Spyderco Hanan, knife
Photo by Joshua Swanagon

You either love them, or you hate them. I am in the former column. Not everybody likes a recurve (like the Spyderco Hanan shown here). I think it is mostly due to the fact that they can be a little more difficult to sharpen. Myself, however, I love a nice recurve. I have always been drawn to the aesthetics of the sweeping blade and I like that they provide a little more edge in a shorter blade. Granted it isn’t a lot more edge, but it is more edge none the less.

This summer, while I was in Colorado, I took the opportunity to stop by the Spyderco factory and outlet store in Golden. While I was there I spotted the Hanan in one of the display cases and was immediately drawn to it. It had a very classy look and sported a beautifully polished, stonewash recurve blade. Everything about it was meant to go home with me.

Spyderco Hanan: First Impressions

Although I carry knives of all sizes, for different purposes, I am a small knife lover and have found the 6.88-inch overall length of the Spyderco Hanan to fit nicely in my pocket without banging around on my keys. The 3-inch, CPM S30V blade fits nicely within legal parameters of even the most draconian of ordinances – making it a perfect urban EDC. The full flat grind, recurve blade features a beautifully polished stonewash finish, that adds to the classy styling of the Hanan. At the top of the ricasso is the familiar Spyder hole, signifying the lineage of the Hanan. Just above the Spyderhole, on the spine, is some very subtle jimping for added retention.

The titanium bolsters and G-10 handle scales are nested very cleanly on the titanium liners and are fit together with a tasteful sweeping design, that provides a flow to the overall design. The handle of the Hanan has a beautifully ergonomic shape that fits comfortably in the hand during use. While open, the flipper on the blade acts as a guard to keep your hand from sliding down on to the blade. The butt features a lanyard hole, just big enough to fit a paracord lanyard for accessing the Hanan quicker and easier.

While actuating the blade via the flipper, I did find it to be a little stiff and required a slight flick of the wrist. However, the lockup is very solid, via Spyderco’s patented Compression Lock mechanism.

The titanium pocket clip sits nicely at the butt for deep pocket carry and is reversable for left- or right-hand carry. I did find however, that the pocket clip is quite tight, but will loosen over time.

Through the Paces

I have carried the Hanan off and on since I picked it up in Colorado and have been exceedingly impressed. As with any pocket knife, the Hanan was used regularly in many various typical daily tasks. The Hanan was utilized to open packages, break down boxes, open mail, cut twine and rope and everything in between. But, as I am accustomed to doing, I also performed some more focused tests for my review. Being more of a gentleman’s knife, I didn’t do anything too brutal, mostly tests that would be typical use for this type of knife.

Test #1 – 0.5-inch Climbing Rope

A test I often like to perform is a press cut test on some half inch climbing rope. I simply press down onto the rope and see if the knife can cut without a slicing motion. The edge on the Hanan was keen enough out of the box to perform this test with no issues. There were a couple of times that I did have to slice at the very end of the cut. However, most of the cuts were clean and presented little resistance.

Test #2 – Phone Book

Another test I like to perform is a press cut test on the corner of a phone book. This one presented a little more issue and I had to slice my way through the phone book. But I do not attribute this to the edge, I attribute this more to the size. With its smaller size, I was unable to get the kind of leverage I would need to push through the phone book. Although I was unable to push through the phone book I was able to slice through very easily.

Test #3 – Heavy Duty Leather

I’m not a leather worker, so I do not know what weight this piece of leather is, but it is almost 3/16-inch thick. Being a thick, stiff piece of leather, I felt that this was a great test of the knife’s edge. The Hanan cut cleanly and easily through the piece of leather like a razor blade. The leather provided no resistance and every cut was very clean.

EDC Recurve

Although not everybody is a fan of a recurve, the Hanan is a great EDC knife for those that do. From its sleek, elegant design to its excellent performance the Hanan is a great pocket companion. While carrying and using the Hanan on a daily basis I was reminded what it is that I like so much about Spyderco. They are a company that utilizes great designers and top of the line materials to create superior products. Although the price tag on the Hanan is a bit steep for some, it is well within reason for its quality. If you are looking for a stylish, gentleman’s EDC, the Hanan is a great choice.


  • Blade Material: CPM S30V
  • Blade Length: 3.00 inches
  • Overall Length: 6.88 inches
  • Closed Length: 3.88 inches
  • Blade Thickness: 0.118 inches
  • Handle Material: Titanium/G-10
  • Weight: 2.8 ounces
  • Pocket Clip: Tip-Up
  • Knife Type: Manual
  • Opener: Flipper
  • Lock Type: Compression
  • MSRP: $359.95

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