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9mmepiphany
November 19, 2013, 07:54 PM
While I do carry a knife all the time and have taken the time to learn how to use one defensively, I'm not what I'd consider a "knife guy". I usually defer to folks who are for advice and try to pick their minds about what to look for.

Sometimes a knife just looks "right" to my eye...I'll scan a page and sometimes it just jumps out at me. The Spyderco Bob Lum Chinese Folder is one of those.

I put it off thinking it would be in production a long time...and I was wrong. I thought about getting a real Lum...but that isn't possible any longer. However, a thread on another forum brought it to the fore and the next thing I know I was on Amazon ordering one

It came the other day and I'm just very pleased. The danger is wanting to collect the others in the series...there aren't many (9) and they aren't too expensive (which makes it worst)

I liked the Caution sticker on the side

http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n79/9mmepiphany/Nov132013007.jpg (http://s109.photobucket.com/user/9mmepiphany/media/Nov132013007.jpg.html)

This one has their Carbon fiber scales. Looking at the picture above, you'll notice that the scales seem very smooth...and they are...but, if you just change the lighting a bit:

http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n79/9mmepiphany/Nov132013006.jpg (http://s109.photobucket.com/user/9mmepiphany/media/Nov132013006.jpg.html)

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bikerdoc
November 19, 2013, 08:34 PM
That is a great knife that will give you great service and pleasure.

As for getting the other 8, consider what my grandpa used to say.

"I aint never seen anybody hook up a U-haul to the hearse and take it with you."

ugaarguy
November 19, 2013, 09:44 PM
Those are actually glass fiber scales that are in the traditional Japanese Nishijin weave pattern that Spyderco likes to use. A friend sent me a Spyderco "R" with scales of the same material. They really are pretty, and almost hypnotic in the way that pattern in glass fiber changes in appearance as you slowly tilt the knife back in forth in the light.

I'm glad you were able to get a production Lum design that you like so much. Spyderco's production quality is also excellent.

hso
November 20, 2013, 06:58 AM
I thought about getting a real Lum...but that isn't possible any longer.

They're available on the market since collectors sell and resell parts of their collection continuously. Once a maker becomes well known his pieces jump in price and once he dies they jump again and stay there for several years if not decades depending upon their significance.

craftsman
November 28, 2013, 07:02 PM
The "Caution" statement on the box for knives is there for the same reason that McDonald's coffee has a "Caution: Contents are hot" statement ... most people are IDIOTS!

(Some old lady went to a drive-thru a few years ago, got a coffee, put it between her legs while driving - it spilled, burning her legs.

She sued McDonald's because there was no warning label - and the Dang fool judge allowed it - trivial law suite - should have been thrown out - judge should have been disbarred, IMHO.)

Sam Cade
November 28, 2013, 08:47 PM
(Some old lady went to a drive-thru a few years ago, got a coffee, put it between her legs while driving - it spilled, burning her legs.

She sued McDonald's because there was no warning label - and the Dang fool judge allowed it - trivial law suite - should have been thrown out - judge should have been disbarred, IMHO.)

That isn't even remotely what happened.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liebeck_v._McDonald%27s_Restaurants

perado
November 28, 2013, 09:18 PM
Those are some beautiful scales. The only CF from Spyderco that I've seen are the standard even-sided weaves. From the angle, it almost looks like diamond plate.

On a side note, there was hot coffee involved, so it was remotely similar.:neener:

Sam Cade
November 28, 2013, 09:44 PM
Thanks to a childhood subscription to PopSci I fully expected to live in a world where carbon fiber was the dominant structural material, my home was a Buckydome and my commute to work would involve riding a beanstalk-car to a Lagrange point.

To this day carbon fiber scales make me feel a little bit futuristic, like I have an artifact from a parallel reality where room temperature superconducting and cold fusion power a glittering utopia overseen by benevolent Hobbesian technocrats.



On a side note, there was hot coffee involved, so it was remotely similar.:neener:

Pedant. :neener:

perado
November 28, 2013, 09:58 PM
You say that like it's a bad thing.

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