Spyderco Smock

Slim N’ Trim Spyder!
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Like a fine wine, Spyderco’s Smock folder has improved with age. Designed by custom knifemaker Kevin Smock, it’s a production send-up of the knifemaker’s sleek SK23 model. Interestingly, Kevin applied for licenses for the company’s trademarked “Round Hole” thumb opener and its Compression Lock (blade lock) way back in 2015 for use on a knife and incorporated both into the SK23.

The round hole was a no-brainer but he ingeniously converted the Compression lock in a thumb-accessible push button lock on the upper front handle. Spyderco liked it so much, they introduced a production version three years ago and named it after the designer.

Kevin’s design is a missile-like 7.92″ overall with no big hump in the spine to accommodate a large Spydie hole. The Smock’s 3.0″ cutting edge is a modified Wharnecliffe made of upscale Crucible S30V stainless steel and there’s a jimped thumb ramp on the backside spine for enhanced grip. The slim handle is 4.53″ and sports Carbon Fiber/G10 lay-up scales over stainless liners with a nice index finger groove — once again improving purchase. Three holes lighten handle weight and add a nice styling touch. A tip-up pocket clip graces the base on the back frame slab. Weight is a svelte 3.64 oz.


The Spyderco Smock, with its trim profile, is a sleek missile of a
folder with Carbon Fiber/G10 lay-up scales and premium Crucible
S30V stainless steel. Shown here is custom knifemaker Kevin Smock’s
modification to the patented Compression lock, converting it from a
rear locking-liner to a push-button release located on the top front scale.

Why You’ll Like It

Right off the bat, the slim ’n trim Smock is just darned good-looking. It pushes all the right buttons in the eye candy department. Secondly, the Smock owns one of the largest aftermarket bases of any modern tactical folder I’ve ever seen — a virtual Valhalla for those who like to upgrade their knife for a classy custom look.

Kevin offers a plethora of mind-blowing aftermarket scales and other companies have followed suit. There are Titanium pocket clips and colorful anodized screw sets as well. While modding can be as expensive as a custom in some cases, you can get exactly what you want.

MSRP: $304


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