• Spyderco Southard Flipper review

    I'll show a bunch of pictures here, provide a little yack, and then, I promise, I'll give it a rest.
    Please forgive me being a little hyped about this kinetic piece of joy that recently came my way.

    The very best thing about it is this unassuming nub.
    I don't think of it as a stand-your-ground-in-a-back-alley feature. I really don't.
    Nobody has knife fights in the US. The low-life are too well armed for that to be viable.
    A flipper to me is simply convenience, like a Spydie-hole or a thumb-stud.
    This little nub and a ball-bearing pivot make the blade magically appear.
    My wife says to me, "Is that a switch-blade or something?"
    "No," I explain. "It's so you don't have to put down your apple when you open your knife."


    Its Reeve Integral Lock locks it up with the authority of, well, a Reeve Integral Lock. Great sound. Rock solid. Take it to the proverbial bank.
    It's got a bit of G-10 as a Hinderer-y overtravel stop. Fine. It looks great. Works like it should. Probably a good idea.
    Just curious, though... Anyone here have such steroid-enhanced thumbs that they've actually snapped off a frame lock arm?
    Anyhow, I like it.


    I think this is a very handsome knife. Closed it's ~4.5 inches. The ti side offers plenty of design interest with the stainless clip and screws and the brown G-10 inlay.
    I've seen some mods out there for guys that wanted a dull/stonewashed look on the clip; but I like its surface just the way it is.


    I don't know what they call this milk-chocolatey G-10 color, but it's identical to what I've got on my Nilakka. When I ordered this thing, I figured I'd be re-scaling it with something sexier. Now that I've got it in hand, I'm quite digging the scale as-is. Great grippy texture, and once you settle into it, a very clever surface pattern. I know this is a non-sequitur, but it's prettier than it looks. And the edge detailing is immaculate.






    Here's the obligatory, boring part of the show... Everything is precisely centered. Of course it is. It's out of the Taichung facility; and that's how they do it. Perfect.




    The blade just seems to be a tough son-of-a-gun. Carpenter CTS 204P. I say that like I know what it means. I don't. But from listening to folks that know better, and from my presumptions about Spyderco and Taichung at this price point; I'll take it on faith that this is some good ****, mon. My experience w/ the Carpenter XHP on the Techno has been stellar: holds an edge, sharpens right up, takes a licking and keeps on ticking. I'm counting on similar performance here. The blade image here shows a lovely toothy edge. Make no mistake, it cuts like a scalpel. (I found that out the hard way.)
    The Southard icon on one side and the Spyder on the other give me a fuzzy feeling.




    There's been a bit of hand-wringing on the forums, over the pointy end of the pocket clip. Eh. It's a legitimate gripe.
    I'm sure I'll be giving it a little rounding off on the grinder, but it's no big deal. And as I said before, I dig the bright finish as a counterpoint to the gritty ti.
    See the shiny backspacers? Nice.


    It's large. But I'd be perfectly comfortable throwing it in a jeans pocket, even sans clip. Kind of thinking about that.
    Big as a Buck? Just about, but lots lighter. 6.5 oz. for the 110, and 4.1 for the Southard.
    Bigger than my stalwart work knife, the Native 5. But the Southard is lighter. The Native is 4.5 oz.
    The Southard is pretty much the same size as its opposite number, the Nilakka. Oddly, the more delicate Nilakka is substantially heavier, at 5 oz. even.
    As I said in another post, the Nilakka and the Southard are a perfect yin-yang brace. A study in contrasting style and intent, those two.






    Thanks for looking and listening.
    Do I like it? Yeah. Very much.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Spyderco Southard Flipper review started by bayvillageidiot View original post
    Comments 14 Comments
    1. popeye27's Avatar
      popeye27 -
      great review,just put my order in thanks
    1. topheronetwoo's Avatar
      topheronetwoo -
      Had this in hand recently and got to say its an elegant , amazingly executed knife. No play, perfect action. Just left me feeling so impressed, I've owned all sorts of "high end" this is punching up there without a doubt!
    1. filleep's Avatar
      filleep -
      My favourite knife!
    1. SneerRolts's Avatar
      SneerRolts -
      If someone owns it, chances are its their fav knife. Lovely knife, esp when pimped up!
    1. Leeroy37's Avatar
      Leeroy37 -
      I 'pose they're not bad....

      Love mine

      Lee
    1. edgeobserver's Avatar
      edgeobserver -
      I really like the Southard. The only thing I don't like is the sound it makes when you close the blade. It sounds oddly rattly in my opinion. A small gripe of course for an otherwise rock solid knife.
    1. filleep's Avatar
      filleep -
      Are you hoping someone will do a Van Gogh, trying to replicate your acoustics?

      Kept my ears and both mine make a sound like putting a coin on a glass table. Not rattly.
    1. SneerRolts's Avatar
      SneerRolts -
      Quote Originally Posted by filleep View Post
      Are you hoping someone will do a Van Gogh, trying to replicate your acoustics?

      Kept my ears and both mine make a sound like putting a coin on a glass table. Not rattly.
      Exactly the same with mine, not rattly at all.
    1. Leeroy37's Avatar
      Leeroy37 -
      Quote Originally Posted by SneerRolts View Post
      Exactly the same with mine, not rattly at all.
      Mine too, very smooth no rattle
    1. hughtrimble's Avatar
      hughtrimble -
      Quote Originally Posted by edgeobserver View Post
      I really like the Southard. The only thing I don't like is the sound it makes when you close the blade. It sounds oddly rattly in my opinion. A small gripe of course for an otherwise rock solid knife.
      Ball bearing rattly or pocket-clip-that's-been-overextended-slightly rattly?
    1. edgeobserver's Avatar
      edgeobserver -
      Quote Originally Posted by hughtrimble View Post
      Ball bearing rattly or pocket-clip-that's-been-overextended-slightly rattly?
      On Closer inspection it's due to a bit of slack in the detent. None of my other flippers make the same sound. Maybe I got a lemon although I have handled others since that do the same.
    1. paddy's Avatar
      paddy -
      Excellent review
      I find this knife an understated design with low sweeping lines, I only have one reservation and that is the hole is very close to the edge of the
      back of the blade, i notice its the same on your model. apart from that its a real sweet knife.
    1. retired01's Avatar
      retired01 -
      i just bought one,hopefully within a few day's it's in my hands,and i can give my comments.
    1. Beakie's Avatar
      Beakie -
      looks great, lovely finnish to the blade.
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