Spyderco Cricket C29S Ying Yang Knife

Reviewed by corwin99 on January 6th, 2008

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The Spyderco Cricket is probably considered one of the ‘cutest’ knives on the market, and is certainly the knife with some of the most female appeal, so embelishing it with some Sante Fe stoneworks work seems natural. Of all the knives I’ve shown to women, the Cricket is definately the one that appeals to them most, and this Ying Yang modified one certainly takes the cake.

I’ve owned several Crickets, but did not get one of the Ying Yang ones until recently. The one I received in a trade is an older one about 8 years old, and does not look quite as nice as the current ones from Sante Fe Stoneworks ones, but is still quite a stunning knife.

For those that are unfamiliar with Sante Fe Stoneworks, they customize knives by adding stone overlays and inlays to production knives. Eddie J. Baca, a custom knife maker, used to work for the company customizing knives, in fact. The overlays on this particular Ying Yang are Mother of Pearl and Onyx.

I believe the current Ying Yangs use the Stainless Steel Cricket as a base, however this one uses the Almite Cricket of long ago, with Gin-1 Stainless Steel Blade in a serrated configuration, and Aluminum handles. The pocket clip remains on this model, making it easy to carry if you wish, but the knife is much better suited for display in my opinion.

The Cricket is a great knife for regular use and has a recurved blade with a very fine tip suitable for textile work and other fine cutting. If you have the chance to get some modified Sante Fe Stoneworks models from Spyderco, I highly recommend it. I’ve handled many of their knives before and they are all beautiful.

Overall Length: 4 1/2″
Blade Length: 1 3/4″
Blade Material: GIN-1 Stainless Steel
Handle Material: Mother of Pearl, Onyx, Aluminum

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