203MFC/MF/M/F/DX Tri-Angle Sharpmaker

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The 203MFC/MF/M/F/DX Tri-Angle Sharpmaker is a sharpening kit suitable for maintaining knives and many other edged tools.

Appearance in catalogs

The 203MFC/MF/M/F/DX Tri-Angle Sharpmaker appeared in the following catalogs:

  • 1986 Spyderco Product Guide
  • 1990 Spyderco Product Guide
  • 1993 Spyderco Product Guide
  • 1994 Spyderco Product Guide
  • 1997 Spyderco Product Guide


Designer

Sal Glesser


History, mentionings from the forums etc.

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

Tri-Angle Sharpmaker 203

Spyderco's first cutlery product, the Tri-Angle Sharpmaker enables even the inexperienced to attain professional sharpening results with ease. The stones measure 7" in length and are formed in a unique triangular shape to hone both serrated and plain edges. Each stone incorporates a groove for sharpening pointed objects such as fish hooks and darts (see diagram). When the stones are placed in the keyed holes on the ABS injection-molded base and a simple slicing motion is used, the Sharpmaker provide s for effective angle control when sharpening knives. The stones can be set at 20 degrees for a 40degrees knife bevel, at 12.5 degrees (scissors angle), or at 0 degrees (flat angle) to accommodate virtually any sharpening task. The medium and fine grit stones may be purchased separately or as part of a set. Each of the five set options includes brass rods that protect the user's hand during sharpening and a detailed instruction manual. [1]

Variations

The 203MFC/MF/M/F/DX Tri-Angle Sharpmaker featured an:

  • ABS base
  • 40 degree angle
  • 12,5 degree angle (for scissors)
  • 2 brass safety guards
  • printed instruction booklet, available in different languages
  • sleeve-type case to hold the complete kit


SKU From/To MSRP Note
203DX 1986-1993 $65.00 (1986) Also known as the 203 Deluxe (DX) Tri-Angle Sharpmaker. It came with two (2) medium-grit (gray) ceramic triangles, two (2) fine-grit (white) ceramic triangles, and two (2) coarse-grit diamond speed sleeves for shaping or rapid metal removal. An ABS base with angled holes and slots provides proper angle control, and two (2) brass safety guards insure safe sharpening. A Cordura carrying case provides secure storage and an illustrated instruction manual supplies step-by-step directions to extraordinary edges on most cutting tools [2]
203MFC 1994-1997 The 203MFC Tri-Angle Sharpmaker featured two (2) medium-grit (gray) ceramic triangles, two (2) fine-grit (white) ceramic triangles, two (2) brass safety guards, ABS base, cordura carrying case, and an instruction manual. The only difference between the 203MFC and 203MF is the Cordura versus Zip-Lock plastic carrying case.
203MF 1986-1997 $34.95 (1986) The 203 MF came with two (2) medium-grit (gray) ceramic triangles, two (2) fine-grit (white) ceramic triangles, two (2) brass safety guards, ABS base, zip-lock plastic carrying case, and instruction manual.[3]
203M 1986-1993 $22.95 (1986) Also known as the "Utility" Sharpmaker. The 203M included two (2) medium-grit (gray) ceramic triangles, two (2) brass safety guards, ABS base, zip-lock plastic carrying case, and instruction manual.[4]
203F 1986-1993 $22.95 (1986) Also known as the "Fine Grit" Sharpmaker. The 203F included two (2) fine-grit (white) ceramic triangles, two (2) brass safety guards, ABS base, zip-lock plastic carrying case, and instruction manual.[5]

Most collectible variation

Any 203MFC/MF/M/F/DX Tri-Angle Sharpmaker in good condition with all of its parts and accessories and original packaging, would be considered a collectible.

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References

  1. From the Spyderco.com website,archived on 29 May 1998.
  2. From the 1990 Spyderco product guide.
  3. From the 1990 Spyderco product guide.
  4. From the 1990 Spyderco product guide.
  5. From the 1990 Spyderco product guide.


Pictures

The 203MF Tri-Angle Sharpmaker[1]
The Spyderco 203DX Tri-Angle Sharpmaker.[2]

Related

Categories

  1. From the Spyderco.com website,archived on 29 May 1998.
  2. From the 1990 Spyderco Product Guide