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Spyderco Myrtle

Posted by jasonstone20 
Spyderco Myrtle
February 15, 2016 05:27PM
This has a very interesting blade shape:


I wonder if it's practical also, it's design would suggest it was meant to combine two useful blade shapes, this doesn't always pan out however.
Re: Spyderco Myrtle
February 15, 2016 05:32PM
It is a neat blade shape, probably should be useful for pulling cuts, while the subtle recurve should probably be ok on a cutting board.

But that stock thickness... Run the dang thing with a hollow grind if you really want that thick of a blade.


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Re: Spyderco Myrtle
April 04, 2016 01:45PM
I have been using and playing with the Spyderco Myrtle for a week. I bought it on sale for $199, a fair price for a new design. The blade profile and edge shape was the main reason for the purchase. The fact that the top of the blade did not have the standard and very egregious hump and hole design was a big plus.

The main negatives of the Myrtle are exactly what you would think they would be, just by looking at the knife. The pointed butt is sharp; it is uncomfortable if your hand comes in contact with it while protruding from your pocket. The pocket clip looks awkward and goofy, but it is functional. As with most Spyderco blades, the edge of the opening hole is not chamfered and, therefore, uncomfortably sharp. This painful sharpness is exacerbated by a strong detent. However, after flushing and cleaning the pivot, and a week of thumb openings, the sharp edge is still felt but it is no longer uncomfortable. The blade is rather thick (4mm), unfortunately, this is not mitigated by a full flat grind since the edge thickness is high, as compared to several other Spydercos.

The factory sharpness was very high. When slicing cardboard, the ergonomics of the handle is fair; it is better than most metal handled folders. The slight hook of the tip is useful and quite functional, but the point is not thin.

The Myrtle is a good product for under $200 if you desire a quality Spyderco with a unique blade shape. This should not be problematic for most since Spyderco knives are not purchased as general cutting tools, but rather, as well made pocket novelties with sharp edges. My two favorite, and most carried, Spydercos are the Southard flipper and the Lum Chinese. Both designs are elegant, and the opening hole on the Southard is very well chamfered.
Re: Spyderco Myrtle
April 04, 2016 06:37PM
Re: Spyderco Myrtle
April 04, 2016 09:39PM
The slight hook of the tip is useful and quite functional, but the point is not thin.

It has a recurve where the belly should be. That just seems wrong to me.

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Re: Spyderco Myrtle
April 05, 2016 05:21AM
Is really wonder what the inspiration for that design is? At a glance it looks like they ground the wrong side of the blade and thought "meh no one will notice".



Re: Spyderco Myrtle
April 05, 2016 01:50PM
The idea for the blade shape may have come from the Spyderco Cricket. Both have a hooked tip that is less pronounced than a pruning blade. Since a re-curve is the geometric opposite of blade belly, you can only have one or the other at any point of the edge. There is a slight blade belly hump in the middle of the edge; however, its use is rather limited.
Re: Spyderco Myrtle
April 05, 2016 01:57PM
The image of the Myrtle posted by Chum shows a sharpening choil at the base of the blade, just under the plunge grind. The actual blade does not have a choil since the plunge grind is 90 degrees.
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