C29 Cricket

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A selection of production Crickets‎

The C29 Cricket is a compact, oval shaped knife with a reverse "S" shaped blade introduced in 1994. In the course of it's long history several different handle materials and blade steels were used.

Appearance in catalogs

The C29 Cricket appeared in the following catalogs (older, newer):

  • C29ATU: 1994-1998 Spyderco catalogs
  • C29CF: 1998-1999 Spyderco catalogs
  • C29BK: 1998-2003 Spyderco catalogs
  • C29PN: not listed in any Spyderco catalog
  • C29: 2003-2009 Spyderco catalogs
  • C29PET: 2007-2009 Spyderco catalogs

Designer

Spyderco?

History, mentionings etc. from the forums

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

C29:

"Thin is in. We've made our long-favored Cricket model even thinner by integrating the handle and lock. Custom knifemaker Chris Reeve invented the idea of making a linerlock's liner out of backside scale of the handle. In doing this, thickness and bulk are shaved off the handle for an ultra-thin folder that locks up confidently with fewer moving lock parts.

We've incorporated this design into a rounded handle with a reverse "S" shaped blade. The distinctive blade shape curves into a keen precision tip for intricate/detailed cutting. Made of VG-10 stainless steel, the blade is hollow-ground and when folded closed creates a rounded package that rides nearly invisibly in the pocket. The pocket clip carries right-handed tip-down but also attaches to a tie or makes a fashionable money clip. Create your own one of a kind Cricket with engraving, corporate logos or a personal message."[1]

See also: C29BK[2], C29ET[3].

Variations

All Cricket variations are made in Seki-City, Japan and have a reverse "S" shaped, hollow-ground blade. The C29 and C29PET have an Integral Lock, all other variations have a Walker Liner Lock locking mechanism.

SKU Handle Edge Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Clip Clip positions Collectors club
C29ATU Black Tufram coated Aluminum PE SE GIN-1/G-2 1994-1998 59.95$ (?), 74.95$ (1996) N/A Hollow 3- screw short old standard clip RH, TD SE was Main, PE was Variant
C29BK Black FRN PE SE ATS-55 1997-2003 64.95$ (?) N/A Hollow 3- screw short old standard clip RH, TD Variants
C29CF Black CF PE SE ATS-55 1998-1999 108.95$ (1998?) 500 Hollow 3- screw short old standard clip RH, TD ?
C29PN Pink FRN SE ATS-55? 1999 ? Sprintrun 1200 Hollow 3- screw short old standard clip RH, TD Variant
C29 Stainless Steel PE SE VG-10 2003- 64.95$ (2004), 94.95$ (2009) N/A Hollow chrome 3- screw short old standard clip RH, TD Variants
C29PET Etched Stainless Steel PE VG-10 2007-2009 104.95$ (2007), 114.95$ (2009) N/A Hollow chrome 3- screw short old standard clip RH, TD Variant
C29 Stainless Steel PE ? ? ? Japan only, rainbow anodized N/A Hollow 3- screw short old standard clip RH, TD ?
C29PYY Stainless Steel PE SE ? ? ? Yin/Yang embelished by Santa Fe Stone works and sold through Spyderco with a YY at the end of the SKU N/A Hollow 3- screw short old standard clip RH, TD ?
C29GFP Black Nishijin Glass Fiber PE VG-10 2012-2013 149.95$ (2012) N/A Hollow chrome 3- screw short old standard clip RH, TD Variant
C29PT Etched and multi-color Stainless Steel PE VG-10 2013-Nov 2016 124.95$ (2013) "Tattoo" etch features multicolored reeds and a cricket. N/A Hollow chrome 3- screw short old standard clip RH, TD Variant
C29GFBLP Blue Nishijin Glass Fiber PE VG-10 2013-Nov 2015 154.95$ (2013) N/A Hollow chrome 3- screw short old standard clip RH, TD Variant

Most collectible variation

The Pink and rainvow anodized Crickets are rare versions. The PE CF is also very collectible. Of all the different versions, the YY is believed to be the absolutely most collectible.

Questions regarding collecting the C29

Some interesting questions we are looking for an answer to: See ? above.

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Technical information

Measurements (mm and grams) of the C29:

Variations Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weights
C29ATU 117mm 70mm 48mm 44mm 11mm 2mm 55g
C29CF 117mm 70mm 48mm 44mm 11mm 2mm 48g
C29FRN 117mm 70mm 48mm 44mm 11mm 2mm 36g
C29SS 117mm 70mm 48mm 41mm 11mm 2mm 49.5g
C29GFBL 118mm 70mm 48mm 41mm 11mm 2mm 48g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the C29:

Variations Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weights
C29ATU 4 5/8" 2 3/4" 1 7/8" 1 3/4" 7/16" 5/64" 2oz
C29CF 4 5/8" 2 3/4" 1 7/8" 1 3/4" 7/16" 5/64" 1.7oz
C29FRN 4 5/8" 2 3/4" 1 7/8" 1 3/4" 7/16" 5/64" 1.25oz
C29SS 4 5/8" 2 3/4" 1 7/8" 1 5/8" 7/16" 5/64" 1.75oz
C29GFBL 4 21/32" 2 3/4" 1 7/8" 1 5/8" 7/16" 5/64" 1,7oz

References

  1. The C29 Cricket in Spyderco's online catalog
  2. The C29BK Cricket in Spyderco's online catalog
  3. The C29ET Cricket in Spyderco's online catalog

Pictures

C29 Crickets all Artsy.JPG C29 ClipsidesSW.JPG

Also see the Cricket Pics! or the C29 Cricket pic's thread on the Spyderco forum.

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