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New ZDP-189 Calypso Jr

Discussion in 'Knives' started by jag-engr, Sep 7, 2007.

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    Announcing the newest addition to my Spyderco Calypso family ... a black FRN PE, ZDP-189 Calypso Jr!

    I just got the knife from MSCantrell an hour ago.

    The knife is beautiful. I really like the aesthetics of the laminate line on the blade. Some people have complained about the irregular, wavy line, but I think it adds to the knife - like the pattern in a Damascus steel. I was surprised at just how "grippy" the fish-scale pattern on the handle is. The grip it provides is every bit as good as G-10 (though I think I still prefer G-10). I think the slightly wider handle is actually better than that on the Caly3! Unfortunately, like the Caly3, the forward finger choil is shallow, unlike the deep choil on the UKPK. I suspect that this is simply a constraint of the locking mechanism and can't be helped.

    My only real gripe with the Caly Jr is the awful clip. Maybe I shouldn't say this, as it is, at least, ambidextrous, but I guess that I've gotten spoiled by the wonderful tip-up wire clip on the Caly3 and UKPK. It's too bad that the knife can't support tip-up carry.

    I've yet to use the blade enough to really give an opinion on the ZDP, but I think this knife will secure a spot in my EDC rotation, especially since it is lighter (1.9 oz) than either the UKPK (2.4 oz) or the Caly3 (3.0 oz).
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    Yep, it's a beauty. For a really long time, the old micarta handled AUS-8 Caly Jr was my favorite knife ever. Then I got the FRN ZDP-version and now it is my all time favorite knife. The AUS-8 version is still #2, though. The Dragonfly - or baby-Calypso, as I like to call it - is my #3 favorite. Personally, I don't mind the clips at all.

    Btw, the micarta handle is not as grippy as the fish-scale FRN or G-10, but it is smoother and rounder so it's more comfortable. Not that the other Calypsos are uncomfortable in any way either, but that's where the micarta one excels.

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    Congrats on scoring a a ZDP-189 Caly Jr.

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    Calypso Jr. ZDP was my favorite EDC, extremely light and sharp, it only lacks of jimping though. My Caly3 ZDP solved the problem :)