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Spyderco Domino Flipper Knife 3.13" CTS-XHP Blade, Red Weave Carbon Fiber and Titanium Handles - C172CFRDTIP


MSRP* : $339.95 | You Save* : $120.00 (35%)
Part #: SP172CFRDTIP | Spyderco Knives
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SP172CFRDTIP: Domino Red Weave
Here at KnifeCenter, we believe that the Domino is a great pattern from Spyderco, and it uses high-tech, high-performance materials without requiring a high price to boot! This version features a colorful red weave carbon fiber handle front. The frame lock back of handle continues to be titanium!
One of Spyderco's guiding principles is "No more than necessary; no less than perfect." The Domino folding knife is a shining example of this concept, combining an understated, but highly efficient "flipper" with the advanced ergonomics and high-performance cutting capability that make Spyderco knives unique. Designed by Eric Glesser, this performance-driven knife is Spyderco's second model to feature a flipper (the first was the Southard Folder). Originally developed by custom knifemaker Kit Carson, a flipper is a small integral tab that extends from the edge side of the blade's tang. When the knife is closed, it protrudes slightly from the back of the handle, where a slight pull of the index finger provides leverage to overcome the blade detent and rotate the blade into the open position.

The Domino's flipper is a minimalist design that does not interfere with the knife's refined ergonomics or prevent it from being opened via the blade's Trademark Round Hole. It is perfectly positioned to offer optimal leverage and is supported by special ball-bearing washers in the pivot that reduce friction to guarantee a smooth, reliable opening. In the open position, the flipper practically disappears into the grip-friendly contours of the handle.

Precision machined from CTS XHP stainless steel, the Domino's blade features a full-flat grind for superior edge geometry and a distal taper that ensures an acute point. It is mated to a handle that consists of a solid titanium scale on one side and a titanium liner and red weave carbon fiber scale on the other. The solid titanium scale forms the foundation of the Domino's sturdy Reeve Integral Lock (R.I.L.), which features a hardened steel interface that ensures a long service life and doubles as an overtravel stop for the lock. On the other side of the handle, the red weave carbon fiber scale boasts an intricate geometric pattern that is both visually stunning and provides an enhanced grip texture.

Designed to be carried and used, the Domino has a slim, pocket-friendly profile and an open-backed construction that reduces weight and allows easy cleaning. The Domino also boasts a four-position pocket clip—a unique feature for a flipper-style knife—that allows tip-up or tip-down carry on both the left and right sides of the body. Its long textured thumb ramp and forefinger choil (finger groove) comfortably support a wide range of grip options and ensure positive control during use. The Domino is a vivid reflection of Spyderco's design philosophy that integrates all the defining characteristics of their approach to knifemaking into a uniquely functional cutting tool. We're confident that you'll be as excited about it as we are.
  • Closed: 4.55" (116 mm)
  • Overall: 7.68" (195 mm)
  • Blade: 3.13" (80 mm)
  • Edge: 2.94" (75 mm)
  • Blade Thickness: 0.118" (3 mm)
  • Blade Steel: CTS XHP
  • Grind: Full-Flat
  • Handle Material: Red Weave Carbon Fiber with Titanium Back
  • Weight: 4.1 oz. (116 g)
  • Made in Taiwan
Frame Lock
Frame Lock
Developed by Chris Reeve, it functions like a liner lock but the lock is comprised of one of the handle scales. It's an extremely strong and easy to manipulate lock.
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
Carbon Fiber Handles
Carbon Fiber Handles
Very strong and lightweight material. Provides an upscale and modern feel.
Spyderco Domino Flipper Knife 3.13" CTS-XHP Blade, Red Weave Carbon Fiber and Titanium Handles4.333 (6 reviews)
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Spyderco Domino Flipper Knife 3.13" CTS-XHP Blade, Red Weave Carbon Fiber and Titanium Handles
5 out of 5
Zach U.
Sep 16, 2019
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
Cons: None
Great EDC
I wasn't the biggest fan of Spyderco's style at first, but their knives are undeniably practical. Despite being utilitarian, I've come to appreciate the "Spydie Hole" among other design aspects of the Domino. The all-ball bearing design was attractive to me as the few spring-assisted knives I've owned in the past have broken and have had subpar pivots. The Domino has a nearly negligible amount of blade play; it's certainly not noticed during actual use.The detent is equally as great; not too much, not too little. Goldilocks herself would be pleased. The detent allows for crisp, clean, fast openings with a nice little nudge on closure to help keep the blade securely closed. I have had the blade open on me when I dropped the knife on the ground, but otherwise I haven't had it unintentionally open. The stainless steel detent is replaceable and has a small, round contact point to minimize the friction when the blade is opening. The titanium frame is lightweight and the frame-lock locking mechanism is as solid and responsive as it was when I first got the knife. The frame-lock release itself has been milled such that there is slightly more material on the release-side compared to the opposing stationary-side. This allows sufficient clearance to unlock the blade without struggling to maintain grip on the release. The gimping on the detent also helps to aid in grip. The fasteners and pivot screw have held their torques properly, I haven't had to tighten them, which is a pretty rare occurrence on other knives. The side of the knife with the G10 scale has a smaller cross-section of titanium. This allows both the non-G10 and G10 sides to have the same width.The titanium deep-carry pocket clip is a must-have for me now that I've owned this Spyderco. It still sinches down tight to the frame, no clearance gap inbetween. The pocket clip can be set for tip-up or tip-down carry on either side of the knife. I personally prefer to carry the Domino in a tip-down position for right-handed carry. This allows my right index finger to be right on the flipper when I draw the knife. It is also very easily insertable and removable from my pocket in this position, without snagging. The blade design itself is extremely versatile. There's a reason why Spyderco uses the leaf blade in almost all of it's designs. It's well-suited for slicing, chopping and penetrating (that's what she said). The finger choile with gimping is a nice feature when greater blade control and cutting precision is required. The Carpenter Steel blade material holds an edge very well, comparable if not superior to S30V. It also has good corrosion resistance. I've used this knife to cut through copper and aluminum wire when in a pinch with negligible damage done to the blade. I recommend purchasing Spyderco's knife sharpener set, it works better than any manual sharpener (and automatic, for that matter) for the price and will bring your paper-slicing edge back in no time. In regards lubrication, I use graphite powder 95% of the time and occasionally will throw on some Super Lube. The dry lubricant will prevent dust and debris from collecting on the bearings/pivot. The "Spydie Hole" is the only feature of this knife I feel fell short. It's smaller in comparison to it's Paramilitary counterparts and looks like it should have its hole-center closer to the pivot. I'm guessing it's size and placement were done intentionally to optimize the blade's moment of inertia while maintaining Spyderco's signature look. I also find the hole to be a bit sharp. While I'd appreciate a nice chamfer, I understand that the manufacturing process, cost, and aesthetics this would have with the current blade design would be undesirable. The Spyderco Domino truely is one of the best flipper (and underappreciated) Every Day Carry (EDC) knives on the market. I've carried this knife as my EDC for nearly 5 years now and I am still just as impressed with it's design as I was when I first purchased it. I've decided to write my review now so that I can attest to it's durability and flawless performance day in and day out. I hope this has helped those of you who are on the path to find the best one-handed EDC of today.
Spyderco Domino Flipper Knife 3.13" CTS-XHP Blade, Red Weave Carbon Fiber and Titanium Handles
4 out of 5
New York
Jul 15, 2019
Pros: Overall Quality, Blade Material, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Lock Type, None
Had doubts.....
About the knifes quality compared to some other flippers (ZT, Hinderer, etc) it felt cheap in the hand at first. After a little time it has grown on me, smooth action, probably faster than any of my other flippers. Blade is super sharp with perfect centering. If you're look for an ultra light decent sized flipper this might fit the bill. Lock seems a little under built, but gets the job done.
Spyderco Domino Flipper Knife 3.13" CTS-XHP Blade, Red Weave Carbon Fiber and Titanium Handles
4 out of 5
Keith J
Nine Mile Falls, WaSpokane, Wa
Apr 18, 2017
Pros: Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness, Lock Ease of Use, Handle Feel, Handle Material, Lock Type
Cons: None
Nice Knife
I purchased this to have a nice looking but useful pocket knife that could be carried with me on a daily basis.It is unique in that this is the first Spyderco with a flipper and the custome red carbon fiber liner is very attractive. It is well made, balanced and has just the right amount of heft.I initially thought is might be to big but it turns out it is just the right size to carry in a pants pocket and as a added bonus it does not look like anyone else's knife.A nice all purpose knife
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