C80 Dodo

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The C80 Dodo features a short, reverse "S" shaped blade and a large, ergonomic G-10 handle. Spyderco's Ball Bearing Lock was first used for the C80. The C80 was introduced in 2003 and discontinued in 2006.

Appearance in catalogs

The C80 Dodo appeared in the following catalogs:

  • 2003 Spyderco Products (C80GBL)
  • 2004 Spyderco Products (C80GBL)
  • 2005 Spyderco Products (C80GBL, C80GBK)
  • 2012 Spyderco Product Guide (C80GPOR) - PDF

Designer

Eric Glesser

History, mentionings from the forums etc.

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

C80GBL:

"Spyderco has received endless comments about the Dodo's unconventional, unusual appearance. With a face only its designer could love, the Dodo fulfills many of Spyderco's design philosophies. It's a 'little big knife' that was 'designed in the dark' (and should be judged by its ergonomics) which we manufacture with top-drawer materials and features. Take our challenge -- put it in your hand, cut with it, then let us know what you think.

One of its curious features is its blade shape. Although the blade has less than two inches of cutting edge, the curved belly supplies big cutting capability and its downward-pointed tip is intended for detailed/fine cutting. The blade is laser cut from CPM-S30V stock, then hollow-ground with a swedge running from the tip halfway up the spine. To create a fistful of leveraging points, the G-10 handle is fashioned in a grouping of finger choils ending in a tail. The tail becomes both a pinky shelf and a striking tool. For the Dodo specifically, Spyderco developed the Ball Bearing Lock. It works by dropping a pea-sized ball of steel into a recess on the blade's tang, locking the blade open. Once in the recess, the ball is compressed by the open blade and can't move or wobble. A remarkably strong locking system, that rates for MBC and heavy-duty on Spyderco's lock strength scale. To unlock, pull back on the ball- accessible on both sides of the knife for left/right handed use. Flexible wire tension-clip carries ambidextrously, tip-up. Available with a black or blue handle. Made in Golden, Colorado."[1]

See also: C80GBK [2].

Variations

The C80 Dodo is made in Golden, U.S.A., and has a

SKU Handle Edge(s) Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Clip Clip positions Collectors club
C80GPBL Blue G-10 PE CPM-S30V 2003-2005 124.95$ (2004) N/A Hollow Wire clip LH/RH, TU Variant
C80GSBL Blue G-10 SE CPM-S30V 2003-2005 124.95$ (2004) N/A Hollow Wire clip LH/RH, TU Main
C80GPBK Black G-10 PE CPM-S30V late 2003-2005 124.95$ (2004) N/A Hollow Wire clip LH/RH, TU Variant
C80GSBK Black G-10 SE CPM-S30V late 2003-2005 124.95$ (2004) N/A Hollow Wire clip LH/RH, TU Variant
C80OR Orange G-10 PE CPM-S30V Mar. 2012 199.95$ (2012) Sprintrun. Re-engineered with blind pin in backspacer and machined spine. 1000 Hollow Wire clip LH/RH, TU Variant
C80CFP CF PE CPM-S30V Nov. 2012 299.95$ (2012) Sprintrun. Re-engineered with blind pin in backspacer and machined spine. White ceramic ball bearing. 1000 Hollow Wire clip LH/RH, TU Variant
C80GM4P Natural jade G-10 PE Satin CPM-M4 Not yet released Blade HQ Exclusive. Limited Hollow Wire clip LH/RH, TU Variant

Most collectible variation

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Technical information

Measurements (mm and grams) of the C80 Dodo:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C80 156mm 111mm 53mm 44mm 13mm 3mm 74g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the C80 Dodo:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C80 6 1/8" 4 3/8" 2 1/16" 1 3/4" 1/2" 1/8" 2.6oz

References

  1. The C80GBL Dodo in Spyderco's online catalog
  2. The C80GBK Dodo in Spyderco's online catalog

Pictures

C80GPBK Dodo, opened, front side
C80GPBK Dodo, closed, clip side

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