The Spyderco Stovepipe draws its name from the "stovepipe" top hat that William Poole often wore. Historically fitting, while significantly less aggressive than the knife's original moniker, its name is the only significant compromise Spyderco made in adapting Rydbom's exquisite custom design to factory production.
The heart of the Stovepipe is its stout, cleaver-style blade, which is crafted from CPM-20CV—an advanced powder metallurgy stainless steel that contains a high volume of vanadium carbides and the highest amount of chromium of any vanadium-rich stainless steel currently available. This state-of-the-art blend of alloys gives CPM-20CV a remarkable combination of high wear resistance, superior corrosion resistance, and good impact toughness. The straight-edged blade is precision machined from 4mm (0.157-inch) stock. Although the thick stock provides excellent heft and strength, it is balanced by a deep hollow grind that ensures outstanding edge geometry and low-friction cutting performance. The wide blade allows its Trademark Round Hole to be easily accessible for ambidextrous, one-handed opening while maintaining a straight spine. Machined details above the blade hole add a touch of class and provide a textured thumb purchase for enhanced control. Deep scallops on the blade's spine and tip further accentuate its style and ensure exceptional point utility for a cleaver-style blade.
The Stovepipe's handle is constructed from two slabs of solid titanium joined by a titanium backspacer. Both scales are painstakingly machined to create a beautifully crowned surface on the outside and a stylish yet ergonomic profile. The reverse-side scale forms the foundation of the knife's stout Reeve Integral Lock (R.I.L.) mechanism, which locks the blade securely open during use. It is also home to a machined titanium clip that provides convenient right-side, tip-up carry. The clip, scales, backspacer, and blade all boast a no-nonsense, industrial-style stonewashed finish. This stands in contrast to the knife's oversized pivot pin, which is machined with artistic details, brightly satin finished, and serves double duty as an overtravel stop for the lock bar.
The Stovepipe is a truly remarkable folding knife that faithfully captures the spirit and painstaking craftsmanship of David Rydbom's custom creation. Spyderco is extremely proud of it and excited to add it to the their product line.
- Blade Length: 7.06 cm
- Handle Length: 10.16 cm
- Overall Length: 17.14 cm
- Blade Thickness: 3.9 mm
- Blade Material: CPM-20CV Stainless Steel
- Blade Style: Cleaver
- Blade Grind: Hollow
- Blade Finish: Dark Stonewash
- Handle Material: Dark Stonewash Titanium
- Locking Mechanism: Reverse Integral Lock
- Pocket Clip: Tip-Up, Right Carry
- Made in Taiwan
- Parallel Import: Yes