C63 James A. Keating Chinook

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The C63 Chinook was introduced in 2001 and was originally designed for Martial Blade Craft and tactical applications.

Appearance in catalogs

The C63 Chinook appeared in the following catalogs:

  • 2001 Spyderco Product Guide
  • 2002 Spyderco Product Guide
  • 2003 Spyderco Product Guide (Chinook II)
  • 2004 Spyderco Product Guide (Chinook II)
  • 2005 Spyderco Product Guide (Chinook II)
  • 2006 Spyderco Product Guide (Chinook II)
  • 2007 Spyderco Product Guide (Chinook 3)
  • 2008 Spyderco Product Guide (Chinook 3)
  • 2009 Spyderco Product Guide (Chinook 3)
  • 2010 Spyderco Product Guide (Chinook 3)
  • 2017 Spyderco Product Guide (Chinook 4)


Designer

James Keating

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Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

C63G Chinook II:

"Master at Arms James A. Keating is known worldwide for his Filipino influenced martial arts style and his tactical equipment and training company jamesakeating.com. James introduced Spyderco to a folding knife design he blueprinted to complement his MBC style which he called the Chinook.

The folder has a modified-Bowie-shaped blade and an MBC rated locking system so the knife could be used for cutting as well as passing or blocking. These combined features have since taken root with the MBC crowd and additionally found favor with the hard-use camp/hunting/outdoor knife industry.

The Chinook's 3-3/8 inch blade is hollow-ground CPM S30V with an upward sweeping tip and full belly. Inserted between G-10 scales, dual steel liners make a thicker than customary back lock constructing one of the strongest locking systems found on any Spyderco model. There is no sliding forward or backward on the handle because swells on both ends expand making a combination choil/handguard in the front and a pinky shelf at the butt. These expansions work to hold the hand on the handle in either forward or reverse grip. A three-screwed black metal clip is tapped for tip up/down and left/right carry. Made in Golden, Colorado."

The C63 Chinook II in Spyderco's online catalog.

C63G3 Chinook 3:

"James A. Keating is a Master-At-Arms and acclaimed knife designer. He joined forces with Spyderco several years ago to develop a knife called the Chinook. The original design has since been refined, tweaked and upgraded several times and has a new name, the James Keating Chinook 3.

Like the original, the Chinook 3 is an ace in the field or as a martial arts knife where hard-use is a certainty. Lock strength requirements are higher for an outdoor or martial arts folder so the Chinook 3's back-lock is one of the strongest found on any Spyderco folder. The G-10 handle blankets a pair of full-length steel liners nested inside which are skeletonized for strength without added weight. Jimping (texturing) on the blade's spine generates tactile resistance keeping the knife slip-free and keeping the hand controlled and connected on the handle. Classified as a modified Bowie, the CPM S30V blade has also been upgraded to fully flat-ground from the cutting edge to spine. A four-way clip carries tip-up or down and left or right-handed for several draw options.

Made in Golden, Colorado U.S.A. Earth"

The C63 Chinook 3 in Spyderco's online catalog.

C63G4 Chinook 4:

"Designed by acclaimed personal-defense expert Master at Arms James Keating, the original Spyderco Chinook distilled the quintessential qualities of the classic American Bowie Knife into an amazingly capable all-purpose folding knife. The revolutionary fourth-generation Chinook 4 not only revives that groundbreaking design, but elevates it to all-new levels of perfection. Leaner, sleeker, and faster than its predecessors, the Chinook 4’s sinuous lines feature a dramatically swept full-flat-ground clip-point blade crafted from CPM® S30V® stainless steel. Its signature handle, which “brackets” the hand for a rock-solid grip, is built with skeletonized full stainless steel liners, a stainless back spacer, and high-traction textured G-10 scales. Longer and narrower than the original handle design, it is also home to a patented Power Lock™—an advanced lock mechanism that combines extreme strength with ultra-smooth operation. A reversible hourglass clip provides convenient left or right-side tip-up carry and a lines lanyard hole allows the easy attachment of lanyards and fobs. They also complement the symmetrical lines and fully accessible Trademark Round Hole™ in the blade to make every aspect of the carry and operation of the Chinook 4 completely ambidextrous."

The C63 Chinook 4 in Spyderco's online catalog.

Variations

The Chinook is made in Golden, CO and has:

SKU Handle Edge(s) Steel From/To MSRP Note Lock Number made Grind Clip Clip positions Collectors club
C63GP Black G-10 PE 440C 2000-2003 $159.95 (2001) White box, pinned construction, James Keating signature laser engraved on blade, no bug, narrow spaced jimping on spine behind Spyderhole Back Lock Regular Production Hollow grind Black 3-Screw with hole RH, TD Variant
C63GPS Black G-10 50/50 PS 440C 2000-2003 $159.95 (2001) White box, pinned construction, James Keating signature laser engraved on blade, no bug, narrow spaced jimping on spine behind Spyderhole Back Lock Regular Production Hollow grind Black 3-Screw with hole RH, TD Main
C63GP Black G-10 PE CPM-S30V 2003-2006 $167.95 (2003) Chinook II: Grey box, screw construction, James Keating signature laser engraved on blade, no bug, widely spaced jimping on spine above Spyderhole Back Lock Regular Production Hollow grind Black 3- screw old standard clip LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C63GPS Black G-10 50/50 PS CPM-S30V 2003-2006 $167.95 (2003) Chinook II: Grey box, screw construction, James Keating signature laser engraved on blade, no bug, widely spaced jimping on spine above spyderhole Back Lock Regular Production Hollow grind Black 3- screw old standard clip LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C63G3 Black G-10 PE CPM-S30V 2007-2010 $199.95 (2007) Chinook 3: has bug logo, James Keating signature moved to reverse side, widely spaced jimping on spine above Spyderhole Back Lock Regular Production Full Flat Black 3- screw old standard clip LH/RH, TD/TU Main
C63G4 Black G-10 PE CPM-S30V Sept. 2017- $339.95 (2017) Chinook 4: skeletonized stainless steel liners PowerLock Regular Production Full Flat Black 3-Screw with hole LH/RH, TU Main

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Technical information

Measurements (mm and grams) of the C63 Chinook:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C63G 217mm 124mm 95mm 84mm 14.5 4mm 205g
C63G II 217mm 124mm 95mm 86mm 4mm 169g
C63G3 217mm 124mm 95mm 86mm 4mm 165g
C63G4 226mm 127mm 99mm 93mm 3.5mm 159g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the C63 Chinook:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C63G 8.63" 4.88" 3.75" 3.31" 0.563" 0.156" 6oz
C63G II 8.63" 4.88" 3.75" 3.38" 0.156" 6oz
C63G3 8.56" 4.88" 3.75" 3.38" 0.156" 5.8oz
C63G4 8.89" 5.00" 3.89" 3.68" 0.138" 5.6oz

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