Spyderco: YoJumbo - Textured Black G-10 - Compression Lock - CPM-S30V - C253GP
The renowned Yojimbo 2 has earned a strong following since it arrived in 2011. Now this Michael Janich design is joined by a big brother, the YoJumbo. Maintaining the aggressive styling and enhanced grip of its predecessor, the YouJumbo is scaled up over 20% in size. With refined ergonomics for a wider range of hand sizes, it is a formidable folder that will fit anyone's hand.
The 4-inch wharncliffe blade has a hollow grind to bring the steel to a keen edge, and the thumb hole makes opening quick and easily accessible for right- and left-handed users alike. The blade is housed in an open-backed handle built on skeletonized stainless steel liners that are nested within the G-10. This allows them to provide rigidity and strength while minimizing weight. The G-10's outer side is textured to further improve grip.
A high-strength Compression Lock and four-position pocket clip complete the package, making the YoJumbo a truly formidable cutting tool optimized for personal-defense carry.
|Hollow-ground CPM-S30V stainless steel blade|
|High-strength Compression Lock|
First off let me say that I don’t give out five star ratings for every knife that I like. A great knife that I’m happy with gets four stars, only the truly exceptional knives get five stars. Fortunately for us there seem to be quite a few exceptional knives being made today, and in my opinion the Spyderco Yojumbo is one of them.
It’s a big knife. The scales offer excellent grip and fill your hand. The blade, which has a thick spine, flips open easily and locks up tight when open. It’s easy to close the blade with one hand too, and when it’s closed it’s perfectly centered.
Speaking of the blade, the grind looks like it will be useful for many different tasks; from cutting, to slicing, to food preparation. It came out of the box sharp, like a knife should be. The long, straight, cutting edge should also be easy to sharpen. My only concern is that the blade tip is very slender and would probably break easily.
I mentioned that the Yojumbo is a large knife, possibly larger than people would want to carry on a pocket clip. Also, the relatively sharp scales on both sides of the knife are something to consider for pocket carry.
The Spyderco Yojumbo is a beautiful knife. An aesthetically pleasing design, well executed, and very reasonably priced.