C59 Eduard Bradichansky Shabaria

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The C59 Eduard Bradichansky Shabaria was introduced in 1999 and discontinued in 2003.

The C59 Shabaria was Spyderco's first in a series of ethnic inspired knives (See Etnich series). Nomads in the Jordan River Valley have carried a knife called a Shabaria. The design of the C59 is inspired by these knives.

Appearance in catalogs

The C59 Shabaria appeared in the following (catalogs):

  • 1999 Spyderco Products
  • 2000 Spyderco Products
  • 2001 Spyderco Products
  • 2002 Spyderco Products

Designer

Eduard Bradichansky

Eduard Bradichansky Makers mark

History, mentionings from the forums etc.

On the Spyderco forums:

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

See: C59CF Shabaria CF sprint:

Knives and history are reflections of each other. Paleolithic flint tools to modern folding knives; they exist to perform the simple purpose of cutting. Jordan River Valley nomads centuries ago made and carried a curved fixed-blade called a Shabaria for agriculture and protection.

Israeli knife designer, Eduard Bradichansky, co-mingled the Shabaria's traditional utilitarian profile into a modern folding knife. Mr. Bradichansky was a gunsmith and gifted jeweler by trade, new to the knifemaking community, but already attracting collectors and enthusiasts to his fresh design work and crafting skills. His career cut short, he fell victim to a terrorist attack on the West Bank.

Spyderco is re-releasing a Sprint Run of his Shabaria folder with VG-10 stainless PlainEdge blade and carbon fiber handle. At first grasp, the handle's hourglass/coffin-shape feels slim and odd in the hand but the conveyance of balance and comfort immediately follows. The light carbon fiber handle has a black steel clip embellished with a gold Spyderco bug and positions the folder for right-hand, tip-down pocket carry. A straightforward easy to access and open Michael Walker LinerLock graces the handle's underside.

The C59CF Shabaria in Spyderco's online catalog.

C59 Shabaria gray G-10 sprint:

"This limited-edition Sprint Run™ version of the Shabaria proudly resurrects one of our rarest and most exotic designs. Originally released in 1999, the Spyderco Shabaria was designed by the late Israeli knife designer, jeweler, and gunsmith Eduard Bradichansky. It was based on the traditional ethnic knife of the Bedouins, a predominantly desert-dwelling Arab group that, until recent times, lived as nomads. Also known as the Shibriya and believed to have originated in the Jordan Valley around 300 CE, it had a distinctively curved blade and hourglass-shaped handle and served as both a weapon and a symbol of social status within the Bedouin culture.

Produced in limited quantities, this version of the Shabaria faithfully maintains all the remarkable qualities of Bradichansky’s original design, while expressing them in a unique, one-of-a-kind format. Its sinuous blade is saber-ground from VG-10 stainless steel and features a Trademark Round Hole for easy one-handed opening. The blade is supported by a sturdy LinerLock mechanism housed within the knife's distinctive hourglass-shaped handle, which features textured gray G-10 scales and a classic three-screw pocket clip configured for right-side, tip-down carry."

The C59 Shabaria gray G-10 sprint in Spyderco's online catalog.

Variations

The C59 Shabaria is made in Seki-City, Japan and has a

SKU Handle Edge(s) Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Clip Clip positions Collectors club
C59BMP Black Micarta PE VG-10 1999-2001 143.95$ (1999-2001) closed back, riveted N/A Hollow Black Metal RH, TD
C59BMPS Black Micarta PS VG-10 1999-2001 143.95$ (1999-2001) closed back, riveted N/A Hollow Black Metal RH, TD
C59BMP Black Micarta PE VG-10 2002 150.95$ (2002) open back, screwed N/A Hollow Black Metal RH, TD
C59CFP CF PE VG-10 2010 259.95$ (2010) Sprintrun 800 Hollow Black Metal RH, TD
C59GGYP Gray G-10 PE VG-10 Dec. 2018 $224.95 (2018) Sprintrun Limited Hollow Black Metal with yellow bug logo RH, TD Variant

Most collectible variation

Some of the early run was numbered. This is probably the hardest to find.

Questions regarding collecting the C59

Some interesting questions we are looking for an answer to:

Questions with an answer:

Technical information

Measurements (mm and grams) of the C59 Shabaria:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C59BM 219mm 122mm 97mm 93mm 12mm 2.5mm 94g
C59CF 221mm 121mm 98mm 94mm 11mm 3mm 119g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the C59 Shabaria:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C59BM 8 5/8" 4 3/4" 3 7/8" 3 5/8" 1/2" 3/32" 3.33oz
C59CF 8 11/16" 4 3/4" 3 7/8" 3 11/16" 7/16" 1/8" 4.2oz

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Related Articles

The Edge Observer history and review of the Shabaria.

Pictures

See e.g. this Shabaria thread on the Spyderco forums.

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