C28 Dragonfly

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The C28 Dragonfly was introduced in 1994 and was the first Spyderco knife featuring a 50/50 forefinger-choil.

Appearance in catalogs

The C28 Dragonfly appeared in all Spyderco product catalogs since 1994 (older, newer).

Designer

Sal Glesser [1]

History, mentionings from the forums etc.

On the Spyderco forums:

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

C28BK:

"Many of us buy small gentlemen's knives assuming we'll use them for undemanding cutting chores. While that is normally the case, the Dragonfly's diminutive size belies its cutting capabilities. When need be, it will cut and perform like a much larger folder because Spyderco's R&D team focused on creating a small but ergonomically superior package out of high-performance materials.

In order for the knife to feel like a larger knife in the hand, it needed well-designed ergonomics. A forefinger-choil and thumb-rest give the hand purchase points, filling out the palm and offering cutting control. Its leaf-shaped blade is flat-ground VG-10 and the Spyderco Round Hole is 11mm facilitating easy opening. FRN handle is textured with Volcano-Grip and a tip-up integral pocket clip. Low profiled and weighing just over one ounce, the Dragonfly is one of the flagship models in Spyderco's Little Big Guy Knife line up."[2]

See also: C28 [3], C28ET [4], C28WH [5]. C28GFG [6]. C28T [7]. C28BK2 [8]. C28GRE2 [9]. C28YL2 [10].


Variations

The C28 Dragonfly is made in Seki City, Japan and has a

SKU Handle Edge(s) Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Clip Clip positions Collectors club
C28BK Black FRN PE SE GIN-1/G-2 1994-1995 39.95$ (1994) narrow blade, clip starts after lanyard hole Regular production Hollow Integral FRN RH, TU
C28BK Black FRN PE SE AUS-8 1996-2007 59.95$ (1998) since 2001: increased blade and overall length; since 2004: incl. Boye dent; since 2006: bug on blade Regular production Full Flat Integral FRN RH, TU
C28BK Black FRN PE SE VG-10 2008-2010 59.95$ (2008): 69,95 (2009) Regular production Full Flat Integral FRN RH, TU
CX05 Stainless Steel PE SE GIN-1/G-2 1997 ? SKU changed to C28 shortly after introduction Short production Full Flat Integral FRN RH, TU
C28 Stainless Steel PE SE GIN-1/G-2 1997 ? Regular production Full Flat Chrome 3- screw short old standard clip RH, TU
C28 Stainless Steel PE SE ATS-55 1998-2007 64.95$ (2006) since 2001: increased blade and overall length; since 2004: incl. Boye dent; since 2006: bug on blade Regular production Full Flat Chrome 3- screw short old standard clip RH, TU
C28 Stainless Steel PE SE VG-10 2008- 74.95$ (2008), 84,95$ (2009) Regular production Full Flat Chrome 3- screw short old standard clip RH, TU
C28CF Black CF PE SE ATS-55 1997-1998 129.95$ (1997) Limited Full Flat Chrome 3- screw short old standard clip RH, TD
C28PET Stainless Steel etched PE VG-10 2007-2008 89.95$ (2007); 94,95$ (2008) Regular production Full Flat Chrome 3- screw short old standard clip RH, TU Variant
C28PWH White FRN PE VG-10 2008 59.95$ Sprintrun ? Full Flat Integral FRN RH, TU Variant
C28GPFG Foliage Green G-10 PE VG-10 2009 129,95 $(2009) Regular production Full Flat Silver Stainless wire clip LH/RH, TU
C28T Etched and multi-color Stainless Steel PE VG-10 Dec 2009- $104.95 (2011) Etched and multi-color with grass blades and a dragonfly Tattoo Regular production Full Flat Chrome 3- screw old standard clip RH, TU

Dragonfly 2

The C28 Dragonfly is made in Seki City, Japan and has a

SKU Handle Edge(s) Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Clip Clip positions Collectors club
C28PBK2 Black FRN PE VG-10 late 2010- $74.95 (2011) 2nd generation Regular production Full Flat Silver low carry Stainless wire clip LH/RH, TU
C28SBK2 Black FRN SE VG-10 late 2010- $74.95 (2011) 2nd generation Regular production Full Flat Silver low carry Stainless wire clip LH/RH, TU
C28GRE2 British Racing Green FRN PE ZDP-189 2011- $109.95 (2011) 2nd generation Regular production Full Flat Silver low carry Stainless wire clip LH/RH, TU
C28PYL2 Yellow FRN PE H-1 mid 2011- $84.95 (2012) 2nd generation Regular production Hollow Silver low carry Stainless wire clip LH/RH, TU
C28SYL2 Yellow FRN SE H-1 mid 2011- $84.95 (2012) 2nd generation Regular production Hollow Silver low carry Stainless wire clip LH/RH, TU
WDKIT1 Wood Dull PE Wood late 2012- $17.95 (2013) For children ages 7 & Up. Comes in tin and assembly required. Made in America. Regular production Full Flat None n/a n/a
C28PPN2 Pink FRN PE VG-10 Dec. 2012 $89.95 (2012) J.B. Distributing of Asheboro, North Carolina distributor exclusive 700 Full Flat Silver low carry Stainless wire clip LH/RH, TU Variant
C28GFPW Black Nishijin Glass Fiber PE VG-10 Apr. 2013 $84.95 (2013) JB Outman Distributing - distributor exclusive 700 Full Flat Chrome 3- screw old standard clip RH, TU Variant
C28POR2 Orange FRN PE VG-10 June 2013- $84.95 (2013) ? Full Flat Silver low carry Stainless wire clip LH/RH, TU Variant
C28FPGYE Grey FRN PE Aogami Super Blue Apr. 2014 $104.95 (2014) Sprintrun 1200 Full Flat Silver low carry Stainless wire clip LH/RH, TU Variant
C28PPR2 Purple FRN PE VG-10 Mar. 2015 $89.95 (2015) Sprintrun 1500 Full Flat Silver low carry Stainless wire clip LH/RH, TU Variant
C28FPBORE2 Burnt Orange FRN PE HAP40/SUS 410 Mar. 2016 $114.95 (2016) Sprintrun. HAP40 core with SUS 410 cladding. 1200 Full Flat Silver low carry Stainless wire clip LH/RH, TU Variant
C28ZFPGR2 Green Zome FRN PE G-10 June 2017- $92.95 (2017) 2nd generation Regular production Full Flat Silver low carry Stainless wire clip LH/RH, TU Variant
C28SYL2HB Yellow FRN SE H-1 Sept. 2017- $97.95 (2017) 2nd generation, hawkbill blade Regular production Hollow Silver low carry Stainless wire clip LH/RH, TU Variant
C28WDP Brown Pakkawood PE HAP40/SUS 410 May 2018 $199.95 (MSRP), $129.97 (street) Knife Center Exclusive. HAP40 core with SUS 410 cladding. Limited Full Flat Silver low carry Stainless wire clip LH/RH, TU Variant
C28FPBLE2 Blue-gray FRN PE V-Toku2/SUS 310 Dec. 2018 $104.95 (2018) Sprintrun. V-Toku2 core with SUS 310 cladding. 1200 Full Flat Black 4-way Hourglass LH/RH, TU Variant
C28FPWCBK2 Black FRN PE VG-10 June 2019- $95.00 (2019) 2nd generation, Wharncliffe shaped blade. Regular production Full Flat Silver low carry Stainless wire clip LH/RH, TU Variant
C28FPWCBK2 Dark gray FRN PE VG-10 June 2019- $105.00 (2019) 2nd generation, Emerson wave opener. Regular production Sabre grind Silver low carry Stainless wire clip LH/RH, TU Variant
C28FPTL2 Teal FRN PE CPM-S30V July 2019- $105.00 (2019) MGE Wholesale Exclusive Limited Full Flat Silver low carry Stainless wire clip LH/RH, TU Variant

Most collectible variation

The CF variation seems to be the most collectible, though the Santa Fe Stoneworks variants are also rare and expensive.

Questions regarding collecting the C28

Some interesting questions we are looking for an answer to:

Questions with an answer:

Technical information

Measurements (mm and grams) of the C28 Dragonfly:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C28BK (1994-2000) 137mm 83mm 55mm 48mm 11mm 2.5mm 33g
C28BK (since 2001), C28WH 138mm 82mm 58mm 48mm 11mm 2.5mm 33g
C28 (1997-2000) 137mm 83mm 54mm 48mm 11mm 2.5mm 53g
C28 (since 2001) 138mm 82mm 58mm 48mm 11mm 2.5mm 73g
C28CF 137mm 83mm 54mm 48mm 11mm 2.4mm 45.5g
C28ET 140mm 81mm 59mm 48mm 11mm 2.5mm 74g
C28GPFG 140mm 81mm 57mm 48mm 11mm 2.5mm 56g
C28BK2 141mm 84mm 57mm 48mm 11mm 2.5mm 34g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the C28 Dragonfly:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C28BK (1994-2000) 5 3/8" 3 1/4" 2 1/6" 1 7/8" 7/16" 3/32" 1.2oz
C28BK (since 2001), C28WH 5 7/16" 3 7/32" 2 5/16" 1 7/8" 7/16" 3/32" 1.2oz
C28 (1997-2000) 5 3/8" 3 1/4" 2 1/8" 1 7/8" 7/16" 3/32" 2.25oz
C28 (since 2001) 5 7/16" 3 7/32" 2 5/16" 1 7/8" 7/16" 3/32" 2.6oz
C28CF 5 3/8" 3 1/4" 2 1/8" 1 7/8" 7/16" 3/32" 1.6oz
C28ET 5 1/2" 3 3/16" 2 5/16" 1 7/8" 7/16" 3/32" 2.6oz
C28GPFG 5 1/4" 3 3/16" 2 1/4" 1 7/8" 7/16" 3/32" 2.oz
C28BK2 5 9/16" 3 5/16" 2 1/4" 1 7/8" 7/16" 3/32" 1.2oz

References

  1. Sal Glesser's original comment can be found on Spyderco-Forums [1]
  2. The C28BK Dragonfly in Spyderco's online catalog
  3. The C28 Dragonfly in Spyderco's online catalog
  4. The C28ET Dragonfly in Spyderco's online catalog
  5. The C28WH Dragonfly in Spyderco's online catalog
  6. The C28GFG Dragonfly in Spyderco's online catalog
  7. The C28T Dragonfly in Spyderco's online catalog
  8. The C28BK2 Dragonfly in Spyderco's online catalog
  9. The C28GRE2 Dragonfly in Spyderco's online catalog
  10. The C28YL2 Dragonfly in Spyderco's online catalog

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The dragonfly with stainless steel handle, flanked by a some 'Canadian Pride'
FRN Dragonfly 2 with wire clip

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