C94 UK Penknife (DK Penknife)

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The C94 UK Penknife was introduced in late 2004. It features a pocket clip and a non-locking, leaf shaped blade that is held open with a Notch Joint (aka SlipIt). Variations with different handle colors were introduced in 2008.

For Denmark, a modified variant with a shorter blade and a non-functional opening hole, the C94 DK Penknife, was introduced in 2005.

As a natural continuation of the UK Penknife the shorter C127 Urban was released in 2008.

In 2009 a variation of the C94 UK Penknife featuring a drop point blade was introduced.

The UK Penknife is part of the Non-Locking series.

Appearance in catalogs

The C94 UK Penknife first appeared in the 2006 Mid-Year Spyderco Catalog Supplement.

It then appeared in all annual Spyderco product catalogs since 2007 (older, newer).

Designer

Sal Glesser and Spyderco, supported by "UK Pen-Knife design team" in design thread in the britishblades.com forum.

History, mentionings from the forums etc.

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

G94GP:

"The knife may be man’s oldest tool but today it is governed by different carry restrictions in nearly every country in the world. It seems: “if man makes it, he must legislate it”. This is particularly true regarding pocketknives in the United Kingdom where legal guidelines govern the size and function of all pocketknives carried in public. One of these parameters is that folding knives not have blades that lock open. Spyderco addressed this by developing a non-locking folder expressly for the UK called the UK Penknife. The blade is held open by a notched-joint at the knife’s pivot. When closing the blade the notch produces roughly twenty-pounds of resistance, functionally similar to traditional slip-joint penknives. To achieve a heightened sense of control and comfort, Spyderco designers added a deep finger choil positioning the index finger on the bottom of the blade directly under the thumb. This lets you choke up nearer the cutting edge with comfort and dexterity. The handle is black G-10 with a tension-wire clip that carries deeply in the pocket, tip-up and either left or right-handed. The CPMS30V laser cut blade is available PlainEdged and ground flat on both sides."[1]

See also: C94GPDK[2], C94GPFG[3], C94GPOR[4], C94CF[5].

Variations

All C94 variations are made in Golden, Colorado, U.S.A. and have

  • a non-locking blade with a Notch Joint,
  • a screw together construction,
  • different blade shapes depending on the specific variation.
SKU Handle Edge(s) Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Clip Clip positions Collectors club
C94GP Black G-10 PE CPM-S30V late 2004, 2005?, 2006-2007 56.95£ ?, 139.95$ (2007) UKPK, Leaf Shaped Blade First batch run: 500 for UK (with 99 engraved ones), 200 for North America? Full Flat Wire clip LH/RH, TU Main
C94GPDK Black G-10 PE CPM-S30V 2005, later run(s) in 2008/9? 139.95$ (2009) DKPK: shorter blade, no one-hand opening, Leaf Shaped Blade 2005: 300? for Denmark; 2008/9: ? Full Flat Wire clip LH/RH, TU Variant
C94GPFG Foliage Green G-10 PE CPM-S30V 2008-2010 149.95$ (2008-2009) UKPK, Leaf Shaped Blade N/A Full Flat Wire clip LH/RH, TU Variant
C94GPOR Orange G-10 PE CPM-S30V 2008-2010 149.95$ (2008-2009) UKPK, Leaf Shaped Blade N/A Full Flat Wire clip LH/RH, TU Variant
C94GPFG3 Foliage Green G-10 PE CPM-S30V 2009-2010 149.95$ (2009) UKPK, Drop Point Blade N/A Full Flat Wire clip LH/RH, TU Variant
C94GSOR2 Orange G-10 SE CPM-S30V 2009-2010 149,95 $ (2009) UKPK Rescue, Sheepfoot Blade N/A Hollow Wire clip LH/RH, TU Variant
C94CFP CF PE CPM-S30V 2010-2011 184,95 $ (2010) UKPK, Leaf Shaped Blade N/A Full Flat Wire clip LH/RH, TU Variant
C94xxyy Gray/Blue/Maroon FRN PE/CE/SE GIN-1/G-2, transitioning to CTS-BD1 2010-2012 64,95 $ (2011) UKPK, Leaf Shaped Blade, in the SKU: xx represents edges (P=plain edge, PS=combo edge, S=SpyderEdge) and yy represents handle color (GY=gray, BL=blue, MR=maroon) all SE discontinued in 2011 Hollow Wire clip LH/RH, TU Variant?
C94PBK Black FRN PE/CE CTS-BD1 2010- 64,95 $ (2011) UKPK, Leaf Shaped Blade, CE only offered in 2012. Hollow grind discontinued in 2012, replaced with a Full Flat grind in 2013. N/A Hollow/full Flat Wire clip LH/RH, TU Variant?
C94xxyy3 Gray/Blue/Maroon FRN PE/CE/SE GIN-1/G-2, transitioning to CTS-BD1 2010-2012 64,95 $ (2011) UKPK, Drop Point Blade, in the SKU: xx represents edges (P=plain edge, PS=combo edge, S=SpyderEdge) and yy represents handle color (GY=gray, BL=blue, MR=maroon) all SE discontinued in 2011 Hollow Wire clip LH/RH, TU Variant?
C94PBK3 Black FRN PE/CE CTS-BD1 2010- 64,95 $ (2011) UKPK, Drop Point Blade, CE only offered in 2012. Hollow grind discontinued in 2012, replaced with a Full Flat grind in 2013. N/A Hollow/Full Flat Wire clip LH/RH, TU Variant?
C94OR2 Orange FRN SE Gin-1/G-2 2010-2011 64,95 $ (2010) UKPK Rescue, Sheepfoot Blade N/A Hollow Wire clip LH/RH, TU Variant
C94TIP Ti PE CPM-S30V 2011 259,95 $ (2011) Only produced for 1 year N/A Full Flat Wire clip LH/RH, TU Variant
C94PDBL Dark blue FRN PE CPM-S110V Mar. 2017- 139.95 $ (2017) N/A Full Flat Wire clip LH/RH, TU Variant
C94GPRD Red G-10 PE CPM-S30V Mar. 26, 2019 £79.95 UKPK, Leaf Shaped Blade. Heinnie Haynes Exclusive, with their logo laser engraved on the tang, right next to the blade steel. 1200 Full Flat Wire clip LH/RH, TU Variant

Most collectible variation

99(?) of the 500 UK Penknives that initially went to the UK are engraved with "UK Pen-Knife design team" on the spine. These can be considered the rarest and for some collectors therefore most collectible variations.

Questions regarding collecting the C94

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Technical information

Measurements (mm and grams) of the C94 Penknife:

Variations Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C94GP 175mm 103mm 74mm 67mm 13mm 3mm 69g
C94GPDK 170mm 103mm 68mm 60mm 5mm 3mm 69g
C94GPFG3 176mm 103mm 76mm 67mm ? ? 70g
C94GSORx? 173mm 103mm 74mm 70mm ? ? 70g
C94CF 175mm 103mm 74mm 67mm 12mm 3mm 63g
C94xxyy 175mm 103mm 74mm 65mm 12mm 2.5mm 54g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the C94 Penknife:

Variations Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C94GP 6 15/16" 4 1/16" 2 15/16" 2 5/8" 1/2" 1/8" 2.4oz
C94GPDK 6 11/16" 4 1/16" 2 11/16" 2 3/8" 3/16" 1/8" 2.44oz
C94GPFG3 6.9325" 4.0625" 3" 2.625" ? ? 2.5oz
C94GSORx? 6.8125" 4.0625" 2.9375" 2.75" ? ? 2.5oz
C94CF 6 5/16" 4 1/16" 2 15/16" 2 5/8" 15/32" 1/8" 2.2oz
C94xxyy 6 5/16" 4 1/16" 2 15/16" 2 9/26" 15/32" 3/32" 1.9oz

References

  1. The C94GP UK Penknife Black in Spyderco's online catalog
  2. The C94GPDK DK Penknife in Spyderco's online catalog
  3. The C94GPFG UK Penknife Foliage Green in Spyderco's online catalog
  4. The C94GPOR UK Penknife Safety Orange in Spyderco's online catalog
  5. The C94CF UK Penknife Carbon Fiber in Spyderco's online catalog

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