C15 Bob Terzuola

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In 1990 Spyderco started with the Bob Terzuola the Collaboration models. Besides this the C15 was the first Clipit with Linerlock (maybe even the first production knife with ball bearing detent), clip position for tip up/down and is said to be Spyderco's first domestic US production. Blade is a modified drop-point with an obtuse angle of 70°. Handle color is black, with Lanyard hole. The old Standard clip with three screws is used. It is said, that the first 1000 pieces had the insignias chemically etched on either side of the blade, thereafter all blades were engraved.

A smaller version of the C15, the C19 Bob Terzuola Jr., also exists.

Appearance in catalogs

The Bob Terzuola appears in the 1993 product guide[1], the 1994 product guide[2], the 1997 product guide[3], the 1998 product guide[4].

Designer

Robert "Bob" Terzuola, a custom knife maker in USA. Bob Terzuola Makers mark.

History, mentionings from the forums etc.

Some information from Sal Glesser posted on the Spyderco forums:

Bob T was the inspiration for Spyderco to do custom collaborations.[5]

Spyderco was the first to use ATS-34 in a US made production knife (Bob Terzuola C15). [6]

Information from the Spyderco product guide

From the 1993 product guide:

"Robert Terzuola has gained the respect of his peers for his efficient high strenght designs that reflect a subtle military flavor. Our American-made CLIPIT showcases his 15 plus year experience as a master designer and knife maker. The modified drop-point blade is made of ATS-34 steel and pivots between high-lubricity nylon bushings to ensure glassy smooth action. Scales are secured with high-tensile allen screw. The clothing clip may be mounted to carry the knife tip up or tip down, and a Linerlock secures the blade in an open or closed position."[1]

Variations

The following variations of the Bob Terzuola are known; all are made in U.S.A.:

SKU Handle Edge Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Clip Clip positions Collectors club
C15P 6061-T6 aluminum black, bead blasted PE ATS-34 1990-1993 149,95$ N/A N/A Full Flat grind 3- screw old standard clip Right hand, tip-up/down N/A
C15PS 6061-T6 aluminum black, bead blasted PS ATS-34 1990-1993 149,95$ N/A N/A Full Flat grind 3- screw old standard clip Right hand, tip-up/down N/A
C15P 6061-T6 aluminum black, bead blasted PE ATS-34 1990-1993 149,95$ finger cutouts on scales N/A Full Flat grind 3- screw old standard clip Right hand, tip-up/down N/A
C15PS 6061-T6 aluminum black, bead blasted PS ATS-34 1990-1993 149,95$ finger cutouts on scales N/A Full Flat grind 3- screw old standard clip Right hand, tip-up/down N/A
C15P 6061-T6 aluminum black, bead blasted PE ATS-34 1990-1993 149,95$ finger cutouts on scales, scales stamped with "USA Made" N/A Full Flat grind 3- screw old standard clip Right hand, tip-up/down N/A
C15PS 6061-T6 aluminum black, bead blasted PS ATS-34 1990-1993 149,95$ finger cutouts on scales, scales stamped with "USA Made" N/A Full Flat grind 3- screw old standard clip Right hand, tip-up/down N/A
C15GPS black G-10 PS ATS-34 1994-1997 149,95$ engraving "Golden, Colorado, USA" under the Spyderco Logotype on blade, right- and left-hand version (first 3500 knives have individual serial numbers) N/A Full Flat grind 3- screw old standard clip Right hand, tip-up/down N/A

Most collectible variation

The C15P first run numbered (from the first generation model) seems to be the one most favoured by collectors.


Questions regarding collecting the Bob Terzuola

Some interesting questions we are looking for an answer to:

  • Were there ever generations 1-3 availaible in right- and left-hand versions? According to catalog and pricelist information left-handed versions were available by special order. Any left-handed versions really existing?
  • How many were made of the different variations?

Technical information

Typical measurements (mm and grams) of the C15 Bob Terzuola:

SKU Length overall Length closed Hole Ø Blade length Cutting edge Blade thickness Weight
C15 ? ? ? 89 ? ? ?
C15G 197 110 12 86 81 3,2 96

Typical measurements (Inches and ounces) of the C15 Bob Terzuola:

SKU Length overall Length closed Hole Ø Blade length Cutting edge Blade thickness Weight
C15 ? ? ? 3 1/2 ? ? ?
C15G 7 3/4 4 5/16 15/32 3 3/8 3 3/16 1/8 3,4

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Spyderco's product guide from 1993 is available for download here
  2. Spyderco's product guide from 1994 is available for download here
  3. Spyderco's product guide from 1997 is available for download here
  4. Spyderco's product guide from 1998 is available for download here
  5. The entire thread containing Mr. Glesser's comment can be found here.
  6. The post containing Sals comment can be found [1]

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