Chaparral is a shrub native to the Western United States with the unique ability to perennially survive, revive and regenerate after being destroyed by drought or fire. Like a season it returns year after year. It’s also what Spyderco calls a new and continuing series of gentlemen’s folders.

Mid-sized Chaparral folders will have identical blade and handle profiles but showcase variant handle materials. Handle options will be chosen for their elegant appearance and functional utility with a focus directed at making the Chaparral series unique as well as a serious contender in the gent’s knife genre. Possibly Spyderco’s thinnest, lightest mid-sized CLIPIT yet, the debut Chaparral will have a carbon-fiber handle with a mid-positioned back lock and screw-together construction.

Attached to the ultra-slim handle, a left-right, tip-up clip arranges the knife deeply inside a pocket. Crucible Steel Inc. of New York produces the CPM-S30V powdered steel used for the leaf-shaped blade. The blade is ground full-flat and offered PlainEdged for the best available cutting performance with non-skid jimping located at both the spine and choil. MSRP $174.95.

Length overall 6 3/8 in (162 mm) blade length 2 13/16 in (71 mm) blade steel CPM S30V
length closed 3 5/8 in (92 mm) cutting edge 2 9/32 in (58 mm) weight 2.5 oz (70 g)
hole diameter 1/2 in (13 mm) blade thickness 5/64 in (2 mm) handle material Carbon Fiber

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