C75 Kiwi

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The Kiwi

The Kiwi is a regular production Spyderco model intended to appeal to those who favor the more traditional appearance of a slipjoint pocket knife, but want the convenience of one hand opening and the added security of a lock. Although its model numbers bear a C prefix, it lacks the clip common to almost all other models with that designation. It also lacks the "hump" in the blade common to most of Spyderco's "in house" designs. Instead, the Spyderhole opener is contained within the rather narrow modified Wharncliffe pattern blade. It has been offered in two basic formats, bolster and scales construction with both front and rear bolsters which was introduced in 2002, and all stainless steel which was added in 2003. Like Spyderco's first model, the C01 Worker, and many other models over the years, the Kiwi incorporates a Mar/McBurnette style front lock.

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Appearance in catalogs

The C75 Kiwi first appears in the 2003 catalog. It is shown there as "new", but its description there, and Spyderco's Across the Years timeline, indicate it was actually released in 2002. The all stainless version first appeared in the 2004 catalog, but according to the timeline was released in 2003.

Designer

Sal Glesser

History, mentionings from the forums, etc.

In addition to the regular Spyderco models, there were two versions made exclusively for A. G. Russell. The Kiwi has also been a favorite platform for customization by Santa Fe Stoneworks.

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

The following info has been transposed from the Spyderco web catalog and is specifically from the page showing the first version of the Kiwi to be released.

"Scores of knife knuts have asked "why doesn't Spyderco make a conventional folder like an old time jackknife or penknife?" We have. Our traditional-influenced offering is the Kiwi and it reflects features found on Grandfather's favorite whittler while remaining true to Spyderco's preference for high-tech materials and ergonomics.

Its two-inch VG-10 blade has a Wharncliffe profile and pronounced hump created to accommodate the Spyderco Round Hole. Position of the hole on the blade is important (especially for smaller knives) in finding the spot with the most comfortable/natural pivotal rotation when opening one-handed. Dual finger choils cutaway on the underbelly of the handle deposit the fore- and middle fingers in alignment for optimal control. Amber-colored jig bone scales set next to brushed stainless bolsters are reminiscent of more traditional cutlery. In the manner of a true gent's folder, it is clipless."

The "hump" referred to in the catalog would more accurately be called a brow. The spine of the blade never rises above the level of the backstrap, but dips in front of the Spyderhole opener making the blade even narrower from that point forward.

Variations

To date, the Spyderco C75 Kiwi has been made in several variations. All of the lock backs are made in Japan, probably in Seki City, by Moki. The Kiwi is clipless, but came with a brown leather pouch.

Spyderco introduced a value line of Kiwi Slip-Joints in late 2010. They are made in China.

Variations of the C75 Kiwi

SKU Handle Edge Steel MSRP Note Number made Grind Year of Release Collectors club
C75P Stainless Steel Bolsters with Amber Jigged bone Scales PE VG-10 139,95$ Unknown Hollow 2002 Main
C75P2 All Stainless Steel PE VG-10 75,95$ The all stainless version is thinner than the bolstered versions Unknown Hollow 2003
C75MOP Stainless Steel Bolsters with Mother of Pearl Scales - A.G. Russell Exclusive PE VG-10 144,95$ Box carries dual labels. AG Russell calls it SPC75MP. Distinguishable from Santa Fe MOP customs by its brushed finish bolsters (SFSW Bolsters are polished). Unknown Hollow 2004
C75BMOP Stainless Steel Bolsters with Black pearl Scales - A.G. Russell Exclusive PE VG-10 159,95$ Box carries dual labels. AG Russell calls it SPC75BP. Distinguishable from Santa Fe black pearl customs by its brushed finish Bolsters (SFSW Bolsters are polished). Unknown Hollow 2004
C75P Stainless Steel Bolsters with Chestnut Jigged bone Scales PE VG-10 154,95$ This did not receive a new SKU, but the color of the bone changed, as did its description in the catalog Unknown Hollow 2005
C75PRB Pinned Stainless Steel Bolsters with Smooth Red bone Scales PE VG-10 N/A These were the first pre-production samples made for this variation Sal Glesser did not like the look of the pins in the smooth bone, so the design was changed and the production versions used glued scales. One was given to Paul Beretta by Sal Glesser. Appx. 12 Hollow 2006
C75PRB Stainless Steel Bolsters with Smooth Red bone Scales PE VG-10 154,95$ Unlike the Jigged bone version, the scales are attached with glue Unknown Hollow 2006
C75MOPA Stainless Steel Bolsters with Mother of Pearl Scales with Abalone Aaccent Stripes PE VG-10 179,95$ Unknown Hollow 2007 Variant
C75CF Stainless Steel Bolsters with Matte Carbon fiber Scales PE VG-10 199,95$ Unlike the Jigged bone version, the scales are attached with glue 600 Hollow 2008

Variations of the C75 Kiwi 3 Slip-Joint

SKU Handle Edge Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Clip Clip positions
C75SS3 Stainless Steel PE 8Cr13MoV late 2010-2014 29.95$ (2011) N/A Hollow None N/A
C75ST3 Stainless Steel Bolsters, Stag Inlay PE 8Cr13MoV late 2010-2012 54.95$ (2011) N/A Hollow None N/A

Most collectible variation

Questions regarding collecting the C75 Kiwi

Technical information

Typical measurements (mm and grams) of the C75 Kiwi:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C75P 138mm 81mm 60mm 47mm 10mm 2,5mm 52g
C75P2 138mm 81mm 60mm 47mm 10mm 2,5mm 47g
C75MOP 138mm 81mm 60mm 47mm 10mm 2,5mm 50g
C75BMOP 138mm 81mm 60mm 47mm 10mm 2,5mm 50g
C75PRBP 138mm 81mm 60mm 47mm 10mm 2,5mm 52g
C75PRB 138mm 81mm 60mm 47mm 10mm 2,5mm 50g
C75MOPA 138mm 81mm 60mm 47mm 10mm 2,5mm 50g
C75CF 138mm 81mm 60mm 47mm 10mm 2,5mm 47g
C75SS3 143mm 84mm 62mm 51mm 10mm 2.5mm 50g
C75ST3 143mm 84mm 62mm 51mm 10mm 2.5mm 47g


Typical measurements (Inches and ounces) of the C75 Kiwi:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C75P 5 7/16" 3 3/16" 2 3/8" 1 13/16" 3/8" 3/32" 1.83oz
C75P2 5 7/16" 3 3/16" 2 3/8" 1 13/16" 3/8" 3/32" 1.67oz
C75MOP 5 7/16" 3 3/16" 2 3/8" 1 13/16" 3/8" 3/32" 1.75oz
C75BMOP 5 7/16" 3 3/16" 2 3/8" 1 13/16" 3/8" 3/32" 1.75oz
C75PRBP 5 7/16" 3 3/16" 2 3/8" 1 13/16" 3/8" 3/32" 1.83oz
C75PRB 5 7/16" 3 3/16" 2 3/8" 1 13/16" 3/8" 3/32" 1.75oz
C75MOPA 5 7/16" 3 3/16" 2 3/8" 1 13/16" 3/8" 3/32" 1.75oz
C75CF 5 7/16" 3 3/16" 2 3/8" 1 13/16" 3/8" 3/32" 1.67oz
C75SS3 5 5/8" 3 5/16" 2 7/16" 2" 3/8" 3/32" 1.75oz
C75ST3 5 5/8" 3 5/16" 2 7/16" 2" 3/8" 3/32" 1.67oz

References


Sal Glesser as designer

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