Spyderco has introduced a new liner lock folder called the Balance. It’s a design by Ed Schempp, who has done a number of other Spyderco knives.
I think the knife looks a little odd (to my eyes, a lot of Schempp designs are odd), but it may be small and non-threatening enough to be accepted around the office or in other places ‘sheeple’ frequent. Call it a modern interpretation of the gentleman’s folder. It’s certainly made of upscale materials:
Overall Length: 4-7/16″ (113 mm)
Blade Length: 1-15/16″ (49 mm)
Cutting Edge Length: 1-1/4″ (32 mm)
Closed Length: 2-5/8″ (67 mm)
Handle Material: G-10
Weight: 1.3 oz. (37 g)
Tip Carry: Up/Down
Made in Japan
From the Sypderco Web site:
Balance is a state of equilibrium or equal distribution. In our case it’s an Ed Schempp folder that is symmetrically identical on both ends when the folder is closed. Odd looks aside, when held in the hand it’s ergonomically proportional and a natural fit.
The VG-10 blade is full-flat ground and arcs upward a radical curve with a deep finger choil. When the index finger is positioned in the choil, the cutting edge aligns with the forearm moving the blade’s weight back and the center of gravity toward the cutting edge where it responds like a natural extension of the hand.
The enlarged Spyderco Round Hole is dead center on the blade when closed and perfectly off-centered when open, positioning the thumb for flowing one-hand operation, justifying the name Balance.
Handle scales are gray carbon fiber and assembled with screws for cleaning and adjustment. Four-way, left/right, tip-up/tip-down hourglass clip, clips discreetly in a pocket. Piped lanyard. Symphonic fit and finish.
‘Spydercollector’ posted a nice video of a pre-production version of the Balance:
MSRP is listed at $199 but it’s listed for around $130 at a number of internet retailers. There is some knife forum discussion/speculation that Spyderco may also introduce a non-carbon fiber Balance (either FRN or stainless handle) at a substantially lower price.