C189 Roadie

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The C189 Roadie was designed to be carried on airlines once a new TSA regulation relaxed the current laws, but the plan never came to fruition and Spyderco released the knife anyway. The Roadie is part of the Non-Locking series.

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The C189 roadie appeared in the following catalogs:

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C189 Roadie:

Design Origins

"Following the tragic events of September 11, 2001, the carry of any type of knife aboard an airplane was strictly prohibited. In early 2013, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced a plan to change U.S. security regulations and once again allow knives on airplanes. Although the plan was later withdrawn, Spyderco had already risen to the occasion by designing a highly functional non-locking pocketknife that would have conformed with the TSA’s proposed guidelines. That knife is the Roadie.


In essence, the Roadie is a highly evolved penknife that is more practical and user friendly than its historical predecessors. It’s most distinguishing characteristic—the “Double Dent™”—is a pair of symmetrical dimples in the blade that provide a solid purchase for a fingernail-free two-handed opening. Far superior to a traditional nail nick, they also do not collect dirt or debris.


Unlike traditional penknives, the Roadie also features a subtle index-finger choil that increases control of the knife during use and acts as a safeguard against unintentional closure. These enhanced features elevate the Roadie far beyond the conventional penknife and set a new standard in socially friendly cutting tools. Although the knife was never given the opportunity to respond to its original “calling,” the result of the project was far too good to pass up."


Materials and Construction

"The business end of the Roadie is a sheepfoot-style blade ground from Böhler-Uddeholm N690Co steel, a high-performance stainless steel alloyed with cobalt, molybdenum, and vanadium. Its wide blade profile and full-flat grind create incredible edge geometry for a keen, scalpel-sharp edge. The broad blade also provides real estate for the distinctive “Double Dent” feature that allows the blade to be easily opened with a pinch grip of the thumb and index finger. Although not intended as an opening feature, a Trademark Round Hole™ in the blade proudly identifies the Roadie as a Spyderco product.


At the base of the blade near its juncture with the handle there is a subtle forefinger choil (finger groove). Placing your index finger on the choil provides excellent control of the edge and creates a natural “stop” to help prevent the knife from closing unintentionally. Both the choil and the opposing thumb ramp on the spine of the blade feature jimping (textured grooves) to promote a positive, non-slip grip.


Unlike a traditional slipjoint, the Roadie’s blade is held open by an improved notched-joint mechanism. Its spring also forms the handle’s full-length back strap, giving it structural strength and providing a foundation for the durable fiberglass-reinforced-nylon (FRN) scales. The injection-molded scales are contoured for comfort and feature a recessed Spyderco “bug” logo on both sides. They are also available in a wide variety of colors to suit every taste.


The Roadie represents a quantum leap in the evolution of modern pocketknife design and sets a new standard of excellence for the breed. We are confident that yours will serve you well."


The C189 Roadie in Spyderco's online catalog


Variations

The C189 Roadie is made in Italy and has:

  • Improved notchjoint
  • Sheepfoot blade
  • “Double Dent™” dimple for opening blade
  • Lanyard hole
SKU Handle Edge(s) Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Clip Clip positions Collectors club
C189PBK Black FRN PE N690Co Dec 2014- 79.95$ (2015) N/A Full Flat None N/A Main
C189PRD Red FRN PE N690Co Mar 2015- 79.95$ (2015) Red handles are typically reserved for trainer models and this is one of the few red live-blade models N/A Full Flat None N/A Variant
C189POR Orange FRN PE N690Co Mar 2015- 79.95$ (2015) N/A Full Flat None N/A Variant
C189PGY Grey FRN PE N690Co Mar 2015- 79.95$ (2015) N/A Full Flat None N/A Variant
C189PBL Blue FRN PE N690Co Mar 2015- 79.95$ (2015) N/A Full Flat None N/A Variant

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Measurements (mm and grams) of the C189 Roadie:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C189 129mm 76mm 53mm 44mm 4mm 2.9mm 28g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the C189 Roadie:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C189 5.08" 2.99" 2.09" 1.72" 0.157" 0.112" 1.0oz

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