C221 Lil' Nilakka

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The C221 Lil' Nilakka is part of Spyderco's Ethnic series and based on the larger C164 Nilakka. It is also Spyderco's first "Flash Batch", which is similar to a Sprintrun, but instead of utilizing a pre-existing model, uses a never before produced model that will not be produced in that exact configuration again.

Appearance in catalogs

The C221 Lil' Nilakka appeared in the following catalogs:

Designer

Pekka Tuominen

History, mentionings from the forums etc.

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

C221 Lil' Nilakka:

"Award-winning Finnish knifemaker Pekka Tuominen is an expert outdoorsman, one of the world’s most knowledgeable experts on the traditional Finnish puukko knife, and one of only seven puukkoseppamestari, or “master bladesmiths” certified by the Finnish Ministry of Education. These impressive qualifications were instrumental the creation of his latest Spyderco collaboration, the Lil’ Nilakka.

A smaller, more gentlemanly expression of his acclaimed Nilakka folding knife, the Lil’ Nilakka features a breathtakingly sharp blade precision machined from premium RWL 34 stainless steel. Produced by the Swedish firm Damasteel®, this “rapidly solidified powder” material boasts the same qualities as other particle metallurgy steels and has long been a favorite of elite custom knifemakers. In the Lil’ Nilakka, this advanced alloy is shaped to replicate the dramatic “zero-ground” geometry of the classic puukko with a full-flat grind that terminates in an almost imperceptible microbevel.

The Lil’ Nilakka’s blade nests deeply in a handle constructed with full stainless steel liners, a stainless backspacer, and smooth matte ivory G-10 scales. The liners form the foundation of the knife’s sturdy LinerLock mechanism, which locks the blade securely open during use. A deep recess in the front scale allows right-handed access to the blade’s Round Hole when the knife is closed and easy operation of the lock release when open. To ensure immediate access, the handle also features a deep-pocket wire pocket clip configured for convenient right-side, tip-up carry.

In addition to all its other impressive qualities, the Lil’ Nilakka is also historically significant as it represents Spyderco’s very first “flash batch” product—a distinctive, one-time-only expression of a brand new design. Flash batches are individually serialized with a laser-engraved number on every blade, making them even more unique and collectible."

The C221 Lil' Nilakka in Spyderco's online catalog.

Variations

The C221 Lil' Nilakka is made in Taichung, Taiwan and has

  • Walker Liner Lock
  • Full stainless steel liners and backspacer
  • Individually numbered blades


SKU Handle Edge(s) Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Clip Clip positions Collectors club
C221GWH Smooth matte ivory white G-10 PE RWL34 May. 2017 259.95$ (2017) Incredibly small microbevel to replicate a zero-grind 1200 Full Flat Silver deep carry wire RH, TU Main

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Technical information

Measurements (mm and grams) of the C221 Lil' Nilakka:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C221GWH 142mm 84mm 58mm 58mm 3mm 77g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the C221 Lil' Nilakka:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C221GWH 5.60" 3.30" 2.30" 2.30" 0.118" 2.7oz

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