Spyderco | B03 - SzaboFly - Model Variations
MODEL NAME - SzaboFly
MODEL NUMBER - B03
DESIGNER - Laci Szabo
- B03P - Stainless Steel / VG-10 - Satin / Hollow Grind / PlainEdge / Stainless Wire Clip - RH/LH - TD/TU / 2005-2006 / $149.95 / Total Production Less than 1000 - First Run had VG-10 Blades
- B03P - Stainless Steel / 154-CM - Satin / Hollow Grind / PlainEdge / Stainless Wire Clip - RH/LH - TD/TU / 2008 / $299.95 / Total Production Unknown - Second Run had 154-CM Blades
ORIGIN - Golden, Colorado - U.S.A. Earth
DESCRIPTION - First made available in 2004, the SpyderFly had something of a hard start into this life. As we will learn later, that was just the beginning of the problems. Only a few were made at the time in Spyderco's factory in Golden, Colorado. These were assembled from imported parts, something which later became a problem. The first batches had VG-10 blades, something which later was changed to 440C (Probably in early 2005) due to the price of VG-10.
The SpyderFly continued to trickle out into the market and it became a rather popular Balisong. Primarily due to the rather unusual handles and blade and the reported good "swing" or "dance", which it is called to do tricks with the knife, by the Balisong enthusiasts.
Then in early 2007 problems were encountered, and Spyderco inc. was issued a fine of us $75.000. All details about this ruling of the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol can be found here
Spyderco had to issue a recall on all Balisongs. This in addition to what had already been seized by customs and the fine. Spyderco now only sells Balisongs to dealers who fill out and return a specific form, which actually instructs the buyer to only sell these knives to people in such an occupation that they are allowed to buy this kind of knife. Primarily Police and Military personnel (Government). As a direct result of the ruling, the Balisongs made by spyderco (and later Automatic knives) are now made in the USA in Spyderco's Golden plant only.