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Revision as of 10:19, 21 February 2010

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- 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- 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$ Sprint ? Full Flat Metal RH, TD
C81GPCMO Digital Camo G-10 PE CPM-S30V 2009- 219.95$ (2009) N/A Full Flat Metal RH, TD
C81GPCMOBK Digital Camo G-10 PE CPM-S30V black 2009- 239.95$ (2009) N/A Full Flat Metal RH, TD

Most collectible variation

Questions regarding collecting the C81

Some interesting questions we are looking for an answer to:

Questions with an answer:

Technical information

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

Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
200mm 121mm 81mm 74mm 14mm 4mm 108g

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

Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
7 7/8" 4 3/4" 3 3/32" 2 15/16" 9/16" 5/32" 3.75oz

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

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