible by incorporating advanced design features and state-of-the-art materials. The result is an amazingly strong folding knife that showcases best-in-class design, materials, and manufacturing processes. The heart of the Schempp Tuff is its stout blade, which is meticulously machined and ground from Crucible CPM 3V steel. This relatively simple steel is produced through the particle metallurgy process, an advanced manufacturing method that involves mixing the component alloys of the steel in powdered form before sintering it at extreme temperatures to produce the finished material. This ensures maximum uniformity of the steel and allows the alloys, including molybdenum and vanadium, to be evenly distributed throughout the steel matrix for enhanced strength and toughness. The Schempp Tuff's plain-edged drop-point blade is an impressive 4mm (0.157 inch) thick. It is flat ground and features a machined fuller (groove) parallel to the spine to reduce weight, increase strength, and reduce friction during cutting. It also features a forefinger choil that allows you to shift your grip forward for maximum control and power during demanding cutting chores. The handle is constructed of a G-10 scale and stainless steel liner on one side and a solid titanium scale on the other. This structure provides extreme strength and, together with a custom-machined oversized pivot assembly, provides the foundation of the knife's Reeve Integral Lock (R.I.L.) mechanism. The lock is integral to the titanium scale, features a hardened steel interface that ensures precise, long-wearing engagement of the blade's lock ramp and serves as an overtravel stop for the lock bar. Both handle scales are CNC machined with a dimpled texture pattern for an enhanced grip while still allowing the knife to be drawn smoothly from the pocket. The titanium scale and stainless liner provide solid anchor points for a four-position hourglass clip for tip-up or tip-down carry on both the left or right side. The handle also has a generous lanyard hole that allows the attachment of a fob or a lanyard for extra security.
Throwback is a widely used term you see everywhere today. It is a sudden reminder of the past or jolt back in time. What throws you back? Old school football jerseys, 70s soda cans, 80s music? It's hard to think of Spyderco as having a throwback or vintage product, but our first CLIPIT celebrated its 31st birthday this year. If you ever wonder what the Spyderco's first CLIPIT knives looked like, read on. Enjoy these catalog pages from 1981-1987. Have a good chuckle, and take notice the progression of the CLIPIT from the 2 screwed clip Worker in 1981 to the Mariner and the following six CLIPIT folders which comprised our entire product line until 1991.
Spyderco early stainless steel CLIPIT line. Note that early models had a SpyderEdge which was a new and unheard of feature on folding knives. 2012 CLIPITs offer the same basic one-hand open, clip carry function but with blade steel and handle materials that were not in existence in 1982.
"Hot" then and still "throwback hot" now? You decide Original line drawing of the first C01 Worker
Older C01 Worker, C07 Police and C03 Pro Hunter variations.
Our thanks to Outside Magazine! Spyderco is honored to be a part of Outside Magazine's "2012 Best Places to Work" and ranked number 39 out of 100 companies. The magazine rates innovative companies in the outdoor industry who are setting standards for a healthy work-life-outdoor balance. The list is further broken down by company size and in the mid-sized business group (50-240 employees) Spyderco came in number 10 as the best mid-sized company to work for.
The most coveted bike race outside the Tour de France happens in Spyderco's Colorado backyard this August. Spyderco is a proud sponsor of the 2012 USA Pro Challenge Bike Race. The race winds through some of the highest elevations ridden in a competitive bike challenge with Tour de France winners and World Champions set to compete in America's toughest cycling race. Marking one of the best fields ever assembled on American soil for a professional cycling race, it runs August 20-26, through 12 host cities, taking riders and fans on a scenic tour through the Colorado Rockies. Emphasizing the competitive level of the field, the race will include six of the top 13 finishers from this year's Tour de France – The elite professional roster of teams, which includes 126 riders from 24 countries, is comprised of six teams that competed in the Tour de France, five Pro Continental teams and five Continental teams.
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