C104 Ed Schempp Kris

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The C104 Kris by Ed Schempp was introduced in 2006. The design is influenced by a type of dagger or sword used for example in the southern Philippines or Indonesia called kris or keris (see e.g. here for more information about krisses in general). In 2008 the C104 was discontinued.

Appearance in catalogs

The C104 Kris appeared in the 2006 and 2007 Spyderco product catalogs (older, newer).

Designer

Ed Schempp

Ed Schempp Makers mark

History, mentionings etc. from the forums

  • Review by "smcfalls13".
  • "Kris First Impressions" thread on the Spyderco forums, including first impressions by "eljay" and "Pretune your knife" instructions by "Ed Schempp". "eljay" posted more info in the "Kris Update" thread.
  • Info and review by one of "TazKristi's" LEO accounts.
  • Review by "Mr Blonde".
  • Review by "vampyrewolf".

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

"If you consider it, every civilization both ancient and modern has historically developed its own variety of cutlery that is representative of its culture, ethnicity and cutting requirements at the time. Spyderco unveiled its first ethnic inspired knife with a Shabaria folder, reminiscent of classic Middle Eastern cutlery. Next up, a Japanese Tanto then a Chinese Folder. In 2003 we released a Persian knife followed by an Indonesian Karambit blade. The latest installment Spyderco’s Ethnic Knife Series is a Kris folder designed by custom knifemaker Ed Schempp.

Kris blades come in several diverse profiles but traditionally incorporate some form of a wave pattern in the blade. Historically they represented a Moro (Philippine) man’s societal standing, provided talismanic benefits and were utilized for defense. The C105 Kris’ curvy blade fundamentally becomes a cutting edge with oversized serrations, transforming its cutting properties. The curvy profile markedly continues into the handle providing a variety of grip options. The VG-10 steel blade comes hollow-ground, with a pronounced swedge grind running from mid-blade to the spine and is PlainEdged.

Milled Micarta handle scales are capped with polished steel bolsters. Locking bar is equipped with a David Boy Dent and the clip is embellished with a gold colored Spyderco logo bug. The pocket clip positions the folder right-handed, tip-up."[1]

Variations

The C104 is made in Seki-City, Japan and has

SKU Handle Edge(s) Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Clip Clip positions Collectors club
C104BMP Black Micarta PE VG-10 2006-2007 199.95$ (2006?) N/A Hollow Metal RH, TU

Most collectible variation

Questions regarding collecting the C104

Some interesting questions we are looking for an answer to:

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Technical information

Measurements (mm and grams) of the C104 Kris:

Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
219mm 124mm 95mm 78mm 12mm 3mm 165g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the C104 Kris:

Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
8 5/8" 4 7/8" 3 3/4" 3 1/16" 15/32" 1/8" 5.8oz

References

  1. The C104 Kris by Ed Schempp in Spyderco's online catalog

Pictures

The Kris is pictured on the far left, next to the Persian and Persian 75mm
The Kris, Persian and Persian 75mm in the folded position

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