C130 Chicago

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The C130 Chicago is a small folder designed for markets that limit blade length to 2" or less. It is part of Spyderco's Value Folders series.

Appearance in catalogs

The C130 Chicago first appeared in the 2010 Spyderco catalog [1]:

  • 2010 Spyderco Products

Designer

History, mentionings from the forums etc.

  • [2] and [3] reasons the carbon fiber Chicago (and Cat) were discontinued.

The Chicago was first released using S30V steel and carbon fiber scales. The maker was unable to maintain high quality, however, leading to a swift discontinuation. It was brought back in 2011 using 440C steel and G-10 scales.

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

Laws. Whether necessary, good, or just nutty, they’re intended to establish order and ward-off chaos. When our government and society implement rules we do our best to live within their parameters.


As an example, many U.S. metropolitan cities draw the line for carrying pocketknives in public to knives with blades two-inches in length or under. Welcome to Chicago! If I were a Chicagoan and carried a pocketknife regularly, I might be inclined (as a law abiding citizen) to carry a tool falling under this city’s restriction.


The Spyderco C130G Chicago is just that. Two-inches of flat ground 440C blade urbanely outfitted with black G-10 handle scales and Michael Walker LinerLock®. The handle is shaped and sized ergonomically with full-length skeletonized liners inside for strength without bulk or weight.


Its leaf-like shaped blade effectively cuts across the board, from significant strenuous cuts like carpet and poly rope to something as simple as fingernail cleaning or scraping tape off of glass.


A deep pocket clip burrows the knife down into a pant’s pocket with the tip facing up ready to carry left- or right-handed. This one is for Chicagoans or anyone looking for a city/suit knife.


The C130 Chicago CF in Spyderco's Online Catalog.

The C130 Chicago G-10 in Spyderco's Online Catalog.


Variations

The C130 Chicago is made in Taiwan and has a

SKU Handle Edge(s) Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Clip Clip positions Collectors club
C130CFP CF PE CPM-S30V 2009-2010 69.95$ Discontinued due to quality issues N/A Full Flat Metal LH/RH, TU Main
C130G Black G-10 PE 440C mid 2011- 64.95$ (2011) N/A Full Flat Metal LH/RH, TU N/A

Most collectible variation

Questions regarding collecting the C130

Technical information

Measurements (mm and grams) of the C130 Chicago:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C130CF 128mm 79mm 51mm 44mm 12mm 2.5mm 62g
C130G 128mm 79mm 51mm 44mm 12mm 2.5mm 62g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the C130 Chicago:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C130CF 5 1/32" 3 1/8" 2" 1 3/4" 15/32" 3/32" 2.2oz
C130G 5 1/32" 3 1/8" 2" 1 3/4" 15/32" 3/32" 2.2oz

References


Pictures

Notice the poor quality of the finish on the carbon fiber, one of the contributing causes of the rapid discontinuation of the CF version

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