Who does Spyderco support with donations?

Discussion in 'Spyderco' started by DMG, Feb 26, 2021.

  1. DMG

    DMG Gold Member Gold Member

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    Dec 30, 2005
    After some recent discussion of another large knifemaker’s political contributions, I am wondering about Spyderco. What groups and politicians do they support?
     
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  2. BITEME

    BITEME Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 14, 2007
    Go find something else to do
     
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  3. DMG

    DMG Gold Member Gold Member

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    Dec 30, 2005
    Let’s keep it civil, kids.
     
  4. Danke42

    Danke42

    Feb 10, 2015
    I'm glad you brought this up. Spyderco supports the following charities.
    Parkinson's Foundation
    Alzheimer's Foundation
    Those 2 are pretty self explanatory.
    Then they also sponsor Pink Heals which supports women with all types of cancer.
    They also support a military lottery where active service members can email their APO in for a chance for a free knife.

    When you're done reading please consider a donation and then posts the receipts for the other charities you support yourself.
     
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  5. Kiteman72

    Kiteman72 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 22, 2015
    A couple of years ago, in this very forum, Mr. Glesser offered to send members very collectable Spyderco knives in exchange for checks to the Denver Children's Hospital.

    There's a thread around about it, somewhere. No generosity on my part at all, it's all the extreme generosity of Mr. Glesser and his family.
     
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  6. 5-by-5

    5-by-5 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 13, 2016
    Yes. I got a Tuffram Worker directly from Sal for a donation to Denver Children's Hospital!
    Great donation. Sal is a great man. :D
     
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  7. lieferung

    lieferung Basic Member Basic Member

    May 24, 2016
    Sounds pretty civil to me. Let's keep political discussion in the political arena.
     
  8. DMG

    DMG Gold Member Gold Member

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    Dec 30, 2005
    I would expect no less from Mr Glesser.
     
  9. Sal Glesser

    Sal Glesser Moderator Moderator

    Dec 27, 1998
    Hi DMG,

    Spyderco as a company does not donate to any political party. We do donate to a number of research organizations for disease, ( a percentage of sales from various models ) We have programs for our troops in the Middle East which we began in 2003 and continue to this day. We have regular special programs for our "Save and Serve" communities; Police, Fire fighters, first responders, etc. We do, at times, also support various individual projects, like Children's Hospital.

    Why?

    sal
     
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  10. DMG

    DMG Gold Member Gold Member

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    Dec 30, 2005
    I have been reading about people boycotting other brands over political donations and in general it seems to have become a bigger deal lately. Not just in the knife business. So I was curious.

    I appreciate you taking the time to answer and I feel good about buying your products based on your answer.

    While I have your ear, how about an orange or yellow Manix LW in LC200n?
     
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  11. Billy The Hungry

    Billy The Hungry Basic Member Basic Member

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    Aug 11, 2020
    Just more reasons to love this company.

    I have owned 7 Spyderco's in my life, and plan on buying many more.

    Thanks Mr. Sal for donating to good causes!
     
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  12. DMG

    DMG Gold Member Gold Member

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    Dec 30, 2005
    I have about 10. My first was a Native 1 and my most recent a GB2.
     
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  13. Billy The Hungry

    Billy The Hungry Basic Member Basic Member

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    Aug 11, 2020
    I only have three now, my friend. A PM2, a Para 3, and an Endela.

    I desperately want a plain edged Shaman, but that isn't going to happen this year. I royally pissed off the wife when I ordered the Para 3, haha!

    Also on the list is a Native 5 in G10.
     
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  14. DMG

    DMG Gold Member Gold Member

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    Dec 30, 2005
    I like the Shaman but the Gayle Bradley 2 seems to fill a similar role and the M4 is awesome.
     
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  15. Billy The Hungry

    Billy The Hungry Basic Member Basic Member

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    Aug 11, 2020
    How difficult is M4 to sharpen? I just recently mastered sharpening S30V. Don't judge me, I'm used to very soft budget steels, haha.
     
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  16. DMG

    DMG Gold Member Gold Member

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    Dec 30, 2005
    I use a Sharpmaker and don’t let it get super dull. It isn’t that hard to sharpen. I use the grey medium sticks because they will get it shaving sharp but leave it a little toothy which seems to work well.
     
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  17. Sal Glesser

    Sal Glesser Moderator Moderator

    Dec 27, 1998
    Hi DMG,

    We have had some threaten to boycott us because we wouldn't make a political statement supporting their "cause". We always try to do the right things for the right reasons. Unfortunately, there seems to be controversy over what is the right reasons lately

    sal
     
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  18. DMG

    DMG Gold Member Gold Member

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    Dec 30, 2005
    People really seem to enjoy finding things to be outraged about now. Between that and the “our team vs their team” mentality you are probably wise to avoid political statements as a business.

    Fwiw, if you had responded to my original inquiry with an answer I didn’t like, I wouldn’t have boycotted your company. I have had Spydercos since I was a kid and consider myself to be in too deep now to quit.
     
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  19. Billy The Hungry

    Billy The Hungry Basic Member Basic Member

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    Aug 11, 2020
    God knows we can't boycott every business that we don't agree with their political stances. We wouldn't be able to do much shopping, haha.

    Sometimes you just have to pick and choose your battles!
     
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  20. Wharn

    Wharn Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 1, 2011
    https://www.spyderco.com/community/charitable-partnerships/

    Like others have stated, a couple of years back Sal offered some rare models to those who made a donation to the Children’s Hospital of Colorado.

    I was fortunate enough to get a tuffram worker while giving to a good cause (which I plan on donating to again). Sal and Spyderco are good people.
     

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