C36 Military

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The C36 Military was introduced in 1996 and was the first production knife with a particle-metallurgy blade (CPM-440V).

Appearance in catalogs

The C36 Military appeared in the following catalogs (older, newer):

  • all Spyderco catalogs since 1997: C36G
  • all Spyderco catalogs since 2005: C36GBK
  • 2009 Spyderco catalog: C36 Digital Camo
  • 2006 Spyderco Sprint Runs flyer: C36CFBGP
  • 2008 Spyderco Sprint Runs: C36CF90VP
  • 2009 Spyderco Mid-Year Product Guide Supplement: C36GOR

Designer

Sal Glesser

History, mentionings from the forums etc.

A comment from Sal made on the Spyderco forums regarding Steels: We were the first to use CPM steels in production (Military)[1]

  • "Forum Military Review" thread on the Spyderco forum. Discussion about the C36 2000 Spyderco Forum knife.
  • "Black Blade Military" thread on the Spyderco forum. Discussion about the early black coated C36.
  • "MILITARY KNIFE IMPROVEMENTS" thread on the Spyderco forum. Discussion about the improvements done to the Military model before 2001.
  • Historic notes on "UK-Ken's knife-collecting page.
  • An interesting note on Glow-in-the-dark and Tritium vials on the original military prototype is found here[2]

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

C36G:

"A cornerstone in Spyderco's Save and Serve line up, the Military Model came about after someone asked Spyderco's owner Sal Glesser, "If your son were going into the military what folding knife would you send him with?" For certain, it had to meet the requirements of a high-performance, light-weight folder designed for hard use.

Since the steel is the spirit of the knife, CPM-S30V with almost 2% carbon seemed the logical choice for the blade given its reputation for long-term edge retention and rust resistance. The 'Millie' has a modified clip-point blade laser cut with a 14 mm Spyderco Round Hole for quick deployment and for use with gloves. Texturing above the hole hold the thumb in contact with the blade's spine during cutting for confident control over the sharpened edge. The handle scales are G-10 with the lock's liner nested (inlayed) directly into the scale, pumping up lock strength without the addition of bulky liners. Spacers between the scales create a gap running the handle's full length exposing the inside workings for inspection and cleaning. The handle flares slightly at the front end creating a finger choil and at the butt end, which keeps the knife from slipping forward or backward in the hand while sawing or making tough or aggressive cuts. A contoured black metal clip is set for right-hand tip-down carry."[3]

See also: C36GBK [4], C36GCMO [5], C36CMOBK [6], C36CF90 [7], C36GOR [8].

Variations

The C36 Military is made in Golden, U.S.A, and has

SKU Handle Edge(s) Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Clip Clip positions Collectors club
C36G Black G-10 PE SE ATS-34 1996-1999 174.95$ (1996) Regular production Full Flat Metal RH, TD
C36GBK Black G-10 PE SE ATS-34 black coated 1996-1997? 199.95$ (1996?) Regular production Full Flat Metal RH, TD
C36G Black G-10 PE SE CPM-440V 1996-2001 (1996), 199.95$ (1998) 1996-2001; "MILITARY" & place of production on blade; 1998: many improvements done, incl. a slightly curved, strengthened clip with 3 mounting screws Regular production Full Flat Triangle military clip RH, TD
C36GBK Black G-10 PE? SE? CPM-440V black coated late 90s? ? Regular production Full Flat Triangle military clip RH, TD
C36G Black G-10 PE PS SE CPM-440V 2001-2003 ? "MILITARY" on blade, place of production on Ricasso Regular production Full Flat Triangle military clip RH, TD
C36G Black G-10 PE PS SE CPM-S30V 2004- 157.95$ (2004), 219.95$ (2009) 2004-only: "MILITARY" on blade. PS discontinued in 2013. Regular production Full Flat Triangle military clip RH, TD
C36GBK Black G-10 PE PS CPM-S30V black coated 2005- 239.95$ (2009) PS discontinued in 2013. Regular production Full Flat Triangle military clip RH, TD
C36G (Forum 2000) Black G-10, bug on handle PE CPM-440V 2000 ? "MILITARY" & "Spyderco Forum 2000" on blade and a MOP Bug inlay in the handle 500 Full Flat Triangle military clip RH, TD
C36CFP Black CF PE CPM-S30V 2005 259.95$ Limited 400 Full Flat Triangle military clip RH, TD
C36CFBGP Black CF PE BG-42 2006 279.95$ Sprintrun 1500 Full Flat Triangle military clip RH, TD
C36FGD2P Foliage Green G-10 PE CPM-D2 2007 189.95$ Sprintrun ? Full Flat Triangle military clip RH, TD
C36CF90VP Black CF PE CPM-S90V 2008 319.95$ Sprintrun ca. 1000 Full Flat Triangle military clip RH, TD
C36GPCMO Digital Camo G-10 PE CPM-S30V 2009- 219.95$ (2009) Regular production Full Flat Triangle military clip RH, TD
C36GPCMOBK Digital Camo G-10 PE CPM-S30V black coated 2009- 239,95$ (2009) Regular production Full Flat Triangle military clip RH, TD
C36GPLE Black G-10 PE CPM-S30V Oct. 2009-2012 / Aug. 2017- 249.95$ (2012) 267.95$ (2017) Left handed Limited Full Flat Triangle military clip LH, TD
C36GPOR Orange G-10 PE CPM-S30V 2009-2010 219.95$ Limited. Originally slated as a sprintrun, it proved so popular that Spyderco turned it into a production piece, causing some controversy between the collectors who bought the sprint for exclusivity and those that were able to acquire one at reasonable prices due to the expanded quantity produced. Full Flat Silver Triangle military clip RH, TD Variant
C36TIP GAl4V Ti PE CPM-S30V 2010-2017 349.95$ Reeve Integral Lock Regular production Full Flat Silver Triangle military clip RH, TD Variant
C36GTIP Black G-10/Ti PE CPM-M4 2010 299.95$ Reeve Integral Lock, Knifeworks Exclusive 500 Full Flat Silver Triangle military clip RH, TD Variant
C36TIF Fluted Ti PE CPM-S30V 2011-2017 399.95$ (2011) Reeve Integral Lock, first run (less than 200) do not have steel lock bar insert. Originally heat-anodized by a torch that produced a multi-colored finish that included blue, purple, bronze and grey variations (often all within the same knife), but was prone to warping scales. Switched to an electrical anodizing sometime in 2012 that produces a consistent, even blue. Around mid-2013, Spyderco announced that due to difficulties in the coloring process, they would be dropping the coloring process altogether and that the knife would now have a natural titanium finish. These first started shipping Oct. 2013. Limited production Full Flat Silver Triangle military clip RH, TD Variant
C36GBNXHP Brown G-10 PE CTS-XHP summer 2011 229.95$ (2011) Sprintrun 1000 Full Flat Silver Triangle military clip RH, TD Variant
C36CFM390P Peel Ply Carbon Fiber PE M390 2012 319.95$ (2012) 219.95$ retail Knifeworks.com Exclusive 800 Full Flat Silver Triangle military clip RH, TD Variant
C36GPBL "Smurf" Blue G-10 PE CPM-S90V July 2013 269.95$ (2013) Bento Box Shop Exclusive. CQI introduces a stepped pivot on this model with torx head on both sides.[9] ? Full Flat Silver Triangle military clip RH, TD Variant
XXC36GPBL "Smurf" Blue G-10 PE CPM-S90V July 2013 199.95$ (2013) Bento Box Shop Exclusive. Factory 2nd offered through Bento Box Shop. ? Full Flat Silver Triangle military clip RH, TD
C36GPGY Grey G-10 PE Cru-Wear Oct. 2013 239.95$ (2013) Sprintrun 1200 Full Flat Silver Triangle military clip RH, TD Variant
C36GGRP Dark Green G-10 PE CTS-204P May 2016 $199.95 (street), $269.95 (MSRP) Knifeworks dealer Exclusive. Many CQI inprovements: larger torx head, larger lanyard hole, stepped stop pin (no longer w/ screws), torx on both sides of pivot (as first seen on the BBS "Smurf" sprint), updated clip (rounded tip replaces squared off tip), and two standoffs replace the solid backspacer. 1200 Full Flat Silver Triangle military clip RH, TD Variant
C36CFP52100 Black CF PE 52100 June 2016 $349.95 (2016) Sprintrun. Includes all the CQI improvements first seen on the Knifeworks CTS-204P sprint. 1000 Full Flat Triangle military clip RH, TD Variant
C36GPDBL Dark Blue G-10 PE CPM-S110V Aug. 2016- $289.95 Includes all the CQI improvements first seen on the Knifeworks CTS-204P sprint. Regular production Full Flat Triangle military clip RH, TD Variant
C36GM4P Jade green G-10 PE Satin CPM-M4 Apr. 2017 $189.95 (street), $279.95 (MSRP) BladeHQ dealer Exclusive. Limited Full Flat Silver Triangle military clip RH, TD Variant
C36CFTIP Black Peel Ply CF/Ti PE CPM-S90V May 2017 $279.95 (street), $399.95 (MSRP) Knifeworks dealer Exclusive. Uses Reeve Integral Lock. 1200 Full Flat Silver Triangle military clip RH, TD Variant
C36GPBORE Burnt orange G-10 PE CPM REX 45 Nov. 2018 $279.95 (2018) Sprintrun Limited Full Flat Silver Triangle military clip RH, TD Variant
C36GM4PBK Jade green G-10 PE Black coated CPM-M4 Feb. 5 2019 $199.95 (street), $299.95 (MSRP) BladeHQ dealer Exclusive. Black hardware (screws and lanyard tube), except for the standoffs, which are satin. Limited Full Flat Black Triangle military clip RH, TD Variant

Most collectible variation

Questions regarding collecting the C36

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Technical information

Measurements (mm and grams) of the C36 Military:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C36 (G-10) 241mm 140mm 102mm 94mm 14mm 4mm 120g
C36CFBGP 241mm 140mm 102mm 94mm 14mm 4mm 120g
C36CF90VP 241mm 140mm 102mm 94mm 14mm 4mm 115g
C36CFM390P 241mm 140mm 102mm 94mm 14mm 4mm 115g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the C36 Military:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C36 (G-10) 9 1/2" 5 1/2" 4" 3 11/16" 9/16" 5/32" 4.2oz
C36CFBGP 9 1/2" 5 1/2" 4" 3 11/16" 9/16" 5/32" 4.25oz
C36CF90VP 9 1/2" 5 1/2" 4" 3 11/16" 9/16" 5/32" 4oz
C36CFM390P 9 1/2" 5 1/2" 4" 3 11/16" 9/16" 5/32" 4oz

References

  1. Post containing comment can be found here
  2. Notes on GITD in the Spyderco forums by Sal
  3. The C36G Military in Spyderco's online catalog
  4. The C36GBK Military in Spyderco's online catalog
  5. The C36GCMO Military in Spyderco's online catalog
  6. The C36CMOBK Military in Spyderco's online catalog
  7. The C36CF90 Military in Spyderco's online catalog
  8. The C36GOR Military in Spyderco's online catalog
  9. Military gets a stepped pivot.[1]

Pictures

See e.g. the "Miltary, Military, Military!" thread on the Spyderco forum.

C36GPGY Cru-Wear Military

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