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Spyderco got it's start from humble beginnings and has grown into one of the most respected U.S.A. knife manufacturers in the cutlery industry. Traveling the country in a converted bread delivery truck / motor home, Sal Glesser, Spyderco's founder, and his wife Gail, exhibited and sold their first product in 1976 on the knife show circuit: the Portable Hand, a "spider-shaped device" for helping jewelers and hobbyists work with small parts.

As their success grew, they graduated from the bread truck/motor home to a truck and trailer. In 1978, after settling in Golden, Colorado, Spyderco was founded and began producing knife sharpeners. It wasn't until 1981 that the first folding knife was produced, the C01 Worker. It was the first knife to feature the now-familiar round hole in the blade to aid in quick opening of the knife, and it is now the company's trademark.

Over the years, Spyderco has experimented with many new types of blade steels.  They were the first company to use powder metallurgy in a production knife (Crucible's S60V tool steel in 1994).  Another first was the use of H1, a practically rust-proof steel, in a folding knife.

Spyderco has collaborated with a long list of custom knife makers through the years in the design of various models, from the legendary to the up-and-coming. Here are just a few: Bill Moran, Bob Terzuola, Bob Lum, Ken Onion, Mike Snody, Jens Anso and many more.

Spyderco knives are known for their toughness, their ergonomic comfort and their use of high perfomance blade steels for maximum durability and edge retention. It really is true: Those in the Know Choose Spyderco.

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