C02 Mariner

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1st Generation RH SE

The Mariner was the second model introduced by Spyderco. It was introduced in 1982 and remained in production until 1998. As its name implies, the Mariner was intended for those who work or play in a marine environment. It's relatively blunt pointed Sheepfoot blade is less likely to unintentionally puncture something while being used on a pitching, rolling vessel or if dropped. The Mariner was the first Spyderco to feature a serrated edge. Sal felt the combination of serrations and the sharply pointed blade of the C01 Worker, Spyderco's first model, might be seen as too agressive looking.

Appearance in catalogs

The Mariner appeared in Spyderco catalogs and other advertising material from its introduction in 1982 until 1998. Catalogs can be found here

Designer

Sal Glesser

History, mentionings from the forums, etc.

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

Not listed.

Variations

The earliest Mariners had flat slab handles and no drying vent. They were available in both serrated and plain edge, and in both RH and LH versions. There were no steel markings but, according to The Spyderco story, the blades were AUS-8. A special plain edged variant commonly referred to as the Paramedic followed. It too had flat slab handles, no drying vent, and no steel markings. But it also featured a smaller lanyard hole, a thinner handle slab on the side opposite the clip and, again according to The Spyderco story, used GIN-1 blade steel. Like the Mariner, they were made in both LH an RH versions. At some point during this era, Spyderco began to experiment with coatings and produced a batch of approximately 50 serrated edge and what Sal Glesser described as "a handful" of plain edge Mariners with a black coating on both the handle and blade.

Some time thereafter, the Mariner was re-designed. The perimeter of the handle was beveled and a drying vent added to both sides of the handle. As with the earlier version, these were available in both left and right handed, with plain or serrated edges. Again like their predecessors, the earliest specimens of these, have no steel markings. Over the years, later production runs were marked G-2, GIN-1, and finally ATS-55.

The Mariner has also spawned several other models. The C14 Rescue, C45 Rescue Jr., C89 Atlantic Salt, C118 Saver Salt, 3001 Mini Mariner and LBKII Sheepsfoot Ladybug can all trace their heritage back to the Mariner. The C120 Mariner Salt, released in 2008, is an updated version of the C02 Mariner featuring an H-1 blade and rustproof steel handle and hardware.

Variations of the C02 Mariner

The C02 Mariner was made in Seki City, Japan and may still be produced there for the Japanese market.

It is worth noting that "C" prefix SKU numbers were introduced at a later date. As with other models of that era, the original Mariners were numbered "1002" with a suffix which indicated edge type and handedness.

1002R-SER = right handed, serrated 1002L-SER = left handed, serrated 1002R-STR = right handed, plain (straight) 1002L-STR = left handed, plain (straight)

Tang stamps and blade markings

First generation Mariners I have seen are marked Spyderco on the left tang, SEKI JAPAN on the right and are lettered MARINER on the side of the blade opposite the clip. Paramedics are marked SPYDERCO USA on the left tang, SEKI JAPAN on the right and their blades are not otherwise lettered Early 2nd generation Mariners with no steel markings are marked Spyderco on the left tang, SEKI JAPAN on the right and are lettered MARINER on the side of the blade opposite the clip. Later 2nd generation Mariners are marked SPYDERCO G-2 on the left tang, SEKI-CITY JAPAN on the right or SPYDERCO ATS-55 on the left tang, SEKI-CITY JAPAN on the right and their blades are not otherwise lettered.


SKU Handle Edge(s) Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Clip Clip positions Collectors club
1002 Stainless Steel SE, PE AUS-8 (unmarked) 1982-1990 ? $49.95 (1986) Slab sides, no drying vent. RH and LH versions made unknown Hollow 3- screw old standard clip TD N/A
1002 Paramedic Stainless Steel PE GIN-1/G-2 (unmarked) 1984- ? ? Slab sides, no drying vent. RH and LH versions made unknown Hollow 3- screw old standard clip TD N/A
C02 Stainless Steel SE, PE GIN-1/G-2 (unmarked) 1991- 1993 ? Beveled handle, drying vent, MARINER on blade. RH and LH versions made. unknown Hollow 3- screw old standard clip TD N/A
C02 Stainless Steel SE, PE GIN-1/G-2 (marked G-2) 1993- 1997 $103.95 (1994) Beveled handle, drying vent. RH and LH versions made. unknown Hollow 3- screw old standard clip TD N/A
C02 Stainless Steel SE, PE ATS-55 1997- 1998 $129.95 (1998) Beveled handle, drying vent. RH and LH versions made. May still be produced for the Japanese market. unknown Hollow 3- screw old standard clip TD N/A

Most collectible variation

Rarest variation is the black coated PE 1st Generation Mariner. However, the Paramedic seems to be the version most favored by collectors.

Questions regarding collecting the C02 Mariner

  • Are the C02 Mariner still beeing produced for the Japanese market?

Technical Information

Typical measurements (mm and grams) of the C02 Mariner and Paramedic:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
1002 Mariner 214mm 121mm 95mm 87mm 12.5mm 3mm 140g
1002 Paramedic 214mm 121mm 95mm 87mm 12.5mm 3mm 122g
C02 Mariner 214mm 121mm 95mm 87mm 12.5mm 3mm 132g

Typical measurements (Inches and ounces) of the C02 Mariner and Paramedic:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
1002 Mariner 8 1/2in 4 3/4in 3 3/4in 3 7/16in 1/2in 1/8in 4.875oz
1002 Paramedic 8 1/2in 4 3/4in 3 3/4in 3 7/16in 1/2in 1/8in 4.375oz
C02 Mariner 8 1/2in 4 3/4in 3 3/4in 3 7/16in 1/2in 1/8in 4.625oz


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