Thinking beyond established knife industry barriers allowed Spyderco to introduce new and radical innovations to the knife culture including: One-hand opening, serrations on a folder and a clip to attach a knife to a pocket. Spyderco didn't go into business to rake in a mountain of dough, they are here for more selfish reasons- indulging our passion for creating knives. Spyderco is definitely out of the norm in the knife industry in our dedication to researching and developing fresh, improved and better performing materials all with function and reliability being key. Someone once said to Sal Glesser, Spyderco's owner, "You must design in the dark because your knives look so strange." True again. Spyderco's recognizable appearance is a result of designing ergonomic functional tools rather than applying lipstick and nylons to a pocketknife. Spyderco products may look curious, homely, whatever, but they will never be called unusable or undependable. Making knives that consistently deliver reliable high-performance requires an ongoing commitment to testing. In a million-dollar testing facility Spyderco examines edge retention with a CATRA machine, looking for rust development with Q-FOG, check the force needed to open and close a knife. Spyderco also repeatedly tests for stress, wear, optimal heat-treating and actively search for higher quality, performance enhancing steels and materials. As a customer you probably don't think about this, or much care, but it allows Spyderco to put forth a promise. When you purchase a Spyderco you are buying a high-quality reliable cutting tool designed and manufactured for peak performance and ergonomic comfort. Those Who Know Carry Spyderco.