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Latest revision as of 20:07, 9 June 2019

The C152 Chaparral is a project model with several variations using the same pattern and blade steel, but featuring different handle materials, allowing Spyderco to "push the envelope of materials and craftsmanship in the expression of a gentleman's folding knife."[1]. The Chaparral lineup is part of the Prestige series.

Appearance in catalogs

The C152 Chaparral appeared in the following catalogs:

Designer

Sal Glesser

Handle variations:

History, mentionings etc. from the forums

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

C152:

"Chaparral is a shrub native to the Western United States with the unique ability to perennially survive, revive and regenerate after being destroyed by drought or fire. Like a season it returns year after year. It's also what Spyderco calls a new and continuing series of gentlemen's folders.

Mid-sized Chaparral folders will have identical blade and handle profiles but showcase variant handle materials. Handle options will be chosen for their elegant appearance and functional utility with a focus directed at making the Chaparral series unique as well as a serious contender in the gent's knife genre. Possibly Spyderco's thinnest, lightest mid-sized CLIPIT yet, the debut Chaparral has a carbon fiber/G-10 laminate handle with a mid-positioned back lock and screw-together construction.

Attached to the ultra-slim handle, a left-right, tip-up clip arranges the knife deeply inside a pocket. Crucible Steel Inc. of New York produces the CPM S30V powdered steel used for the leaf-shaped blade. The blade is ground full-flat and offered PlainEdged for the best available cutting performance with non-skid jimping located at both the spine and choil." The C152CF Chaparral in Spyderco's online catalog. The C152TI Chaparral in Spyderco's online catalog.

Variations

The C152 Chaparral is made in Taiwan and features a Back Lock and a leaf-shaped blade.

SKU Handle Edge(s) Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Clip Clip positions Collectors club
C152CFP Black twill CF PE CPM-S30V 2011-2013 184.95$ (2013) CPM-S30V version discontinued mid 2013 and replaced with CTS-XHP blade steel. Early runs often suffered from "gritty" action. Regular production Full Flat Chrome low-rider Wire LH/RH, TU Main
C152CFP Black twill CF PE CTS-XHP June 2013- 184.95$ (2013) CPM-S30V version discontinued mid 2013 and replaced with CTS-XHP blade steel Regular production Full Flat Chrome low-rider Wire LH/RH, TU -
C152TIP Geometric milled Titanium PE CTS-XHP Sept. 2012-Oct. 2018 319.95$ (2012) Chaparral 2. Sometimes referred to as the "Stealth" Chaparral, due to the angular design milled into the scale resembling the F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter. Regular production Full Flat Chrome low-rider Wire LH/RH, TU Variant
C152STIP Step-milled Titanium PE CTS-XHP Jan 2014-Oct. 2018 564.95$ (2014) Chaparral 3. Step-milled pattern looks to curve, but is actually made up of very intricate straight lines. The maker is only able to produce about 10 per day, due to the complexity and machining time required to make the scales.[2] Regular production Full Flat Chrome low-rider Wire LH/RH, TU Variant
C152STIBLP Step-milled Titanium w/ partial blue anodizing PE CTS-XHP Feb 2015-Oct. 2018 $564.95 (2015) Chaparral 3. After passing through a similar process to the step-milling on the C152TIP, the scales are anodized blue then machined a second time to reveal a pattern of alternating colors. Regular production Full Flat Chrome low-rider Wire LH/RH, TU Variant
C152RNP Smoke Raffir Noble PE CTS-XHP May 2017- 199.95$ (2017) Chaparral 4. The Raffir Noble scales are made of fine brass and bronze mesh layers encapsulated in a translucent epoxy resin. Regular production Full Flat Chrome low-rider Wire LH/RH, TU Variant
C152PGY Gray FRN PE CTS-XHP Nov. 2017- 134.95$ (2017) Chaparral 5. Uses a newly designed bi-directional FRN. Regular production Full Flat Silver low-rider Wire LH/RH, TU Variant
C152Pxxx Polished black G-10 with circular pearl inlay/polished white G-10 with red circular G-10 inlay PE CTS-XHP Not yet released Chaparral 6. Sun and moon design. Regular production Full Flat Silver low-rider Wire LH/RH, TU Variant

Most collectible variation

Questions regarding collecting the C152

Some interesting questions we are looking for an answer to:

Questions with an answer: Q: Why did the Chaparral get changed from S30V to XHP steel? A: The Chaparral line had always been intended to come in XHP, but since Spyderco was unable to secure sufficient quantities in time for the release of the CF Chaparral, they instead released it in S30V. Once sufficient supplies of CTS-XHP were available, they switched it over.

Technical information

Measurements (mm and grams) of the C152 Chaparral:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C152CFP 163mm 91mm 71mm 60mm 13mm 1.9mm 71g
C152TIP 163mm 91mm 71mm 60mm 13mm 1.9mm 77g
C152STIP 161mm 91mm 70mm 58mm 13mm 1.9mm 77g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the C152 Chaparral:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C152CFP 6.40" 3.60" 2.80" 2.35" 0.51" 0.077" 2.5oz
C152TIP 6.40" 3.60" 2.80" 2.35" 0.51" 0.077" 2.7oz
C152STIP 6.35" 3.60" 2.75" 2.30" 0.51" 0.077" 2.7oz

References

  1. Michael Janich's comments on the purpose of the Chaparral program [1]
  2. The maker can only produce about 10 of the Stepped Ti Chaparrals per day.

Pictures

Stepped titanium Chaparral 3

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