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Spyderco Darn Dao

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Spyderco Darn Dao

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Spyderco Darn Dao

Spyderco Darn Dao



The late Bob Lum was an incredibly skilled knifemaker with a remarkable talent for translating traditional Asian tools and weapons into modern form. One of his rarest custom designs, the Darn Dao, was inspired by the legendary “single knife” broadsword of the classical Chinese martial arts. After literally years in the making, Spyderco is extremely proud to translate that breathtaking design into a factory-made form.

The Spyderco Darn Dao faithfully translates every detail of Bob Lum’s meticulously crafted custom design into an equally dynamic production knife. Its satin-finished blade is full-flat ground from thick CPM® 154 stainless steel—a state-of-the-art powder metallurgy stainless steel that offers increased toughness over the conventional ingot version of this alloy. For maximum strength and a deft balance, the gracefully curved blade has a tapered full tang that is flanked by contoured black G-10 scales. Like its historical inspiration, the Darn Dao’s handle flares at the pommel to ensure a positive grip. It also features a generously sized lined hole for the easy attachment of a lanyard and a modern integral double guard.

The Darn Dao comes complete with a high-quality zippered storage pouch and a handsome leather sheath with an integral loop for belt carry. The sheath’s open-backed construction and thumb-break-style snap ensure positive retention, while still allowing easy access.

This amazing knife is also unique in that it is Spyderco’s second “Flash Batch” product. Like their Sprint Runs, which are unique, limited-edition production runs of either current models or classic, discontinued designs, a Flash Batch is a truly distinctive, one-time-only event. A Flash Batch, however, showcases a brand new design that has not been previously produced and will never be duplicated in the exact same form again. To make them even more unique and collectible, Flash Batches are individually serialized with a laser-engraved number on every blade.


Limited Edition: No
Brand: Spyderco
Blade Material: CPM 154 Stainless Steel
Blade Length (cm): 27.0
Blade Thickness (cm): 0.6
Overall Length (cm): 41.3
Handle Material: G10
Blade Finish: Satin
Blade Type: Plain
Tang: Full Tang
Grind: Full Flat
Sheath: Leather
Product Weight (g): 522


  1. Darn deliciousReview by
    Hard to put into words how perfect This is!! Without doubt the most comfortable handle I've ever held melts into your hand the balance is breath taking!! Fastest blade I've ever had fit and finish is high end custom level razor sharp out the box! High quality leather sheath and cherry on the top great storage pouch with Spyderco emblem these won't be around forever wish I'd bought this when it came out!! If you like large quality blades this one's for you!! So graceful in the hand well worth the money (Posted on )
  2. Quality finish, interesting design Review by
    Firstly, as with most of Spyderco Taichung Taiwan pieces excellent fit and finish. Hand swell in the handle fits my large size hands well, a tapered full length tang is a nice touch. The blade is fairly thick down to the second bevel, false edged back swedge on the front 1/3 from the point a nice feature. Spine blade stock is very thick (thickest I have seen from Spyderco) and the edge was sharp on arrival. If I’m honest the knife is a little smaller than I excepted- by this I mean it appears to be a 2/3 sized traditional darn dao sword. This version is like a mini sword with a near full sized handle but with a smaller blade from my research. That said it’s still a huge knife, not sure what function I will use it for, possible hacking but I would suggest its not front heavy enough to be used as a highly effective chopping tool. This one is more of a collectors piece for me. Sheath is functional and good quality for a production piece. (Posted on )

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