Pros: Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, Materials, Weight, Blade Material, None
Cons: Finish, Overall Quality, Sheath/Scabbard
Spyderco Temperance 2 fixed blade knife
Knife is beautifully constructed and finished.Micarta slabs are finished semi-rough in order to provide a more secure grip. Feels really good in the hand. Perfect shape that sits snugly in the hand. Best I've felt in a long, long time.Blade is as sharp as a new razor and stays that way after cutting meat and vegetables. Rarely needs a touch-up on my Japanese stones.Unfortunately, the leather sheath, which looks really good, has a very poor fit. It's simply not wide enough to allow the blade to sit deeply into the sheath because the 'hump' on the top of the Temperance blade got caught in the too-tight sheath. I live in Australia, so what was I to do? Send the item back and wait it out? No. So I clamped up the knife and took a couple of new files to the 'hump' grinding about 2/16th inch off its width. This meant grinding down pretty close to the Spyderco hole too. Still it wouldn't fit where the micarta-covered guard is supposed to slide in. So I filed off a bit over 1/16th inch from each slab on the guard area, ripped a bit of wax over the grind marks and in it slid. But it still had overly-sharp edges along the back of the blade from my grinding. I rubbed those very sharp edges with 1000 grit paper for a while and now it fits really well. Snug and probably will never fall out. When it arrived new, it was a matter of not if, but when, it was going to fall out of the sheath.Sure, I shouldn't have to stuff around like that with a brand new knife, but at least if fits its sheath now.Doesn't look quite so pretty now, even though I took my time and was very careful.Hopefully, it'll be handy on camping trips.This is so unlike Spyderco. They normally maintain very high standards of quality control and supervision. Except on their sheaths for the Temperance 2. C'mon guys, stay alert and smarten up your act.