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* 2006 Spyderco Sprint Runs flyer: C36CFBGP
 
* 2006 Spyderco Sprint Runs flyer: C36CFBGP
 
* 2008 Spyderco Sprint Runs: C36CF90VP
 
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* 2009 Spyderco Mid-Year Product Guide Supplement: C36GOR
  
 
==Designer==
 
==Designer==

Revision as of 09:25, 16 August 2009

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) N/A Full Flat Metal RH, TD
C36GBK Black G-10 PE SE ATS-34 black coated 1996-1997? 199.95$ (1996?) N/A 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 N/A Full Flat Triangle military clip RH, TD
C36GBK Black G-10 PE? SE? CPM-440V black coated late 90s? ? N/A 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 N/A 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 N/A Full Flat Triangle military clip RH, TD
C36GBK Black G-10 PE PS CPM-S30V black coated 2005- 239.95$ (2009) N/A Full Flat Triangle military clip RH, TD
C36GPCMO Digital Camo G-10 PE CPM-S30V 2009- 219.95$ (2009) N/A Full Flat Triangle military clip RH, TD
C36GPCMOBK Digital Camo G-10 PE CPM-S30V black coated 2009- 239,95 (2009) N/A 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$ Sprint 1500 Full Flat Triangle military clip RH, TD
C36FGD2P Foliage Green G-10 PE CPM-D2 2007 189.95$ Sprint ? Full Flat Triangle military clip RH, TD
C36CF90VP Black CF PE CPM-S90V 2008 319.95$ Sprint ca. 1000 Full Flat Triangle military clip RH, TD
C36GPOR Orange G-10 PE CPM-S30V 2009 219.95$ Limited 600 Full Flat Triangle military clip RH, TD

Most collectible variation

Questions regarding collecting the C36

Some interesting questions we are looking for an answer to:

Questions with an answer:

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

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

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

Pictures

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

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