C132 Chokwe

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The C132 Chokwe was introduced in 2009. The C132's design is modeled after an African fixed blade knife used by the Chokwe people. It is part of Spyderco's "Ethnic" series.

Appearance in catalogs

The C132 Chokwe appeared in the following catalog:

  • 2009 Spyderco Mid-Year Product Guide Supplement

Designer

History, mentionings from the forums etc.

Spyderco forums:

  • History of the C132 with pictures of the original fixed blade knives from Africa that served as the inspiration for this model. Started by "Clovisc".
  • Review on the Chokwe prototype by "Clovisc".

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

"Knives as essential tools exist in every culture on earth. Their shape and style are dictated by their people’s needs, be those agricultural, spiritual or self preserving. Certainly ethnic styles of cutlery have been lost to history but many designs are still used today and revered in their countries. Taking those individual designs and adding a Spyderco touch is the core of Spyderco’s Ethnic Series folders and most recently the C132 Spyderco Chokwe.

Chokwe people live in the Zambia/Democratic Republic of Congo region of Central Africa. Primarily agricultural, they are gatherers, fishermen and hunters. Highly positioned in Chokwe society are their blacksmiths who craft fixed-blade knives for daily use in feeding, harvesting and protecting their communities. Our Chokwe folder is patterned off a historic fixed-blade, keeping true to the triangular shaped blade and coffin-shaped handle. The blade is CPM-S30V blade steel and flat-ground for cutting performance. The handle is black G-10 with bored out handle holes reducing overall weight and making through holes for attachment to a longer handle or pole. Full length internal liner reinforces the locking device, a Chris Reeve style integral lock. Metal hourglass clip carries the knife tucked in a pocket tip-down right hand carry.

Nothing on the modern market is like it. It may look modern and streamlined but the original design is hundreds if not thousands of years old. Necessity generates function and in the knife world that can happen in central Africa a few hundred years ago. It can also happen in Golden, Colorado in 2009." [1]

Variations

The C132 Chokwe is made in Taiwan and has a

  • titanium Integral Lock system
  • G-10 front scale with bored out holes
SKU Handle Edge(s) Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Clip Clip positions Collectors club
C132 Black G-10/Ti PE CPM-S30V 2009-2012 219.95$ (2009) Spyderco will donate approximately 5% of sales of the Chokwe to the Keep a Child Alive Organization. N/A Full Flat 3-screw Metal RH, TD/TU Main

Most collectible variation

Questions regarding collecting the C132

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Technical information

Measurements (mm and grams) of the C132 Chokwe:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C132 216mm 121mm 95mm 86mm 13mm 3mm 104g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the C132 Chokwe:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C132 8 1/2" 4 3/4" 3 3/4" 3 3/8" 1/2" 1/8" 3.7oz

References

  1. The C132 Chokwe in Spyderco's online catalog

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