Spyderco Respect, 7.94" CPM 154 Steel Blade, Black G10 Handle - FB44GP
Spyderco founder Sal Glesser has always liked Bowie Knives, and his Respect design pays tribute to the classic American Bowie Knife while expressing it with state-of-the-art modern materials.
The heart of the design is its blade, which is painstakingly crafted from CPM 154 stainless steel. An impressive .300-inch (7.6mm) thick at the spine and ricasso, the Respect's broad, satin-finished blade is just over 1.5 inches (38.1mm) wide and features a full-flat grind for both strength and superior edge geometry.
The long, straight, double-beveled swedge on the back of the blade is unsharpened, but ensures an exceptionally acute point.
The Respect's double guard is precision machined from stainless steel and meticulously press fitted to the tang and shoulders of the blade. It is held in place by contoured G-10 scales that have matching machined cavities to envelop the concealed tang. They are secured by stainless steel Torx screws to achieve a near-seamless, one-piece feel in the hand that highlights the handle's refined ergonomics.
To complement its traditional styling, the Respect is furnished with a high-quality, handcrafted leather sheath with both a conventional belt loop and a brass stud. The stud not only secures the end of the sheath's leather retaining strap to keep the knife in place, but also prevents the sheath from slipping down when it is worn using classic inside-the-waistband carry.
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.