C141 Balance

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The C141 Balance is a small knife that, when closed, is symmetrical from side to side.

Appearance in catalogs

The C141 Balance first appeared in the 2010 Mid-Year Supplement.

Designer

Ed Schempp

History, mentionings etc. from the forums

Pictures of the prototype from the IWA show March 2010 (courtesy of Mr. Blonde, AKA Wouter).

Video of the Balance as a self defense knife.

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

Balance is a state of equilibrium or equal distribution. In our case it’s an Ed Schempp folder that is symmetrically identical on both ends when the folder is closed. Odd looks aside, when held in the hand it’s ergonomically proportional and a natural fit.

The VG-10 blade is full-flat ground and arcs upward a radical curve with a deep finger choil. When the index finger is positioned in the choil, the cutting edge aligns with the forearm moving the blade’s weight back and the center of gravity toward the cutting edge where it responds like a natural extension of the hand.

The enlarged Spyderco Round Hole is dead center on the blade when closed and perfectly off-centered when open, positioning the thumb for flowing one-hand operation, justifying the name Balance.

Handle scales are gray carbon fiber and assembled with screws for cleaning and adjustment. Four-way, left/right, tip-up/tip-down hourglass clip, clips discreetly in a pocket. Piped lanyard. Symphonic fit and finish.[1]

Variations

The C141 Balance is made in Seki-City, Japan.

SKU Handle Edge Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Clip Clip positions Collectors club
C141CF Carbon Fiber PE VG-10 late 2010-2011 $199.95 (2010) Originally set as a limited run of 600, it seems (not confirmed) that more were produced 600? Full Flat Metal LH/RH, TD/TU Main
C141 Stainless Steel PE VG-10 mid 2011-2013 $124.95 (2011) Full Flat Metal LH/RH, TD/TU

Most collectible variation

Questions regarding collecting the C141

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Technical information

Measurements (mm and grams) of the C141 Balance:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C141CF 113mm 68mm 49mm 32mm 11mm 2.5mm 41g
C141 113mm 68mm 49mm 32mm 11mm 2.5mm 32g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the C141 Balance:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C141CF 4 7/16" 2 11/16" 1 15/162" 1 1/4" 7/16" 3/32" 1.4oz
C141 4 7/16" 2 11/16" 1 15/162" 1 1/4" 7/16" 3/32" 1.1oz

References


Pictures

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C141CFP Balance
C141CFP Balance clip side

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