I’m a big fan of Spyderco knives. And although I’ve been carrying a Spyderco Manix 2 with back lock as an EDC blade for about a year now, I think I found another knife that will vie for an equal amount of pocket time. It’s the Spyderco Siren.
SPYDERCO SIREN: GREAT DESIGN, TOP QUALITY
With its 3.6-inch drop-point blade and overall closed length of 5.12 inches, it’s not a small knife. But it is thin and lightweight, making it easy to carry. About one third of Spyderco knives are made in the U.S. As stated on its blade, “Golden Colorado, U.S.A., Earth,” the Siren is one of those knives.
I had one mild disappointment early with this knife. With a name like “Siren” and its thin blue liners, I surmised as a retired police officer is apt to do, that the knife was named in honor of those in law enforcement. And it would have been a great all-around blade to carry when I was on the job.
But “Siren,” has more to do with the seafaring reference. Lance Clinton designed this knife based on his experience as a professional kayak fisherman. He wanted a full-service folding knife that would excel at meeting the needs of fishermen and water sports enthusiasts.
Ultra Corrosion-Resistant Steel
In order to be at home around the water, Spyderco uses the ultra-corrosion-resistant LC200N steel. Its plain-edge blade features a full-flat grind. I found that the blade holds an edge well. The blade secures in the open position with a tried-and-true back lock. The G-10 grip panels feature extra course texturing, ensuring a secure, no-slip grip even when sopping wet. The handle is shaped to provide a substantial guard. Keeping your wet hand from sliding forward onto the blade is a good thing.
A reversible deep-pocket wire clip provides good security and quick access. There is a lanyard hole, a feature I’ve used on other knives I’ve taken on canoe or kayak outings. I learned early on that a dropped knife tends to sink to the bottom rather quickly. I wish the lanyard hole was a bit larger – enough to allow stringing paracord through it more easily. The inspiration for the Siren might have been to design a knife for use around the water. But on land, sea or in the air, the Siren will carry easy and perform well.
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Model: Spyderco Siren
Overall Length: 8.73 inches” (222mm)
Blade Length: 3.60 inches (91mm)
Edge Length: 3.49 inches (89mm)
Closed Length: 5.12 inches (130mm)
Weight: 3.4 ounces (96g)
Blade Thickness: 0.125 inches (3.2mm)
Clip Position: Ambidextrous, tip up
Lock Type: Back lock
Grind: Full flat
Origin: United States
A version of this article was first published in the Fall 2020 issue of Engaged Media’s EDC — Everyday Carry Essentials magazine.