C73 Ed Scott Impala

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The C73 Impala by Ed Scott was introduced in 2002 and discontinued in 2006.

Appearance in catalogs

The C73 Impala appeared in the 2003, 2004, and 2005 Spyderco product catalogs.

Designer

Ed Scott

History, mentionings etc. from the forums

  • Mini-review by "shootist16" on the Spyderco forum's shortly after introducing the Impala (2002).
  • A more recent discussion on the Spyderco forum's about the reason why Impalas are not so popular (2008).

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

C73GPS:

"Ed Scott is a South African custom knifemaker who himself hunts and makes custom knives for professional hunters. When using a knife repeatedly for the same type of cutting jobs it quickly becomes apparent what features work best. Ed took his own ideas, added to the suggestions he had from his fellow hunters, pouring them into a knife design catering specifically to the hunter. Spyderco loved the design and conducted its own testing on a good sized Muley taken one cold, fall morning near our Golden facility. What we discovered was Ed's design worked and worked incredibly well. So we released two versions of Ed's design he calls the Impala.

The blade on the C73G has a double beveled gut hook sharpened on both sides of the inside radius. Positioned above the guthook, a section of unsharpened serrations make a slip resistant resting spot for the index finger while controlling the tip and guthook.

The blade is VG-10 with a Walker liner lock. Low-profile steel clip is nested into the black G-10 handle scale keeping the folder firmly clipped without destroying cloth pockets. Carries tip-down."[1],

See also: C73GP[2], C73GP2[3].

Variations

The C73s are made in Seki-City, Japan and have

SKU Handle Edge(s) Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Clip Clip positions Collectors club
C73GP Black G-10 PE VG-10 2003?, 2004 169.95$ (2004) with guthook N/A Hollow? Metal RH, TD
C73GPS Black G-10 PS VG-10 2002-2005 169.95$ (2004) with guthook N/A Hollow? Metal RH, TD
C73GP2 Black G-10 PE VG-10 2003-2004 169.95$ (2004) N/A Hollow? Metal RH, TD

Most collectible variation

Questions regarding collecting the C73

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Technical information

Measurements (mm and grams) of the C73 Impala:

Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
222mm 128mm 95mm 82mm 12mm 3mm 109g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the C73 Impala:

Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
8 3/4" 5" 3 3/4" 3 1/4" 15/32" 1/8" 3.9oz

References

  1. The C73GPS Impala by Ed Scott in Spyderco's online catalog
  2. The C73GP Impala by Ed Scott in Spyderco's online catalog
  3. The C73GP2 Impala by Ed Scott in Spyderco's online catalog

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