C79 Assist Rescue

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The C79 Assist Rescue is a large full-featured folding rescue knife, a cornerstone of Spyderco's Save and Serve line-up since its introduction in 2004.

Appearance in catalogs

The C79 appeared in the following Spyderco Catalogs:

  • C79BK: 2004 - 2019 Spyderco Product Guide
  • C79BBK:2011 - 2019 Spyderco Product Guide
  • C79OR: 2008 - 2019 Spyderco Product Guide
  • C79YL: 2015 - 2019 Spyderco Product Guide
  • C79BK2: 2004, 2005 Spyderco Product Guide

Designer

Spyderco

History, mentionings from the forums etc.

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

C79BK:

"Spyderco named this knife after its principal job function, to Assist. The Assist was designed for emergency/fire/rescue professionals (and for the well-equipped civilian) who rely on their knives to function flawlessly under pressure. Even with twenty-five years experience in making rescue knives, Spyderco is still offering new high-tech features and the Assist model showcases the latest and greatest in this knife genre.

The VG-10 patented blunt-tipped blade is a toothy eighty-percent SpyderEdged for aggressively cutting seatbelts and fibrous material. The last inch of the tip we've left PlainEdge for detailed cutting (think sharpening pencils). Perched above the Round Hole, a Cobra Hood positions the thumb directly over the hole for quick blade deployment, then doubles as a leveraging platform for the thumb. The wavy pattern cut from the top of the blade (created by a fireman from Sweden) and along the inside of the handle let you place a piece of rope (between the half-open blade and handle) and scissor the blade shut- especially convenient for cutting rope in-and-around flesh without having to fully open/expose the knife's blade. The FRN handle is a molded wonder of Bi-Directional textured contours and bulges that ergonomically wrap around your palm. In the closed position, squeeze the blade deeper into the handle and a retractable carbide tip protrudes out from the base for breaking glass. Outlined in safety orange on the handle's spine is a shrill and attention-pitched survival whistle. Carries left/right handed, tip-up by means of a tension wire clip."

Variations

The C79 Assist is made in Seki-City, Japan and has a

  • Back Lock locking mechanism
  • Sheepsfoot Blade
  • FRN handle
  • Retractable carbide tip that protrudes out from the base of the handle for breaking glass
  • Survival whistle


SKU Handle Edge(s) Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Clip Clip positions Collectors club
C79BK Black FRN PS VG-10 2004 - $155 N/A Hollow Wire, Barrel bolt LH/RH, TU
C79BBK Black FRN PS VG-10 2011 - $170 N/A Hollow Wire, Barrel bolt LH/RH, TU
C79OR Orange FRN PS VG-10 2008 - $155 N/A Hollow Wire, Barrel bolt LH/RH, TU
C79YL Yellow FRN PS H-1 2015 - $170 Does not feature the Cobra Hood N/A Hollow Wire, Barrel bolt LH/RH, TU
C79BK2 Black FRN PS VG-10 2004 - 2005 $70.05 Features a wharncliffe blade N/A Hollow Wire, Barrel bolt LH/RH, TU

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Technical information

Measurements (mm and grams) of the C79BK Assist:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C79BK 213mm 124mm 94mm 81mm 3mm 14mm 115g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the C79BK Assist:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C79BK 8.375" 4.875" 3.687" 3.687" 1" 0.125" 4oz

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