The Reinhold Rhino is proof positive that good things come to those who wait. It is also a shining example of Spyderco's commitment to working with designers who bring a fresh perspective to the knife industry.
The man behind this unique design is Michael Reinhold, a social worker who makes his home in northeast Indiana. Although his professional education includes degrees in criminal justice, psychology and business, one of his deepest passions is his lifelong fascination with knives—a passion that was sparked when he received his first knife from his grandfather at the tender age of seven.
That gift was the start of what later grew into a rather substantial knife collection and ultimately a desire to design and craft his own handmade blades. At age 15, Reinhold took the plunge and made his first knife the hard way, using nothing more than an old circular saw blade, a hammer, a cold chisel and pure determination. As his efforts progressed and he acquired better equipment, his designs and knifemaking skills evolved as well. His focus, however, remained the same: to create functional, high-quality, innovative knives that are built to last a lifetime.
As an avid outdoorsman and a longtime fan of Spyderco's "little-big-knife" philosophy, Reinhold's Rhino design began as a quest to create a knife that incorporated a trailing-point blade into a compact folder that could be carried like a traditional jackknife. He wanted it to function as a light-duty skinning and field-dressing knife, yet still being versatile enough to tackle a broad range of other everyday cutting chores. His efforts paid off handsomely, not only in the form of a truly distinctive custom folding knife design but one that captured Spyderco's attention enough to prompt a factory collaboration.
Initially, Spyderco's expression of the Reinhold Rhino was intended to be a pure working knife with textured G10 scales and a CTS BD1 stainless steel blade. Unfortunately, the quality of the first production run of this knife did not meet Spyderco's stringent standards. Rather than release a less-than-perfect product, Spyderco moved the project to another manufacturing facility and, in the process, took full advantage of that facility's ability to work with more sophisticated blade steels and handle materials. And although Spyderco regretted having to make eager customers wait longer for this much-anticipated design, when they saw the result, they knew they had made the right decision.
True to its little-big-knife theme, the Reinhold Rhino offers impressive strength and cutting performance in a very compact package. Its blade is crafted from CTS XHP stainless steel—a workhorse blade material that provides an excellent balance of hardness, edge retention and corrosion resistance. The sweeping trailing-point profile offers a long, curved cutting edge that packs plenty of performance into its length and a full-flat grind that gives it exceptional edge geometry. Ideally suited for a broad range of cutting chores, the blade proudly showcases a Trademark Round Hole that identifies it as a member of the Spyderco family and allows convenient one-handed opening.
Despite its compact size, the handle of the Reinhold Rhino offers a comfortable, hand-filling grip. Its scales are precision machined from tough carbon fiber/G10 laminate and thoughtfully radiused to eliminate any hot spots or sharp edges. The obverse (nearside) scale also has a relieved cutout for easy access to the blade's Round Hole. Stainless steel liners nested within the scales provide impressive structural strength and form the foundation of the knife's Compression Lock mechanism. This patented lock is extremely strong and allows the knife to be easily closed with one hand without ever placing your fingers in the path of the edge. To ensure ease of carry, the Reinhold Rhino includes a reversible stainless steel pocket clip that can be configured for left or right-side tip-up carry and a lined lanyard hole for the easy attachment of fobs and lanyards.
Compact, convenient, and extremely capable, the Reinhold Rhino is sure to become a fan favorite.