Spyderco Smock vs. Kapara
Kapara is very similar to Smock, as compared before. However, some of the differences between the two are in terms of grind, handle, clip, price, and size. The Kapara is slightly bigger than Smock by just 0.35” in overall size. Similarly, its closed length, blade length and edge length are also slightly different.
Moreover, the Kapara has a full-flat grind as opposed to a hollow grind on Smock. The hollow grind is unique to the knife’s design. And although it may require some getting used to, I’d prefer the hollow grind over full-flat grind.
The pocket clip is also the same on both with ambidextrous clip. However, the Kapara has a thinner clip than Smock, and preferred over the Smock clip.
There is also a price difference between the two. Kapara is more expensive than Smock.
The ergonomics on Kapara are also better than Smock because Kapara only has carbon fiber handle, whereas Smock has a G10 laminate over the carbon fiber. Many people questioned the logic of adding the G10 laminate over the carbon fiber. They prefer the carbon fiber, hence preferring Kapara over Smock.
The preference between the two knives depends upon their utility and affordability. If you are a regular knife user and require more EDC knives, then Kapara may be a good choice. However, if you do not want to pay a premium price for slightly better functions, then Smock is also good enough. It can easily carry EDC tasks, and good for carrying with you for light cutting tasks.
Spyderco Smock vs. Smock SK23
The comparison between Smock and SK23 is obvious because it’s simply the other variant of Smock. However, while the Smock is custom knife, SK23 is a production knife. The Smock was based off of the SK23, deriving inspiration from it.
However, the SK23 is pricier than Smock in the $800 range! Now that is a huge difference compared to Smock’s $212.8. The overall profile, the button-lock mechanism and the handle are the same. However, the custom Smock knife has a fuller finger choil, rounded spine, and does not have a secondary detent unlike the SK23. This detent prevents the knife from flipping open when we press the button on the compression lock, as opposed to the custom Smock that immediately flips open.
It also has multiple steel options and finishing upgrades.
The stock thickness on the two knives is also very different. The original Smock’s has a thicker stock than the SK23. However, that’s not an issue since the grind is more important than the stock. When it comes to blade sharpness, the original Smock tends to hold the edge retention better than the SK23. At the same time, the SK23 is better at performing heavier tasks than the original Smock.
When it comes down to it, I would prefer the original Smock as opposed to the production SK23. A major reason for this is the price. However, if you love spending on knives and have to have the SK23, then you are welcome to. However, both the knives perform nearly similar functions, even though heavy knife users may prefer SK23.