C64 Meerkat

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The C64 Meerkat was introduced in 2001 and the first Spyderco model featuring a Phantom Lock locking mechanism and one of the first Spyderco models with a wire clip (the C35 Q being the first one).

It is a direct descendant of the C61 Pegasus/C62 Navigator and can also be viewed as an indirect descendant of the C09 CoPilot.

Appearance in catalogs

The C64 Meerkat appeared in the following catalogs (older, newer):

  • C64JBK: 2002-2004 Spyderco Products catalogs
  • C64BK2: 2002-2003 Spyderco Products catalogs

Designer

Spyderco

History, mentionings from the forums etc.

  • History note by Sal about US production of the Meerkat on the Spyderco forums.

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

C64JBK:

"We categorize the user friendly Meerkat as one of our "Little Big Guy Knives". To qualify for that distinction you need be a small folder that cuts and feels like a larger folder. The Meerkat accomplishes this by having a 1-5/8 inch blade and small but ergonomically adept handle.

Set inside the handle is a Phantom Lock that has no visible unlocking mechanism. To unlock: Settle your thumb on the divot located on the end of the folder (over the bug). Push forward, moving the handle scale downward/forward a couple millimeters releasing the blade, easily done with one-hand. Along the underside of the handle a succession of angles form placement points for the hand and channel ergonomic grip into control over the cutting edge. Steel liners inside the FRN boost the lock's strength and a double as a plate for securing screws attaching the tip-down tension-wire clip. Shaped in a modified leaf pattern, the blade is hollow-ground AUS-6 with a spine cusp for thumb traction."[1]

See also: C64BK2[2], C64JBG[3]

Variations

The 440C blade variation is made in Golden, U.S.A. All other C64 Meerkats are made in Seki-City, Japan.

The C64 Meerkat is Spyderco's first (and only?) model with a

  • Phantom Lock locking mechanism
SKU Handle Edge(s) Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Clip Clip positions Collectors club
C64JPBK Black FRN PE 440C, Modified Drop Point Blade 2001-2002 49.95$ (2001) N/A Hollow Deep carry Wire LH/RH, TD Main
C64JPBK Black FRN PE AUS-6, Modified Drop Point Blade 2002-2004 49.95$ (2004) N/A Hollow Deep carry Wire LH/RH, TD Variant
C64JSBK Black FRN SE AUS-6, Modified Drop Point Blade 2002-2004 49.95$ (2004) N/A Hollow Deep carry Wire LH/RH, TD Variant
C64PBK2 Black FRN PE AUS-6, Reverse "S" Blade 2002-2003 ? N/A Hollow Deep carry Wire LH/RH, TD Variant
C64SBK2 Black FRN SE AUS-6, Reverse "S" Blade 2002-2003 ? N/A Hollow Deep carry Wire LH/RH, TD Variant
C64JBG Blue/GrayFRN PE VG-10, Modified Drop Point Blade 2009 89,95$ (2009) Sprintrun 800 Full Flat Deep carry Wire LH/RH, TD Variant
C64JPBRG Burgundy FRN PE VG-10, Modified Drop Point Blade 2012 109,95$ (2012) Sprintrun 1000 Full Flat Deep carry Wire LH/RH, TD Variant
C64JPBORE Burnt Orange FRN PE HAP40/SUS 410, Modified Drop Point Blade Aug. 2017 154.95$ (2017) Sprintrun 600-1200? Full Flat Deep carry, chrome silver Wire LH/RH, TD Variant
C64PBLE Blue-gray FRN PE V-Toku2/SUS 410, Modified Drop Point Blade Not yet released $145.00 (2019) Sprintrun 600-1200? Full Flat Deep carry, chrome silver Wire LH/RH, TD Variant

Most collectible variation

The C64PBK2 with the reverse S- blade and the 440C- variant is the ones most people look for.

Questions regarding collecting the C64

Some interesting questions we are looking for an answer to:

Questions with an answer:

Technical information

Measurements (mm and grams) of the C64 Meerkat:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C64 133mm 83mm 50mm 42mm 12mm 2.2mm 62g
C64JBG 135mm 84m 51mm 44mm 12mm 2.5mm 64g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the C64 Meerkat:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C64 5 1/4" 3 5/16" 1 15/16" 1 5/8" 15/32" 3/32" 2.2oz
C64JBG 5 15/16" 3 5/16" 2" 1 3/4" 15/32" 3/32" 2.5oz

References

  1. The C64JBK Meerkat in Spyderco's online catalog
  2. The C64BK2 Meerkat in Spyderco's online catalog
  3. The C64JBG Meerkat in Spyderco's online catalog

Pictures

With the release of the Meerkat, Spyderco also released this countertop display to demonstrate the phantom lock. The Meerkat in this 'Spyderstand' features a dulled edge and the clip is replaced by a ring holding on to a ballchain, to prevent the Meerkat from 'walking away'.
A close-up of the Meerkat in its special countertop display.

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