Spyderco UKPK
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Howdy folks!
A lot of folks know of the Spyderco UKPK (UK Pen/Pocketknife) but a little background for those who don't;
The UKPK is a knife made by US Knife company Spyderco. They're pretty well known for a great big hole in the blade, cutting like there ain't no tomorrow and being fugly The UKPK in particular was made specifically to comply with UK EDC laws, hence the name!

This is my most expensive knife; second hand but unused, it cost £80. That's £10-20 (can't recall) more than my Enzo kit. To be honest, I was reluctant to pay this for a pocket knife - but, to be honest, given how little I'll be getting into the outdoors over the next year (money'll be tight, but SWMBO says she'll take me somewhere for my 21st ) I figured I'd like a nice EDC.

Some of you should know that I don't consider value to be everything; I don't buy things because they're expensive and try to buy cheap wherever possible, so hopefully my love of this knife will be taken sincerely!

As it arrived:

  I was getting excited at this point!



The orange is, IMO, more than a little bit unpleasant. Still... The wire clip is tight and springy, as it should be! As you can see, the two ends of the wire bend round and are held in place with the same screw that holds the scales to the spring. It can be moved to either side or taken off completely as the user wishes.



Good fit & finish - the spring does stick out ever so slightly, but nothing that bothers me.

Blade's pretty well dead center! You can see the jimping on the thumbramp too - it's not to my tastes, but it is done much better than on some knives I've handled where the jimping was sharp enough to tear your skin.
I forgot to take a pic, but the blade is always a safe distance from the backspring to remove the risk of the spring dulling the edge.



Excuse my grubby pawprints It's fugly ain't it!? I don't know how something so fugly can look so nice.


She's sharp Like I said, slices like there's no tomorrow!


A bit of fuzzy pine, thumb for scale!


A fuzzy matchstick, spyderhole for scale best matchstick fuzzies I've ever done.


The steel is CPMS30V, whatever the bloody hell that means! A wee bit over my head.


I'll be damned if I can think of a better sounding place name than 'Golden, Colorado'


With the choil and thumbramp, this grip comes naturally. however, i can't think why I would use it, except when carving in conjunction with the left hand for the pushing. It's quite comfy, anyway.


I've seen some skin critters like that, and it's also a very natural position for the UKPK.


Only a very observant eyelid would bat, and one that was looking for trouble at that. A nice, discreet, legal EDC.

Thoughts
The knife is fugly, there's no denying it. However, I think that as you get used to the fugliness, it's very easy to appreciate this knife even if you still don't like it. This is definitely a knife built first for function, and as such, function is exactly what it does.

The Spyderhole surprised me, as I expected it to be a PITA to open one-handed. Very easy! Spyderco also have a sorta notch on the blade tang and matching ridge on the backspring, so it is a lot more solid than many slippies, while still not being a locker. Great design IMO. Also, given that the choil is half handle and half blade, the forefinger helps to hold the blade open.

The clip works fine - it's nothing special, but it does what it should do so I can't complain!

The scales are ick. If they were black, this knife would look a whole lot better. However, they're very grippy. It's weird how grippy they are. I may replace with CF though, as it looks pretty cool on a UKPK.

The blade is brilliant. It's still fugly, but it just works. It has a nice finish, with one of the best full flat grinds I've seen and the final cutting angle is good too, not too obtuse like the secondary on many full flat ground pocket knives.

So... I like this knife. It's functional, if fugly, very sharp, the size and weight are a great combination of performance and comfort for pocket carry.

Is it good value for money?

That's a bit different. There's no doubt it's exceptional for a production pocket knife. However, I do find it difficult to say that a £100 pocket knife is good value. That said, i think a question that would demand a more honest opinion is:

Would I buy another one if I lost it?

And the answer to that, is yes.

comments welcome!

Pete

 

 
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