Spyderco and CRKT Folding Knives Review

In this latest hangout with fellow youtuber dragonfly_hiker, we take a look at the latest folding knives we have and that we use as an Every Day Carry (EDC).


First up, I pull out the latest addition to my collection, CRKT M402W. I found it to a great addition to your EDC if you are an office worker or have to wear more casual clothes. The brushed steel & wood burl handle gives it a classy look that people will take note.

But this is a nice heavy chunky knife. You know when you hold it, you got a nice piece of gear. For left handed users, the belt clip does get in the way as compared to right handed users. It is out of the box, pretty hard to activate. But after 50-70 deployments, the parts loosen up and it gets easier to open.

Next was Todd’s Spyderco Byrd Cara Cara 2 which he has been using for about 6 months. He found it to be a little big, but the ability to switch to either a tip down or up configuration, on top of switching from left to right handed. The ability to attach a laynard is also a nice touch.

Very reliable nice, the texture of the handle makes it very grippy even when wet.

Both knives are priced around the same range (between $30-40$), for the money both are really interesting option for your EDC needs.
Spec from http://www.crkt.com/M4-Burl-Scales-Stainless-Bolster-Razor-Sharp-Edge-OutBurs…

This year we’re offering the M4 design in Kit’s smaller every day carry (E.D.C.) size.

The M4™-02W Burled Wood is a deluxe model with burled wood scales and brushed stainless steel bolsters. It’s a very classy look.

While we were engineering it, we decided to add some more value by offering our patented OutBurst® assisted opening, and our patented* LAWKS® safety. It creates a virtual fixed blade when actuated after the blade is opened and locked.

The OutBurst mechanism instantly springs the blade fully open after you have opened the blade approximately 30 degrees. M4 models have dual thumb studs for ambidextrous one-hand opening and bronze bearings and lubrous washers at the adjustable blade pivot for smooth, fast action.

The 3.25″ blade is a high-hollow-grind drop point of premium 8Cr13MoV stainless steel in a bead-blast finish with a Razor-Sharp edge.

Our heavy-duty InterFrame build is true to Kit’s design, with dual stainless steel liners, one locking, and a stainless steel back spacer.

All M4 models have high-mounted pocket/gear clips.

So here you have a friendly E.D.C. knife that fits the hand naturally for all kinds of cutting and carving tasks. Like Kit, it’s a bit unassuming, but it’s a knife you’ll come back to year after year.

Open Overall Length 7 inches
Closed Length 3.75 inches
Weight 3.7 ounces

Length 3.25 inches
Thickness 0.121 inches
Material 8Cr13MoV
Blade-HRC 58-59
Finish Satin
Grind Hollow
Style Drop Point
Edge Plain

Material Stainless/Burl Wood
Liner 2CR13

Type Locking Liner
Safety System LAWKS

From the website

Its many upgrades include a full-flat-ground blade for enhanced edge geometry and cutting performance, a Bi-Directional Textured-? FRN handle that offers a superior grip and increased control, and phosphor bronze pivot washers for even smoother blade operation. Like its predecessor, it also features spine and choil jimping for precise control during use and a four-position clip that supports all possible carry configurations.

length overall 8.563 ” (217 mm) blade length 3.75 ” (95 mm) blade steel 8Cr13MoV
length closed 4.844 ” (123 mm) cutting edge 3.188 ” (81 mm) weight 3.4 oz. (97 g)
blade thickness .125 ” (3 mm) handle material FRN