C65 Bob Lum Chinese Folder

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The C65 Bob Lum Chinese folder introduced in late 2000 is one of Spyderco's most applauded designs. The knife initially was made in three different versions, and at least one prototype of this knife also exists (Cranberry PE, originally a color test) that are privately owned by a collector. There also exist a picture of a lot of Spyderco prototypes where there is a bare aluminum version, although this probably stays with Spyderco in Golden. Today there exists also a version with a black handle and ZDP-189 blade introduced in a 2008 Sprint run.

Appearance in catalogs

The original green C65 can be found in the 2001 catalog available for download here. It can also be found in the 2002 and 2003 Spyderco catalogs.

The Black sprint run can be found in the 2006 sprint run supplement available for download here

Designer

Bob Lum, Based on a traditional chinese design.

Bob Lum Makers mark

History, mentionings etc.

  • The Rumours about the Black Spyderco Lum Chinese folder emerged in 2005, and generated quite a fuss. It's release was then planned for 2006, but due to onknown factors this didn't become available until the fall 2008.
  • Comments on the Blue Lum in the Spyderco forum.

Information from the Spyderco 2001 catalog

About the green C65 Lum Chinese:

"Designed by Bob Lum the C65 has a definite asian flair. The leaf-shaped blade is flat-ground and made of VG-10 Stainless. We've matched it up with an imperial green almite covered handle"

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

C65BKP:

"The Spyderco C65 Bob Lum Chinese Folder has a blade is tapered like a leaf, broad, flat and razor thin along the edge. This venerable leaf-shape has been around for centuries found on serviceable everyday cutting instruments in China. It’s a definite winner for general utility, hunting and tactical applications. The C65 has a 3 5/32 inch 80mm) flat-ground (blade made of ZDP-189 stainless steel. Matched up with a black Almite coated aluminum handle, it’s hard to say which reigns supreme, performance or eye appeal.

The handle’s curvature ergonomically fits your hand for precise performance. A nested LinerLock enhances lock strength, granting peace of mind when really muscling down on a cut. The pivot pin is eccentric and adjustable for wear. Overall weight is 2.6 ounces (779 grams). The Chinese Folder is a high-tech version of a time proven design.

The knife world was saddened to learn of the passing of one it’s premier custom knifemakers in 2008. Bob Lum was a custom knifemaker who took traditional Asian designs and infused them with all things modern." [1]

Variations

Variations of the Lum chinese folder

SKU Handle Edge Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Clip Clip positions Collectors club
C65P Green Almite Aluminum PE VG-10 late 2001-2003 169,95 The first run of these were numbered Unknown Full Flat grind Chrome J- clip RH, TD/TU
C65S Green Almite Aluminum SE VG-10 late 2001-2002 169,95 The first run of these were numbered Unknown Full Flat grind Chrome J- clip RH, TD/TU
C65BLP Blue Almite Aluminum PE VG-10 early 2002 184,95 800-1000? Full Flat grind Chrome J- clip RH, TD/TU
C65BKP Black Almite Aluminum PE ZDP-189 2008 199,95 Sprint 1200 Full Flat grind Black J- clip RH, TD/TU
C65FGPBK Foliage Green Almite Aluminum PE VG-10 2009 $189.95 Moteng special slated for release mid 2009, black blade 600 Full Flat grind Chrome J- clip RH, TD/TU
C65FGP Foliage Green Almite Aluminum PE VG-10 2009 $169.95 Moteng special slated for release mid 2009 600 Full Flat grind Chrome J- clip RH, TD/TU Variant
C65TIP Ti PE VG-10 mid 2010-? $199.95 (2010) Moteng exclusive Unknown Full Flat grind Chrome J- clip RH, TD/TU Variant
C65CFP Black Nishijin Glass Fiber PE VG-10 Dec. 2010-2013 $199.95 (2010) Unknown Full Flat grind Black J- clip RH, TD/TU Variant
C65GHAP40P Jade G-10 PE HAP40 core/SUS420 cladding Not yet released (2018) $209.95 (street), $309.95 (MSRP) BladeHQ dealer Exclusive Unknown Full Flat grind Chrome J- clip RH, TD/TU Variant

Most collectible variation

The Blue seems to be the most coveted of C65 Chinese folders by collectors. The "Cranberry" Lum Chinese prototype are likely at the top of most collectors' lists.This one of a kind Lum Chinese recently (February 2015) sold on ebay for 1036,99 US $. [2]

Questions regarding collecting the C65

Numbers made?

Technical information

Typical measurements (mm and grams) of the C65 Chinese folder:

Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
183mm. 108mm. 80mm. 74mm. 12mm. 3mm. 77g.

Typical measurements (Inches and ounces) of the C65 Chinese folder:

Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
7 3/16" 4 1/4" 3 3/16" 2 15/16" 15/32" 1/8" 2.75oz.

References

  1. The C65BKP Lum Chinese in [1] Spyderco's online catalog
  2. The ended auction can be seen here.

Pictures

The black (with ZDP steel blade), green and blue Lum Chinese Folder
The black, green and blue Lum Chinese Folders closed

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