Now with an Emerson wave opening feature for the quickest possible opening!
The Matriarch 2 is built on the handle of the popular Endura4 design. It features full skeletonized stainless steel liners, providing an outstanding balance of strength and weight, while its injection-molded FRN handle boasts Bi-Directional Texturing for a superior grip. Screw-together construction and phosphor-bronze washers ensure maximum precision and smooth operation.
The blade of the Matriarch 2 is hollow ground from VG-10 stainless steel and features the signature Reverse "S" edge profile of the classic Civilian, which is designed to maximize cutting performance with all areas of its edge. Its point is thicker than the Civilian for increased strength and strategically shaped to nest discreetly into the handle in the closed position. The fully serrated SpyderEdge provides maximum cutting power. The trademark Spyderco Hole provides positive one-hand opening of the blade with either hand. The Matriarch 2 also offers unmatched carry options with the four-position hour glass pocket clip for left/right tip-up/down carry.
I live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Like many urban areas, it’s turned into a real hell scape lately. I like to jog in the morning before it’s light out and I just get an uncomfortable feeling when I’m out jogging here. I wanted something more than pepper spray but less than getting my CCW and carrying. I came across this knife and it’s been perfect. You hold this knife in your hand and it feels like an extension of it…almost like a claw. It’s unlike any other knife I’ve had…it’s just so intuitive to strike with. I keep this in my pocket when I jog and it’s amazing how much more secure I feel just having it there. If you want a knife for personal protection and you’re on the fence, just go for it! I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. And definitely get it with the Emerson opener…that thing is fantastic!
...if you are going into an urban area. Just purchased the Matriarch 2 from Blade HQ with the Emerson wave instead of the Spyderco Civilian. Concerned that the Civilian was a bit much and I liked the price point on the Matriarch 2 and thicker point along with the option to get it with the Emerson wave for easy and faster deployment. I carry this knife with my Spyderco Endura 4 also with the Emerson wave. The Endura 4 is my EDC knife and the Matriarch 2 is my "just in case" knife. Both are excellent Spyerdco knives that are very light to pocket carry as a pair, extremely well made, and very effective in each of their designed tasks. Highly recommended as a companion carry with your EDC knife.
This is an amazing knife for defense, it opens so fast and is sharp!!! Pray I never have to use it, but better prepared than not. I disassembled it for a thorough cleaning and to polishing some sharp edges on the scales and found the entire handles and liner full of oil, IDK if this is common but I cleaned it all up and reassembled. Other than that its a fantastic knife!
Not great for much else, but will work extremely well for self protection.
General Thoughts It is a quality knife. A lot of people say it's a good self defense knife. I can't confirm or deny that statement as I've never had to use mine for that use. I still think it's a great knife even for EDC. I carry it quite often and the blade shape makes precise cutting with the tip easier. I find that I don't have to choke up on the blade as much as I do with other knives. I also found that the blade shape pulls into the cut rather than out of the cut. This allows me to put more force into difficult cuts without losing control of the knife. The serrations can make some cuts slightly more difficult and sometimes leads to messier cuts. However, I usually have another knife and a box cutter on me so I don't have to worry too much about serrations creating a messy cut. The serrations are very effective. They will tear up whatever you put it to. I was working on a landscaping job recently when I had to cut down some off-shoots of an aspen tree. They ranged from half a centimeter to about an inch and a half. I didn't have shears on me at the time. Rather than trying to find my shears, I simply pulled out my Matriarch 2 and cut what needed to be cut. It functioned like a saw and had zero issues cutting down the trees. I personally chose to purchase the black coated blade with the Emmerson Opener. The coating on the blade has stood up well to what I have thrown at it. The Emmerson Opener is very aggressive and makes it very easy to use. You have to put minimal thought into opening the knife when you pull the knife out. The action is pretty good. The blade has a solid detent. The blade opens and closes smoothly. It is also possible to flick the blade open. I have managed to both thumb flick it and middle finger flick it. I have gotten up to ten middle finger flicks in a row right now using this knife. The handle is light. It could be light by removing the steel liners. However, I prefer to see the steel liners for extra durability. The handle is very simple and lends it to be comfortable in most hands including gloved hands. The clip is a middle-of-the-line clip. It could be better it could be worse. It's not a bad pocket clip and for some people, this knife will have their favorite pocket clip of all time. Personally I would have liked to see a deeper carry pocket clip but that is simply a matter of personal preference. The pocket clip is barely noticeable in the hand though. The main issues I have are the aggressive Emmerson Opener, blade steel, and lanyard hole. The aggressive opening mechanism of this knife makes it very easy to open when pulling it out of the pocket. This has led to the blade opening in situations where I don't want it to be opened. It has even once opened when I pulled it out leading to my hand being cut open. The blade steel is VG-10. Now by no means is VG-10 bad steel. However, for a fully serrated knife like the Matriarch 2, I would have liked to have seen steel with better edge retention because serrations can be a pain to sharpen, so I would rather get a high edge retention steel and either sharpen it myself than everyone once in a while or pay someone to do it for me, especially with the blade shape. I also dislike the lanyard hole. Personally, I like to use 550 paracords for my lanyards but the lanyard hole is too small for 550 paracords. Good: Sharp Blade Shape Serrations Coating Action Handle Mediocre: Pocket Clip Emmerson Opener Blade Steel Bad: Lanyard Hole
I recently moved to a downtown apartment and frequently walk my dog at night. I'm disabled and use a walker to get around. There are some sketchy people about and I wanted some peace of mind, though I choose not to carry a firearm. Running away is the best solution to a confrontation but I can't run and I don't want to depend solely on pepper spray. Enter the Spyderco Matriarch. This is a purpose-designed knife, it's intended solely as a self-defense tool for people with little training using gross motor skills and it's little good as a utility knife--you wouldn't want to dull the serrated edge opening boxes or use it as a prying tool, and hopefully the blade will never get used. The Matriarch can inflict some serious slashing damage--it's not designed for use as a stabbing tool. I recommend you review some YouTube videos for information on technique. The Hawkbill S-shape and the serrations add serious cutting power to the 3.5" blade--it slices through material like a longer blade and effectively has a longer edge area. The Emerson Wave opening feature works perfectly, the knife reliably comes out of your jeans pocket with the blade deployed after a few practice runs. The blade is very sharp out of the box. The knife is light, sturdy and carries comfortably. It locks up tight and there's no play in the action. The VG10 steel has a shaving-sharp edge though it's not a high-end premium material. In any case this isn't a knife you'll be sharpening frequently, if ever. I'm not aware of another small folding knife that's as well suited for discouraging bad guys, just keep in mind that it's not a good choice for everyday utility carry. More than $100 may seem like a lot to pay for a knife you hope you'll never have to use, but the quality and peace of mind are worth it. The Matriarch got me thinking about another more practical Spyderco Emerson opener, the Endura 4, which I may be adding to my collection--I only wish they offered it in a more durable steel than VG-10.
This is a nice knife, but for me it just wasn't the right knife. It clearly was only ment for one thing and I like my knives to be able to fill multiple roles if need be. Though this is a very nice knife, it just couldn't stand up to my every day tasks so it forced me to carry two knives and eventually I just stopped carrying it because I had other knives. I'd still recommend it happily. It's a great knife and very sharp. I wish they'd offer a delica sized one that I'd definetly carry happily.