C185 K2

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The C185 K2 was introduced in 2014 and is Spyderco's first folder with CPM-10V (and possibly the first production folder from any company to use this steel).

Appearance in catalogs

The C185 K2 appeared in the following catalogs:


Designer

Farid Mehr

History, mentionings from the forums etc.

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

C185 K2:

"Farid Mehr is a British custom knifemaker best known for his heavy-duty, hard-use knives. His first collaboration with Spyderco, the K2™, is a generously sized folding knife that definitely supports the designer’s reputation. Just shy of 10 inches (254mm) overall, it features a 4.53-inch (115mm) blade ground from CPM® 10V®—the first high-vanadium tool steel made using Crucible® steel’s Powder Metallurgy process. CPM 10V’s toughness and machining characteristics are comparable to D2 and M2, but it’s impressive 9.75% vanadium content gives it extreme wear resistance. In a knife blade, this translates to superior edge retention—a highly desirable quality for a hard-use folder.


To balance the strength of its broad Bowie-style blade, the K2 features a full-flat grind that tapers over its entire width to a keen PlainEdge™ cutting edge. The blade’s spine is also precisely radiused near the handle to provide a comfortable bearing point for the thumb and a Trademark Round Hole™ ensures positive one-handed opening.


The K2’s handle is also a study in strength. It consists of two extremely stout scales machined from solid titanium. The reverse scale forms the foundation of the knife’s sturdy Reeve Integral Lock (R.I.L.) and faithfully includes Farid’s signature serpentine cut on the lock bar. A stainless steel pocket clip attached near the pivot pin supports convenient right-side, tip-down carry.


Spyderco’s K2 combines the durability and heft that characterize Farid Mehr’s custom knives with the refined details that define Spyderco’s commitment to reliable high performance."

The C185 K2 in Spyderco's online catalog

Variations

The C185 K2 is made in Taichung, Taiwan and has:

  • Reeve Integral Lock
  • Lock bar overtravel stop
  • Farid's signature "wavy" serpentine cut on the lock bar
SKU Handle Edge(s) Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Clip Clip positions Collectors club
C185TI Stonewash Ti PE CPM-10V Sept. 2014-Nov. 2016 399.95$ (2014) N/A Full Flat Chrome custom Hourglass RH, TD Main

Most collectible variation

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Technical information

Measurements (mm and grams) of the C185 K2:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C185TI 254mm 138mm 115mm 108mm 12.85mm 3.5mm 176g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the C185 K2:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C185TI 9.99" 5.45" 4.54" 4.25" 0.51" 0.138" 6.2oz

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