In 2012, Spyderco released our first collaboration with Polish custom knifemaker Marcin Slysz—the Techno. Its elegantly simple design and robust construction style immediately caught the attention of the Spyderco community and shined a spotlight on Slysz and his exquisitely crafted custom knives. In short order, the Techno earned a devoted following and helped redefine the concept of the compact folding knife.
Although Slysz later collaborated with Spyderco on two other designs, the Techno continued to captivate end users all over the globe. As its popularity steadily grew, so did the number of requests we received for an updated, even more refined version. Slysz, who already had his own ideas to improve the design, was very happy to oblige and responded with the Techno 2.
Like its predecessor, the Techno 2 packs tremendous strength and utility into an amazingly compact package. Its stonewash-finished blade is still crafted from premium CTS® XHP stainless steel, but its thickness has been reduced from 4.5mm (0.177 inch) to a trimmer 3.5mm (0.138 inch). Instead of a full-flat grind, it features a high saber grind that maintains a full-thickness spine for strength, while ensuring superior edge geometry for low-friction cutting performance. The blade’s profile has also been refined to a near-sheepfoot shape instead of the previous drop-point pattern. This provides enhanced point utility and cutting leverage compared to the original. Strategically placed jimping on the thumb ramp provides a non-slip purchase for maximum control during use and a signature Trademark Round Hole™ allows swift one-handed opening.
The Techno 2’s handle has also been fine-tuned, while still retaining all the key qualities of the original. It consists of two thick scales precision machined from solid 6AL-4V titanium. Both boast a handsome stonewashed finish and are machined to accept the knife’s deep-pocket wire clip, which is easily reversible to support left or right-side tip-up carry. Instead of the G-10 backspacer of the first-generation design, the scales of the Techno 2 are linked by green-anodized titanium standoffs that reduce weight and create an easily cleaned open-backed construction style. The reverse-side scale forms the foundation of the knife’s stout Reeve Integral Lock (R.I.L.) mechanism, which locks the blade securely open during use, yet can be easily released with one hand. For end users who like to accessorize their knives with lanyards or fobs, the Techno 2 also includes a generously sized lanyard hole.
The highly refined Techno 2 is a compact, extremely practical cutting tool capable of performing with authority far beyond its size. It clearly transcends its predecessor, while continuing to showcase Marcin Slysz’ distinctive approach to knife design.