On January 15, 2020 Spyderco announced  knives being produced in a new steel: CPM SPY27, a steel produced by Crucible. The steel is reportedly exclusive to Spyderco. The SPY refers to Spyderco and 27 is the atomic number of cobalt . The composition  is as follows:
I don’t have any of the steel for analysis, and given it is exclusive to Spyderco I may not be able to get any. However, we can look at the composition and make some educated guesses on its performance which I will do below.
| Industry News / New Products, Sharpening & Restoration
2020 is upon us and we spent a lot of time giving our kits a well deserved make over!
FrogLube Kits have gone Tubular – FrogLube Kit line-up is All New for 2020
Packaging and utility now built in with new tubular kit packaging. Kits are now packaged in a 2-piece, durable high density plastic tube that will retain both your FrogLube cleaners and lubricants along with specific cleaning tool arrangements. The new packaging is now environmentally friendly because the plastic kit tube is now retained instead of disposed. If the kit is damaged and unserviceable, it is made from 100% recyclable ingredients.
The new tube kits form the backbone of FrogLube’s kit line-up, now featuring a Basic Gun Cleaning Kit, a Pistol Cleaning Kit “multi-cal” and a Universal Cleaning Kit. Each shares the following benefits;
– Slim tube profile fits easily into gun bags and backpacks
– Reusable package, 100% recyclable.
– Tamper proof
– Leak proof
– Durable case
– Refreshed labeling
Basic Kit. (p/n 15207) This kit has the 2-part cleaning and lubricating system. It comes with the standard 2-end cleaning brush and .5 oz spray bottles of FrogLube cleaning and degreasing solvent and Extreme gun lubricant.
Pistol Kit. (p/n 15257) This kit has been completely redesigned for 2020. The kit now comes with the 2-part cleaning and lubricating sprays for complete pistol care. It also comes with a 2-end brush, 5” brass rod with handle, 9mm, .38cal, 357cal, and .45 cal bronze brushes, 9mm and .38cal, 357cal, .45 cal swab its bore tips and a microfiber towel. This kit is the complete kit for field and bench use.
Universal Gun Cleaning and Lubricating Kit. (p/n 15200) This is an update and improvement of our original “FrogTube”. This is a versatile kit that has been the most popular selling kit in the FrogLube line-up. For 2020, we updated the look, added a pump spray bottle of FrogLube’s top selling Extreme lube and we added a syringe-type precision applicator with a 14g tip. This kit contains 1 oz of FrogLube’s cleaning solvent and 4 oz of FrogLube’s original solid lubricant paste.
FrogLube bag kits. FrogLube will also have two bag kits on display, one for rifle bore maintenance and one for knife maintenance at the SHOT show.
| Industry News / New Products, Knifemaking & Materials, Production Knives
Spyderco has just released its fourth Product Reveal, detailing the new models it will be bringing to SHOT Show 2020 next week. The Reveal shows Spyderco placing a particularly strong emphasis on steel – including a brand new, propietary steel developed by the Golden, CO maker itself.
CPM SPY27 Steel
The Para 3 Lightweight and Manix 2 Lightweight will be the first two models to feature CPM SPY27 blade steel. Spyderco teamed up with Crucible Industries to create SPY27, which they describe as “a particle metallurgy stainless steel containing a proprietary mix of alloys, including vanadium, molybdenum, niobium, nitrogen, and cobalt. This remarkable composition, enhanced by the amplifying effects of cobalt and the state-of-the-art Crucible Particle Metallurgy process, is produced exclusively for Spyderco and will be featured in select USA-made models.”
Spyderco typically assigns a color to each specialty steel it employs in its lineup. Thus the CPM SPY27 models will all come with cobalt blue handle scales to indicate they’re sporting Spyderco’s homegrown steel.
| Bushcraft, Hunting, & Survival, EDC, Industry News / New Products, Production Knives
Click the image to launch the flip book.
Starting last year, Spyderco switched from announcing all of their releases at SHOT Show, and then answering 1000s of “When will it be released?” questions from their fans, to breaking the announcements up into smaller chunks in a series of “Reveal Books”. The new one is out, just ahead of SHOT Show, and it is my first look at the lineup as well.
What do you think of the new releases?
The new Astute (pictured on the cover) reminds me of a Canadian Belt knife, only in folding form with a pocket clip. (There have been folding Grohman’s before)
| EDC, Industry News / New Products, Production Knives
Maker Justin Lundquist is clearly on a roll this year. Less than a week after the reveal of the Kizer Contrail, he is debuting two new We Knife Co. collaborations: the OSS Dagger and the Black Void Opus. The Opus is Lundquist’s latest riff on the front flipper, and the OSS Dagger is his first production fixed blade design.
| Industry News / New Products, Knives in the News
Lynnwood, WA – Studies and Observations Group announces the retirement of Spencer Frazer who founded the company in 1986. Frazer, one of the most prolific inventors in the knife industry, will be stepping away from his full-time involvement in the company, but will maintain an advisory role moving forward.
Frazer, 64, was the driving design and engineering force behind a wide array of SOG knives and multi-tools, beginning with the company’s first knife, the S1 Bowie that paid homage to the knife U.S. special forces used in Vietnam, eventually naming the company in honor of the unit that originally developed the knife.
Responsible for bringing a high-tech design sensibility to a rather traditional industry, Frazer was one of the leaders in the modern era of knife manufacturing. He combined aesthetics and mechanical function into successful, sophisticated products, many of which have become classics.
“Spencer has been the heart and soul of SOG for 34 years,” said Joe Mc Swiney, CEO of SOG. “He started with the modest goal of reproducing the original MACV-SOG Bowie and from there grew SOG into the flourishing company that it is today. It’s impossible to overstate the influence Spencer has had both on his company and the knife industry as a whole.”
After launching the company with the S1 Bowie, Frazer grew the company’s product line by offering multi-tools, developing collaborations with other noted knife designers and securing military supply contracts. The fixed blade SOG SEAL Pup was designed for the US Navy SEAL knife trials in 1992, and has been used by special operations forces in some of the most dangerous conditions on Earth. He secured a number of SOG’s patented technologies, including Compound Leverage™ used in most of SOG’s multi-tools, as well as various locking and opening mechanisms. His knives and multi-tools have won numerous awards and accolades driven by his uncanny ability to understand what the knife market needed and through this propelled SOG to be a leader in innovation.
Frazer’s retirement comes as the company completes an aggressive directional change in product and brand which is finally being revealed to the public this month. Frazer said he leaves knowing the company remains in good hands.
“SOG’s future is pushing into an even greater extension of the original intent when it was founded,” Frazer said. “I cannot be prouder of what the company has grown into.”
An artist whose oil paintings have been shown in galleries across the country, Frazer intends to spend his retirement focusing on philanthropy and art, as well as ongoing innovation. He and his family reside in Seattle.
| Knife Law, Knifemaking & Materials, Knives in the News
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West Virginia Knife Law Preemption Bill Hearing
We have just been notified that West Virginia SB 96 that would expand the state’s firearms preemption statute to include “deadly weapons,” including knives, is scheduled for a hearing TOMORROW, Thursday, Jan. 16.
Preemption prevents enforcement of existing local knife ordinances, and prohibits new ordinances, more restrictive than state law which only serve to confuse or entrap law-abiding citizens traveling within or through the state.
Knife Rights passed the nation’s first Knife Law Preemption bill in Arizona in 2010 and has since passed preemption bills in Alaska, Georgia, Kansas, Montana, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin.
Washington “Spring Blade” Knife Ban Repeal Bill Reintroduced
The Washington “Spring Blade” Knife Ban Repeal bill, SB 5782, that didn’t receive a House floor vote last year as time ran out after passing the Senate and its House committee, has been “reintroduced and retained in present status.”
What this means is that a Senator can now pull the bill to the Senate floor for a vote, where it passed 46-1 last year. There would be no committee hearing. Once passed by the Senate it will be sent back to the House.
Knife Rights continues to work closely with Senate Sponsor Hans Zeiger to make sure legislators are educated on the benefits of repealing Washington’s archaic ban on “spring blade” knives.
We will let you know when it is time to contact Washington legislators.