This is the new CQI Version with new pivot bushing.
The ultra-slim Spyderco Ikuchi is a radically different approach to pocketknife form and function. Designed by Paul Alexander, a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and a lifelong knife enthusiast, the Ikuchi (pronounced ee-koo-chee and named after a mythical Japanese sea monster) has an elegantly curved handle crafted with full, skeletonized stainless steel liners and stunning carbon fiber/G-10 laminate scales.
In the closed position, the handle’s narrow, open-backed profile completely contains the knife’s blade—except for a small textured section of the tang that serves as a flipper opener. Stroking this section of the blade with an index finger or thumb provides leverage to swiftly pivot it into the open position, where locks securely via Spyderco’s patented Compression Lock™ mechanism. The satin-finished CPM® S30V® stainless steel blade is full-flat ground for exceptional edge geometry and cutting performance and has an acute, scalpel-like point for detailed work.
To ensure discreet carry while keeping the Ikuchi instantly accessible, its handle includes a low-profile, deep-pocket wire clip that is reversible for left or right-side tip-up carry.
- Blade Length: 3.26"
- Overall Length: 7.61"
- Blade Material: CPM-S30V Stainless Steel
- Blade Finish: Satin
- Handle Length: 4.35"
- Handle Material: Carbon Fiber/G-10 Laminate
- Weight: 2.1 oz.
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The Ikuchi is a beautifully crafted knife. Don't let the size fool you, this piece can do some real work and is definitely more than a glorified letter opener. It's not gonna put in the work a PM2 probably could, but that's not what this knife is designed for. This is the perfect knife if you're looking for something to fit a dressier or more formal occasion and still have something that can provide reliable performance. The detent comes really tight and was nearly impossible to fire out of the box. However the detent did loosen up rather quickly and opens up pretty smoothly without much effort.