Spyderco Lum Tanto Black/Forest Green Fixed Blade
The late Bob Lum was a highly revered custom knifemaker whose work had a profound influence on modern cutlery design. An expert in Asian ethnic knives and a pioneer in blending them with modern Western designs, he was the first knifemaker to combine a traditional Japanese tanto with the reinforced tip of a katana sword. The result was the hybrid Americanized tanto that is now a mainstay of modern cutlery design.
Spyderco's Lum Tanto fixed blade is also a synthesis of classic Japanese style and modern Western knifemaking methods. One of Spyderco's earliest fixed-blade designs, its hybrid blade shape combines a hamaguri (Appleseed) grind at the point, hollow-ground primary bevels, and a spine swedge. The traditional tsuba (guard) is replaced by an integral double guard that provides excellent hand protection without interrupting the sleek lines of the design. To ensure superior strength and exceptional balance, the handle has a full, tapered tang -- a rare feature on a production knife.
This limited-edition Sprint run features 3-D-machined forest green/black G-10 scales. Earlier blades in this run were handled with scales of burgundy paperstone -- a material that proved to be unpredictable in the manufacturing process. The final 600 blades of this Sprint Run were therefore finished with G-10 scales and will no doubt be highly collectible. Every one of these unique knives comes complete with a handsome leather sheath.
|Handle Color||Black, green/olive|
|Knife Type||Fixed Blade|
Quick! List the most respected and innovative knife companies you can think of. If you know anything about knives, Spyderco is somewhere near the top. Spyderco Inc. makes some of the most unique and downright bizarre knife designs you'll see on the market, but from the number of passionate fans discussing, debating, and learning everything they can about Spyderco knives, it's clear that the company has done something right.
From the Glesser Family and the Spyderco Crew:
Since starting Spyderco we've been told our knives are different, peculiar, even out there. All true. Thinking beyond established knife industry barriers allowed us to introduce new and radical innovations to the knife culture including: One-hand opening, serrations on a folder and a clip to attach a knife to a pocket.
We didn't go into business to rake in a mountain of dough we're here for more selfish reasons- indulging our passion for creating knives. 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. Our recognizable appearance is a result of designing ergonomic functional tools rather than applying lipstick and nylons to a pocketknife. We may look curious, homely, whatever, but we'll never be called unusable or undependable.
Making knives that consistently deliver reliable high-performance requires an ongoing commitment to testing. In our million-dollar testing facility we examine edge retention with a CATRA machine, look for rust development with Q-FOG, check the force needed to open and close a knife. We also repeatedly test for stress, wear, optimal heat-treating and actively search for higher quality, performance enhancing steels and materials.
As a customer you probably don't think about this, or much care, but it allows us to put forth a promise. When you purchase a Spyderco you are buying a high-quality reliable cutting tool designed and manufactured for peak performance and ergonomic comfort. Those Who Know Carry Spyderco.