C188 Dog Tag Folder

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The C188 Dog Tag was introduced in 2014 and despite using a "clipit" C-SKU, does not actually have a clip. The Dog Tag Folder is part of the Non-Locking series.

Appearance in catalogs

The C188 Dog Tag appeared in the following catalogs:

Designer

Serge Panchenko

History, mentionings from the forums etc.

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

C188 Dog Tag:

"Based on one of Serge Panchenko’s most popular custom designs, the Dog Tag Folder is a unique departure from Spyderco’s typical folding knife construction methods. Its single-sided handle is fabricated from solid titanium and accurately replicates the size and shape of a military dog tag. The center of the handle scale is machined to create an integral spring bar that houses a steel ball bearing for the blade’s detent mechanism. At the top of the handle is a titanium back strap that defines the blade’s limits of travel in both the open and closed positions and provides protection from the edge when the knife is closed.


The “business end” of the Dog Tag is a sheepfoot-style blade made from premium CPM® S30V® particle metallurgy stainless steel with a stonewashed finish. To protect the edge when closed, the blade is chisel ground with a single flat bevel on the front side—an unusual feature for a Spyderco knife. Our Trademark Round Hole™ in the blade allows easy opening, and a subtle swedge (unsharpened bevel) and a decorative fuller (groove) near the spine add a touch of style. The blade’s pivot is also accentuated by a round titanium disk that provides stability and structural strength as well as an aesthetic touch.


A non-locking folder, the Dog Tag’s blade is held in place in the open position by a detent mechanism. A ball bearing in the handle scale’s integral spring arm indexes holes in the tang of the blade to hold it both closed and open. Since the blade does not lock, care should be taken during use to apply cutting pressure only in a direction that maintains the knife’s open position.


This version of the Dog Tag features a green anodized handle scale and contrasting blue anodizing on the back strap and pivot pin disk. "


The C188 Dog Tag in Spyderco's online catalog

The C188 Dog Tag Black in Spyderco's online catalog

Variations

The C188 Dog Tag is made in Taiwan and has:

  • Integral Spring slipjoint
  • Sheepfoot blade
  • Shaped like a military dog tag
SKU Handle Edge(s) Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Clip Collectors club
C188ALTIP Green Ti/Blue Aluminum PE stonewashed CPM-S30V Aug 2014-Nov 2016 119.95$ (2014) Blue Aluminum backspacer and pivot plate Regular production Flat Chisel None Main
C188ALTIBBKP Black TiCN coated Ti PE Black TiCN coated CPM-S30V Dec 2014-end 2017 $129.95 (2015) Black titanuim carbonitride coated Aluminum backspacer and pivot plate Regular production Flat Chisel None Variant
C188CFBBKP Black CF/G-10 laminate PE Black TiCN coated CPM-S30V May 2015- $84.95 (2015) Black titanuim carbonitride coated hardware. Backspacer and pivot plate made of black G-10. Regular production Flat Chisel None Variant
C188ALP Twin matte finished Aluminum PE Stonewashed CTS-BD1 Aug. 2017- $99.95 (2017) First of the dog tag folder series to have a front scale. Refined blade shape with fuller. Regular production Sabre grind None Variant

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Technical information

Measurements (mm and grams) of the C188 Dog Tag:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C188ALTIP 82mm 51mm 31mm 29mm 9.8mm 3mm 26g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the C188 Dog Tag:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C188ALTIP 3.23" 2" 1.23" 1.14" 0.386" 0.118" 0.9oz

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