The first Spyderco knife was made in 1976 under the direction of Sal Glesser. The company started out as a traveling entity as Sal & his wife, Gail, traveled from show to show. The first permanent establishment was in Golden, Colorado where the company made its first folding knife in 1978. The company proudly touts their knives as being different, peculiar, even out there. "We may look curious, homely, whatever, but we'll never be called unusable or undependable."
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Locally, there's still a UKPK 3 in GIN-1 steel with blue handles languishing on the Spyderco shelf of the local knife store for $35, cheaper than many Spydercos of that size, especially USA made ones. I like it as a roughly 3" blade is the sweet spot for blade size for me, and secondly, it doesn't lock. Only locks I like are ones I can close without bracing them against my leg.
For those that have owned and used this knife--what are your thoughts?
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I like the UKPK. It's something different from their standard locking knives.
Currently I have the Blue FRN with GIN-1 steel and I've been thinking about picking up the Dark Blue FRN with S110v blade steel.
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Mine has gray handles, great knife! You won't be disappointed.
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