Spyderco 2008 Amsterdam Meet

Pictures are floating around the 'net from the 2008 Spyderco Amsterdam Meet. This year saw the presentation of some of the most interesting prototype knives that Spyderco has had in recent years.

Of note is the reintroduction of the Police and Rookie models with G10 scales.

Getting points for originality, the Ed Schempp designed Barong and Kukri folders are sure to be head turners, though not necessarily in a good way. I think that those two knives will fall into the category of love 'em or hate 'em.

A Lum Chinese prototype in ZDP-189, probably one of Spyderco's most anticipated sprint runs, was at the meet.

Having been an admirer of Jens Anso's folders for a while, it was nice to see an Anso-designed prototype folder present. The design, called the Rocklobster, looks refined and comfortable, though lacking some of the signature Anso sculpturing to the handle scales.
Overall, I think this one could be very popular.  I hope that this is the start of a long relationship between Anso and Spyderco Knives.

Also, present was a flat ground Native prototype with carbon-fiber handle scales. The redesign gives a much more upscale look to this old stand-by folder.

The Superhawk may have just replaced the Civilian as Spyderco's nastiest hawkbill blade.

One of my personal favorites is the Smallfly with G10 scales. I'm not sure why this one appeals to me, but it looks like it would be a blast to swing.

Overall, I'm happy to see Spyderco moving towards more flat ground blades. I think it shows that they're responsive to their customers and are always looking to improve the performance of their knives.

It seems that this year, as always, the problem with Spyderco Knives is that you can't buy just one.

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