C09 CoPilot

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The C09 CoPilot was introduced in 1987. Several models were derived from the C09 CoPilot:

Appearance in catalogs

The C09 CoPilot appeared at least in the following catalogs and flyers (older, newer):

  • 1990 Spyderco Products
  • 1993 Spyderco Products
  • 1994 Spyderco Products
  • 1997-2001 Spyderco Products
  • 2006 Spyderco Sprint Runs flyer

Designer

Sal Glesser [1]

History, mentionings from the forums etc.

  • A big part of the info found in this article and much more, incl. aftermarket variations, can be found in the "Spyderco C09 CoPilot Varieties" thread by "The CoPilot" on the Spyderco forums. Permission to reuse information and pictures in this article was given by "The CoPilot" (thanks!).

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

C09BKP Sprint run:

"Originally, the Co-Pilot sold steadily as a two inch airline knife you could take with you on board to your destination so you'd never be without a pocketknife or money clip. Times have changed, but the design endures. This 1200 piece Sprint Run is the perfect knife for someone who prefers a small folder. What the PlainEdge VG-10 blade lacks in size it makes up for with cutting performance and handling comfort. The aluminum handle comes coated in black Almite for a polished urbane appearance, and weighs a mere 1.7 ounces. Right-hand, tip down clip."[2]

Variations

The C09 CoPilot is made in Seki-City, Japan and has

SKU Handle Edge Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Clip Clip positions Collectors club
C09 (1009) Stainless Steel with brass liners PE SE GIN-1/G-2, no blade stamp 1987 ? 1st run, integral lockspring, three clip types (long, long-flat, short) 1200 (~20% LH) Hollow Metal LH+RH, TD
C09 (1009) Stainless Steel with brass liners PE SE GIN-1/G-2, "G-2" blade stamp 1992 (?) ? possible 2nd run or continuation of 1st run, integral lockspring Unknown]) Hollow Metal LH+RH, TD
C09 Stainless Steel PE SE GIN-1/G-2, "G-2 Stainless" blade stamp ca. 1993 ? integral lockspring, thicker scales; left hand version? N/A Hollow Metal RH, TD
C09 Stainless Steel PE SE GIN-1/G-2, "G-2 Stainless" blade stamp ca.1993-1994 64.95$ (1994) separate lockspring, thinner scales; left hand version? N/A Hollow Metal RH, TD
C09 Stainless Steel PE SE GIN-1/G-2, "GIN-1 Stainless" blade stamp 1995-1998 ? separate lockspring, thinner scales N/A Hollow Metal RH, TD
C09SATU Gray Tufram coated Aluminum SE GIN-1/G-2 1994, 1995? 82.95$ (1994) "G-2 Stainless" and "GIN-1 Stainless" blade stamps exist ~500[3] Hollow Metal RH, TD
C09 Stainless Steel PE SE ATS-55 SE: 1999-2001, PE: 2000-2001 ? N/A Hollow Metal RH, TD
C09BKP Black Almite coated Aluminum PE VG-10 2006 94.95$ (2006) Sprint 1200 Hollow Metal RH, TD

Most collectible variation

Questions regarding collecting the C09

Some interesting questions we are looking for an answer to:

  • There are open questions marked with '?' above and below. Any answers?

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Technical information

Measurements (mm and grams) of the C09 CoPilot:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C09 127mm 76mm 51mm 41mm 11mm 2.5mm 74g
C09SATU 127mm 76mm 51mm 41mm 11mm 2.5mm 57g
C09BKP 127mm 76mm 51mm 44mm 11mm 2.5mm 48g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the C09 CoPilot:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C09 5" 3" 2" 1 5/8" 7/16" 3/32" 2.5oz
C09SATU 5" 3" 2" 1 5/8" 7/16" 3/32" 2oz
C09BKP 5" 3" 2" 1 3/4" 7/16" 3/32" 1.7oz

References

  1. Sal Glesser's original comment can be found on Spyderco-Forums [1]
  2. The C09BKP CoPilot in Spyderco's online catalog
  3. C09SATU comment by Sal on the Spyderco forums.

Pictures

See the Spyderco C09 CoPilot Varieties thread by "The CoPilot" in the Spyderco forum for more pictures.

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