C122 Tenacious

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The C122 Tenacious is a mid-sized knife that has a Walker Liner Lock and G-10 handle. The Tenacious is the first Spyderco-branded model produced in China and was introduced in 2008. It is part of Spyderco's Value Folders series.

Appearance in catalogs

The C122 Tenacious appeared in the following catalogs (older, newer):

Designer

Eric Glesser and Sal Glesser

History, mentionings etc. from the forums

  • The "Tenacious model" thread started by "Sal" in the Spyderco forums. Contains early model information and explanations why the Tenacious is produced in China.
  • Review of the Tenacious by "catamount" in the Spyderco forums.

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

"Being tenacious means one holds fast. One is persistent and cohesive. It means being tough and tireless until achieving your goal: all knife-worthy definitions for a worthy knife. The mid-sized Tenacious has a black G-10 laminate handle, milled with prolonged fatigue-free cutting in mind. Tucked inside are skeletonized steel liners increasing the handle’s rigidity and strength without adding non-functioning weight or bulky thickness.

The 8Cr13Mov stainless blade is leaf-shaped and ground flat from spine to cutting edge for cutting performance. The blade’s shape coupled with an oversized Spyderco Round Hole and textured spine jimping allow you to open the blade and position your thumb on the spine in slip-proof confidence ready for work. A Walker Linerlock (with jimped liner) and a 4-way pocket clip lets you set your carry and draw preference: Tip-up/tip-down left-hand/right-hand. Screw together construction."[1]

Variations

The C122 Tenacious is made in China and has

SKU Handle Edge(s) Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Clip Clip positions Collectors club
C122GPBK Black G-10 PE 8Cr13MoV 2008- 54.95$ (2009) Regular production Full Flat chrome 4-way LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C122GPSBK Black G-10 PS 8Cr13MoV 2008- 54.95$ (2009) Regular production Full Flat chrome 4-way LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C122GSBK Black G-10 SE 8Cr13MoV 2008- 54.95$ (2009) Regular production Full Flat chrome 4-way LH/RH, TD/TU Main
C122GBBKP Black G-10 PE Black coated 8Cr13MoV 2012- 64.95$ (2012) Black blade, black hardware Regular production Full Flat black 4-way LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C122GBBKPS Black G-10 PS Black coated 8Cr13MoV 2012- 64.95$ (2012) Black blade, black hardware Regular production Full Flat black 4-way LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C122GPBL Blue G-10 PE 8Cr13MoV May 2012 59.95$ (2012) JB Distributor Exclusive Sprintrun Limited Full Flat chrome 4-way LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C122GPGR Green G-10 PE 8Cr13MoV May 2012/2014 59.95$ (2012), 69.95$ (2014) Blue Ridge Distributor Exclusive. 2nd run released in 2014 Limited Full Flat chrome 4-way LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C122GPSGR Green G-10 PS 8Cr13MoV May 2012/2014 59.95$ (2012), 69.95$ (2014) Blue Ridge Distributor Exclusive. 2nd run released in 2014 Limited Full Flat chrome 4-way LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C122GPBN Light brown G-10 PE Satin 8Cr13MoV Oct 2015- 69.95$ (2015) Regular production Full Flat Chrome 4-way LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C122GPSBN Light brown G-10 PS Satin 8Cr13MoV Oct 2015- 69.95$ (2015) Regular production Full Flat Chrome 4-way LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C122GPBBN Light brown G-10 PE Black coated 8Cr13MoV Oct 2015- 74.95$ (2015) Black coated blade, screws and hardware. Regular production Full Flat Black 4-way LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C122GPSBBN Light brown G-10 PS Black coated 8Cr13MoV Oct 2015- 74.95$ (2015) Black coated blade, screws and hardware. Regular production Full Flat Black 4-way LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C122GPBGR Green G-10 PE Black coated 8Cr13MoV Nov. 2016 74.95$ (2015) Blue Ridge Distributor Exclusive. Black coated blade, screws and hardware. 1200 Full Flat Black 4-way LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C122GPSBGR Green G-10 PS Black coated 8Cr13MoV Nov. 2016 74.95$ (2015) Blue Ridge Distributor Exclusive. Black coated blade, screws and hardware. 1200 Full Flat Black 4-way LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C122GPRC Red checkered G-10 PE 8Cr13MoV May 2017 74.95$ (2015) Same handle texture as the Polestar, with a red mesh over a greyish white G-10 base. Regular production Full Flat Chrome silver 4-way LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C122GPCMO Camo G-10 PE Satin 8Cr13MoV July 2017- 69.95$ (MSRP), 42.99$ (2018 street) Blade HQ dealer Exclusive. Limited Full Flat Black 4-way LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C122GPCMOBK Camo G-10 PE Black coated 8Cr13MoV July 2017 74.95$ (MSRP) Blade HQ dealer Exclusive. Black coated blade, screws and hardware. Limited Full Flat Black 4-way LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C122CFP Black CF/G-10 laminate PE 8Cr13MoV Oct. 2017 84.95$ (2017) Blue Ridge Distributor Exclusive. Limited Full Flat Chrome 4-way LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C122CFPS Black CF/G-10 laminate CE 8Cr13MoV Oct. 2017 84.95$ (2017) Blue Ridge Distributor Exclusive. Limited Full Flat Chrome 4-way LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C122CFBBKP Black CF/G-10 laminate PE Black coated 8Cr13MoV Oct. 2017 89.95$ (2017) Blue Ridge Distributor Exclusive. Black oxide coated blade, screws and hardware. Limited Full Flat Black 4-way LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C122CFBBKPS Black CF/G-10 laminate CE Black oxide coated 8Cr13MoV Oct. 2017 89.95$ (2017) Blue Ridge Distributor Exclusive. Black coated blade, screws and hardware. Limited Full Flat Black 4-way LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C122POR Orange G-10 PE Satin 8Cr13MoV Nov. 2017- 69.95$ (MSRP), 41.97$ (2018 street) Cutlery Shoppe dealer Exclusive. Limited Full Flat Chrome 4-way LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C122PBOR Orange G-10 PE Black coated 8Cr13MoV Nov. 2017- 74.95$ (MSRP), 44.97$ (2018 street) Cutlery Shoppe dealer Exclusive. Black oxide coated blade, screws and hardware. Limited Full Flat Black 4-way LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C122PBK Black bi-directional FRN PE 8Cr13MoV Not yet released $65.00 (2019) Lightweight version. Full skeletonized Stainless Steel liners. Regular production Full Flat Chrome silver 4-way LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C122SBK Black bi-directional FRN SE 8Cr13MoV Not yet released $65.00 (2019) Lightweight version. Full skeletonized Stainless Steel liners. Regular production Full Flat Chrome silver 4-way LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C122PSBK Black bi-directional FRN CE 8Cr13MoV Not yet released $65.00 (2019) Lightweight version. Full skeletonized Stainless Steel liners. Regular production Full Flat Chrome silver 4-way LH/RH, TD/TU Variant

Most collectible variation

If any of the Tenacious would be collectible, the Collectors club marked PE Variant is probably the one.

Questions regarding collecting the C122

Some interesting questions we are looking for an answer to:

Questions with an answer: Q: Was there ever a purple checkered G-10 Tenacious? A: A Spyderco dealer (DLT Trading) had listed a purple checkered Tenacious C122GPPRPL as an upcoming sprint run, but they had their info wrong. Not only was the color red instead of purple, it wasn't a sprint either. DLT updated the page with the correct SKU and description, but not before the erronous info had made it's way onto the Spyderco forum.

Technical information

Measurements (mm and grams) of the C122 Tenacious:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C122 197mm 113mm 86mm 86mm 13mm 3mm 117g
C122 FRN 197mm 111mm 86mm 86mm 13mm 3.1mm 108g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the C122 Tenacious:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C122 7.76" 4.45" 3.39" 3.39" 0.51" 0.118" 4.1oz
C122 FRN 7.77" 4.38" 3.39" 3.39" 0.51" 0.122" 3.8oz

References

  1. The C122 Tenacious in Spyderco's online catalog

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