Spyderco’s Domino Pin Carries On Their
Frame-Lock Series In The Family Tradition.
Spyderco has always been a company of diverse designs, often bringing in custom collaborators as well as utilizing their creative in-house team. When it comes to locking mechanisms, no other cutlery manufacturer has offered as many as that lil’ ol’ company with the hole in the blade, which brings us to their most recent send-up of the frame-lock design: the Domino Pin.
Designed in-house by Eric Glesser (son of Spyderco founder Sal Glesser), the Domino Pin features top-shelf materials in a combo titanium/carbon fiber frame and a Carpenter CTS-XHP stainless steel blade. This is a mid-size folder at 7.68 inches overall with a 3.13-inch spear point blade—the latter with a V-ground blade for durability. The blade can be rolled out using the traditional Spydie-hole or whipped out with great gusto using the knife’s flipper mechanism located on the back handle, topside. The action is nothing short of butter slick.
The frame-lock is one of the sturdiest blade securing mechanisms out there and Spyderco has done it one better by adding a stainless steel insert at the contact point of the blade tang and locking leaf to greatly eliminate wear. The front handle is a glass-woven carbon fiber laminate with an exposed weave pattern for enhanced grip. A pocket clip on the backside makes for easy, at-the-ready carry.
What makes the Domino Pin different from the company’s previous frame-lock offerings is that it’s a glove fit for Spyderco fans. It’s pure Spydie design all the way and sure to please the mega-fanbase the hole-in-the-blade folks have built up over years. At a suggested retail of $330, the Domino Pin is not inexpensive but it checks all the boxes in state-of-the-art materials and the superb build quality for which the manufacturer is famous. And in design, it’s pure Spydie!
By Pat Covert
MAKER: Spyderco, Inc.
20011 Golden Gate Canyon Rd.
Golden, CO 80403
Blade steel: Carpenter CTS-XHP stainless
Overall length: 7.68 inches
Blade: 3.13 inches
Weight: 4.10 ounces
Carry: Pocket clip