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Spyderco Ikuchi Compression Lock Knife Carbon Fiber (3.26" Satin)

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MSRP: $200.00
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Specifications

  • Overall Length:7.61"
  • Blade Length:3.26"
  • Cutting Edge:3.18"
  • Blade Width:0.75"
  • Blade Thickness:0.09"
  • Blade Material:CPM-S30V
  • Blade Style:Standard
  • Blade Grind:Flat
  • Finish:Satin
  • Edge Type:Plain
  • Handle Length:4.35"
  • Handle Width:0.75"
  • Handle Thickness:0.44"
  • Handle Material:Carbon Fiber
  • Color:Black
  • Weight:2.10 oz.
  • User:Right Hand, Left Hand
  • Pocket Clip:Tip-Up
  • Knife Type:Manual
  • Opener:Flipper
  • Lock Type:Compression Lock
  • Brand:Spyderco
  • Model:Ikuchi
  • Model Number:C242CFP
  • Designer:Paul Alexander
  • Country of Origin:Taiwan
  • Best Use:Everyday Carry
  • Product Type:Knife
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Specifications

  • Overall Length:7.61"
  • Blade Length:3.26"
  • Cutting Edge:3.18"
  • Blade Width:0.75"
  • Blade Thickness:0.09"
  • Blade Material:CPM-S30V
  • Blade Style:Standard
  • Blade Grind:Flat
  • Finish:Satin
  • Edge Type:Plain
  • Handle Length:4.35"
  • Handle Width:0.75"
  • Handle Thickness:0.44"
  • Handle Material:Carbon Fiber
  • Color:Black
  • Weight:2.10 oz.
  • User:Right Hand, Left Hand
  • Pocket Clip:Tip-Up
  • Knife Type:Manual
  • Opener:Flipper
  • Lock Type:Compression Lock
  • Brand:Spyderco
  • Model:Ikuchi
  • Model Number:C242CFP
  • Designer:Paul Alexander
  • Country of Origin:Taiwan
  • Best Use:Everyday Carry
  • Product Type:Knife
Description

Description

The Spyderco Ikuchi was designed by Paul Alexander, Ph.D., a mechanical engineer and knife enthusiast. It features a slim, minimalist design with carbon fiber/G-10 laminate scales and a skeletonized stainless steel liner. The blade is a full flat ground CPM-S30V steel with a satin finish. It utilizes Spyderco's patented Compression Lock and a wheel flipper (similar to the spark wheel on a lighter) for easy one-hand operation. For convenient carry, it comes with an ambidextrous deep carry wire pocket clip.

Features:
  • Premium CPM-S30V steel blade offers the finest in edge retention and corrosion resistance.
  • Carbon fiber/G-10 handle scales are both functional and classy.
  • Deep carry wire pocket clip for easy everyday carry.
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Reviews

Customer Reviews

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AARON V.
09-04-2020
Very nice blade shape and action. Love the compression lock as it gives it it's fidget factor. I love hearing the blade when it closes. Gave it a 4 stars because my index finger hurt for a couple of days from opening it.
slim, stylish, and fun to use
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Adam W.
08-16-2020
you kind of have to get this knife to like it. and I like that about it, it feels like the knife that somebody wanted to make, not a knife designed by an AI to be the most functional knife ever. it's not the bugout.
Opening mechanism flawed
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Keith N.
08-08-2020
I love the overall design of the knife but the flipper device is too difficult to use. I did not return the knife only because I want it for my collection, if this was going to be my EDC it would rate a zero star for the ability to deploy the blade. I can easily open the knife around 1 out of 50 times IF I hit the sweet spot so it's often easier to press the compression lock to release the detent. I will take knife apart to see if I can make the knife easier to deploy.
Finger Saver: Open (CQI)
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Peter N.
05-30-2020
Instead of usingTIP of index finger place !st joint of finger on ball for leverage. Opens with ease. Almost returned till I discovered.
CQI Version
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JP R.
01-28-2020
Love this thing. After collecting quite a few spyderco's, my collection has developed a heavy M, PM2, Para3 theme. I wanted something new and different, and this knife's design is a departure from what I normally purchase. While the design of the Ikuchi is unlike anything in my collection, it still feels familiar in action as it retains features like the compression lock, carbon fiber laminate scales, and wire pocket clip. To top off such a compelling package, the price for the Ikuchi is extremely reasonable. This has been the best bang for buck addition to my collection in a while. 10/10, would recommend
Wonderfully Unique Knife
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Allen J.
01-26-2020
Now that I have this knife in my possession, I really enjoy it's quirky looks and smooth operation. I didn't know how I would like the wheel flipper but find it very positive in use. Absolutely falls shut when the compression lock is released. Fit and finish are fantastic. The knife is light enough to not pull at my scrubs pockets. I highly recommend this knife.
No Issues
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tony o.
01-22-2020
Just received from bladehq-initial examination showed none of the issues previously reported.You CANNOT cut yourself on the tip,it is now ressesed into the handke far enough to fix that,NO side to side,or up or down blade play-rock solid.Blade is perfectly centered.Literally razor sharp.The flipper requires some pressure,but once you clear the detent,it opens with authority-in fact,I would rate the opening as VERY good.The blade falls free,once you disengage the compression lock on closing.My first spydee from their Taiwan factory,and as far as I can see,their reputation is well deserved,(however,I have had no issues with the Golden Co,or the Japan knives either
Very Sharp, Hard To Open
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David C.
01-18-2020
A little hard to get used to the opening operation, but once open its an extremely sharp and versatile blade.
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Rudolph J.
01-13-2020
The method of deployment can be rough on the thumb or index finger (tough skin recommended) and once mastered it has a lightning fast deployment. I cut through a few cardboard shipping boxes and it performed like a razor sharp filet knife, proceed with caution as the blade is a painless slicer. Yes I experienced a few nicks. Para 3 is still my EDC but it was cool to change it up with this sleek blade.
Tough to open
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Cooper P.
01-11-2020
No issues with getting stuck with the knife like others, but it is difficult to get it open. The wheel was very tough and my finger was already thoroughly scratched by the time I had opened it properly for the first time. If I can manage to get it open consistently it will certainly be one of my favorites.
Wouldn't recommend
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Sam c.
01-07-2020
The deployment method isn't consistent. It was difficult for me to deploy the knife and the gear-like wheel would wear on my thumb. A short flipper or similar would've been much better.

Otherwise, the scales and size were both great. I enjoy the grippy feeling of the CF and the shiny look. Having the blade flush with the handle when closed is a beautiful design, but too bad the tip could poke you if you rubbed it.

BladeHQ helped me with the return after a quick phone call. Great company but can't say the same about the knife.
CQI Version improved but has problems
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Alex C.
12-30-2019
This is one sexy knife. Quality and blade is spot on as everyone has mentioned. However there are some design quirks which I believe could have been solved from the onset.
1- I have the CQI version where they fixed the problem of the blade tip catching/cutting when closed. They fixed this by recessing the blade deeper/angled it in more, so that if you run your finger across the liner part where the blade tip is when closed, you will not get cut.

2- As this new CQI version has angled the blade to sit deeper / recessed more, and as it is a compression lock, you actually cut yourself when pressing down the compression lock and doing a swing shut!

Lovely looking knife, but tolerances need to be adjusted so you don't cut yourself. Overall a no recommendation from me.
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justin g.
12-12-2019
The issue with being able to touch the blade, well it exists but it's so minor. I'd have to press really hard to lightly scratch my finger. These are awesome
Worrying....
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Peter M.
12-06-2019
Positives. Fit and finish are excellent, it's unpolished CF scales give it a nice grip texture that doesn't feel like it will slip. The grind on the blade is something I've not seen from SpyderCo before and I like it. Compression lock is almost always a win in my book, it's elegant, unobtrusive and while not the strongest, more than sufficient. The knife is light, no extra weight here.

Negatives. As with other reviews, SpyderCo left the top edge of the blade in direct line with the frame, this is typically a bad practice as it allows for any material or body-part that flows along that edge to be grabbed by the tip of the blade and get poked/cut. This is a serious concern and a tenured company like SpyderCo should know better. A slight change to the curve of the blade or the frame could have completely remedied this issue. Additionally, the knife is ridiculously hard to open "new". I haven't had a chance to break mine in yet, I'm hoping the lock softens up because as it stands I have to use my finger nail to grab the compression lock to release tension enough to get the knife to open. Not a bad, bad thing, but certainly tiresome. The wheel doesn't provide enough grip or purchase to actuate the knife and can leave one with a real pain in the finger. I'll probably keep the knife, but I'm not sure I want to given the negatives.
CQI Version
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Andrew F.
12-05-2019
I got a chance to check out the newly released CQI version with a bushing pivot and a more recessed blade that won't catch your finger in the closed position.
The blade does sit slightly lower in the frame so that issue was fixed.
Out of the box the pivot was not fully tightened and the blade would free drop.
Tighten the non clip side pivot screw all the way down and the action tightens but there is still a slight amount of side to side play detectable with blade open and lock disengaged.
I may be nitpicking but I really don't like side to side blade play. The bushing pivot prevents the elimination of this play.
I don't think the action is noticeably different than the original version. I wish they would have used a bearing pivot to achieve a really slick action. It's a wonderful design but let down by the action.
Slim Profile Compression Lock
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Clint Z.
09-06-2019
The Ikuchi is a very slim knife, that utilizes the compression lock, a feat in itself, with a incredibly designed wheel flipper. The slim profile / wire clip combination is a home run. I am not a fan of the carbon fiber layered G10. I would much rather have the textured G10 or actual carbon fiber. Lastly, because of the slim profile, manipulating the compression lock closed, is slightly more difficult that you'd find on the Para series and Shaman.
Truly unique and special
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Gabriel C.
07-04-2019
In an industry where new, never before seen designs make appearances on the daily, the Ikuchi still manages to boldly stand out and deliver a refreshingly different experience that will likely justify its place in your collection even long after the honeymoon phase has gone and passed. It is also incredibly deceptive in its size as well as practicality. Folded it takes up about half the space of a Delica, but it wields a blade that is as long as the PM2, with even more cutting edge and about 0.5in. less handle. The needle like tip along with scalpel like blade can just about maneuver into any task at hand and the carry characteristics are top notch. You will want to bring this everywhere with you. Users who are not experienced in handling very slim knives will get cut, especially with the novel opening mechanism, just a part of the learning process is all it is.
Watch your fingers!
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Donald L.
05-29-2019
I have to agree with reviewer Ron on this one. I sent mine back the day after I received it because the blade tip took a nip at me when it was fully closed! How an experienced company like Spyderco can produce a product without noticing a major safety issue is beyond me. Very disappointing because I really liked the knife.
Beautiful but a beta
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Ron J.
05-07-2019
As will become known, the owners will get pig-stuck by the tip of this blade as its point is exactly at the level of its retraction within the scales. By necessity the knife will be recalled by Spyderco, as they could not do otherwise. One Mersa exposure and it'
s all over. In all other respects it is a champion. I re-profiled my tip by a millimeter or so and the problem is solved.
CQI, mes frères. It is beautiful, though. Sublime: I adjusted mine and it is drop -shutty, borrowing a phrase.
Love it
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Gerardo G.
04-10-2019
No blade play. Perfect centering. Smooth action out the box. Love the zippo flipper on it, fast like a flipper but doesn’t chip away at other stuff in your pocket
If you dont own many high quality blades, you will love it
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Christine L.
04-08-2019
Great size, good texture on scales, fit and finish are great too. blade wont cut ur finger during closing compression lock which has good access. it fits really well in hand. Get a benchmade fact, ultratech, or 940-2. If your dead set on Spyderco then change your thinking.
Makes a perfect knife for basketball shorts or second edc knife. I wouldnt rely on it solo to do much besides brag about it and impress women that do not know knives. My neice (4) called it cute. That should sum it up




Great EDC with class
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Daniel R.
04-03-2019
Fantastic EDC! Great balance. The opening mechanism is smooth and easy to use. The handle grip is excellent. Came out of the box sharp as a razor. Ergos are spot on. It has all of this AND it is just a classy looking knife. It has style. Sure a sedan can get you where you are driving to, but why not drive a sportscar???
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Description
Specifications
Reviews

Description

The Spyderco Ikuchi was designed by Paul Alexander, Ph.D., a mechanical engineer and knife enthusiast. It features a slim, minimalist design with carbon fiber/G-10 laminate scales and a skeletonized stainless steel liner. The blade is a full flat ground CPM-S30V steel with a satin finish. It utilizes Spyderco's patented Compression Lock and a wheel flipper (similar to the spark wheel on a lighter) for easy one-hand operation. For convenient carry, it comes with an ambidextrous deep carry wire pocket clip.

Features:
  • Premium CPM-S30V steel blade offers the finest in edge retention and corrosion resistance.
  • Carbon fiber/G-10 handle scales are both functional and classy.
  • Deep carry wire pocket clip for easy everyday carry.
Read More
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Specifications

  • Overall Length:7.61"
  • Blade Length:3.26"
  • Cutting Edge:3.18"
  • Blade Width:0.75"
  • Blade Thickness:0.09"
  • Blade Material:CPM-S30V
  • Blade Style:Standard
  • Blade Grind:Flat
  • Finish:Satin
  • Edge Type:Plain
  • Handle Length:4.35"
  • Handle Width:0.75"
  • Handle Thickness:0.44"
  • Handle Material:Carbon Fiber
  • Color:Black
  • Weight:2.10 oz.
  • User:Right Hand, Left Hand
  • Pocket Clip:Tip-Up
  • Knife Type:Manual
  • Opener:Flipper
  • Lock Type:Compression Lock
  • Brand:Spyderco
  • Model:Ikuchi
  • Model Number:C242CFP
  • Designer:Paul Alexander
  • Country of Origin:Taiwan
  • Best Use:Everyday Carry
  • Product Type:Knife

Customer Reviews

Love this knife!
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AARON V.
09-04-2020
Very nice blade shape and action. Love the compression lock as it gives it it's fidget factor. I love hearing the blade when it closes. Gave it a 4 stars because my index finger hurt for a couple of days from opening it.
slim, stylish, and fun to use
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Adam W.
08-16-2020
you kind of have to get this knife to like it. and I like that about it, it feels like the knife that somebody wanted to make, not a knife designed by an AI to be the most functional knife ever. it's not the bugout.
Opening mechanism flawed
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Keith N.
08-08-2020
I love the overall design of the knife but the flipper device is too difficult to use. I did not return the knife only because I want it for my collection, if this was going to be my EDC it would rate a zero star for the ability to deploy the blade. I can easily open the knife around 1 out of 50 times IF I hit the sweet spot so it's often easier to press the compression lock to release the detent. I will take knife apart to see if I can make the knife easier to deploy.
Finger Saver: Open (CQI)
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Peter N.
05-30-2020
Instead of usingTIP of index finger place !st joint of finger on ball for leverage. Opens with ease. Almost returned till I discovered.
CQI Version
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JP R.
01-28-2020
Love this thing. After collecting quite a few spyderco's, my collection has developed a heavy M, PM2, Para3 theme. I wanted something new and different, and this knife's design is a departure from what I normally purchase. While the design of the Ikuchi is unlike anything in my collection, it still feels familiar in action as it retains features like the compression lock, carbon fiber laminate scales, and wire pocket clip. To top off such a compelling package, the price for the Ikuchi is extremely reasonable. This has been the best bang for buck addition to my collection in a while. 10/10, would recommend
Wonderfully Unique Knife
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Allen J.
01-26-2020
Now that I have this knife in my possession, I really enjoy it's quirky looks and smooth operation. I didn't know how I would like the wheel flipper but find it very positive in use. Absolutely falls shut when the compression lock is released. Fit and finish are fantastic. The knife is light enough to not pull at my scrubs pockets. I highly recommend this knife.
No Issues
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tony o.
01-22-2020
Just received from bladehq-initial examination showed none of the issues previously reported.You CANNOT cut yourself on the tip,it is now ressesed into the handke far enough to fix that,NO side to side,or up or down blade play-rock solid.Blade is perfectly centered.Literally razor sharp.The flipper requires some pressure,but once you clear the detent,it opens with authority-in fact,I would rate the opening as VERY good.The blade falls free,once you disengage the compression lock on closing.My first spydee from their Taiwan factory,and as far as I can see,their reputation is well deserved,(however,I have had no issues with the Golden Co,or the Japan knives either
Very Sharp, Hard To Open
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David C.
01-18-2020
A little hard to get used to the opening operation, but once open its an extremely sharp and versatile blade.
IKUCHI FIRST USE
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Rudolph J.
01-13-2020
The method of deployment can be rough on the thumb or index finger (tough skin recommended) and once mastered it has a lightning fast deployment. I cut through a few cardboard shipping boxes and it performed like a razor sharp filet knife, proceed with caution as the blade is a painless slicer. Yes I experienced a few nicks. Para 3 is still my EDC but it was cool to change it up with this sleek blade.
Tough to open
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Cooper P.
01-11-2020
No issues with getting stuck with the knife like others, but it is difficult to get it open. The wheel was very tough and my finger was already thoroughly scratched by the time I had opened it properly for the first time. If I can manage to get it open consistently it will certainly be one of my favorites.
Wouldn't recommend
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Sam c.
01-07-2020
The deployment method isn't consistent. It was difficult for me to deploy the knife and the gear-like wheel would wear on my thumb. A short flipper or similar would've been much better.

Otherwise, the scales and size were both great. I enjoy the grippy feeling of the CF and the shiny look. Having the blade flush with the handle when closed is a beautiful design, but too bad the tip could poke you if you rubbed it.

BladeHQ helped me with the return after a quick phone call. Great company but can't say the same about the knife.
CQI Version improved but has problems
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Alex C.
12-30-2019
This is one sexy knife. Quality and blade is spot on as everyone has mentioned. However there are some design quirks which I believe could have been solved from the onset.
1- I have the CQI version where they fixed the problem of the blade tip catching/cutting when closed. They fixed this by recessing the blade deeper/angled it in more, so that if you run your finger across the liner part where the blade tip is when closed, you will not get cut.

2- As this new CQI version has angled the blade to sit deeper / recessed more, and as it is a compression lock, you actually cut yourself when pressing down the compression lock and doing a swing shut!

Lovely looking knife, but tolerances need to be adjusted so you don't cut yourself. Overall a no recommendation from me.
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justin g.
12-12-2019
The issue with being able to touch the blade, well it exists but it's so minor. I'd have to press really hard to lightly scratch my finger. These are awesome
Worrying....
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Peter M.
12-06-2019
Positives. Fit and finish are excellent, it's unpolished CF scales give it a nice grip texture that doesn't feel like it will slip. The grind on the blade is something I've not seen from SpyderCo before and I like it. Compression lock is almost always a win in my book, it's elegant, unobtrusive and while not the strongest, more than sufficient. The knife is light, no extra weight here.

Negatives. As with other reviews, SpyderCo left the top edge of the blade in direct line with the frame, this is typically a bad practice as it allows for any material or body-part that flows along that edge to be grabbed by the tip of the blade and get poked/cut. This is a serious concern and a tenured company like SpyderCo should know better. A slight change to the curve of the blade or the frame could have completely remedied this issue. Additionally, the knife is ridiculously hard to open "new". I haven't had a chance to break mine in yet, I'm hoping the lock softens up because as it stands I have to use my finger nail to grab the compression lock to release tension enough to get the knife to open. Not a bad, bad thing, but certainly tiresome. The wheel doesn't provide enough grip or purchase to actuate the knife and can leave one with a real pain in the finger. I'll probably keep the knife, but I'm not sure I want to given the negatives.
CQI Version
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Andrew F.
12-05-2019
I got a chance to check out the newly released CQI version with a bushing pivot and a more recessed blade that won't catch your finger in the closed position.
The blade does sit slightly lower in the frame so that issue was fixed.
Out of the box the pivot was not fully tightened and the blade would free drop.
Tighten the non clip side pivot screw all the way down and the action tightens but there is still a slight amount of side to side play detectable with blade open and lock disengaged.
I may be nitpicking but I really don't like side to side blade play. The bushing pivot prevents the elimination of this play.
I don't think the action is noticeably different than the original version. I wish they would have used a bearing pivot to achieve a really slick action. It's a wonderful design but let down by the action.
Slim Profile Compression Lock
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Clint Z.
09-06-2019
The Ikuchi is a very slim knife, that utilizes the compression lock, a feat in itself, with a incredibly designed wheel flipper. The slim profile / wire clip combination is a home run. I am not a fan of the carbon fiber layered G10. I would much rather have the textured G10 or actual carbon fiber. Lastly, because of the slim profile, manipulating the compression lock closed, is slightly more difficult that you'd find on the Para series and Shaman.
Truly unique and special
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Gabriel C.
07-04-2019
In an industry where new, never before seen designs make appearances on the daily, the Ikuchi still manages to boldly stand out and deliver a refreshingly different experience that will likely justify its place in your collection even long after the honeymoon phase has gone and passed. It is also incredibly deceptive in its size as well as practicality. Folded it takes up about half the space of a Delica, but it wields a blade that is as long as the PM2, with even more cutting edge and about 0.5in. less handle. The needle like tip along with scalpel like blade can just about maneuver into any task at hand and the carry characteristics are top notch. You will want to bring this everywhere with you. Users who are not experienced in handling very slim knives will get cut, especially with the novel opening mechanism, just a part of the learning process is all it is.
Watch your fingers!
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Donald L.
05-29-2019
I have to agree with reviewer Ron on this one. I sent mine back the day after I received it because the blade tip took a nip at me when it was fully closed! How an experienced company like Spyderco can produce a product without noticing a major safety issue is beyond me. Very disappointing because I really liked the knife.
Beautiful but a beta
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Ron J.
05-07-2019
As will become known, the owners will get pig-stuck by the tip of this blade as its point is exactly at the level of its retraction within the scales. By necessity the knife will be recalled by Spyderco, as they could not do otherwise. One Mersa exposure and it'
s all over. In all other respects it is a champion. I re-profiled my tip by a millimeter or so and the problem is solved.
CQI, mes frères. It is beautiful, though. Sublime: I adjusted mine and it is drop -shutty, borrowing a phrase.
Love it
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Gerardo G.
04-10-2019
No blade play. Perfect centering. Smooth action out the box. Love the zippo flipper on it, fast like a flipper but doesn’t chip away at other stuff in your pocket
If you dont own many high quality blades, you will love it
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Christine L.
04-08-2019
Great size, good texture on scales, fit and finish are great too. blade wont cut ur finger during closing compression lock which has good access. it fits really well in hand. Get a benchmade fact, ultratech, or 940-2. If your dead set on Spyderco then change your thinking.
Makes a perfect knife for basketball shorts or second edc knife. I wouldnt rely on it solo to do much besides brag about it and impress women that do not know knives. My neice (4) called it cute. That should sum it up




Great EDC with class
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Daniel R.
04-03-2019
Fantastic EDC! Great balance. The opening mechanism is smooth and easy to use. The handle grip is excellent. Came out of the box sharp as a razor. Ergos are spot on. It has all of this AND it is just a classy looking knife. It has style. Sure a sedan can get you where you are driving to, but why not drive a sportscar???
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