Everyday Carry

Spyderco Polestar

Authored by:
Bernard Capulong
Spyderco Polestar

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When you put your trusty knife to hard work day in and day out, it doesn't always make sense to spend big bucks on your EDC. Now, that doesn't mean you should settle for a cheap, flimsy knife you'll have to replace every few months. What you want is real value, and few other knifemakers deliver as well as Spyderco in that department. One excellent example you've probably seen is the Tenacious (it's such a crowd favorite you might already even own one!). As a larger option in Spyderco's newest value series, the Polestar gives you even more bang for your buck thanks to its improved materials and ergonomics.

While the Polestar's design was originally inspired by the Byrd Raven 2, EDC enthusiasts might notice similarities with the Spyderco Tenacious for good reason. At its core, the Polestar fills a very similar role and shares many of the same specs. It features a generous 3.3” blade that's almost entirely usable cutting length throughout, due to the lack of an index finger choil. The blade's leaf-shaped, full flat ground geometry offers excellent slicing performance for general tasks, too. You can deploy the blade with either hand thanks to the large, ambidextrous thumbhole and 4-way pocket clip. A stainless steel liner lock secures the blade, while jimping on the spine and grippy G10 scales offer control when in use.

Although those are all features you'd want in a general EDC knife, the Polestar's added value comes from two key details. The first is its CTS BD-1 blade steel. It's an American steel formulated for improved corrosion resistance, sharpness, and edge retention compared to the 8Cr13MoV steel found on the Tenacious and most other knives in this category. Secondly, its handle is more slender with a subtle curve for a comfortable, ergonomic grip. The G10 scales on it also sport a new, woven-like pattern for added texture and a deep grey color.

If you're looking for a new EDC knife to put through its paces, or just want an upgrade to the trusty Tenacious you've been carrying for years, consider picking up the Polestar at the link below.

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Bernard Capulong

Founder and Editor-in-Chief

About the Author
Bernard Capulong is an everyday carry (EDC) gear expert, entrepreneur, all-around nerd, and the founder and editor-in-chief of EverydayCarry.com—the largest online community for EDC gear enthusiasts. Since founding Everyday Carry in 2009, he’s built over a decade of experience in the industry, reviewing and highlighting brands and products, including pocket knives, flashlights, wallets, watches, bags, pens, and much more.

Bernard is known for bringing everyday carry out of obscurity and into the mainstream, having been published or featured in various publications such as GQ, TIME Magazine, The New York Times, VICE, HYPEBEAST, Outside, and many others. He has also played a part in curating, designing, and developing digital and physical products, resulting in successful crowdfunding projects or limited edition collaboration products with established softgoods brands. He stays on the pulse of the EDC industry by attending trade shows, participating in online interest communities, and actively engaging with fellow gear enthusiasts on social media.

In addition to being the editor-in-chief and main social media personality for EverydayCarry.com, Bernard is an avid gearhead and collector in general. His personal collections span technical bags, fountain pens, digital cameras, retro gaming hardware, personal hi-fi audio gear, and mechanical wristwatches, to name a few. Bernard Capulong is a prominent figure and trusted authority in the everyday carry industry with a career dedicated to helping people discover this hobby and stay prepared with quality gear.

Discussion (6 total)

To me, Spyderco never represented a good value; to expensive for the features, you always seemed to be praying for brand prestige, which is why I've never owned one. This is the first one I might consider, if it wasn't for my S35VN GoldenEye.
Deerlord ·
Have you used a pm2? Because that changed my mind real quick.
Taylor ·
is Byrd shutdown if Spyderco is making these?
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