Spartan Blades: Akribis - Folding Knife


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JimStC
November 16, 2012, 03:51 PM
I was wondering what to give myself for Christmas. Now I think I know:D

http://spartanbladesusa.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=11&products_id=118

This is their first folder, I believe.

Happy Holidays to all!!

Jim

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Yo Mama
November 16, 2012, 06:30 PM
Am I missing something, for the price of $445, you get a s35v blade, with liner lock and jimping? Seems just a tad high?

JimStC
November 16, 2012, 06:39 PM
Ever owned a Spartan? Not recommending it. Just expressing my thoughts.
Value is in the eyes of the beholder. I also own a Sebenza. Probably paid too much for it too. It is all a matter of preference and disposable income.

Jim

ricebasher302
November 16, 2012, 08:37 PM
I'm fond of Spartan's knives strictly from an aesthetic viewpoint. I think they all look great, but I don't own one and haven't used one. Still, it's no surprise to me that their first folder is a beauty.

lobo9er
November 16, 2012, 08:45 PM
$445 of your money. Seems excessive. But Its your dough spend at will

Valkman
November 16, 2012, 08:53 PM
It's not too much when compared to a $100 folder like a Griptilian - I love my Grip but my $400 folders are much better built with better materials and would probably cut the Grip in half.

scramasax
November 16, 2012, 09:04 PM
It is thier first folder. I got to see it and play with it over a month ago. The price range is equal to the quality.

JimStC
November 16, 2012, 09:07 PM
Guys,
Not trying to start a big deal about value versus knife bought. I enjoy buying special knives. Ever owned a Sebenza? If not, I understand the confusion.
There are knives that are beyond your expectations. I have experienced some of those. Keep your mind open and try not to criticize those that purchase the special knives.
There are good knives and there are special knives. Just my opinion and you may not agree. That is your right as it is mine.

Jim

rcmodel
November 16, 2012, 09:32 PM
Hey!

If you want it, and can afford it?
Thats your money, and your business, and nobody elses!

I like the looks of it myself!
And more power to you if you go ahead and get it!


Just be aware that Santa KNOWS if you have been Naughty or Nice all this year.

Better consider that in before you buy yourself that for an Xmas present!

rc

06
November 16, 2012, 09:45 PM
Have had Gerbers, Bucks, etc but the best folder I have ever had is a Byrd. Just a simple folder with a thumb hole for easy opening and it holds an edge perfectly. You can buy 10 of these for the cost of that other one. Have punished this one and it has held up well.

rcmodel
November 16, 2012, 10:10 PM
Byrd is the trade name for a Spyderco made in China.
The spyderco hole on them is teardrop shaped instead of round.

rc

JShirley
November 16, 2012, 10:43 PM
"Comet".

The Akribis looks like a decent knife.

rcmodel
November 16, 2012, 10:48 PM
"Comet".Stickler for detail huh!
Comet, Tear-Drop, or Gum-Drop.

Whatever it is, it's still not round, and it's still a Chinese Spyderco! :D

rc

JShirley
November 16, 2012, 10:58 PM
True enough. :)

hso
November 17, 2012, 12:28 AM
Yo,

That's a Ti frame lock, not a liner lock. They've also licensed the Hinderer Lock Bar Stabilizer to add "suspenders" to the high end "belt".

Coating is by vapor deposition in a vacuum not sprayed on and baked.

It's steep, but not absurdly so.

JimStC
November 17, 2012, 10:11 AM
rc,
Already asked Santa and he said ok. He said something about special dispensation. Not sure what he meant:uhoh: Its on the way.

Jim

the count
November 18, 2012, 10:35 AM
IMHO totally overpriced, and I have a couple folding knives costing well over a thousand bucks (those would be hand crafted using expensive materials like black perl, custom mosaic damascus blades, extensive file work etc.). This spartan is just too run of the mill, even if very well crafted. May I suggest visiting Arizonacustomknives.com just to give you an idea whats out there in high end stuff.

hmphargh
November 18, 2012, 11:41 AM
Once you get it, could you post your thoughts on it versus a Sebenza? I've been thinking about picking up a Sebenza for a little while now, but other "expenses" keep getting in the way, pens, watches, etc.

JimStC
November 18, 2012, 12:04 PM
hm,
Great idea! Will do. It should arrive this week as there appears to be several in stock. I asked Curtis for a first production run once I caught wind of the project. I received an e-mail from him when they started offering them for sale.
Now that is "good people" in my eyes.
Jim

Yo Mama
November 18, 2012, 11:50 PM
Coating is by vapor deposition in a vacuum not sprayed on and baked.



hso, you are a bastion of knowledge, and very scary also. :)

modarmory
November 20, 2012, 07:53 PM
JimStc - these were just released! Looking forward to hearing what you think about the knife. I believe you may be receiving your knife about the time the dealers get them as well!

JimStC
November 20, 2012, 08:58 PM
Mod,
Mine arrives tomorrow as per USPS Tracking!

Jim

JimStC
November 21, 2012, 11:26 AM
Just went to the post office to pick up my Spartan folder. I had some concern that I was duplicating, to a degree, my Sebenza. I was wrong. These are two very different knives. I have the large Sebenza Ti with Cocobolo inlays:
http://www.knifeart.com/chrisreeve6.html.
The first thing I noticed was the heft of the Spartan. It weighs almost twice as much. I choose the G 10 scales rather than the carbon fiber.
I have considered the Sebenza as one of the smoothest operating folders I own. Opening and closing, one handed. Opening is quick but not fast. I know that sounds poorly described, but that is what comes to mind. The fit and finish are very good.
The Akribis is at another level. It flies open and locks hard. Not to detract at all from the Sebenza. The Akribis is a very well designed and built knife.
I will post more comparisons. I am not disappointed. Wow!

Jim

JShirley
November 22, 2012, 10:04 AM
Good deal. Interested in your observations after you've used it a week or two.
John

modarmory
November 26, 2012, 08:32 PM
Thank you! Did you pick black or grey for the blade?

JimStC
November 27, 2012, 07:16 AM
I went with the grey blade.

Jim

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