Spyderco Rock Lobster Review

September 11, 2015
Spyderco Rock Lobster
GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
93
Construction & Materials
8
Ease of Use
7
Steel Quality & Edge Retention
8
Durability
10

The Good

  • Size to weight ratio
  • Unique sweeping & thin design
  • Excels in precision tasks
  • Great handle grip

The Bad

  • Not overly ergonomic
  • No spine jimping (for added blade control)
  • Discontinued, but available
THE VERDICT

The Spyderco Rock Lobster can easily switch between tasks and has the added benefit of being a real champ in the kitchen; at home or at camp. This added benefit is due in part to the modified sheepsfoot style blade; designed for precision tasks like slicing, cutting, and filleting. On the whole, the Rock Lobster is lightweight and thin which allows for extended carry and easy access—which is uncommon for a knife this size.

FULL REVIEW

CONSTRUCTION & MATERIALS
Designed by knife maker Jens Anso, the Rock Lobster is a combination of textured G10 handle scales, a nested stainless steel frame, and VG-10 blade steel. Folding knives of this size generally suffer from flexing or wobble, but the build of the Rock Lobster eliminates that.

EASE OF USE
From tip to tail, the Rock Lobster is shaped like a rolling tide coming to shore. This design allows for the user to course through material with ease—but is not ergonomic when compared to other folding knives which are generally flat or follow a single curve. The liner lock is not only smooth, but it’s easy to access due to a cut out in the G10 handle scale. Jimping on the spine of the blade would have been nice for added blade control, but it’s not a deal breaker and hasn’t taken away from functionality, yet.

STEEL QUALITY/EDGE RETENTION
The VG-10 stainless steel featured on the Rock Lobster hardens to a Rockwell of 58-60 HRC and is highly corrosion resistant which is an added benefit if you’re going to it prepare a meal. The blade is flat ground and razor sharp—which it will stay for an extended period of time, though it would be a good idea to keep a travel sharpener with you if you find you’re cutting through meat more often than not.

DURABILITY
Spyderco has an uncanny ability to keep their knives lightweight without sacrificing durability, which is a very nice balance in form and function—especially in a big boy like the Rock Lobster. By nature, G10 handle scales will flex, but they are very difficult to break. By inlaying the frame into the handle scales, Spyderco has eliminated any type of flex that is commonly associated with larger, thin-profiled, knives like this one.

 


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MSRP
$329.95
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