C85 Yojimbo

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The C85 Yojimbo by Michael Janich was introduced in 2004 and discontinued in 2007.

The Yojimbo is similar in design to the FB09 Ronin, a fixed blade design resulting from an earlier collaboration of Spyderco with Michael Janich.

Appearance in catalogs

The C85 Yojimbo appears in the following catalogs:

Designer

Michael Janich

Michael Janich Makers mark

History, mentionings from the forums etc.

On the Spyderco forums:

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

C85GBK:

"The Yojimbo is Spyderco's second collaboration with famed martial artist and Master MBC Instructor Michael Janich. Our first was the fixed-blade called the Ronin. It was avidly received by the public and generated ongoing requests for a folding version. We call the folding version the Yojimbo and feel it defines the term ergonomic. Since Mr. Janich's area of expertise is MBC and Filipino martial arts, the folder was designed around that art form.

The blade is categorized as a modified Wharncliffe profile. Purposely designed to be triangular, this shape holds the cutting edge in contact with what is being cut, and its fine sharp tip generates little resistance initiating and making piercing cuts. From a tactical standpoint the blade's steel needed to be tough and resistant to wear so we chose CPM-S30V. We then ground the cutting edge fully flat from the tip to where it meets the handle. Lined up running along the blade's spine are a sequence of thumb positioning serrations/grooves that continue into the spine of the handle. The Yojimbo's G-10 handle fills in the palm like a handshake affording heightened dexterity and control over the blade. Its tapered tail is for grip retention and doubles as a pressure point or striking tool. To be used for the rigors of MBC a strong lock was a requirement so nested into the handle scale is a Compression Lock that releases on top of the handle. All-steel pocket clip attaches for right-hand, tip-up mobility. The circles, cut out of the clip and on the opposite side of the handle, are for indexing. Available with a black or blue handle."[1]

See also: C85GBL [2]

Variations

The C85 Yojimbo 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
C85GBK Black G-10 PE CPM-S30V 2004-2006 159.95$ (2004) Regular production Full Flat Yojimbo clip LH/RH, TU
C85GBL Blue G-10 PE CPM-S30V 2004-2006 159.95$ (2004) Regular production Full Flat Yojimbo clip LH/RH, TU
C85GP2 Black G-10 PE CPM-S30V late 2011- 169.95$ (2011) Yojimbo 2 Regular production Hollow 4-way clip LH/RH, TD/TU Main
C85CFP2 Black peel ply CF PE CPM-S90V July 2014 299.95$ ($229.95 street) KnifeWorks Exclusive Yojimbo 2 800 (with option for additional 400) Hollow Silver 4-way clip LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C85GPBNBK2 Coyote brown G-10 PE Black DLC coated CPM-S90V Aug. 2017 $269.95 (2017) JB Outman distributor Exclusive, Black DLC coated pivot, screws, and clip. Non coated liners and standoffs. 1200? Hollow Black 4-way clip LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C85TR2 Red G-10 Unsharpened PE CTS-BD1 Sept. 2017- 209.95$ (2017) Skeletonized trainer blade for similar weight distribution as a live blade, has rounded tip. N/A Not ground Silver 4-way clip LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C85CF20CVP2 Smooth matte black CF PE CPM-20CV Apr. 2018 $349.95 (2018) JB Outman distributor Exclusive Limited Hollow Chrome silver 4-way clip LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C85GM4P2 Jade G-10 PE CPM-M4 Oct. 02-Oct. 04, 2018 $217.95 (MSRP), $154.95 (street) Blade HQ dealer Exclusive Limited Hollow Chrome silver 4-way clip LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C85GM4PBK2 Jade G-10 PE Black DLC coated CPM-M4 Apr. 12 @ 10AM MST $237.95 (MSRP), $168.95 (street) Blade HQ dealer Exclusive. Black screws, satin liners. Sold out in approximately 40 minutes. Limited Hollow Black 4-way clip LH/RH, TD/TU Variant

Most collectible variation

Questions regarding collecting the C85

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Technical information

Measurements (mm and grams) of the C85 Yojimbo:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C85 199mm 127mm 73mm 69mm 14mm 4mm 102g
C85GP2 192mm 114mm 79mm 75mm 13mm 4mm 113g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the C85 Yojimbo:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C85 7 13/16" 5" 2 7/8" 2 11/16" 9/16" 5/32" 3.6oz
C85GP2 7 9/16" 4 5/8" 3 1/8" 2 15/16" 33/64" 5/32" 4.0oz

References

  1. The C85GBK Yojimbo in Spyderco's online catalog
  2. The C85GBL Yojimbo in Spyderco's online catalog

Pictures

C85GBK Yojimbo, opend, front side
C85GBK Yojimbo, closed, clip side

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