C13 Pro-Grip

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The C13 was introduced with the name "Pro-Hunter" in 1991. The C13 Pro-Hunter is based on the C03 Hunter and features a stainless steel handle with black kraton inlays as well as a more "belly" blade. Because the Pro-Hunter name was already taken by another company, the name was changed to Pro-Venator in 1992(?).

In 1994 the blade of the Pro-Venator was combined with an FRN handle, resulting in the C33 Pro-Grip model that was initially named "Pro-Venator light-weight". Around the same time, the Pro-Venator blade was also used for an updated C03 Hunter (known as the Ironstone Hunter).

In the course of the major clean-up of Spyderco SKUs in late 1999, the C13 and C33 models were merged, resulting in the C13 Pro-Grip. Another reason for renaming was that only few people could pronounce Venator properly or knew what it meant (it's the latin word for "hunter").

A chronological overview of the C03/C13/C33 familiy of models follows:

            1983                  1995
SS          |---- C03 Hunter -----|                  2000                 2005
SS/Kraton               |-- C13 Pro-Hunter/Venator --|-- C13   Pro-Grip --|
FRN/Kraton              1991   |--- C33 Pro-Grip ----|-- C13BK Pro-Grip --|
                               1994                  2000                 2005

Appearance in catalogs

The C13 and C33 appeared in the following Spyderco product catalogs:

  • 1993: C13 Pro Venator (SS)
  • 1994: C13 Pro Venator (SS) and C33 Pro Venator light-weight (FRN)
  • 1997: C13 Pro-Venator (SS) and C33 Pro-Grip (FRN)
  • 1998: C13 Pro-Venator (SS) and C33 Pro-Grip (FRN)
  • 1999: C13 Pro-Venator (SS) and C33 Pro-Grip (FRN)
  • 2000: C13 Pro-Grip (SS) and C13BK Pro-Grip (FRN)
  • 2001: C13 Pro-Grip (SS) and C13BK Pro-Grip (FRN)
  • 2002: C13 Pro-Grip (SS) and C13BK Pro-Grip (FRN)
  • 2003: C13 Pro-Grip (SS) and C13BK Pro-Grip (FRN)
  • 2004: C13BK Pro-Grip (FRN)

Catalog appearance in 1991, 1992, 1995, 1996 so far is unknown(?).

Designer

Sal Glesser [1]

History, mentionings from the forums etc.

  • Pro-Grip naming thread on the Spyderco forums.
  • Pro-Grip history thread on the Spyderco forums.

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

C13BK Pro-Grip:

"Hardcore outdoorsmen, hunters and ranchers seem to favor drop-point blades. While they offer a pointed tip, they also provide a curving deep belly preferred for skinning and other demanding outdoor chores. Designed for field performance, Spyderco's ProGrip blade is ground thick along its spine from the heel to tip, tapering slightly at the tip's end where it meets the cutting edge. The blade's breadth focuses on strength as does its VG-10 stainless steel that is hollow-ground and comes in a CombinationEdge (plain edge and teeth in the same package).

Keeping the knife lightweight the blade comes paired with a black FRN handle that frames an inlayed strip of slip-stopping rubbery Kraton. An additional thumbprint pad of Kraton under the pocket clip holds the knife in the pocket. Molded as part of the handle, the clip carries tip-up."[2]

Variations

All Pro-Grip variations are made in Seki-City, Japan, and have a

  • Back Lock locking mechanism and a
  • drop-point style blade.

The C13 Pro-Venator and the C33 Pro-Grip were in production during the years the blade stamp changed from "G-2" to "GIN-1".

The C13PS with VG-10 steel and PS exists with 4, 3, and 2 serrations (ie. 40/60, 50/50, and 75/25 plain/serrated ratio).

SKU Handle Edge Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Clip Clip positions Collectors club
C13PS Stainless Steel with black Kraton inlays PS 40/60 GIN-1/G-2 1991-1998 91.95$ (1993), 104.95$ (1994), 129.95$ (1996), 99.95$ (1997) Pro-Hunter (1991)/Pro-Venator N/A Hollow 3-screw Kraton inlaid RH, TD
C13GBW Stainless Steel with Garry Blanchard Lone Wolf engraving PS 40/60 GIN-1/G-2 1993-1994 261.95$ Pro-Venator, custom casting by Gary Blanchard using jewelers bronze and sterling silver, comes in C12C knife pouch; left hand version? ? Hollow 3-screw Kraton inlaid RH, TD
C13GBE Stainless Steel with Garry Blanchard Screaming Eagle engraving PS 40/60 GIN-1/G-2 1993-1994 261.95$ Pro-Venator, custom casting by Gary Blanchard using jewelers bronze and sterling silver, comes in C12C knife pouch; left hand version? ? Hollow 3-screw Kraton inlaid RH, TD
C13P Stainless Steel with black Kraton inlays PE GIN-1/G-2 1997-? 99.95$ (1997) ? Hollow 3-screw Kraton inlaid RH, TD
C13P Stainless Steel with black Kraton inlays PE GIN-1/G-2 ? "GIN-1 STAINLESS" stamped on tang, Everest logo laser engraved on blade, Japan-only?; left hand version? ? Hollow 3-screw Kraton inlaid RH, TD
C13PRCA Stainless Steel with PRCA engraving PS 40/60 GIN-1/G-2 1998? 112.95$ (1998?) PRCA; left hand version? ? Hollow 3-screw Kraton inlaid RH, TD
C13PS Stainless Steel with black Kraton inlays PE, PS 40/60 ATS-55 1999-2001 106.95$ (2000) 1999: Pro-Venator/Pro-Grip II, 2000-2001: Pro-Grip II; left hand version? N/A Hollow 3-screw Kraton inlaid RH, TD
C13PSCP Stainless Steel with black Kraton inlays PS 40/60 ATS-55 1999-2001 106.95$ (2000) 1999: Pro-Venator/Pro-Grip II, 2000-2001: Pro-Grip II; C13PSCP is the PS Clamshell Packed version N/A Hollow 3-screw Kraton inlaid RH, TD
C13P Stainless Steel with black Kraton inlays PE ATS-55 2001 106.95$ (2001) Pro-Grip II N/A Hollow 3-screw Kraton inlaid RH, TD
C13PCP Stainless Steel with black Kraton inlays PE ATS-55 2001 106.95$ (2001) Pro-Grip II, Clamshell Packed N/A Hollow 3-screw Kraton inlaid RH, TD
C13P Stainless Steel with black Kraton inlays PE VG-10 2002 112.95$ Pro-Grip SS N/A Hollow 3-screw Kraton inlaid RH, TD
C13PCP Stainless Steel with black Kraton inlays PE VG-10 2002 112.95$ Pro-Grip SS, Clam Packed N/A Hollow 3-screw Kraton inlaid RH, TD
C13PS Stainless Steel with black Kraton inlays PS 50:50 VG-10 2002-2003 112.95$ (2002) Pro-Grip SS N/A Hollow 3-screw Kraton inlaid RH, TD
C13PSCP Stainless Steel with black Kraton inlays PS 50:50 VG-10 2002-2003 112.95$ (2002) Pro-Grip SS, Clam Packed N/A Hollow 3-screw Kraton inlaid RH, TD
C33PSBK Black ZYTEL with black Kraton inlays PS 40/60 GIN-1/G-2 1994-1998 72.95$ (1994), 79.95$ (1996), 64.95$ (1998) 1994: Pro-Venator light-weight, 1995?-1998: Pro-Grip; left hand version? N/A Hollow Integral FRN RH, TU
C33PSBK Black FRN with black Kraton inlays PS 40/60 AUS-8 1999 64.95$ Pro-Grip; left hand version? N/A Hollow Integral FRN RH, TU
C13PSBK Black FRN with black Kraton inlays PS 40/60 AUS-8 2000-2001 64.95$ (2000) Pro-Grip, formerly C33PSBK; left hand version? N/A Hollow Integral FRN RH, TU
C13PSBKCP Black FRN with black Kraton inlays PS 40/60 AUS-8 2000-2001 64.95$ (2000) Pro-Grip, formerly C33PSBK; Clamshell Packed N/A Hollow Integral FRN RH, TU
C13PBK Black FRN with black Kraton inlays PE AUS-8 2001 64.95$ (2001) Pro-Grip; left hand version? N/A Hollow Integral FRN RH, TU
C13PBK Black FRN with black Kraton inlays PE VG-10 2002 68.95$ (2002) Pro-Grip; left hand version? N/A Hollow Integral FRN RH, TU
C13PSBK Black FRN with black Kraton inlays PS VG-10 2002-2004 68.95$ (2004) Pro-Grip; PS advertised as 50:50, but produced in other ratios N/A Hollow Integral FRN RH, TU
C13PSBKCP Black FRN with black Kraton inlays PS VG-10 2002-2004 68.95$ (2004) Pro-Grip; Clam Packed; PS advertised as 50:50, but produced in other ratios N/A Hollow Integral FRN RH, TU

Most collectible variation

Questions regarding collecting the C13

  • There are open questions marked with '?' above. Any answers?

Technical information

Measurements (mm and grams) of the C13 Pro-Grip:

Variations Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
Pro-Grip SS 168mm 98mm 71mm 67mm 12mm 3mm 112g
Pro-Grip FRN 168mm 98mm 71mm 67mm 12mm 3mm 58g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the C13 Pro-Grip:

Variations Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
Pro-Grip SS 6 5/8" 3 7/8" 2 13/16" 2 5/8" 15/32" 1/8" 4oz
Pro-Grip FRN 6 5/8" 3 7/8" 2 13/16" 2 5/8" 15/32" 1/8" 1.9oz

References

  1. Sal Glesser's original comment can be found on Spyderco-Forums [1]
  2. The C13BK Pro-Grip in Spyderco's online catalog

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