C81 Para-Military

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The C81 Para-Military was introduced in 2004. It is two-thirds the size of the C36 Military.

Appearance in catalogs

The C81 Para-Military appeared in all annual Spyderco product catalogs since 2004 (older, newer).

Designer

Sal Glesser

History, mentionings etc. from the forums

  • Review by "The General"
  • Discussion about CPM-S30V vs. CPM-D2 as used in the Para variations
  • Disassembling/assembling was described e.g. here and here

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

C81G:

"The most awaited mid-sized survival knife of 2004. When Spyderco initially introduced our Military Model critics claimed it too large and more knife than the average user needed. Likewise, fans enthusiastically heralded the knife's big performance attributes. We arrive at the question knife manufacturers often ask themselves, "How do we satisfy both worlds and create a mid-sized knife that acts, cuts and performs like a larger knife?" Our answer was the Para Military."

"The PM is two-thirds the size of the original Military Model. Its flat-ground CPM-S30V blade stretches 3-3/32" long with the Spyderco Round Hole generously sized at 14mm for gloved or large hands. Furrowing above the hole presents a positioning spot for the thumb that's texture, keeping slipping to a minimum. Nested into the G-10 scale is a top-seated Heavy duty rated Compression Lock. By inlaying (nesting) the lock we increase its strength without adding thick and bulky liners. The handle expands at the front and back for advanced grip retention, eliminating forward or backward sliding. All steel and curved to keep it pinned in a pocket, the clip attaches for right-hande tip-down carry. The ultimate mid-sized survival knife."[1]

See also C81GBK[2], C81GCMO [3], C81CMOBK [4].

Variations

All variations are made in Golden, Colorado and have

SKU Handle Edge(s) Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Clip Clip positions Collectors club
C81GP Black G-10 PE CPM-S30V 2004-2010 199.95$ (2008) N/A Full Flat Metal RH, TD
C81GS Black G-10 SE CPM-S30V 2004-2009 199.95$ (2008) N/A Full Flat Metal RH, TD
C81GPBK Black G-10 PE CPM-S30V black 2005-2010 219.95$ (2008) N/A Full Flat Metal RH, TD
C81GSBK Black G-10 SE CPM-S30V black 2005-2009 219.95$ (2008) N/A Full Flat Metal RH, TD
C81GPFG Foliage Green G-10 PE CPM-D2 2008 189.95$ Sprintrun ? Full Flat Metal RH, TD
C81GPCMO Digital Camo G-10 PE CPM-S30V 2009-2010 219.95$ (2009) N/A Full Flat Metal RH, TD
C81GPCMOBK Digital Camo G-10 PE CPM-S30V black 2009-2010 239.95$ (2009) N/A Full Flat Metal RH, TD
C81GP2 Black G-10 PE CPM-S30V 2010- 169.95$ (2010) 2nd generation N/A Full Flat Chrome Hourglass LH/RH, TD/TU Main
C81CFP2 Black Peel Ply CF PE CPM-S90V 2010 289.95$ (2010) Sprintrun 600 Full Flat Chrome Hourglass LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C81GBK2 Black G-10 PE CPM-S30V black DLC 2011- 189.95$ (2011) Black hardware N/A Full Flat Black Hourglass LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C81GCMO2 Digital Camo G-10 PE CPM-S30V 2011- 169.95$ (2011) N/A Full Flat Chrome Hourglass LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C81GCMOBK2 Digital Camo G-10 PE CPM-S30V black DLC 2011- 189.95$ (2011) Black hardware N/A Full Flat Black Hourglass LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C81GGY20CP2 Gray G-10 PE CTS-20CP 2011 219.95$ (2011) Sprintrun ? Full Flat Chrome Hourglass LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C81GBLM3902 Blue G-10 PE M390 Jan. 2012 / Dec. 2012 / Nov. 2016 / July 2019 $179.95 (street 2012), $189.95 (2016 and 2019) Bento Box Shop dealer Exclusive. 2nd run released Dec. 2012. A 3rd run came out in 2016. While BBS didn't comment on the production size of the second or third run, it was likely 800 for the second run and another 800-1200 for the third run. A fourth run came out July 19, 2019. 800 (1st run) Full Flat Chrome Hourglass LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C81GPBN2 Earth Brown G-10 PE CPM-S35VN Mar. 2012, Nov. 2015, June 2017 $199.95 (2012), $222.95 (2015), $226.95 (2017) Moteng distributor Exclusive. First batch released in March 2012. A second run was produced and released in November 2015. A third run was released in June 2017. Limited Full Flat Chrome Hourglass LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C81GPOR2 Orange G-10 PE CTS-XHP 2012 Apr. 194.95$ (2012) Cutlery Shoppe dealer Exclusive 800 [5]. Full Flat Chrome Hourglass LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C81GPGR2 Dark Green G-10 PE CTS-204P June 2013, March 2014, Dec. 2018 189.95$ (2012), $149.95 (2018 street) Blue Ridge Knives distributor Exclusive, it appears that Knife Works acquired the whole run, as no other dealers carried the knife. Originally slated for delivery around June 2012, it was delayed by a year. The initial run was for 800 knives. An additional 400 were produced and released in March 2014. A third run of 628 were produced and released in December 2018. 1200 [6] + 628. Full Flat Chrome Hourglass LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C81CFPE2 Peel Ply CF PE CPM-154/S90V Feb. 2014 $469.95 (2014) Sprintrun. First Spyderco to offer the CPM-154/S90V composite. The core is CPM-S90V sandwiched between CPM-154CM. There are plans to offer additional models using the same blade composite. 300 Full Flat Chrome Hourglass LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C81GFGP2 Foliage Green G-10 PE Elmax June 2014 199.95$ (street) Bento Box Shop dealer Exclusive. 800-1200 Full Flat Chrome Hourglass LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C81GPDBL2 Dark blue G-10 PE CPM-S110V Sept. 2015- $249.95 (2015) regular production Full Flat Chrome Hourglass LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C81GPORBK2 Orange G-10 PE Black DLC coated CTS-XHP Oct. 2015-Feb. 2016 $175.00 (street), $249.95 (MSRP) Cutlery Shoppe Exclusive, black hardware. Sold out as of Feb. 2016. 1200 Full Flat Black Hourglass LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C81GM4P2 Jade G-10 PE CPM-M4 July 2016 $159.99 (street), $217.95 (MSRP) BladeHQ dealer Exclusive, uses natural "Jade" G-10, which is a translucent green color. Initially sold out within hours, but popped in and out of stock for short times during the next day. 2300 (2200 + 100 CC) Full Flat Chrome Hourglass LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C81CFM4P2 Peel Ply CF PE CPM-M4 Aug. 2016/Mar. 2018 $219.95 (street), $294.95 (MSRP 2016)/$319.95 (MSRP 2018) Knifeworks dealer Exclusive. Second run of 800 knives released March 2018. 1200 + 800 Full Flat Chrome Hourglass LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C81GPGY2 Dark grey G-10 PE Cru-Wear Oct. 2016 $239.95 (2016) Sprintrun 1200 Full Flat Chrome Hourglass LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C81GPNP2 Light pink G-10 PE CPM-S30V Dec. 2016 $216.95 (2016) JP Outman Distributing Exclusive. As with all Spyderco's pink knives, a portion of all sales are donated to Guardians of the Ribbon/Pink Heals Tour (www.pinkfiretrucks.org). 1200 Full Flat Chrome Hourglass LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C81GS2 Black G-10 SE CPM-S30V Mar. 2017- 209.95$ (2017) Regular production Full Flat Chrome Hourglass LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C81GPLE2 Black G-10 PE CPM-S30V Apr. 2017 - $209.95 (2017) Left hand version Regular production Full Flat Chrome Hourglass LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C81GPBKBS2 Black G-10 PE Black DLC coated CPM-S30V June. 2017 232.95$ (2017) BayouShooter.com exclusive, with their logo laser engraved on the blade Limited Full Flat Black Hourglass LH/RH, TD/TU
C81CF52100P2 Peel Ply CF PE 52100 Oct. 2017 $294.95 (2017) H.L. Dalis distributor Exclusive Limited Full Flat Chrome Hourglass LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C81GPRD2 Red G-10 PE M390 Nov. 2017 / July 2019 $149.95 (street), $219.90 (MSRP) / $159.25 (street 2019) DLT Trading dealer Exclusive, sold out within a week of being announced. A second run came out July 17, 2019. 1000-1200 Full Flat Chrome Hourglass LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C81GPDGY2 Dark gray G-10 PE Maxamet Nov. 2017- $299.95 (2017) Regular production Full Flat Chrome Hourglass LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C81CF52100PS2 Peel Ply CF PS 52100 Dec. 2017 $295.95 (2017) H.L. Dalis distributor Exclusive Limited Full Flat Chrome Hourglass LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C81GPGRBKP2 Olive drab green G-10 PE Black DLC CPM-S30V Feb. 2018, Sept. 2018 $154.97 (street), $229.95 (MSRP) JB Outman distributor Exclusive (possibly available only through DLT Trading). Black hardware (liners are not coated). Limited Full Flat Black Hourglass LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C81GM4BKP2 Jade G-10 PE Black DLC CPM-M4 Mar. 27, 2018, 7PM MST $174.95 (street), $237.95 (MSRP) BladeHQ dealer Exclusive, uses natural "Jade" G-10, which is a translucent green color. Black hardware (liners are not coated). Sold out in about 2.5 hours. Limited (probably 2200-2400) Full Flat Chrome Hourglass LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C81GPCW2 Smooth black G-10 PE Cru-Wear May 2018 $155.97 (street), $239.95 (MSRP) KnifeCenter dealer Exclusive Limited Full Flat Chrome Hourglass LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C81GPBORE2 Burnt orange G-10 PE CPM REX 45 July 2018 $224.95 (2018) Sprintrun Limited Full Flat Chrome Hourglass LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C81GPTN2 Tan G-10 PE CPM-20CV Sept. 25, 2018, 11AM CST / Mar. 19, 2019, 11AM CST $142.97 (street), $219.95 (MSRP) DLT Trading dealer Exclusive. First release sold out in 23 minutes. 900-1000 (1st batch) Full Flat Chrome Hourglass LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C81GPDGYS90V2 Gray G-10 PE CPM-S90V Oct. 12, 2018 9AM MDT $161.97 (street), $269.95 (MSRP) 2018 Spyderco Forum Knife. Handle features a polished silver web insert encircling a bright red Spyderco bug logo (both sides), and Forum Knife 2018 on the blade. Limit of 2 per person (limit lifted Oct. 31). Just over 700 Full Flat Chrome Hourglass LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C81GPBNBK2 Earth Brown G-10 PE Black DLC coated CPM-S35VN Mar. 2019 $249.98 (2019) Moteng distributor Exclusive. Black hardware (pivot, screws, lanyard tube), satin liners. Limited Full Flat Black Hourglass LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C81GPTNBK2 Tan G-10 PE Black DLC coated CPM-20CV May 29, 2019, 11AM CST $149.50 (street), $230.00 (MSRP) DLT Trading dealer Exclusive. Black hardware (uncoated liners). Limit of 2 per household. Sold out in about 4 minutes (with some cancellations popping into stock a little later, with a limit of 1). 800 Full Flat Black Hourglass LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C81GPBLBK2 Blue G-10 PE Black DLC coated M390 August 2019 $199.95 (street) Bento Box Shop dealer Exclusive. Black screws and hardware. Limited Full Flat ChromeBlack Hourglass LH/RH, TD/TU Variant

Most collectible variation

Questions regarding collecting the C81

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Technical information

Measurements (mm and grams) of the C81 Para-Military:

Model Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C81GP 200mm 121mm 81mm 74mm 14mm 4mm 108g
C81G2 210mm 122mm 87mm 78mm 14.5mm 3.5mm 111g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the C81 Para-Military:

Model Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C81GP 7 7/8" 4 3/4" 3 3/32" 2 15/16" 9/16" 5/32" 3.75oz
C81G2 8.281" 4.812" 3.438" 3.078" 0.569" 0.141" 3.9oz

References

  1. The C81G Para-Military in Spyderco's online catalog
  2. The C81GBK Para-Military in Spyderco's online catalog
  3. The C81GCMO Para-Military in Spyderco's online catalog
  4. The C81CMOBK Para-Military in Spyderco's online catalog

Pictures

C81GPGR2 CTS-204P Para-Military 2 C81GPGR2 CTS-204P Para-Military 2 clip side

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