C51 Rookie

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The C51 Rookie is a smaller sized version of the C07 Police and was introduced in 1998.

Appearance in catalogs

The C51 Rookie appeared in the following catalogs (older, newer):

  • 1998 Spyderco Products (C51, C51G)
  • 1999 Spyderco Products (C51, C51G)
  • 2000 Spyderco Products (C51)

Designer

Spyderco

History, mentionings from the forums etc.

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

C51GPFG:

"The C51 Rookie hit the streets in 1998 as a mini-sized version of the original Spyderco Police Model developed for those who prefer to carry a smaller knife. The 2008 Sprint Run Rookie has a hollow ground, clip point style blade available in a PlainEdge with a VG-10 stainless steel blade. The handle is foliage green G-10 with a right-hand tip-up clip. The Rookie packs incredible cutting power in a comfortable, smaller-sized folder. The Rookie’s handle and blade are nearly equal in length giving the knife an overall balanced feeling."[1]

Variations

The C51 Rookie is made in Seki-City, Japan and has

SKU Handle Edge(s) Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Clip Clip positions Collectors club
C51 Stainless Steel PE SE ATS-55 1998-2000 ? N/A Hollow Metal RH, TD/TU
C51G Black G-10 PE PS SE ATS-55 1998-1999 ? early ones linerless, later ones have a single liner N/A Hollow Metal RH, TU
C51GPFG Foliage Green G-10 PE VG-10 2008 154.95$ Sprint N/A Hollow Metal RH, TU

Most collectible variation

The linerless G10 PE version seems to be the most collectible variation.

Questions regarding collecting the C51

Some interesting questions we are looking for an answer to:

Questions with an answer:

Technical information

Measurements (mm and grams) of the C51 Rookie:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C51 171mm 95mm 79mm 69mm 12mm 2.5mm 94g
C51G 171mm 95mm 79mm 69mm 12mm 2.5mm 55g
C51GPFG 171mm 95mm 76mm 68mm 11mm 2.5mm 63g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the C51 Rookie:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C51 6 3/4" 3 3/4" 3 1/8" 2 3/4" 15/32" 3/32" 3.3oz
C51G 6 3/4" 3 3/4" 3 1/8" 2 3/4" 15/32" 3/32" 1.9oz
C51GPFG 6 3/4" 3 3/4" 3" 2 11/16" 7/16" 3/32" 2.2oz

References

  1. The C51GPFG Rookie 2008 Sprint in Spyderco's online catalog

Pictures

See for example the "How about some Rookie pics?" thread on the Spyderco forum.

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