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C35 "Q" was created to be very lightweight. The scales and blade are "skeletonized". Simple to construct and easy to have different blades designs. Introduced in 1996 it was awarded Blade magazine's knife of the year. Production started in 1997 with the Spyderco Bug in the blade and continued for a few years. The initial name for the Q was the Silhouette.

Appearance in catalogs

  • Ironstone Product Guide 1996
  • Spyderco Product Guide 1997
  • Spyderco Product Guide 1998
  • Spyderco Product Guide 1999

Designer

Sal Glesser

History, mentionings from the forums etc.

Why the Q?

Built to be very lightweight (34g or 1.2 oz) the Q also brought a small and rather inexpensive platform for customization and since many blade designs were possible, it would become a marketing tool for companies. It would also be used to recognize employees for various companies and given away as prizes and the such.

Innovations

New Patent was for the "spring lock". Essentially a formed piece of wire that rests in the scales and the wire fits into a notch in the blade tang that locks it in the open or closed position. The clip was also formed piece of wire that was located in holes in the scales. The holes were constructed for 4-way carry.

Construction

The Q was designed to be as simple as possible, with the final design using only 8 parts (9 parts in the 2nd gen):

• 1 one-piece molded handle

• 1 blade

• 1 pivot pin

• 1 pivot pin screw

• 2 blade bushings

• 1 SpringClip

• 1 SpringLock

• 1 SpringLock retaining pin (2nd gen only)


Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

Variations

Initially the FRN handle was built in a 'sculpted' design. Where the scale was a little wider in the middle and narrower at the top and bottom. The next generation of handle the sides were flat. Also an additional pin was added at the top of the scales near the lock. It is unknown exactly how many variations of blade design were created. There exists pictures for more than 50 blade variables. Many were done with different color handles. Quantities also varied greatly between variations. From Prototypes where 1 or 2 exist, very small quantities of 25 up to thousands for companies like REI and EMS. SE is the most common edge although PE was available as requested by the companies ordering them. They can vary for each company, some varieties included both edge configurations. CE was also available, but rarely seen on the regular blade. A Sheepfoot Blade was available on two versions (New York Custom Knife Show and Wilderness Medicine Outfitters). A Sheepfoot Blade was done in a solid blade (a blade without any cutouts) and made in various colors, but not for general sale. The C35 Q was available in the following FRN colors: Black, Red, Green, Grey and Blue. Below we've tried to list the different variations as far as we know. If you know of others, please let us know here

Special thanks to Spyderco forum members Chris (boxer93) for maintaining a Q website and Paul (The Deacon) for his Q page, as well as David Jung (spyderwa?) for his site and Dan (Qcrazy) for all his informative emails and pictures.

SKU Handle Edge Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Clip Clip positions Collectors club
C35PBK Black FRN PE 440C 1996-1997 29.95$ (1996) Regular spider-web with Bug in blade, 1st Gen 3D handle. PE much less common than SE 36,000+ (PE and SE, both generations) Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35SBK Black FRN SE 440C 1996-1997 29.95$ (1996) Regular spider-web with Bug in blade, 1st Gen 3D handle 36,000+ (PE & SE, both generations) Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35PBK Black FRN PE 440C Regular spider-web with Bug in blade, 1st Gen 3D handle. All metal parts coated black. Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35PBK Black FRN PE 440C 1997-1999 49.95$ (1998) Regular spider-web with Bug in blade, 2nd Gen flat handle and cross pin above lock. PE much less common than SE 36,000+ (PE & SE, both generations) Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH Variant
C35SBK Black FRN SE 440C 1997-1999 49.95$ (1998) Regular spider-web with Bug in blade, 2nd Gen flat handle and cross pin above lock 36,000+ (PE & SE, both generations) Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35SBKSLD SOLID Q Black FRN SE 440C Solid blade, flat handle. Also used SKU C35SBK without the SLD suffix. Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35S RED SCOTCH BRIGHT Red FRN SE 440C Solid blade, flat handle. Alt. blade finish. Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35S RED TUMBLE POLISH Red FRN SE 440C Solid blade, flat handle. Alt. blade finish. Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35S GREY SCOTCH BRIGHT Grey FRN SE 440C Solid blade, flat handle. Alt. blade finish. Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35S Green FRN SE 440C Solid blade, flat handle. Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35SBK ace case Black FRN SE 440C ACE Case Co. with Ace of spades logo cutout. Flat handle. Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35 Black FRN 440C Advertising Products Co. with "D Edwards" cutout in manuscript letters. 106 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35 Black FRN 440C Anchorage Fire Dept. Maltese Cross with flames cutout. 75 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35 Black FRN 440C Anchorage Fire Dept. Maltese Cross cutout with "Anchorage Fire Dept." engraved 100 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35SBK Black FRN SE 440C Bever outdoor store, Netherlands. Beaver image with the word bever cutout. 3D handle. 113 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35SBK BLADE MAGAZINE Black FRN SE 440C Blade logo on radiating lines (from the hole) cutout. Each one is numbered. 3D handle. 1925 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35SBK BLADE MAGAZINE Black FRN SE 440C Blade logo on radiating lines (from the hole) cutout. All metal parts anodized gold. Made for Spyderco employees. Not numbered, 3D handle. 20 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35SBK BLADE 25TH ANNIVERSARY Grey FRN SE 440C Blade (magazine) 25th Anniversary, with Blade and 25 cutout. Flat handle. 350+ Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35SBK Black FRN SE 440C Blue Ridge Knives, with skull and crossbones (Jolly Roger) cutout. Flat handle. 300 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35 Black FRN 440C Bob's Gun Shop triangle cutout with "Men's Status, Tactics, Arms Dexteritum" engraved. 49 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35PSBK Black FRN CE 440C Cabelas cutout. Flat handle. 501 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35SBK Black FRN SE 440C Cairns (leather manufacturer) cutout, with "Leather Since 1836" engraved below. 3D handle. 940 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35S Black FRN SE 440C Calahan Construction script letter "Calahan" cutout. Flat handle. 107 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35 Black FRN 440C Calif. Assn. of Nurses "CRNA" cutout. 56 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35SBK Black FRN SE 440C Carter Custom Weaponry with speeding bullet through CCW logo cutout. Flat handle. 50 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35SBK Black FRN SE 440C CICCC (Club International des Collectionneurs de Couteaux Customs) cutout. Along with the SICAC version, was made for the French cutlery club La passion des cuoteaux.3D handle. 400 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35 Black FRN 440C Coca Cola Prototype with (1) Coca-Cola script cutout and (1) Coca-Cola block letters cutout. ~2 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip
C35 Black FRN PE/SE 440C Coors Prototype with Coors and mountain logo and sunburst cutout. Presented to Coors Brewing Company, who responded with a cease and desist order. 3D handle. ~2 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD RH
C35SBK Black FRN SE 420V Crucible Metals with CM logo cutout. Given to employees. Only Q made with 420V steel. Flat handle. 107 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35 Black FRN PE 440C Denver Police Protection Agency engraved badge among 4 diagonal bars cutout. 50 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35 Black FRN 440C The Discovery Channel Prototype Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35SBK Black FRN SE 440C Ducks Unlimited with mallard head cutout. Flat handle. ~12 (total, black and green handles) Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35S Green FRN SE 440C Ducks Unlimited with mallard head cutout. Green flat handle. ~12 (total, black and green handles) Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35SBK Black FRN SE 440C Eastern Mountain Sports with EMS logo cutout. 3D handle. 2280 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35 Black FRN 440C Eddie Bauer Prototype Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35 Black FRN 440C Edwin A. Flak profile of two faces looking at each other cutout. 52 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35SBK Black FRN SE 440C ELSEE solid blade with "ELSEE, Pearland, TX" laser engraved. Flat handle. Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35 Black FRN 440C Ferrari Prototype with prancing horse logo cutout. ~2 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip
C35SBK Black FRN SE 440C Foxcross Farms stylized letters cutout. 3D handle. 75 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35PBK Black FRN PE 440C Fred Meyer with arched fish cutout. Flat handle. Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35SBK Black FRN SE 440C Fred Meyer with arched fish cutout. Flat handle. Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35P Grey FRN PE 440C Fred Meyer with arched fish cutout. Grey flat handle. 600 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35PBK Black FRN PE 440C G. Sakai cutout. 3D handle. Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35PBK Black FRN SE 440C GBC logo and sunburst cutout. A Colorado-based laser cutting company that cut the Q blades for Spyderco. Flat handle. ~500 total (PE+SE) Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35SBK Black FRN SE 440C GBC logo and sunburst cutout. A Colorado-based laser cutting company that cut the Q blades for Spyderco. Flat handle. ~500 total (PE+SE) Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35SBK Black FRN SE 440C Gravis Footwear logo cutout. Flat handle. Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35SBK GUN GAMES Black FRN SE 440C Gun Games (magazine) logo cutout. 3D handle. 153 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35PBK HK Black FRN PE 440C Heckler and Koch with HK logo cutout, relatively few PE exist. Flat handle. 2135 (total PE and SE) Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35SBK HK Black FRN SE 440C Heckler and Koch with HK logo cutout. Flat handle. 2135 (total PE and SE) Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35 Black FRN PE 440C Hilti Prototype Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35 Black FRN 440C HL Dalis NYC Statue of Liberty cutout. 100 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35SBK HLD Black FRN SE 440C HL Dalis HLD logo on circle with horizontal "lightning bolt" cutout. Flat handle. Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35PBK Black FRN PE 440C Hugh M Woods Lumber Co. arrow logo cutout. 3D handle. 575 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35SBK JP TOOL Black FRN SE 440C J.P. Tool cutout. Flat handle. Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35 Black FRN 440C John Larkin Coffee with steaming coffee cup cutout. 100 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35 Black FRN 440C Kanga Company Kanga stylized letters among diagonal bars cutout. 3D handle. 77 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35SBK Black FRN SE 440C KN Telecom cutout. Flat handle. 133 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35 Black FRN 440C Knife Magazine G. Sakai "KNIFE" on curving bars cutout. 300 (?) Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35PBK KONA Black FRN PE 440C 1998 Kona Hawaii, marlin cutout with "Kona '98" engraved. Flat handle. 600 (total PE and SE) Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35SBK KONA Black FRN SE 440C 1998 Kona Hawaii, marlin cutout with "Kona '98" engraved. Flat handle. 600 (total PE and SE) Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35S KONA Red FRN SE 440C 1998 Kona Hawaii, marlin cutout with "Kona '98" engraved. Red flat handle. Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35PBK KONA 99 Black FRN PE 440C 1999 Kona Hawaii, volcano and lava with sun cutout with "Kona '99" engraved. Flat handle. 600 (?) total PE+SE Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35SBK KONA 99 Black FRN SE 440C 1999 Kona Hawaii, volcano and lava with sun cutout with "Kona '99" engraved. Flat handle. 600 (?) total PE+SE Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35SBK Black FRN SE 440C Leed Tool logo cutout. 3D handle. 200 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35 Black FRN 440C Liberty Safes script "LIBERTY SAFES" on diagonal bars cutout. 100 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35 Black FRN 440C Lotus Prototype with Lotus logo cutout. 1 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip
C35PBK Black FRN 440C 1997 M.I. Overseas "MI" in rectangular box cutout. 3D handle. 60 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35SBK Black FRN SE 440C Magnum Research flying eagle and "MRI" cutout. Flat handle. 102 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35SBK Black FRN SE 440C Masque Sound of NYC with theater mask cutout. Flat handle. 100 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35 Black FRN 440C Mercedes Benz Prototype three-prong star logo cutout. 2 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip
C35SBK Black FRN SE 440C Messer Klötzli "Klötzli" cutout, stamped with "150 JAHRE" (trans: 150 years). 3D handle. 171 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35 Black FRN 440C Metal Finishing Systems block letters "MFS" inside 3D hexagon cutout. 3D handle. 84 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35PBK Black FRN PE 440C MIT Inkjet italicized block letters with three inkjet nozzles cutout. Made for a Swedish firm making inkjet heads for large scale printers. 3D handle. Maximum 200 total PE and SE[1] Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35SBK Black FRN SE 440C MIT Inkjet italicized block letters with three inkjet nozzles cutout. Made for a Swedish firm making inkjet heads for large scale printers. 3D handle. Maximum 200 total PE and SE[2] Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35SBK Moteng #3 Black FRN SE 440C 1998 49.95$ Moteng, with five upper and five lower interweaving curved bars cutout. Sold through Ironstone catalog. Various similar patterns were made. Flat handle. 500 (total SE, CE) Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35PSBK Moteng #3 Black FRN CE 440C 1998 49.95$ Moteng, with five upper and five lower interweaving curved bars cutout. Sold through Ironstone catalog. Various similar patterns were made. Flat handle. 500 (total SE, CE) Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35PBK Black FRN PE 440C National Rifle Association Prototype with "NRA" and streamers cutout. 3D handle. 2 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35 Black FRN 440C Neosho Industrial Supply "NIS INC" with cloverleaf cutout. 3D handle. 103 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35PBK New York Black FRN PE 440C 1996 New York Custom Knife Show (1997) with "New York" and a knife cutout. Sheepfoot blade, 3D handle. 280 (total PE, SE, and CE) Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35SBK New York Black FRN SE 440C 1996 New York Custom Knife Show (1997) with "New York" and a knife cutout. Sheepfoot blade, 3D handle. 280 (total PE, SE, and CE) Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35PSBK New York Black FRN CE 440C 1996 New York Custom Knife Show (1997) with "New York" and a knife cutout. Sheepfoot blade, 3D handle. 280 (total PE, SE, and CE) Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35 Black FRN 440C Nike Prototype swoosh logo cutout. 2 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip
C35 Black FRN 440C Northwest Bank "N" cutout with "Northwest Banks" engraved vertical bars. 10-20 (?) Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35 Black FRN 440C Platte Canyon Fire Dept. Colo. fireman spraying flames cutout with "PCFD" engraved on hose. 81 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35 Black FRN 440C Playboy Prototype bunny profile among geometric bars cutout. 1 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip
C35 Black FRN 440C Plaza Cutlery flying eagle cutout. 306 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35 Black FRN PE 440C Port Hueneme Marine Supply Co. is a marine and oil supply company located in southern California. "PHMS" on diagonal bars cutout. Flat handle. 60 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35SBK Black FRN SE 440C Port Hueneme Marine Supply Co. is a marine and oil supply company located in southern California. "PHMS" on diagonal bars cutout. Flat handle. Not sure if the SE version is included in the PE units listed above (for a grand total of 60), or is in addition to those 60 units. *see above Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35 Black FRN 440C Potomac Electric Power Co. small case letters "pepco" on diagonal bars cutout. 105 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35 Black FRN SE 440C Precision Graphics letter G inside much larger P among horizontal bars cutout. 3D handle. 52 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35SBK PRCA Black FRN SE 440C 55.95$ Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association with bucking bronco with rider cutout and "PRCA PRORODEO" laser engraving. Flat handle. 600 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35PBK Black FRN PE 440C Prospector Outfitters with "Alaska" and mountain design cutout. 3D handle. 55 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35PBK Black FRN PE 440C Prospector Outfitters with Alaska state outline among 'radiating bars cutout. 3D handle. 58 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35PBK REEDS Black FRN PE 440C Reeds cutout. A Minnesota-based sports dealer. 3D handle. Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35SBK REEDS Black FRN SE 440C Reeds cutout. A Minnesota-based sports dealer. 3D handle. Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35PBK Black FRN PE 440C REI and pine tree cutout. Made for Outdoor retail store Recreational Equipment Inc. 3D handle. 2000 (total PE and SE) Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35SBK Black FRN SE 440C REI and pine tree cutout. Made for Outdoor retail store Recreational Equipment Inc. 3D handle. 2000 (total PE and SE) Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35SBK Black FRN SE 440C REI (larger letters) and "crooked" pine tree cutout. Prototype Made for Outdoor retail store Recreational Equipment Inc. 3D handle. Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35PBK FISH (SHARK?) Black FRN PE 440C 1997 Rocky Mountain AB, Swedish importer with fish (shark?) cutout. Similar to Fred Meyer fish variant. 3D handle. A couple of the boxes have been confirmed to be hand labeled as "shark", though it's not been determined if this came this way from the factory. Thus, the use of "fish" or "shark" to describe this variant is debatable. 200 (total PE and SE) Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35SBK FISH (SHARK?) Black FRN SE 440C 1997 Rocky Mountain AB, Swedish importer with fish (shark?) cutout. Similar to Fred Meyer fish variant. 3D handle. A couple of the boxes have been confirmed to be hand labeled as "shark", though it's not been determined if this came this way from the factory. Thus, the use of "fish" or "shark" to describe this variant is debatable. 200 (total PE and SE) Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH


C35PBK Black FRN PE 440C Rocky Mountain AB, Swedish importer with moose cutout. 3D handle. Maximum 200 total PE and SE[3] Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35SBK Black FRN SE 440C Rocky Mountain AB, Swedish importer with moose cutout. 3D handle. Maximum 200 total PE and SE Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35P Blue FRN PE 440C 2003 Rocky Mountain Blade Collector. Regular bug cutout with "R.M.B.C. 1979-2003" engraved on front side of the bug and "XX OF 75" on the rear. Flat handle. 75 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35SBK Black FRN SE 440C Royal logo cutout. Royal Products ordered 2 batches of 100 [4]. Flat handle. ~200 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH


C35PBK Black FRN PE 440C Salz logo and steer head cutout. Flat handle. Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35PBK TROPICAL Black FRN PE 440C 1998 S.H.O.T. Show '98 aka Tropical has tropical island cutout with "S.H.O.T. SHOW 1998" engraved. Flat handle. ~600 total PE and SE Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH Variant
C35SBK TROPICAL Black FRN SE 440C 1998 S.H.O.T. Show '98 aka Tropical has tropical island cutout with "S.H.O.T. SHOW 1998" engraved. Flat handle. ~600 total PE and SE Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH Variant
C35SBK Black FRN SE 440C SICAC cutout. (The "I" looks like the Eiffel Tower). Along with the CICCC version, was made for the French cutlery club La passion des cuoteaux. 3D handle. Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35SBK SKYLINE Black FRN PE 440C 1997 Skyline Mills has a cursive Skyline cutout with "Mills" engraved on the tail of the "e". Flat handle. Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH Variant
C35 Black FRN PE 440C Smith & Wesson Arms Co. Prototype. 3D handle. 1 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip
C35PBK SPRINGER Black FRN PE 440C 1996 Springer cutout. Made for Austrian firearms manufacturer and hunting supply dealer Johann Springers Erben. 3D handle. ~50 total PE and SE Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35SBK SPRINGER Black FRN SE 440C 1996 Springer cutout. Made for Austrian firearms manufacturer and hunting supply dealer Johann Springers Erben. 3D handle. ~50 total PE and SE Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35 Black FRN SE 440C Spyder Active Wear spider-web design cutout, no bug. Flat handle. 125 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35SBK Black FRN SE 440C Spyderco Eagle cutout. 3D handle. ~3900 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35PBK Black FRN PE 440C Spyderco Bug with no web pattern. Bug is straight up and down, rather than angled as on the normal production Q. Prototype 3D handle. Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35SBK USA FLAG Black FRN SE 440C 1997 51.95$ Spyderco USA Flag with stars and stipes cutout. Sold directly by Spyderco. Flat handle. There seems to be two patterns of stars used. Both patterns have three complete stars on the bottom row, but they vary on the top row. One version has one mostly complete star with just a hint of a second star while the other version has two mostly complete stars (the additional star is nearest the Spyderhole) with just a hint of a third star. ~3600 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH Variant
C35PBK Black FRN PE 440C Theatrical Stage Employees Union IATSE 5-sided Maltese Cross and "IATSE" cutout. Flat handle. 110 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35SBK Black FRN SE 440C T&T Gunnery cutout. Flat handle. Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35 Black FRN 440C United Airlines "UA" logo cutout. 55 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35SBK Black FRN SE 440C Venetia Mining Co. S. Africa, has a winged Venetian Lion with paw on a diamond cutout. 3D handle. 52 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35PBK Black FRN PE 440C Viking International Products, a Norwegian company and Spyderco importer, with viking helmet cutout. 3D handle. 150 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35SBK Black FRN SE 440C Viking International Products, a Norwegian company and Spyderco importer, with viking helmet cutout. 3D handle. 50 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35PSBK WMO BCR Black FRN CE 440C 90.00$ Wilderness Medicine Outfitters with medic cross on evergreen bough cutout. Made for Carl Weil at WMO, has Sheepfoot blade. Prototypes have a P before the serial number. 3D handle. 250 + small Prototype run Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35SBK DEER Black FRN SE 440C 1997 *Unknown Company with a deer cutout. Flat handle. Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35SBK Black FRN SE 440C *Unknown Company with mountain range cutout. (Possibly a Moteng distibutor exclusive?) Flat handle. Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35 Black FRN 440C *Unknown Prototypes: solid blade, hollow (profile of blade and hole only) cutout, circle web cutout, radiating lines (from the Spyderhole) cutout, "web lines radiating from tip" cutout Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip
C35P Grey FRN PE 440C Solid rescue blade modified to a "semi-wharncliffe" by Eric Glesser and sold by him on eBay. 1 Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35P Blue FRN PE 440C 2002 Part of a 5-piece set (blue, red, grey, green, black). Includes signed letter of authenticity. Intended as visual aids for Spyderco sales force, illustrating laser cut blades and color options. Flat handle. 20 sets Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35P Red FRN PE 440C 2002 Part of a 5-piece set (blue, red, grey, green, black). Includes signed letter of authenticity. Intended as visual aids for Spyderco sales force, illustrating laser cut blades and color options. Flat handle. 20 sets Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35P Grey FRN PE 440C 2002 Part of a 5-piece set (blue, red, grey, green, black). Includes signed letter of authenticity. Intended as visual aids for Spyderco sales force, illustrating laser cut blades and color options. Flat handle. 20 sets Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35P Green FRN PE 440C 2002 Part of a 5-piece set (blue, red, grey, green, black). Includes signed letter of authenticity. Intended as visual aids for Spyderco sales force, illustrating laser cut blades and color options. Flat handle. 20 sets Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35P Black FRN PE 440C 2002 Part of a 5-piece set (blue, red, grey, green, black). Includes signed letter of authenticity. Intended as visual aids for Spyderco sales force, illustrating laser cut blades and color options. Flat handle. 20 sets Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35P Grey FRN PE 440C 2004 Part of a 4-piece, solid Sheepfoot blade set (grey, blue, black, green). Includes signed letter of authenticity. Intended as visual aids for Spyderco sales force, illustrating laser cut blades and color options. Flat handle. 10 sets Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35P Blue FRN PE 440C 2004 Part of a 4-piece, solid Sheepfoot blade set (grey, blue, black, green). Includes signed letter of authenticity. Intended as visual aids for Spyderco sales force, illustrating laser cut blades and color options. Flat handle. 10 sets Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35P Black FRN PE 440C 2004 Part of a 4-piece, solid Sheepfoot blade set (grey, blue, black, green). Includes signed letter of authenticity. Intended as visual aids for Spyderco sales force, illustrating laser cut blades and color options. Flat handle. 10 sets Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH
C35P Green FRN PE 440C 2004 Part of a 4-piece, solid Sheepfoot blade set (grey, blue, black, green). Includes signed letter of authenticity. Intended as visual aids for Spyderco sales force, illustrating laser cut blades and color options. Flat handle. 10 sets Hollow sabre grind Q wire clip TD/TU LH/RH

Most collectible variation

With the C35 Q it's more a question of which variation is NOT very collectable. Considering the amount of people collecting the Q and how few was made of some of them, it's impossible to say which is the most collectible. The least collectible seems to be the regular Bug in blade Q and the one with HK in the blade. Both of these appear pretty often and never really bring the really high prices. Most of the others seems to command a premium whenever they appear for sale. Of the rare pieces, probably any of the prototypes that were limited to only one or two knives would be the most sought after.

Questions regarding collecting the C35 Q

  • How many different variations was made?
  • How many of the different variations?
  • How many in each edge configuration of the different variations?
  • Which ones are mere Prototypes and which actually made production?
  • All variations are supposed to have a 440C blade, but the crucible one seems to be marked 420V. Is there others with a different bladesteel?

Technical information

Typical metric measurements in mm and grams:

Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
146mm 87mm 64mm 60mm 12mm 2.4mm 28g

Typical imperial measurements in inches and ounces:

Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
5 3/4" 3 3/8" 2 1/2" 2 3/8" 15/32" 3/32" 1.0oz

References

  1. Number given in personal email to author from former Swedish importer
  2. Number given in personal email to author from former Swedish importer
  3. Number given in personal email to author from former Swedish importer
  4. According to an email from Royal Products Director of Customer Service

Pictures

C35SBK 1st generation

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