The Nick Shabazz Knife of the Year 2018



Today, we’ll take a look at my very favorite knives of 2018, with review links below: Spyderco FRN Chapparal: …

43 thoughts on “The Nick Shabazz Knife of the Year 2018

  1. Orendz77 says:

    I've just never had a flipper tab bug the hell outta me being in my pocket. I usually dont carry other things in my pocket that my pocket knife is in.

  2. P Hanley says:

    Man, if that CIVIVI isn't a clear knockoff of a ZT0562, ugh. Nick, I'm surprised that the title isn't Budget Knife of the Year. Only the Spydie gets respect here from me. Always great stuff from you though.

  3. k4rtturi says:

    I had an interesting thought while watching this video, and this is from a person who is not a collector, but a casual enthusiast in outdoors and knives: from my point of view most if not all high-end knives seem to me like bulky, ungraceful, unaesthetic, over-designed and gimmicky. In my (maybe not so) humble opinion Hinderer is one of the worst offenders, they ride hard on the utility fire-fighting big-pipe-laying hard-hitting marketing schtick and yet the knives don't inspire me in the least to take one of them into the field. MUDD is another one that seems overly complicated and over-engineered, especially since in real world outdoors, bushcraft and general utility use I haven't been able to foul up a Para2 beyond repair, and if you're taking regular baths in quick sand, maybe a fixed blade is more appropriate in the first place. The point I'm making is that seems high-end manufacturers seem to put their money in adding unnecessary machining operations rather than trusting that a well-executed knife with sleek lines would do. Or is the market driven by collectors wanting novelty for the sake of novelty, because I can see how the umpteenth titanium frame-locker is not super exiting however well it's made?

  4. jcwindsound says:

    Just received a Neutron in the March drop and, while I like it, it will not replace my CF Chaparral as my go-to EDC. The Chap is a near-perfect combination of size, blade, construction and ergonomics. The Neutron is really nice, but I can make the mid-section flex (a la Bugout, though not as easily) and the thumb studs are, for my thumbs at least, uncomfortable. I do not understand the decision to hollow out the center of the stud and leave a thin rim at the end. That thin end is simply too small a surface area, and presses into my thumb to the point that my thumb will protest if I open the knife more than once or twice at a time. Quite a contrast to my old Lone Star knives, for which the thumb studs ramp down in two steps from widest near the blade to smallest at the end of the stud. So much better, at least for my thumbs!

  5. Ryan K says:

    I love the Chaparral so much. I actually got it because of your review and could not be happier with it. The steel stays super sharp for ever, the finger groove makes it super comfortable and I love how light and discreet it is. I’m so happy it won the budget category!

  6. funghiman says:

    On the Delica versus Chaparral contest, even though Delica being not that cheaper than FRN Chaparral, it does however still holds several advantages firmly:
    1. 4-way clip and lanyard hole. In some situations people may prefer, or have to carry their knives tip down. Bearing a wire clip, Chaparral doesn't offer this option.
    2. Extensive after-market customize-ability. There have been so many modders providing scales, clips, backspacers, you name it to Delica/Endura. I haven't seen many for Chaparral's case, maybe I am short-informed, will be happy to come by any.
    3. Steel and blade shape choices. You are stuck with XHP on Chaparral (it is a outstanding steel though) and FFG leaf shape only, but for Delica you can choose from VG-10, ZDP-189, H1 (Salt 2 and Talisman Salt 2 are based on the Delica body), Damascus, as well as a steady roll of sprint runs and special editions, all adding up to the taste. Also there are officially provided options of FFG or Saber grind; traditional clip point, Wharncliffe, Emerson opener with spear point, sheepsfoot (Salt 2), hawk bill (Talisman Salt 2), and even reverse-S if you count that plain edge BentoBoxShop exclusive Lil' Matriarch in. Apart from Damascus and ZDP-189 versions, other variants of Delica are still generally cheaper than a Chaparral.
    4. Slimmer blade profile and overall profile, kinda continuous from the last point. Sporting a leaf shape blade, Chaparral shares many characteristics with other Spyderco designs that particularly involving a back-placed locking mechanism. Not necessarily restricted to mid-back lock, but this also applies to ball bearing lock, bolt lock, etc.. What keeps many, even a Spyderco fanatic like me from carrying a Manix, Tenacious, Lil' Temperance, D'Allara or Lum Chinese daily is simply because they are too, damn, wide in the pocket for their size! Chaparral is quite small itself so it may get by with the pocket width argument, and yet a broad blade may be useful under some circumstances, like food prep or heavy slicing work, they are generally not that suitable for DELICAte jobs (pun intended).

    Also Chaparral probably isn't quite a Delica 5 in terms of design, it's more like a mini Sage 3, with the blade shape, 50/50 finger choil, top & bottom jimping, deep carry wire clip as well as that hidden punch-through stop pin.

    Edit: Now that Spyderco has announced the lightweight Para 3, I think I can already see it making its way to the 2019 sub-$100 class list.

  7. Will Jones says:

    @Nick Special shout out to the Spyderco Caribbean. It has been my favorite knife of the year. It was a weekly carry for me until Hurricane Michael, since then it stays in my pocket along with another Salt series. With all of the flooding and the disaster that has happened here it has been a work horse. Surprisingly the sharpness on the blade has held up well with a every week or two sharpening. This knife was made to take a beating and keep going. When I have time I would love to get the serrated version to go along with my sheep foot. Never know what you will run into when going through and cleaning up. Still will have years to go and I known this knife will still be with me. @spyderco @spydercoknives

  8. T H says:

    Any knife of the year should not be an upgrade or sprint of a previously released platform unless that platform was released in that same year. The chaparral is not an accurate pick for budget knife of 2018.

    But, I do agree, the Neutron is the winner.

    By the way; I don’t own any of the knives selected in this video. You had me pissed off in the first half of the video, but no surprisingly made great points and made a good decision.

  9. T H says:

    Any knife of the year should not be an upgrade or sprint of a previously released platform unless that platform was released in that same year. The chaparral is a lazy pick for budget KOTY. It’s an old design and not budget friendly. Suddenly I feel like I wasted my time with this video.

  10. j ace187 says:

    Not a huge fan of Medford. Too bulky of knives for my taste. Few models are okay but then the price just makes my mind up for me. All other brands mentioned are really nice and spot on. There are a few I think u missed here but great vid. Would love to get a mudd

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