C42 Howard Viele

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The C42 Howard Viele was introduced in 1996, updated in 2000, and discontinued in 2003.

A smaller sized variant of the C42 was reissued in 2005 as the C97 Howard Viele II.

Appearance in catalogs

The C42 Howard Viele appeared in the following catalogs:

  • 1997 Spyderco Products
  • 1998 Spyderco Products
  • 1999 Spyderco Products
  • 2000 Spyderco Products
  • 2001 Spyderco Products
  • 2002 Spyderco Products

Designer

Howard Viele

Howard Viele Makers mark

History, mentionings from the forums etc.

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

Not listed.

Variations

The C42 Howard Viele is made in Seki-City, Japan and has

There are four main changes in the 2000 update[1]:

  • VG-10 blade steel
  • Eccentric pivot pin
  • Back spacer with two pins
  • Stop pin flush with the "bolster"
SKU Handle Edge(s) Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Clip Clip positions Collectors club
C42 Black Micarta PE SE AUS-8 1996-1999 139.95$ (?) N/A Hollow Metal RH, TD
C42 Black Micarta PE SE VG-10 2000-2002 ? N/A Hollow Metal RH, TD

Most collectible variation

Questions regarding collecting the C42

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Technical information

Measurements (mm and grams) of the C42 Howard Viele:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C42 197mm 111mm 86mm 83mm 8.7mm 3.2mm 108g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the C42 Howard Viele:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C42 7 3/4" 4 3/8" 3 3/8" 3 1/4" 11/32" 1/8" 3.8oz

References

  1. "New Viele vs old Viele" thread on the Spyderco forums.

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