C71 Salsa

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The C71 Salsa was the first of Spyderco's "little big knives".

Appearance in catalogs

The C71 Salsa appeared in the following catalogs:

  • 2002 Spyderco Product Guide
  • 2003 Spyderco Product Guide
  • 2004 Spyderco Product Guide

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Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

Salsa Ti

"The Salsa launched Spyderco's line of Little Big Knives beginning the company's trend (and the knife world's trend) toward small to medium sized knives capable of large knife performance. It's not uncommon that today's PC world places limits on blade size but times arise when a big, sturdy knife is needed to perform large cutting jobs.


The titanium Salsa has a natural-colored titanium handle. Its scale is laser cut, on the front side, into an Integral Compression Lock. It has the same 2-7/16 inch flat-ground blade but made of premium ATS-34 stainless. Same ergos and clip style as the aluminum version. Right-handed only."


The C71 Salsa Titanium in Spyderco's online catalog

Salsa Aluminum

"The Salsa launched Spyderco's line of Little Big Knives beginning the company's trend (and the knife world's trend) toward small to medium sized knives capable of large knife performance. It's not uncommon that today's PC world places limits on blade size but times arise when a big, sturdy knife is needed to perform large cutting jobs.


This aluminum Salsa comes with a lightweight cranberry anodized aluminum handle scale that resists scratching and pitting. Nested into the scale is a Compression Lock, outfitting the little knife with big knife lock strength. At only 2-7/16 inches in length, the flat-ground AUS-8 blade is capped with a Cobra Hood. The hood is positioned in a parallel line with the finger choil so the thumb atop the hood lines up comfortably with the index finger set in the choil. That creates the feeling of holding a large handle. That combined with the wide, short blade makes the whole package feel like a full-sized folder. For the convenience of left or right-hand carry the tension-spring wire clip positions tip-up to either side of the handle."


The C71 Salsa Aluminum blue in Spyderco's online catalog The C71 Salsa Aluminum cranberry in Spyderco's online catalog The C71 Salsa Aluminum black in Spyderco's online catalog

Variations

The C71 Salsa was made in Taipei, Taiwan and features:

SKU Handle Edge(s) Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Clip Clip positions Collectors club
C71TI Natural Ti PE ATS-34 2002-2004 $149.95 The only Salsa to use an Integral Compression Lock Full Flat Silver Wire TU RH Main
C71PSTI Natural Ti 50/50 PS ATS-34 2002-2004 $149.95 The only Salsa to use an Integral Compression Lock Full Flat Silver Wire TU RH Variant
C71GRP Green anodized Aluminum PE AUS-8 2002 $89.95 "Salsa" and a salsa pepper logo engraved on handle. Full Flat Silver Wire TU RH
C71GRPS Green anodized Aluminum 50/50 PS AUS-8 2002 $89.95 "Salsa" and a salsa pepper logo engraved on handle. Full Flat Silver Wire TU RH
C71BLP Blue anodized Aluminum PE AUS-8 2002-2003 $89.95 "Salsa" and a salsa pepper logo engraved on handle. Full Flat Silver Wire TU RH
C71BLPS Blue anodized Aluminum 50/50 PS AUS-8 2002-2003 $89.95 "Salsa" and a salsa pepper logo engraved on handle. Full Flat Silver Wire TU RH
C71TNP "Tan" anodized Aluminum PE AUS-8 2002 $89.95 "Tan" was really a gray color. "Salsa" and a salsa pepper logo engraved on handle. Full Flat Silver Wire TU RH
C71TNPS "Tan" anodized Aluminum 50/50 PS AUS-8 2002 $89.95 "Tan" was really a gray color. "Salsa" and a salsa pepper logo engraved on handle. Full Flat Silver Wire TU RH
C71CBP Cranberry anodized Aluminum PE AUS-8 2003 $89.95 "Salsa" and a salsa pepper logo engraved on handle. Full Flat Silver Wire TU RH
C71CBPS Cranberry anodized Aluminum 50/50 PS AUS-8 2003 $89.95 "Salsa" and a salsa pepper logo engraved on handle. Full Flat Silver Wire TU RH
C71CBK Black anodized Aluminum PE AUS-8 2004 $89.95 Appears to have been produced both with and without "Salsa" and a salsa pepper logo engraved on handle. Full Flat Silver Wire TU RH
C71BKPS Black anodized Aluminum 50/50 PS AUS-8 2004 $89.95 Appears to have been produced both with and without "Salsa" and a salsa pepper logo engraved on handle. Full Flat Silver Wire TU RH

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Technical Information

Typical measurements (mm and grams) of the C71 Salsa:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C71TI 148mm 89mm 63mm 52mm 14mm 2.5mm 93g
C71GR 148mm 89mm 63mm 53mm 14mm 2.5mm 72g
C71BL 148mm 89mm 63mm 53mm 14mm 2.5mm 72g
C71TN 148mm 89mm 63mm 53mm 14mm 2.5mm 72g
C71CB 148mm 89mm 63mm 53mm 14mm 2.5mm 72g
C71BK 148mm 89mm 63mm 52mm 14mm 2.5mm 72g

Typical measurements (Inches and ounces) of the C71 Salsa:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C71TI 5.812" 3.5" 2.438" 2.063" 0.563 0.093" 3.3oz
C71GR 5.812" 3.5" 2.438" 2.063" 0.563 0.093" 2.5oz
C71BL 5.812" 3.5" 2.438" 2.063" 0.563 0.093" 2.5oz
C71TN 5.812" 3.5" 2.438" 2.063" 0.563 0.093" 2.5oz
C71CB 5.812" 3.5" 2.438" 2.063" 0.563 0.093" 2.5oz
C71BK 5.812" 3.5" 2.438" 2.063" 0.563 0.093" 2.5oz

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