Since starting Spyderco they've been told their knives are different, peculiar, even out there. All true. Thinking beyond established knife industry barriers allowed them to introduce new and radical innovations to the knife culture including: one-hand opening, serrations on a folder and a clip to attach a knife to a pocket. They didn't go into business to rake in a mountain of dough they're here for more selfish reasons- indulging their passion for creating knives.
Spyderco is definitely out of the norm in the knife industry in their dedication to researching and developing fresh, improved and better performing materials all with function and reliability being key. Someone once said to Sal Glesser, Spyderco's owner, "You must design in the dark because your knives look so strange." True again. Their recognizable appearance is a result of designing ergonomic, functional tools rather than applying lipstick and nylons to a pocketknife. They may look curious, homely, whatever, but they'll never be called unusable or undependable. Making knives that consistently deliver reliable high-performance requires an ongoing commitment to testing.
In their million-dollar testing facility they examine edge retention with a CATRA machine, look for rust development with Q-FOG, and check the force needed to open and close a knife. They also repeatedly test for stress, wear, optimal heat-treating and actively search for higher quality, performance enhancing steels and materials. When you purchase a Spyderco you are buying a high-quality reliable cutting tool designed and manufactured for peak performance and ergonomic comfort. Those Who Know Carry Spyderco.