The Spyderco Tropen is a full size folding knife collaboration with Argentinian custom knifemaker Javier Vogt. Vogt's distinctive style can be seen in the dramatic lines and unique deployment options. The Tropen can be opened with the classic Spyderco thumb hole, a stylish Emerson opener, or a convenient flipper. It's outfitted with a broad curved blade, that pivots effortlessly on smooth ball bearing washers. A polished G-10 handle with nested steel liners and a reliable compression lock finishes off the impressive Vogt design.Features:
I recently purchased this knife and was wondering how much of an issue the exposed blade would be. Everyone and their mother is complaining about being able to see the blade... But in reality unless you have the hands of a child your finger can't really get in there. Beyond that, what reason would you have to jam your tiny baby fingers into the locking mechanism of a closed compression lock?... It's full flat ground with an Emerson wave, the blade is huge and different. The ergonomics are very good, and it's light. Stop ruining it's reputation because you're scared of cutting yourself. You could cut yourself with any knife when using it like an idiot.
I love this knife! I steered clear of it for a while due to EVERYONE saying how dangerous it is (in theory), but decided to go with my gut, and man am I glad that I did. I have never once even come close to hurting myself with this knife with my XL meaty paws, I've been carrying it daily for a month or two. It seems you REALLY need to mess something up badly to get even close to getting cut with the exposed bit of blade. Never once have I worried about reaching in my pocket. The action, blade, wave feature, contoured scales, sliceyness, everything is absolutely stellar. Don't believe the keyboard warriors, this knife is well worth the money and just as dangerous as any other folding knife, no more no less.
The 3 openers all work well. Polished G10 scales will hopefully be available on more models. Blade shape very utilitarian. One of my new favorites. Sprint runs coming??!! The small amount of blade exposure near the lock has been a non issue for me, it would be difficult to harm yourself. Buy a different Spyderco if you don’t like this design. In fact here is the one I recommend. Item #BHQ-14541
Just received my Tropen. Fit and finish is flawless; centered, very good detent, smooth flipping action, scales are smooth, but radiused well and very nicely finished, and the Emerson Wave works perfectly. Yes, I had some concerns about the "exposed" edge when folded, but it's really a non-issue and shouldn't be a concern to keep you from trying this blade out. Speaking of the blade, I love the profile. Razor sharp, balanced and symmetrical grind/bevel, and a very "slicey" flat grind. My only recommendation that would have removed any doubt about the compression lock exposure of the edge would have been to make a small choil in front of the flipper. It's a natural place to choke up on the blade, and would remove that exposed edge when folded. Regardless, excellent folder from Spyderco and a very functional blade and design!
This is a great defense blade with a beautiful unusual design. I do consider the blade protrusion in the closed position to be a glaring design flaw, yet this is really only an issue if you were to place direct finger pressure over the location. The weight, balance, and aesthetics are superb. The polished G-10 is beautifully executed and even if the knife is discontinued due to the referenced flaw, you have a collectable with increased value. Regardless, Spyderco still delivers with multiple excellent, variable designs. If the flaw bothers you, go with the LAI Amalgam - another great blade with no issues noted...
I really like this knife. Great action. Solid lockup. Great hand feel. The blade is great for food prep. Very slicey. It's not an EDC blade like my goto 940. It's my "Friday" knife. The exposed blade has been a non-issue for me. When clipped it sits nestled against the outer pocket. I am not sure how one would be able to come in contact as the clip can only carry one way and that hides the clade form the back of the hand when digging in your pocket. It gets a 4 because there is no smooth way to close it. The flipper protects your finger from the exposed blade when closing so it is a two step process no matter what you do (see youtube). I do prefer an Axis.
Man, this knife is so close to perfection. Fits in the hand like a glove, no additional traction needed. Wave action is great, and the geometry is such that it will only deploy when you want it to. The nonfatal flaw is location of the compression lock, not the compression lock itself. Caution should be used when closing. Also, the location of the compression lock makes me worry that it can be closed when grasping firmly in-hand.
I was very excited about the release of this knife. I preordered very early on. I have purchased two other Spyderco knives with the Emerson wave opener in the past, and I was very pleased with those. It was nice to see one coming out with higher quality materials. The handle and blade lines are clean and flow well, both in the open and closed positions. However, I was overall very disappointed in the design. Firstly, the lock that they chose to use, with the exposed blade along with the flipper location, does not mend itself very well together. Using the flipper, with the lock where it is, pinches your finger when deploying the blade. When closing the blade the flipper pushes your finger away, but still is concerning where the blade ends near your finger when fully closed. Secondly, the pocket clip looks like an after thought. The clip partially covers a screw and seems like it was something they added on after the fact. It was poor placement. The finger choil in the scales does not line up on either side. When gripping the knife, it causes a hotspot due to the offset of the two sides. And aesthetically, you don’t get a clear line of sight through the spidey hole. Which is a minor issue, but could have been more pleasing to look at. It is a very smooth action, beautiful knife. It is just a shame that for the cost, it has so many flaws.
Such a great looking knife! Beautiful handle, impressive blade, opens wonderfully. BUT they should have used a different lock as the knife sticks out by the lock. You can’t see it in these pictures but you can on the catalog photos from spyderco. I can’t belive they don’t use a different lock which would have fixed it and made it one of my favorite knives ever. You cut your hand if you wrap it around the knife when it is closed! I have done it twice in a week. This is the first knife I have bought in my life that I am returning!
Soooo many people have said it over and over....that exposed blade in the closed position...Spyderco please fix this!!! I almost just cut myself while digging in my pocket for change with the exposed blade in the closed position. I probably will fix this myself with a dremel. Other than this i give this knife AAA+++.