Spyderco James Keating Chinook 3 Knife
If there’s one thing James Keating knows, its knives. And when you take a guy like Keating and put him in a room with the crazy guys at Spyderco, you’re going to come out with an amazing knife. Now, let them revise the knife three times to perfection, and you have the Keating Chinook 3.
Other great features of the Chinook 3 are the CPM S30V blade, and Golden, Colorado factory pedigree. The big beefy 3 3/4″ blade has been flat ground for the third iteration of this fantastic blade from Spyderco. Previous generations were hollow ground.
I’ve owned one of the Generation 2 models, and this new full flat grind is much nicer in my opinion. I think it suits the knife better, and has a cleaner look than the hollow grind version. Since this was purchased as a gift for my uncle, I was unable to test cut anything besides some arm hair to make sure Spyderco is still keeping their blades hair-popping sharp out of the box – and they are!
The new Generation 3 Chinook is also much lighter than previous ones having shaved almost 1.5oz of weight, possibly due to additional skeletoniztion of the steel liners and the refined handle profile.
The Chinook 3 is a fairly large knife, but I found the handle to be okay in my hands. It has lots of nice comfortable cuves that nestle it nicely in the palm, and also allow for easy grip changes. James A. Keating was not messing around with this one!
Overall its a killer knife with an insanely strong lock-up, and would make a great Hard-Use EDC for anyone that can handle carrying something this large. The upswept blade is great for a number of tasks such as slicing and skinning, and the point is stong enough for penetration. For more information on the knife’s uses you can see James A. Keatings website.
Overall Length: 8 9/16″
Blade Length: 3 3/4″
Blade Steel: CPM-S30V
Handle Material: G-10
Liners: Stainless Steel