Wednesday, November 13, 2013

2013 Spyderco Hungarian Ethnic Folder

The Hungarian Folder from Spyderco is a functionally elegant knife design from Hungarian architect Gabor Szakonyi. It pays homage to the traditional ethnic pocket knife of Hungary, the "fejesgorbe" ("header curved"). The Hungarian folder also captures the spirit that typifies Hungarian folk art in the polished black G-10 handle with flared bolster. The blade is flat ground CTS XHP steel with a Spyderco thumb hole and locking liner lock mechanism.
This extraordinary knife represents a melding of modern utilitarian needs and state-of-the-art materials and production methods. Hungary's classic cultural knife is a utilitarian slipjoint folder with a gracefully curved handle and a gently flared front bolster. Reflecting the spirit of Hungary's proud history of traditional folk art, its sleek lines combine form and function into an extremely useful tool that also boasts tremendous character and pride of ownership.
Combining his lifelong passion as a knife enthusiast and collector with his skills as an architectural designer, Szakonyi drafted the original design for the Hungarian on paper before having it translated into steel by a custom knifemaker. He then presented his idea and the handmade prototype of the design to Spyderco's founder Sal Glesser at a trade show in Germany. Impressed by the design, its unique ethnic heritage, and Szakonyi's enthusiasm, Glesser decided to pursue the project and the Spyderco Hungarian Folder was born.

The heart of the Hungarian Folder is its premium CTSXHP blade. Its long, straight spine tapers gently to meet a sweeping, curved cutting edge that offers plenty of "belly" for slicing chores while ensuring an acute, yet durable point. The blade's full-flat grind offers superior edge geometry and friction-free cutting performance, while its trademark Spyderco Round Hole provides swift, positive one-handed opening with either hand.
The Hungarian Folder's handle is a study in style. Built on a foundation of full stainless steel liners, it features contoured, polished G-10 scales and sculpted stainless steel bolsters. The bolsters faithfully capture the signature "header curved" shape of the traditional ethnic design, while expressing it with unmatched precision and attention to detail.
While classic Hungarian folders feature spring-backed slipjoint mechanisms, the Spyderco Hungarian Folder offers the added security of a Walker LinerLock® to lock the blade firmly in the open position. This greatly enhances both the safety and utilitarian function of the knife without compromising its authentic appearance. A pocket clip configured for right-side, tip-up carry further updates the classic design and allows it to be more conveniently carried than a true pocketknife.

The Spyderco Hungarian Folder is a fitting tribute to a unique cultural icon and represents a powerful fusion of traditional artistry and state-of-the-art manufacturing.


  • Blade Length: 3.63" (92 mm)
  • Cutting Edge: 3.28" (83 mm)
  • Overall Length: 8.46" (215 mm)
  • Closed Length: 4.83" (123 mm)
  • Blade Thickness: 0.118" (3 mm)
  • Blade Steel: CTS XHP
  • Grind: Full-Flat
  • Weight: 4.4 oz. (125 g)
  • Made in Taiwan

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