Brad Southard is an amazingly talented custom knifemaker who specializes in high-performance folder designs. His new collaboration with Spyderco, the Southard Folder, translates all the unique qualities of his coveted custom creations into a distinctive, high-performance production knife.
The Southard is the first Spyderco knife to feature a “flipper”—a small integral tab that extends from the tang of the blade on the cutting edge side. When the knife is closed, the flipper protrudes from the back of the knife’s handle to offer a small lever. Pulling on this lever with your index finger pivots the blade swiftly into the open, locked position. To support the operation of the flipper mechanism, the Southard features a unique ball-bearing pivot system that uses special washers with nested ball bearings. This advanced construction greatly reduces friction on the blade, providing an incredibly smooth action and maximizing the efficiency and ease of operation of the flipper mechanism.
The heart of the Southard is its premium CTS 204P stainless steel blade. Hollow ground for superior edge geometry, it features a gradually curved edge and a slightly dropped point, making it ideal for a broad range of cutting applications. It is mated to a handle that combines a textured Earth-brown G-10 scale and thick titanium liner on one side and 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, as well as a mounting platform for a stainless steel clip that 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 offered. MSRP $399.95. Spyderco.com.
Brad Southard is an amazingly talented custom knifemaker who specializes in high-performance folder designs. His…
by Tactical-Life / Feb 19, 2013