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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Amazing knife, but A big downside to this C.Q.I. version is that for some weird reason they made the detent super strong, making it near impossible to flip open without getting blisters on your fingers. The knife was near useless to me when I figured this out, and I was extremely disappointed, but because it is such a beautiful and unique design I didn’t want to return it, so I ended up figuring out a way to make it work.
I ended up taking the knife apart and bent the lock bar as much as I could in the other direction, then kept it in place with a screwdriver for about 10 minutes, weakening the detent.
I then lubed the knife up and put it back together, and now it takes almost no effort to flick open while still flipping open fast and locking strong, and still drops shut beautifully! This is how the C.Q.I. version should have been.
Hopefully some other people see this review and try this simple tweak instead of returning the knife, because this is a beautifully crafted knife with a sleek and unique design, and it would be a shame to miss out on it.
This knife is honestly a dream to EDC now, my favorite knife by far!
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.