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>>UNDER CONSTRUCTION<<

The C159 Air was introduced in 2012 and is a small folding gentleman's knife designed by Gayle Bradley. A few notable features of the Air are the CPM M4 steel blade, the silver twill glass fiber laminate handle scales, and the fact that it was designed for pocket carry without a pocket clip.

Appearance in catalogs

The C159 Air appeared in the following catalogs:

Designer

Marcin Slysz

History, mentionings from the forums etc.

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

"The Air is meticulously manufactured from premium materials that literally allow it to live up to its name. Its handle is built on a foundation of full-length titanium liners that also support the structure of its Walker LinerLock mechanism. Skeletonized to reduce weight, the liners are covered with silver twill glass fiber laminate scales that provide a lustrous three-dimensional appearance and just enough texture for a secure grip. An open-back construction style further reduces the weight of the knife and allows for easy cleaning, while its unique internal stop-pin construction supports an exceptionally narrow, pocket-friendly profile.

The heart of the Air is its CPM M4 Wharncliffe-style blade. Combining a perfectly straight cutting edge with full-flat-ground bevels, it provides outstanding cutting performance for its size. A decorative swedge on the spine adds a visual accent to the design and provides a comfortable index-finger perch for scalpel-like control when cutting with the tip. Spyderco’s Trademark Round Hole nests comfortably in a scalloped recess in the handle when the blade is closed. More convenient and accessible than a traditional nail nick, it allows convenient opening with either one or two hands.

In the open position, the Air’s blade locks firmly via a LinerLock mechanism. To release the lock, two relief cutouts are provided in the opposite handle liner. One also serves as an access relief for the Round Hole, while the other, which is closer to the pivot pin, provides extra leverage for easy operation.

Unlike most Spyderco folding knives, the Air does not have a pocket clip. By design, it is a gentleman’s folding knife and is therefore intended to be carried inside the pocket.

The Air is a distinctive fusion of Gayle Bradley’s design talents and Spyderco’s tradition of innovation. The result is a new standard in gentleman’s pocket knives that offers both practical cutting performance and great pride of ownership."

The C159 Air in Spyderco's online catalog


Variations

The C159 Techno was made in Taiwan and features a:

SKU Handle Edge(s) Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Clip Clip positions Collectors club
C159CF Stonewashed Ti PE CTS-XHP Jul 2012- 309.95$ (2013) Regular production Full Flat Silver Wire LH/RH, TU Main
C158TI Stonewashed Ti PE CPM-S30V 2015 319.95$ (2015) only one production run by mistake[1] Limited (one production run) Full Flat Silver Wire LH/RH, TU None
C158TIP2 Stonewashed Ti PE CTS-XHP Dec. 2018- 329.95$ (2018) Techno 2 Regular production Full Flat Silver Wire LH/RH, TU Main

Most collectible variation

In early 2015, a batch of Technos was mistakenly produced in CPM-S30V and sent out in error.

Questions regarding collecting the C158

Some interesting questions we are looking for an answer to:

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Technical information

Measurements (mm and grams) of the C158 Techno:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C158TI 152mm 87mm 65mm 59mm 13mm 4.5mm 102g
C158TI 152mm 88mm 64mm 62mm 12mm 3.5mm 96g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the C158 Techno:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C158TI 5.98" 3.43" 2.55" 2.33" 0.51" 0.177" 3.6oz
C158TI 5.98" 3.46" 2.52" 2.44" 0.47" 0.138" 3.4oz

References

  1. The entire post from TazKristi can be found here

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