Spyderco UK Penknife Review

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In 2004, Spyderco took introduced the UK friendly UK Pen Knife for the first time. It was G-10 with a premium blade steel and it fit the Spyderco line up. The main difference being its lack of a lock.  I personally feel that the UKPK is a great knife, but its lack of a lock does bother me. Lock or not we can say one this this is NOT a fixed blade knife so take that into consideration.

However, in case you don’t know, while you can legally carry most knives, the only knives that are not treated as an offensive weapon have to be sub 3 inches in blade length and with no lock. If you have a valid reason, you can carry pretty much anything you want, but self-defense is not a valid reason, and law enforcement decides what is and isn’t an offensive weapon. Henceforth the legally.

Spyderco UK Penknife Review – UKPK Slip Joint Knife

Spyderco UK Penknife Review

This is a thoroughbred Spyderco, designed by Sal Glesser himself.  The more I use it, the more I realize that this is a Spyderco designed around a singular purpose (for the knife to be legal) without losing any of the Spyderco appeal. I never thought I would be truly happy without a lock, and yet, I don’t feel like I am forced to make a compromise. If nothing else, I hope you appreciate that this is a distinctive and decent knife in its own right.

The construction is very moderate with clean lines all through. There are no real visualembellishments, and the most attractive aspect of the knife is the. Simplicity tends to be its own selling point.

The slip joint itself isn’t innovative, but is very satisfying.

Spyderco UK Penknife – Blades

Spyderco produces this knife in a bunch of different blade shapes and grinds. I would  suggest getting the full flat ground option with the traditional leaf shape.

The grind is great. It is lean but with enough meat behind the edge to be tough against careless damage

Construction and fit & finish is great also. I see no flaws in the cast scales and no blade play at all. For a knife with no lock, it’s pretty solid. I enjoy handling well-crafted knives.

Spyderco UK Penknife – Steel

The steel used is CTS BD1. I do think it is a good entry level steel. Rust resistance seems very high to me, and its sharpen-ability is very good. It is much easier to sharpen than any steel I have handled in recent years.

The Spydercowire clip is perfect andthe choil is deep. While I wouldn’t suggest doing crazy things with it, I would say that it can handle everything its blade can. This is a lean blade, and its lack of a lock does not hold it back at all.

Ergonomics have always been a Spyderco strong suit. Very pleasant to hold in a traditional saber grip.

Pinch grip is great thanks to the leaf blade holding my pointer finger so nicely. It does require some adjustment with your hands, and for some of you with tiny or enormous hands, this may be sub-optimal.  It weighs 48 grams.

Spyderco UK Penknife – Conclusion

It’s trivial to open, though it’s a bit difficult to close. Not crazy hard, but hard enough that I don’t feel like it will magically fold on my fingers by itself.

Honestly, this is a great blade in its own right. Its deployment and closing speed is remarkable.  I think it’s a winner.

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