C214 Advocate

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The C214 Advocate is a titanium handled flipper design from Gayle Bradley.

Appearance in catalogs

The C214 Advocate appeared in the following catalogs:

Designer

Gayle Bradley

History, mentionings from the forums etc.

Spyderco response to issues with cupped washer/bearing systems

New and improved Advocate (see fourth post for official statement).

Advocate CQI highlighted in the January 2018 Spyderco Byte newsletter.

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

C214 Advocate:

"Spyderco’s Advocate is a production version of custom knifemaker Gayle Bradley’s first flipper-style folder design. Drawing from his extensive experience as a competitive cutting champion, its blade is precision machined from CPM® M4—a high-performance tool steel renowned for its extreme edge-holding ability. The full-flat-ground, PlainEdged™ blade includes both a prominent index-finger flipper and a fully functional Trademark Round Hole™ that allow a full spectrum of one-handed opening methods. To ensure a high-speed, low-drag action, the blade also pivots between special friction-reducing ball-bearing washers.

The Advocate’s handle consists of two 3-D-machined solid titanium scales that are radiused across their width and feature a unique “orange peel” finish that is both visually striking and provides an enhanced grip texture. The precision machining of these features ensures maximum comfort in the hand and contributes to the knife’s stunning, custom-quality appearance. The reverse-side handle scale forms the foundation of a high-strength Reeve Integral Lock (R.I.L.) mechanism with a stainless steel interface. This interface ensures a secure lock-up, a long service life, and serves double duty as an overtravel stop to maintain proper spring tension of the lock bar. The handle also boasts an open-backed construction style to minimize weight and simplify cleaning and a reversible hourglass clip that provides convenient left or right-side tip-up carry.

A faithful rendition of one of Bradley’s most unique custom designs, the Advocate sets a new standard in high-performance flipper-style folding knives."

The C214 Advocate in Spyderco's online catalog.

Variations

The C214 Advocate is made in Taichung, Taiwan and has

  • Reeve Integral Lock
  • Flipper tab
  • Ball-bearing washers
  • Lanyard hole


SKU Handle Edge(s) Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Clip Clip positions Collectors club
C214TI Orange peel Titanium PE CPM-M4 Dec. 2016-Apr. 2017, Jan. 2018-Sept. 2019 $369.95 (2016), $379.95 (2018), $380.00 (2019) Due to some reported problems from overly thin washers, production was suspended in Apr. 2017. After developing a more robust solution, it returned to production in Jan. 2018. Regular production Full Flat Chrome silver Hourglass LH/RH, TU Main

Most collectible variation

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Technical information

Measurements (mm and grams) of the C214 Advocate:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C214TI 204mm 116mm 89mm 82mm 12mm 3.0mm 111g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the C214 Advocate:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C214TI 8.04" 4.55" 3.49" 3.23" 0.47" 0.118" 3.9oz

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