Spyderco Southard G-10 Brown/Titanium Plain Edge Knife
Brad Southard is an amazingly talented custom knife maker who specializes in high-performance folder designs. His first collaboration with Spiders features a "flipper"—a novel blade-opening device that was pioneered by custom knife maker 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 Flipper features a stonewashed finish on the blade and the titanium scale that forms the foundation of the knife's Reeve Integral Lock (R.I.L.) mechanism. The opposite scale is machined from textured Earth-brown G-10 for a positive grip and the knife includes a pocket clip configured for right-side, tip-up carry to ensure swift, positive deployment.