Spyderco Southard Frame Lock Knife (3.46" Satin) C156GPBN

MSRP: $429.95
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  • Overall Length:7.96"
  • Blade Length:3.46"
  • Cutting Edge:3.46"
  • Blade Thickness:0.16"
  • Blade Material:CTS-204P
  • Blade Style:Drop Point
  • Blade Grind:Hollow
  • Finish:Satin
  • Edge Type:Plain
  • Handle Length:4.50"
  • Handle Material:G-10
  • Color:Brown
  • Frame/Liner:Titanium
  • Weight:4.10 oz.
  • User:Right Hand
  • Pocket Clip:Tip-Up
  • Knife Type:Manual
  • Opener:Thumb Hole
  • Lock Type:Frame Lock
  • Brand:Spyderco
  • Model:Southard
  • Model Number:C156GPBN
  • Designer:Brad Southard
  • Country of Origin:Taiwan
  • Best Use:Everyday Carry
  • Product Type:Knife


Brad Southard is an amazingly talented custom knifemaker who specializes in high-performance folder designs. His first collaboration with Spyderco features a “flipper”—a novel blade-opening device that was pioneered by custom knifemaker 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’s handle combines a textured Earth-brown G-10 scale and thick titanium liner on one side with a solid titanium scale on the other. The titanium scale forms the foundation of the knife’s sturdy Reeve Integral Lock (R.I.L.) mechanism and features a small inlaid G-10 panel that acts as an overtravel stop when releasing the lock mechanism. It is also home to the knife’s matching stainless steel clip, which supports right-side tip-up carry.

Offering an amazing synthesis of ergonomics, functionality, and state-of-the-art materials, the Southard is one of the most advanced Spyderco folders ever produced.


Customer Reviews

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Best EDC flipper
Micah W.
I absolutely love my southard is a joy to use and carry. Extremely fun to flip, and loves to go to work. I wish this knife would not have been discontinued as I really want a second in the black out g-10.
Really High quality, smooth action!
Jeffrey C.
Don't let the "made in Taiwan" stamp deter you, the quality of this knife is absolutely superb! Super smooth action and TIGHT tolerances. The steel is amazing and holds a wicked edge.
Great knife all around!
Andrew L.
I absolutely love this knife!!!! It’s a great design from one of my favorite custom makers combined with my favorite production knife company. It’s such a great blade. Snappy flipping action, superior blade steel, nice and thick titanium scales and liners, and a razor sharp edge on a fantastic blade shape!
Amazing knife
David J.
So when I bought this blade there was a lot of talk about the clip being an awkward carry. That really was not the case for me. Ergonomically speaking it's an amazing knife. The finish on the blade steel is just buttery smooth. If you're thinking bout getting this knife, think not and treat-yo-self.
Meh, its ok
Barry R.
Lots of hype, but I don't get it, I was expecting it to be much better based on the hype.
Good knife but...
Kaden S.
It's definitely not a bad knife, in any respects. But, like with any knife, there are things that I would have liked changed or improved. So we'll split this review into pros and cons.

-Fast Flipper
-Strong detent
-Very grippy g-10
-Pillar Cunstruction
-Super sharp
-Good ergos
-Great steel (CTS-204P)
-Solid lockup (approx. 50%)
-Lockbar very easy to engage
-Aesthetically appealing

-Top, inside edges of handle are sharp
-Opening hole slightly difficult to reach
-No jimping on flipper tab
-Lockbar over travel stop not actually functional in this production
-Sharp edges on pocket clip
-Virtually ineffective jimping

But the two main problems I have with this knife are the price and the features you're getting for that price. Now obviously, this can't be said for all of us, but I'd bet it's pretty safe to say that $250 is a lot of money. Now, if some of the cons listed above were fixed, I could absolutely recommend this knife to anyone with the money. However, $250 for the product you're getting sort of makes you stop and question, "is this knife worth it?" But I got this knife for my birthday, so the price wasn't an issue. I can pretty much say that I don't at all mind the cons. But most of us can't say that. So do know before buying this knife, that it's a good knife, but maaaaaybe not $250 good.

john b.
Lightweight beautiful action excellent steel good ergos g10 side very gripy its a home run for Spyderco