Spyderco Military D2 Foliage Green
This Spydero Millitary was one of the better examples that I had ever handled, with fantastic lockup and a perfectly centered and smooth opening blade. This example also did not have the blade rubbing against the G-10 handles that makes that rubbing sound that I dislike so much.
The beautiful full flat grind gives the knife a lot of appeal, and until recently when the Spyderco Police was changed to a flat grind, the Military was the best choice for a large fully flat ground folder from Spyderco. Now the best choice is really a matter of whether you prefer a lockback or a liner lock.
This D2 Foliage Green military is a sprint run using the desirable D2 steel, which cuts a bit more aggressively, and has a slightly coarser grain structure than the S30V that is typically used. Both are excellent steels, and hold a very good edge.
The D2 used on the Foliage Green Military is CPM-D2, which is a particle metallurgy D2 that has a finer and more consistence grain structure than regular D2 allowing it to take a finer edge and cut better. The steel is semi-stainless as well, making it very corrosion resistance for a tool steel.
Aside from the D2 steel and Green G-10, the knife is the same as the standard Military model. One of the things that bothers me about the Military model is the lack of liners. It makes the knife light, but makes the knife feel more flimsy in my hands.. and more susceptible to torque lock failure. Having said that, the knife does seem quite reliable and my attempts and forcing the lock to fail have not been successful.
Overall, I have found that the more recent Militarys that I have played with and owned to be better built than previous generations of Military. Whether this is because Spyderco has continued to revise their designs or because the production equipment is simply better I do not know, but it is better than it used to be as far as build quality. Still have not made the pocket clip reversible though.
The Military is a fantastic knife at the price point – long 4″ blade, premium steel, and very slim profile and lightweight build making it unnoticeable in your pocket. The perfect EDC.. well, not perfect, but not bad!
Blade Length: 4″
Overall Lenght: 9 1/2″
Handle Material: Foliage Green G-10