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Our Favorite New Spyderco Knives for 2021

Authored by:
Mikey Bautista
Our Favorite New Spyderco Knives for 2021

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Spyderco needs no introduction for many people both new and veterans to EDC. They’ve produced some of the most popular, iconic, and award-winning knives to hit the market, and every year is a consistent cycle of refreshing and refining their dependable catalog. And for 2021 they’ve done just that, updating old favorites while steadily introducing exciting new models for users and collectors alike. In this quick round-up we’re highlighting a few of our favorite upcoming releases in 2021 from Spyderco’s first release of the year.

Lil' Native Slip Joint

The Native is a model that highlights some of Spyderco’s best features: the iconic leaf shape blade with signature Round Hole, ergonomic G-10 handles, a rock-solid compression lock, and a reversible clip. The Lil’ Native takes it a step further by bringing the size to a more manageable and locale-friendly EDC size with a 2.42“ blade. This is further refined this year as the Lil’ Native gets the slip joint treatment for its compact CPM-S30V plain edge blade/ It’s a great option for areas with stricter laws, while packing all of the original Native’s favorite features.

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Para Military 2 Cru-Wear

The Para Military 2 (PM2) has stood the test of time as one of the best knives for EDC thanks to a large and useful 3.47“ blade, comfortable shape, and tried and true build quality. It’s been remixed and refreshed in a ton of ways, mixing steels and colors and materials, and thanks to its utility and popularity, it shows no signs of stopping. This year the PM2 gets the premium treatment with its use of Crucible Cru-Wear steel and its top-tier combination of high wear resistance and toughness, paired with brown micarta on the handles for a natural grip that develops a personalized patina over time.

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The Phoenix joins the Spyderco ranks as a new model for 2021, and features a unique curved design courtesy of designer Howard Viele. This Sprint Run uses the uncommon Spyderco Ball-Bearing lock to secure its 3.05“ modified drop point VG-10 blade. This patented compressive lock wedges a ball bearing between a fixed anvil and the blade tang to lock it in place while open, and also serves as a detent to hold the blade when closed. Last but not least, titanium handles add to the Phoenix’s exclusive design, accented with red G-10 for an improved grip on the back of the hand.

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Mikey Bautista

Director of Everyday Carry Operations

About the Author
Mikey Bautista is an everyday carry (EDC) expert who has been working with the EverydayCarry.com team for nearly a decade, starting with an interest in EDC as a hobby and ending up as a writer for the site in 2014. Through the years, he’s led the site in editorial content and writing about products across every category, from knives to bags to flashlights and everything in between, as well as discovering, bringing exposure, and building bridges with many brands in the industry. Today, he is the site's Director of Everyday Carry Operations, leading the editorial team and managing day-to-day operations.

He has lived through many personal and professional lives, spending nearly a decade in the workforce management industry, a minor career in gaming, and has lent a hand with entrepreneurial efforts back home in the Philippines. He has also been an active participant and helped build a number of significant social communities online, both for EDC and his other hobbies.

Mikey has been at the cusp of gaming, technology, and the internet since the ‘90s and continues to lend his experience, expertise, and authority to all his pursuits. When not online, in a game, or watching movies, you'll find him in the gym, speedrunning his next hobby, or talking at length about EDC with anyone willing to listen.

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