I just took delivery of a Spyderco Techno. This was a much-anticipated knife by YT, because it’s totally over-the-top little big knife style that I love. So, how does it compare to my current EDC pocket knife – the Benchmade 555HG?

Bottom line – the Techno is pricey, but worth the wait. And its out of this world in terms of fidget factor.

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You can see them side by side here. The 555HG is longer, but the Techno rides in the pocket just as well. The factory deep carry wire clip from Spyderco has the Techno nearly as deep in the pocket as my aftermarket deep clip on the 555HG.

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Blade centering is way better on the Techno. I’m not sure that BM was even trying on mine.

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Yep, that’s a massive slab of steel on the Techno, but with a full flat grind and a taper towards the tip, it’s quite handy. Especially with the classic pinch-the-hole choke-up on Sypdercos:
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On a standard grip however, there’s not much more than the thumb jimping to keep your hand from sliding forward:
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The interior of the Spyder Hole is slightly radiused, so it’s not quite as grippy on the thumb skin as I’d like, but the massive reveal of the whole hole makes up for it. Of course, it’s only great if you’re a righty.

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All in all, TI scales, RIL lock (with stout lockup with no blade play), decent ergos, pocketable scale, great fit/finish, and that hell-for-stout build make this the new bad-ass in my pocket. Errr. Something like that.

Linus Satchel Bag

I picked up one of these from Calhoun Cycle, looking for a “briefcase pannier” that was a slim profile and suitable to move from the bike to the office without any fuss.

The construction is definitely high quality, but the features are, frankly, terrible.

The rack attachment hooks are simple springy steel hooks with a rubberized coating. They need to manually pried on/off the rack each time.

There’s no top handle to grab to put the bag from the rack, so you’re fumbling with holding on to it, which is a pain if you’re getting another pannier off the other side as well.

The interior has a padded compartment for a computer, and a front compartment for other stuff. The padded compartment is nice, and has a little leather snap strap to retain it. I don’t think it would actually protect your computer if it fell off the bike, however. The small flat pocket on the divider that is in the front pocket, however, is not a real value feature. There’s no pen pockets, so things kind of flop around.

It is comfortable to carry with the cotton strap, but with no grab handle, it’s limited to shoulder strap use only.

All in all, not remotely worth $80. I’ll be returning it to the store soon.