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Spyderco Enuff Leaf Review

Spyderco Enuff Leaf Review

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Quite often, in order to derive the benefits of a fixed blade knife, you need to resort to a heavy 5” or 6” blade. It may not seem like much at the time, but as I've said on numerous occasions, ounces add up to pounds quickly.
Spyderco's Enuff line of compact fixed blade knives will keep light and nimble without sacrificing function...
Quite often, in order to derive the benefits of a fixed blade knife, you need to resort to a heavy 5” or 6” blade. It may not seem like much at the time, but as I've said on numerous occasions, ounces add up to pounds quickly.
Spyderco's Enuff line of compact fixed blade knives will keep light and nimble without sacrificing function...

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FOG HORN
 
2013
 
Twobirds Flying Publication
Copyright 2013, Towbirds Flying Publication. All Rights Reserved.
Spyderco’
s Enuff Leaf 
By: Sal Palma
 
I had an excellent conversation, just the otherday, with a couple of enlisted men assigned toUSSOCOM;
the topic was the DoD’s weightreduction initiative. I’ve got to tell you that
aftersome deliberation we all reached the
conclusion that the DoD’s wei
gh reductioninitiative is really striving to make accessoriesand equipment as small and light as possible soyou can carry more stuff in the field. So, whenselecting kit, keep in mind that ounces turn intopounds quickly and the more burdened you areth
e less effective you’ll be in combat.
 Knife selection falls into that mindset, but quiteoften, in order to derive the benefits of a fixedblade knife,
you need to resort to a heavy 5” or6” blade. It may not seem like much
at the timebut as I
’ve
said in my opening paragraph,ounces add up to pounds quickly.
 
Spyderco’s Enuff Leaf 
 
2013
 
Copyright 2013, Twobirds Flying Publication, All Rights Reserved
If my logic prevails, then it becomes importantto select the tools you carry carefully; assessingtheir attributes against how well they meet theessential components of your mission.Well, your job just became easier with
Spyderco’s introduction of its Enuff line of 
compact fixed blade knives.
Spyderco’s Enuff 
series consists of three compact fixed bladeknives, the Leaf, Clip Point and Sheepfoot. Allthree are made from VG-10 stainless steel usinga skeletonized full-tang construction, whichreduces weight without compromising strength.
In this review, I’ll be looking a
t one of the three
members of the Enuff family, Spyderco’s Enuff 
Leaf.The Leaf is a proprietary Spyderco profile
. I’d
like to call it a modified spear point; with abeautiful full flat grind extending right down to
one of the best edges I’ve seen in a production
 blade. The
Leaf’s
profile makes the knifesuitable for general use but retains impressivepuncturing prowess, which is essential incombative scenarios.The VG-10 blade is 2.75 inches long giving theLeaf an overall length of just 6.75 inches. This isideal for mounting on a load bearing vest.
In case you haven’t noticed
real estate onloadbearing gear is becoming hard to findleading operators to stack pouches that extendout as much as 6 to 8 inches from the body.Certainly not GQ; not to mention the very realpain should you need to go prone or roll.Therefore, anything you can do to eliminatebulk is a worthwhile endeavor.I have to laugh because we use to have the oldMk3 Mod 0, which were awesome knives andcould survive anything but they were always inthe way. Thank God for progress!For vest mounting I used Andrew Bawidamann
’s
 PUP, PALS Universal Platform, which gives methe option to attach the Leaf to PALS webbingat any angle or orientation - a good systemworthy of your consideration.Quite often compactness means you have togive up gripping surface -not the case withSpy
derco’s Enuff 
Leaf. In typical Spydercofashion, the Leaf is endowed with a hand fillinggrip crafted with large finger coils. The gripbrackets the hand
so there’s no shifting of the
hand fore or aft; it is both comfortable andergonomic. Irrespective of the grip you use,
saber, reverse grip, icepick, etc. you’ll feel
comfortable, secure and in control.
 
Spyderco’s Enuff Leaf 
 
2013
 
Copyright 2013, Twobirds Flying Publication, All Rights Reserved
I like everything about the Leaf; however, if Iwere asked to discuss just one, it has to be thetexturing of the scales - hands down.
Spyderco’s
calls it its Bi-
Directional Texturing™ pattern. It is
a series of opposing angled steps radiating outfrom the center of the handle to ensuresuperior traction and a non-slip grip.
Here’s the salient point. Regardless of how
much force or direction is applied to the handle,the scale texturing bites into your hand for arock-solid grip. When you combine its texturingwith generous jimping of the spine, you end upwith a very secure system that allows you totackle jobs that you would not consider with afolder.Another nice touch is the include lanyard holesized to accept mil-spec 550 cord.The sheath supplied with the Leaf is excellent,and the same for all of the ENUFF fixed blades.It is made from injection molded polymers and
flared at the opening. These “ears” snap
tightlyaround the front of the handle, holding theknife securely in place. A thumb shelf is moldedinto the sheath for a safe and controlledextraction of the blade. The sheath
’s main
 compartment is neutral, so the blade can beinserted with its edge oriented in any direction.
It’s obvious Spyderco intended the ENUFF
family of knives to be worn on the waist, orinside the pant, because no provision was madefor MOLLE compatibility. A minor shortcoming
and it’s the
reason I ended up using Andrew
Bawidamann’s PUP.
 
All Enuff sheaths come with Spyderco’s G
-Clipattachment, which supports both belt carry andclip-style inside-the-waistband carry. The G-Clipis configurable for vertical, horizontal, ordiagonally canted carry and can be attached toboth sides and both faces of the symmetricalsheath. The sheath also includes multiplemounting holes to allow both high and low-rideattachment of the G-Clip.

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