Spyderco Battlestation: Looks like a blade, acts like a sword
It looks part fantasy, part utility, and reflects real world engineering
Recently, I tested Spyderco’s Battlestation, a Dialex-designed modified tango point folder with VG-10 steel and G-10 scales. Typical of Dialex designs, it looks part fantasy, part utility, and reflects real world engineering.
Dialex, the name by which knife enthusiasts know Alexandru Diaconescu, is an economist, a talented graphic designer, and an information specialist for the Romanian police.
The Battlestation has unusual design characteristics, including a full .138” in blade thickness and a pommel area that follows the “hamaguri” grind of the tip. Anyone picking up the knife for the first time can easily see the number of grip options.
Made for mission success
The Battlestation uses a back lock with a David Boye dent, which I test using body weight. That is, I stick the blade into a solid object, and stand on the hilt. It also has a 2.97” overall blade length, all saber ground PlainEdge, including a jumped index finger groove with aggressive jimping. For hammer or saber grip users, there are also plenty of options.
The Battlestation has the traditional 13mm Round Hole™ opening with some added fuller (grooves machined in the flat parallel to the spine). Now get this: The full cutting edge is 2.41”. The only way to have that much blade in this small of a package is to turn the tip up. The tip on the Battlestation is a naturally reinforced point that sends an oblique blade angle to the intended target when the knife is thrust. The distinct looks are not just for looks.
VG-10 is a good choice for this blade. It falls under the “stainless steel” classification and is known for its edge-forming capability. I know that some people talk about a knife’s sharpness “out of the box”, but most edges don’t have a knife enthusiast’s standard until it is stropped a few times. The Battlestation comes with an exceptional edge from the factory, owing to the nature of the steel and Spyderco’s exceptional attention to detail.
Inside the Designer’s Head
With the Battlestation, Dialex told me, the strategy was different. The influence was martial blade craft, and there were specific parameters. The Battlestation is an all-purpose knife designed to be strong, precise, safe, and discreet.
I’ve already talked about its inherent safety and strength. The martial arts guys with which I hang out demonstrated its inherent precision and the fact that this product is ambidexterous. This blade is truly discreet as well. It is money-clip sized, with an oversized blade surface, and uses a wire pocket clip, which allows a low seat in the pocket.
Dialex told me that he and the Spyderco design team fine-tuned the Battlestation with their proven “No more than necessary, no less than perfect” approach.
Let’s talk functionality
The intangible features of this blade are the most important. The jumped choil behind the blade and the stainless steel backstrap give the user power all the way to the tip.
The point is designed for penetration, and it will pierce things ordinarily considered “armored”. I have yet to be attacked by sheetrock, but I successfully defended myself against it anyway.
This is not a blade, it is a very tiny sword.
Where is the Battlestation best used? It is more blade than its advertised length. For duty stations, geographical areas, and commands that have an “admin” blade length policy, this is the blade to go with.
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