C180 Tatanka

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The C180 Tatanka was introduced in 2014 and is Spyderco's first "super-sized" folder as well as the first knife to use their new PowerLock™. Tatanka means "American bison” in the Lakota Sioux language.

Appearance in catalogs

The C180 Tatanka appeared in the following catalogs:

Designer

Sal Glesser

History, mentionings from the forums etc.

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

C180 Tatanka:

"Meaning “American bison” in the Lakota Sioux language, “Tatanka” is also the name of Spyderco’s first “super-sized” folder. Its defining feature is its high-strength PowerLock™–a deceptively simple yet incredibly strong lock that at first glance looks like an ordinary back lock. Take a closer look, however, and you’ll see a secondary cam component that is the secret to the lock’s strength. When the blade is opened, the tang contacts a sturdy stop pin in the handle to stop its rotation. At the same time, the spring-powered lever in the back of the handle rotates the cam around its pivot, causing a finger at the bottom of the cam to wedge against a concave surface on the top of the tang. This wedging action creates an incredibly secure lock-up, yet allows the lock to be released smoothly and easily.


The Tatanka’s handle consists of two skeletonized stainless steel liners, a stout stainless steel back spacer, and textured black G-10 scales. Its screw-together construction ensures precise alignment of all parts and provides an extremely solid platform for the PowerLock mechanism. Measuring just over five inches in length, the Tatanka’s blade has a saber grind that combines a full-thickness spine with a partial flat grind for a superior balance of strength and high-performance edge geometry. A swedge (unsharpened bevel) on the back of the blade reduces weight and increases point utility, while jimping (textured grooves) on the thumb ramp and an opposing index-finger choil (finger groove) provides a solid purchase that allows you to “choke up” on the knife for increased control.


Despite its impressive size, the Tatanka carries easily by virtue of its four-position pocket clip. Together with Spyderco’s Trademark Round Hole™ in the blade and the PowerLock, this feature ensures that both carry and operation of this remarkable folding knife are completely ambidextrous. Although the Trademark Round Hole facilitates ambidextrous one-handed opening of the knife, because of the blade’s size and mass and the location of its lock release, it should be closed with two hands."


The C180 Tatanka in Spyderco's online catalog

Variations

The C180 Tatanka is made in Seki-City, Japan and has:

  • a PowerLock
  • skeletonized steel liners
  • swedge
SKU Handle Edge(s) Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Clip Clip positions Collectors club
C180G Black G-10 PE VG-10 Oct. 2014-May 2018 $319.95 (2014) - $329.95 (2018) N/A Sabre grind Black Hourglass LH/RH, TD/TU Main

Most collectible variation

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Technical information

Measurements (mm and grams) of the C180 Tatanka:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C180G 293mm 165mm 128mm 114mm 13.8mm 4mm 269g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the C180 Tatanka:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C180G 11.55" 6.50" 5.05" 4.50" 0.54" 0.157" 9.5oz

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