C128 Kevin Wilkins Leaf Storm

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The C128 Kevin Wilkins Leaf Storm will very likely be introduced in 2009.

The C128 is named "Leaf Storm" in the 2009 Spyderco catalog, but is packaged in a box labeled "Leafstorm". Kevin Wilkins' original design is also named "Leafstorm".

Appearance in catalogs

The C128 Leaf Storm appeared in the following catalogs (older, newer):

  • 2009 Spyderco Products

Designer

Kevin Wilkins

Kevin Wilkins Makers mark

History, mentionings from the forums etc.

  • The "Leaf Storm" spelling is used in the 2009 Spyderco catalog. A custom knife by Kevin Wilkins is called "Leafstorm".

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

Leafstorm Pilot Run information:

"On our USA production here at the Spyderco Factory, there are many steps involved in the knife manufacturing process from the initial concept to full production. A Pilot Run is the final step before full production, a small run of knives (typically 50) are manufactured to prove all of the manufacturing processes from start to finish and allow our teams to make any necessary tweaks and changes before a large run is produced. Beginning with the Leafstorm in 2009, we began differentiating the Pilot Run with engraving on the blade in order to help identify them as we occasionally make changes and do additional research and development with the knife and/or manufacturing processes after the initial Pilot Run. Sometimes we may even have more than one Pilot Run on a product if something doesn't flow properly. Typically, there are 50 or less and because there are so few, we will not be offering them through our collector program and there will be no waiting lists, holds, call aheads, etc.

All pilot runs will be announced on the Spyderco Forums, Facebook, MySpace and Twitter and sold at full MSRP through the spyderco.com website on a first come, first served basis until they are gone. Please keep in mind, this is only on products produced in our USA factory in Golden, Colorado.

The current pilot run for sale is the C128GP Leafstorm.­"[1]

C128GP Leaf Storm

"Why graphic artists make the leap to knife making is self explanatory. Their work in designing and creating art comingles with their knife passion, in some cases their knife obsession, blurring the lines between livelihood and hobby. American Kevin Wilkins started as a graphic designer and art student then an art director. He moved to Berlin in the early 90s where the knife bug really sank in. By 1995 he worked out how to make his hobby a livelihood and one of his favorite designs he called the Leaf Storm."

"Spyderco's production version, like his original custom piece, fits and carries in the watch-pocket of a pair of denim jeans. It features a Chris Reeve style integral Lock with the back titanium handle scale doubling as the lock's liner. Screw together construction attaches the titanium back to a natural colored G-10 front scale. A hollow-ground CPM S30V blade has a ricasso, spine jimping and is available in a PlainEdge."

The C128GP Leaf Storm in the Spyderco's online catalog.

Variations

The C128 Leaf Storm is made in Golden, U.S.A. and has a

SKU Handle Edge(s) Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Clip Clip positions Collectors club
C128GP Natural translucent G-10 (aka G-11) on one side, Ti frame on other side PE CPM-S30V 2009-2012 $259.95 N/A Hollow Metal RH, TU Main
C128GP Natural translucent G-10 (aka G-11) on one side, Ti frame on other side PE CPM-S30V 2009 249.95$, 195€ (2009) Engraved with "Pilot-50pcs." and partially sold from Kevin Wilkins direct only[2]. Another part of the Pilots were sold online through the spyderco.com website.[3] 50 (Kevin kept one, his lawyer in NY got one, 48 available) Hollow Metal RH, TU N/A

Most collectible variation

Questions regarding collecting the C128

One of the 50 engraved ones will probably be worth more in the long run.

Some interesting questions we are looking for an answer to:

Questions with an answer:

Technical information

Measurements (mm and grams) of the C128 Leaf Storm:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C128 154mm 92mm 62mm 56mm 13mm 3mm 72g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the C128 Leaf Storm:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C128 6 1/6" 3 5/8" 2 7/16" 2 3/16" 1/2" 1/8" 2.5oz

References

  1. Spyderco Pilot Run (Leafstorm) in the Spyderco online catalog
  2. Leafstorm Pilots sold from Kevin Wilkins directly through www.messerforum.net
  3. Leafstorm Pilots sold through spyerco.com

Pictures

C128 Kevin Wilklins Leaf Storm, one of fifty "Pilot-50pcs." Picture by courtesy of Mr. Kevin Wilkins
C128 Kevin Wilklins Leaf Storm, one of fifty "Pilot-50pcs." Picture by courtesy of Mr. Kevin Wilkins
C128 Kevin Wilklins Leaf Storm, one of fifty "Pilot-50pcs." Picture by courtesy of Mr. Kevin Wilkins

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