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Spyderco C156GPBN Brad Southard Flipper 3.46" CTS-204P Carpenter Steel Blade, Brown G10 Handle

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Part Number: SP156GPBN
Manufacturer: Spyderco Knives
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Description
SP156GPBN: C156GPBN Brad Southard Flipper
Spyderco
 
Brad Southard is an amazingly talented custom knifemaker who specializes in high-performance folder designs. His first collaboration with Spyderco features a “flipper”—a novel blade-opening device that was pioneered by custom knifemaker Kit Carson. A flipper consists of a small lever that extends from the base of the Southard’s CTS 204P hollow-ground blade and protrudes from the back of the knife’s handle when closed. Pulling on it with your index finger creates a tension against the detent mechanism that holds the blade closed. When the detent is overcome, the blade rotates on a special captive ball-bearing pivot system and snaps authoritatively into the open position.

The Southard’s handle combines a textured Earth-brown G-10 scale and thick titanium liner on one side with a solid titanium scale on the other. The titanium scale forms the foundation of the knife’s sturdy Reeve Integral Lock (R.I.L.) mechanism and features a small inlaid G-10 panel that acts as an overtravel stop when releasing the lock mechanism. It is also home to the knife’s matching stainless steel clip, which supports right-side tip-up carry.

Offering an amazing synthesis of ergonomics, functionality, and state-of-the-art materials, the Southard is one of the most advanced Spyderco folders ever produced.
Features
  • Flipper Opening Mechanism, Spyderco's First Knife to Use This System
  • Deep Carry Pocket Clip
Specifications
  • Blade Length: 3.46" (88 mm)
  • Overall Length: 7.96" (202 mm)
  • Closed Length: 4.50" (114 mm)
  • Blade Thickness: 0.157" (4 mm)
  • Blade Material: CTS-204P Carpenter Steel
  • Handle Material: Textured Brown G10
  • Locking Mechanism: Titanium Frame Lock
  • Skeletonized Liner
  • Weight: 4.1 oz. (116 g)
  • Made in Taiwan

UPC Code: 716104009435

Frame Lock
Frame Lock
Developed by Chris Reeve, it functions like a liner lock but the lock is comprised of one of the handle scales. It's an extremely strong and easy to manipulate lock.
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
G10 Handles
G10 Handles
Formed in a sheet under high pressure by combining fiberglass and an epoxy resin binder. These handles are lightweight and shaped to ensure a solid grip.
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4 out of 5
Bun
Hong Kong,
Apr 02, 2016
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Brad Southard
Easy to deploy , sharp and ergonomic .
5 out of 5
Davide M
New Taipei City,
Nov 21, 2015
Pros: Blade Material, Lock Type, Overall Quality, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Ease of Opening, Pocket Clip, None
not for everyone
the knife itself value 5 stars, it's a great knife. But is not my favorite. Why? This could be my ultimate edc ever if it only had a nice FLAT ground... but if you are ok with hollow, this could be your first and last knife for sure. It comes with a razor-sharp edge, but gotta use it for some time before you get a smooth flipping action. The asymmetrical handle is not a problem, it just feels great. And for those who's complaining about the useless spidy hole... Have you ever tried to flip a Techno? It's totally usable. Anyway, overall cool stuff and more light-weight than I tought.
2 out of 5
Dusty
Alexandria, VA
Apr 23, 2015
Pros: Blade Material, Handle Feel, Pocket Clip, Overall Quality, Weight, Handle Material, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Ease of Opening, None
Not worth the money
I thought I found the ultimate knife, but unlike every Spyderco I've ever owned the thumb hole is useless. The flipper aspect isn't very reliable , having owned Kershaws, ZT's, and other Reeves designs. I understand it's not spring loaded, but in close quarters I want a reliable open without having to flick my wrist. Overall it's a great package, however it doesn't meet the function of its design (quick opening). That's why I gave it a 2, I'm now looking to sell it for the new Perrin folder.
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