Like its namesake--a brilliant multiple star system in the constellation of Taurus--Spyderco's Alcyone folding knife was purpose designed to shine brightly above its peers. It proudly features all the high-performance characteristics and classic design elements that define Spyderco knives in an affordably priced knife that proudly showcases US-made blade steel.
The heart of the Alcyone is its full-flat-ground blade, which is precision machined from American-made CTS BD1 stainless steel. Its leaf-shaped profile includes a long, exceptionally capable PlainEdge working edge and a fully accessible Trademark Round Hole for swift, ambidextrous, one-handed opening. The blade is housed in a highly refined, ergonomic handle with full skeletonized stainless steel liners and an open-backed construction style.
These features minimize the knife's weight and simplify cleaning, while providing a sound structure for its stout LinerLock mechanism. To ensure a secure, comfortable grip, the liners are couched between tough gray G-10 scales with a unique non-slip checked texture.
The handle is also home to a sturdy four-position pocket clip that supports left or right-side, tip-up or tip-down carry and is backed by a generously sized lined lanyard hole that allows the easy attachment of fobs and lanyards.
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.