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Old 01-10-2009, 12:06 AM   #21
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Death, my favorite folder is the Spyderco Civilian.
It will cut through a seatbelt, duty belt, flesh and bone.
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Considering the fact that the victim is the first one at the scene of a violent crime, I believe all law abiding citizens should be armed.

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thats sic!!!! i like it.. it looks like a great knife to peel an orange with as well
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Death, my favorite folder is the Spyderco Civilian.
It will cut through a seatbelt, duty belt, flesh and bone.
WHOA! The covet-o-meter just shot off the scale. I've been looking for a full-serrated blade for a while, and that shape is just off-the-map-nuts enough to appeal to me. I'm hitting my favorite knife store tomorrow morning to see if they have it. This will piss off my wife because this is not a cheap knife. Meh. That's life.

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This has been a great blade and at $40, they're one of the best values in folders today:

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There is no plastic on the knife at all, the scales are aluminum. The blade is AUS-8 which is nothing special, but it takes an edge very quickly and holds it quite well. It also has SOG's spring assist opening, which means that when you do need the blade, you can get it out quickly with one hand.
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Gentlemen the Civilian is just a little pricey. I think I got reamed, price wise when I bought mine (check Spyderco website). But whatever! It is the best blade that I have ever owned.
There is also a smaller version of the Civilian made also by Spyderco.
The unique blade design is meant to reach bone on the first slash. Someone told me that in one of the Anthony Hopkins movies, either Red Dragon or Hannibal, it was this very knife which was used to cut a guys femoral artery as they passed on the street.
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WHOA! The covet-o-meter just shot off the scale. I've been looking for a full-serrated blade for a while, and that shape is just off-the-map-nuts enough to appeal to me. I'm hitting my favorite knife store tomorrow morning to see if they have it. This will piss off my wife because this is not a cheap knife. Meh. That's life.
That's based on the Karambit. You might want to shop around a bit though.

Spyderco is a great company, and they make nice knives, but they are some of the absolute HARDEST to ever resharpen.

If you go with the Spyderco, plan on shipping it back and paying to have them re-touch it for you. Those angles are very difficult to replicate.

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The Civilian wasn't used in the movie, but Hannibal buys one at a gun show in the book, as well as the Spyderco Harpy.

In the movie, Anthony Hopkins uses a Spyderco Merlin, essentially the Harpy in a non-serrated design. The Harpy was a nautical blade, all stainless, with a cutout in the handle to let water escape. Mr.D is correct in that it is kerambit shaped and functions well as a fighter if you are versed in the systems that use the kerambit.

The Civilian comes shipped in a plush case, with a warning that states it is not for utility use, this blade is meant for meat.

The smaller version is the Matriarch, but Spyderco no longer produces it, a move that really pi$$es me off, because as soon as I can afford one for the collection, it's not to be found.

The Merlin is also no longer produced, and that was a great blade.

Mr.D is also correct in that it takes skill, patience, and Popeye forearms to sharpen these.

I like Spydercos, by the way.
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B.B. I am humbled by your knowledge of the blade. I also have the Matriarch which I bought about 3 years ago. Its about 1/3 smaller but just as awesome.
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Thank you, Chopkick. The Matriarch is indeed great, and the size was advantageous to me for everyday carry. I took the pocket clip off, and it was slim enough to go undetected everywhere. Still enough blade to reach those important areas.

I'm gonna go play some violin for my Civilian now, as she is the prettiest jewel in the collection.
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Serrated blades suck. I have an old Columbia River M16 half serrated that sits in the Jeep as a utility knife because they did such a crappy job in grinding the blade from the factory.
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