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GUNS Magazine January 2012 Digital Edition - Page 62
Our Caps Will NOT Scratch Your Scope Or Rust has taken Weaver® style rings to new heights and new lengths KWIK-SITE STORY: Pat Covert Spyderco teams up with Butch Vallotton for a real winner. y eyes opened wide when I was handed the Spyderco Vallotton Sub-Hilt folder at the 2011 Blade Show. Then a smile came over my face. Really slick knives have a way of doing that. Spyderco Marketing Director Joyce Laituri informed me, “We’d been wanting to collaborate with Butch Vallotton for years and finally got the chance.” It was well worth the wait. Knifemaker Butch Vallotton is highly respected in custom circles and known for making some of the best automatics around. His SubHilt handle design is an Italian-inspired bullet train in the hand. Stretching to 8.7" fully unwound, the folder sports a sleek 3.75" modified tanto cutting torch. For the blade, Spyderco chose top shelf CPM S30V stainless, a proprietary-powdered steel made by The Spyderco Vallotton Sub-Hilt, with its distinct styling and Crucible Industries especially unquestionable pedigree, is one of those knives that comes for the cutlery market. The along once in a blue moon. blade is hollow ground along the lead edge and switches to a convex positioning for tip-up or tip-down grind at the tip. The humped Spydie- and right or left hand carry. The diaghole in the blade not only makes for onally placed stainless steel “stripe” easy opening, it ingeniously serves as that crosses the handle terminatthe blade stop. ing at the sub-hilt apex is a nice stylThe handle, which incorporates ing touch and the fit and finish of the a sturdy Michael Walker style liner entire handle is impeccable. Close your lock, is substantial in weight with eyes, hold this knife in your hand, and the entire package weighing in at 6.2 you’d think you were holding a high ounces. A versatile pocket clip allows dollar custom. The price of admission for such Vallotton Sub-Hilt finery isn’t cheap. At $299.95 suggested retail, the Vallotton Sub-Hilt tips the Maker: Spyderco, Inc. higher end of production knives but, 820 Spyderco Way, Golden, co 80403 as is common in purchasing a knife, a (800) 525-7770 little bit of shopping around will put WWW.GunSMaGazIne.coM/Spyderco a smile on your face. The effort put Blade material: CPM S30V, Blade length: forth will be worth it as this is one of 3.75", Overall length: 8.7", Weight: 6.2 ounces, those exceptional production knives handle: G10, stainless bolster, Carry: Pocket clip, that distances itself from the pack in PriCe: $299.95 spades. All AboArd The bulleT TrAin! M Leading U.S. Manufacturer of Scope Mounts Since 1967 62 W W W. G U N S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 2