The Spyderco Massad Ayoob Folder


Another "Quick & Dirty" Review…

The first time I spied a picture of this folding knife, I thought it was one of those "artsy" pictures that would show the knife half opened…or in some stage of being opened.

Such was not the case. I kept on seeing the same types of pictures. I thought to myself, "Wow, it really is bent like that…how odd…"

Just goes to show there is always going to be something new in this realm.

Then I started thinking about it…how it had more edge forward in forward and reverse grips…how that might equate to power in cutting and slashing movements…a huge belly for cutting, but it’s artificial…but it will still work…

Then, never having handled one…I was thinking…to myself, "That must really suck on the thrust…"

So…now I have one… Is this my favorite folder? No…it’s not. But, it is cool and on a couple different levels…

This is not going to be an "in-depth" analysis of this knife…just some random thoughts…a hit and run review of a rather cool knife.

There are so many knife reviews; it is hard to review them "in-depth" for me. I would rather reserve that for other things. There are enough knife magazine scribblers out there in Cyberspace and the rest of the world. I don’t think we need another one. If someone wants to debate steel or how many trees you can hack down with what is primarily a defensive folding knife…that’s cool. I’m sure you can find a review like that.



From Spyderco’s Website:

Blade Steel – VG-10

Blade Thickness – 1/8" 3mm

Clip – Reversible Ambidextrous, Stainless steel/black

Handle Material – Almite

Hardness – 59-60

Length Blade – 3 5/8" 92mm

Length Closed – 5 1/16" 128mm

Length Cutting Edge – 3 3/8" 86mm

Length Overall – 8 7/16" 215mm

Weight – 4.3oz 122g




Well, as I stated, this thing is going to slash very well in forward or reverse grips. Cardboard cutting verified that…is it "special?" I don’t think so…it takes a little getting used to…it is a cool knife, no doubt…it has some power, this design does.

It feels extremely good in the hand, forward or reverse grip. If you are an edge up or edge in [forward and reverse grips, respectively] sort of person, you are not going to like this knife very much at all.

In regular grips, it feels very, very good. It is secure in the hand, solid.

Instead of a thumb ramp like you see on Emerson Folders, there is an abrupt stop for the thumb when the thumb is placed topside for Saber Grip. The "stop" is serrated better than this picture shows…nicely done.

One of the reasons I like it is, it is very thin. It simply melts away to nothingness in your pocket. You forget you have it on you. Now, any knife you carry unless it is shaped like a brick will melt away to nothing in your pocket after you become accustomed to it. But the Spyderco Ayoob does this instantly. It is a very comfortable folder to carry in my opinion.

If I had to wear a suit every day, that would make this knife even more attractive.

So, we have a rather odd knife with a forward canted blade, it is thin and comfortable and secure in the hand…it has that pesky lock that no one is particularly fond of anymore. Although to Spyderco’s credit, they have the Boye "Dent" on the lock to help prevent the meat of your hand disengaging the lock. That’s a big plus that they also changed on the Delicas and Enduras.

I smell the need for the Spyderco Compression Lock…but…



There are clip-mounting holes on the other side of the knife to mount the clip for left-hand carry. Always, always a nice touch!

But the clip is mounted for tip down carry, which makes for a harder to draw folder in this case. For some reason, I cannot get past grabbing the top of the clip and pinching it while acquiring, which makes the knife harder to draw from the pocket. The clip grabs the pocket harder when this happens. Maybe this is just me. I would prefer the knife be tip up carry. I usually prefer that anyway…it just seems more important on this knife…



In the related written material surrounding this knife, we see that one attribute is that; "the blade goes wherever you point your wrist…"

I thought that was a basic attribute that most knives had. Or they would basically be worthless for anything…like anything in life, there are exceptions to that, but for the most part…a knife should go where your wrist directs it to go. Or maybe I’m missing something here.

I think it would have been better to say that this particular knife does this more naturally than most knives. Because I believe it does. This knife grows on you quickly.

If they meant to say, "it goes to point well and is designed to do so effortlessly…" I think that would have been better…but maybe due to the social climate that would not be possible at this time.

My eyes must really be getting old…I am usually spot-on when it comes to eyeing up knives but the pictures of this one really threw me. This knife is very accurate going to point. I’ve had some pleasing testing sessions, picking very small areas to thrust into and this knife is very accurate on the thrust. While we’re on the subject of going to point, it thrusts well. Not only is the whole package accurate on the thrust, the blade design thrusts well…easy penetration.


Further thoughts

The Spyderco Website’s description also states that this knife is recommended for Spyderco’s "MBC." Or "Martial Blade Craft."

I would love to see the Spyderco Compression Lock on this knife and have it built even better than it already is. Mr. Sal is a Wizard when it comes to folding knives, but unfortunately, I think I would lose one of the things I like most about this knife if it had the Compression Lock. Its ease of carry because it is so thin.

All of that having been said…being recommended for the Spyderco MBC Series of Clipits…I think they should make a trainer/drone for this model. I’m toying with the idea of having a non-folding trainer/drone made out of G-10 for the Ayoob Folder so I can experiment with a training partner some…to see how it works at speed. I’m thinking the radical forward cant of the blade is going to make for some aggressive contact on a training partner…that’s a plus. But it really needs a folding trainer/drone from Spyderco.


Don Rearic


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