C66 Frank Centofante Vesuvius

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The C66 Frank Centofante Vesuvius was introduced in 2001, though the name was shortened to just "Centofante" when it changed to a Back Lock. The Centofante 3 is part of the Prestige series.

Appearance in catalogs

The C66 Centofante appeared in the following catalogs:

  • 2001 Spyderco Product Guide (Frank Centofante Vesuvius - bug and shell versions)
  • 2002 Spyderco Product Guide (Frank Centofante Vesuvius - bug and shell versions)
  • 2003 Spyderco Product Guide (Frank Centofante Vesuvius - bug version only)
  • 2004-2005 Spyderco Product Guide (Centofante 3)
  • 2006-2009 Spyderco Product Guide (Centofante 3 and 4)
  • 2010-current Spyderco Product Guide (Centofante 3)


Designer

Frank Centofante

History, mentionings from the forums etc.

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

C66BK3 Centofante 3:

"If you move in custom knife industry circles and/or attend knife shows you will have heard of Frank Centofante. In addition to being a celebrated and longtime custom knifemaker Frank is a past President of the Knifemaker's Guild, a strong voice in the cutlery world and a revered and respected craftsman. Collaborating on knife designs with him is something Spyderco has been fortunate enough to do several times. Our latest offering is the Centofante 3 gentleman's folder.

The Centofante 3 has a thin-profiled, lightweight FRN handle. Two channels are furrowed out of the handle for better grip and a Palladium silver Spyderco bug is inlayed into its surface. For added security and convenience the back-lock is positioned midway on the spine and David Boye Dent is cut from the locking lever. The VG-10 blade has both a hollow-grind and swedge-grind with non-sharpened spine serrations (jimping) to hold the thumb steady when cutting. A black steel pocket clip positions for tip-up/down, right-hand carry."

The C66 Centofante 3 in Spyderco's online catalog.

C66BK-4 Centofante 4:

"Spyderco is fortunate to have collaborated on numerous knife designs with custom knifemaker Frank Centofante over the past decade. Frank's lifetime of experience in designing and crafting knives guarantees style and function in a gentleman's folder.

Spyderco's Centofante4 folder represents the evolutionary refinement of previous Centofante/Spyderco collaborations. Its thin-profiled fiberglass reinforced nylon (FRN) handle is furrowed with grip enhancing channels and inset with a Palladium silver Spyderco logo bug. Adding security and ease of deployment, the back-lock is positioned mid-spine. Cut out of the locking lever is a David Boye Dent, diminishing the feasibility of gripping the knife handle tightly enough while cutting to unintentionally release the lock. The Centofante4 features a Wharncliffe VG-10 steel blade that has both a hollow-grind and a non-sharpened spine swedge-grind. Prominently rising above the Spyderco Round Hole is a crest for the thumb keeping it in controlled contact with the blade. Right-hand steel pocket clip positions the folder for tip-up/tip-down carry. Nested steel liner in the handle creates rigidity and a foundation for the clip's screw attachment."

The C66 Centofante 4 in Spyderco's online catalog.

Variations

The C66 is made in Golden, CO (Vesuvius) and Japan (Centofante 3/4) and feature:

  • swedge-grind on spine
SKU Handle Edge(s) Steel From/To MSRP Note Lock Number made Grind Clip Clip positions Collectors club
C66PBK Black FRN PE ATS-34 2001-2003 $89.95 (2002) White box, silver bug in handle. Vesuvius. Compression Lock Regular Production Hollow grind Black 3- screw old standard clip RH, TD/TU
C66PSBK Black FRN 50/50 PS ATS-34 2001-2003 $89.95 (2002) White box, silver bug in handle. Vesuvius. Compression Lock Regular Production Hollow grind Black 3- screw old standard clip RH, TD/TU
C66PBKI Black FRN/Blue shell inlay PE ATS-34 2001-2002 $89.95 (2002) White box. Vesuvius. Compression Lock Regular Production Hollow grind Black 3- screw old standard clip RH, TD/TU Variant
C66PSBKI Black FRN/Blue shell inlay 50/50 PS ATS-34 2001-2002 $89.95 (2002) White box. Vesuvius. Compression Lock Regular Production Hollow grind Black 3- screw old standard clip RH, TD/TU
C66PBK Burgundy FRN PE ATS-34 April 2002 $89.95/$99.95 (2002) 2002 Spyderco forum knife, silver bug in handle. Vesuvius. "Burgundy" handle is super dark purple, almost black. Compression Lock 500 Hollow grind Black 3- screw old standard clip RH, TD/TU
C66BK3 Black G-10 PE VG-10 2004- $64.95 (2004), $112.95 (2017) Centofante 3: silver Palladian bug in handle. Back Lock Regular Production Hollow grind Black 3- screw old standard clip LH/RH, TD/TU Main
C66BK-4 Black G-10 PE VG-10 2006-2009 $69.95 (2006) Centofante 4: silver Palladian bug in handle, Wharncliffe Blade shape, Boye dent. Back Lock Regular Production Hollow grind Black 3- screw old standard clip LH/RH, TU Main

Most collectible variation

The 2002 Forum Vesuvius with a "burgundy" handle.

Questions regarding collecting the C66

Some interesting questions we are looking for an answer to:

Questions with an answer: Q: Is there a Centofante/Vesuvius 2? A: Yes, the Centofante II is a different SKU (C50) and based on the original Centofante (C25), both completely different designs from the C66. Since the Centofante 3/4 shares its design from the C66 Centofante Vesuvius, of which there was no 2nd iteration (no Centofante Vesuvius 2, that is), and because the "Centofante 2" name was already being used by a separate SKU, when the C66 got a design iteration and its name shortened, it likely skipped the "2" moniker since that was already being used by the C50 and instead went to a "3".

Technical information

Measurements (mm and grams) of the C66 Centofante (Vesuvius):

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C66 192mm 114mm 79mm 79mm 13mm 2.5mm 96g
C66-3 194mm 114mm 80mm 77mm 2mm 71g
C66-4 190mm 114mm 76mm 75mm 2mm 69g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the C66 Centofante (Vesuvius):

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C66 7.56" 4.50" 3.13" 3.13" 0.500" 0.094" 3.4oz
C66-3 7.64" 4.50" 3.14" 3.04" 0.079" 2.5oz
C66-4 7.50" 4.50" 3.00" 2.94" 0.078" 2.5oz

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