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GiantMouse Clyde: Micarta

$155.00
The Giantmouse Clyde: Danish design, American spirit! Clyde is one of my favorite pocket knives because it's relatively compact, has pleasing ergonomics, and sports a nice blade steel.
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    GiantMouse Clyde: Micarta
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    Product Overview

    "Meet Clyde...

    More "folk" than "lore." More "urban" than "legend." More "goofus" than "gallant."

    Maybe it's our fault that Clyde turned out the way he did. After all, we did name him after our favorite watering hole in Portland, “The Clyde Common”, located at the ACE Hotel in Pearl district. And we did create him as a mix of Scandinavia meets Japan and flirts with the Persians - no good lovechild could come from that….or could it? Well, we surely think so!

    Clyde has a slim, pointy and slightly upswept blade in Elmax steel (or “El Max,” as Clyde claims it is pronounced, being that it's named after a semi-famous Lucha libre wrestler from the ´70s). The handle looks smaller than it feels, just like Clyde claims in other matters, and the ergonomics of the knife may surprise you given its simple lines.

    We think that Clyde is the perfect EDC knife, and, if you haven’t noticed yet, it has a ton of attitude that will set it apart!"

    --Giantmouse Knives

    Product Details

    The Giantmouse Story:

    The idea of GiantMouse was formed over drinks one evening during a US knife show in 2015. Danish designer / knifemakers Jens Ansø and Jesper Voxnaes (Vox), along with their American entrepreneur friend Jim Wirth, decided that they could build a better mousetrap, so to speak. A knife brand that can provide amazing knife designs, with the highest possible production quality, at a fair price, while remaining closely involved with its community of customers.


    Micarta is a blend of laminated fabric and epoxy; a classic knife material. It feels natural in hand, is super light weight, and develops a winning patina over time as the fabric absorbs your life experience. If I had to choose only one handle material, Micarta would be it, hands down.

    I've personally been carrying a Green Micarta Clyde for the better part of a year and this knife just works for me. You guys have been loving the Prometheus Edition Clyde, so I asked the GM gang if I could bring you guys my personal favorites ;) Micarta is out of stock, so I thought these black/red inverts might be fun.

    I'm not a huge knife nerd but I still have an objectively horrible Camillus Cuda that I bought in college for $40 1999 dollars. It was the first "real" knife I bought with my own money. I also have some custom knives that are over $600 (each)...which gives me plenty of perspective.

    Bronze Washers
    Not a knife snob's first choice, but it's mine. Bronze bushings provide a higher opening force than bearings, but the Clyde's action is crisp and the geometry is spot on. Frankly, I don't like knives that close themselves. I guess I like to be in charge.
    It's simple
    Simple means reliable and durable, my two favorite words. Simple also means it's exceedingly well though out. You can't make something that's both simple and great without doing it right.
    It's funky
    I'll admit, I like things that are not exactly like everything else and Clyde is one of those guys. The sharp angles of the handle juxtaposed against the sweeping blade is dramatic...but it works. Successfully using contrast as a design element is much harder than consistency.
    Sufficiently easy to sharpen
    I have a huge pet peeve about knives with blade shapes that are hard to sharpen. I don't buy a tool unless I'm going to use it, and sharpening a knife is beyond essential.
    The perfect size for EDC
    With a blade coming in right at 3" it's enough knife to do most jobs and won't have people staring at you sideways if you need to use it in public.
    That wire clip
    I'm a sucker for good engineering and the clip is, in a word, genius. My capacity for praise tops out at genius so that's all I've got.
    • Blade Steel
      Elmax - Stonewash finish
    • Handle
      Canvas Micarta
    • Liner
      AISI 420 Hardened - Bead Blasted
    • Pivot
      Bronze Washers
    • Locking Mechanism
      Liner Lock
    • Blade Length
      3"
    • Overall Length
      6.97"
    • Weight
      2.8oz
    • where it's made
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