This unique expression of the Dragonfly 2 Lightweight combines all the features of this best-selling model with a multi-colored hand-dyed "zome" handle. Zome (pronounced "zoh-may") is a class of Japanese handicrafts that focuses on dyeing textiles.
This ancient art form includes many different methods of creating patterns on cloth using dyes derived from plants flowers fruit and other natural sources and is closely related to many aspects of Japanese history and culture. Inspired by this rich artistic heritage Spyderco's Zome knives are unique variations of our lightweight models which feature injection-molded fiberglass-reinforced-nylon (FRN) handles.
The handles are molded in a light base color and then individually hand dyed by expert Japanese artisans. Using a technique reminiscent of traditional hiki-zome (brush dyeing) various colors of dye are hand brushed onto the handle to create distinctive one-of-a-kind patterns.
Like Japan's classical dyeing methods the special dyes used completely permeate the FRN to permanently color it. This Dragonfly 2 Lightweight boasts all the defining features of its breed including a full-flat-ground VG-10 stainless steel blade a sturdy back lock mechanism and a left/right tip-up wire clip. Its injection-molded FRN handle showcases a brilliant hand-dyed zome pattern in shades of green.
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.