C98 Poliwog

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The C98 Poliwog was introduced in 2005. The Stainless Steel handle variation was discontinued in 2009, the same year the G-10 handle variation was introduced.

Appearance in catalogs

The C98 Poliwog appears in the following catalogs (older, newer):

  • 2005 Spyderco Catalog Supplement (C98P, also lists an SE-variant that was not produced)
  • 2006 Spyderco Products (C98P)
  • 2007 Spyderco Products (C98P)
  • 2008 Spyderco Products (C98P)
  • 2009 Spyderco Products (C98GP)

Designer

Eric Glesser

History, mentionings from the forums etc.

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

C98P:

"A pollywog represents metamorphosis in the animal kingdom, adapting and changing its form to survive in its environment. The same principle applies here. The Spyderco Poliwog CLIPIT thrives in a small-knife-friendly environment while keeping the features necessary to excel in a harsh, heavy cutting and performance setting. Its distinctive opened-ended Ball Bearing Lock™ exposes the knife’s inner workings for easy cleaning and rates as one of Spyderco’s highest strength locking mechanisms. Pulling back on the ball unlocks the blade ambidextrously from either side of the knife. The hand settles on the curved handle positioning the index finger into a choil that optimizes control and generates less fatigue and pressure on the hand during cutting. Made from VG-10, the blade has a hollow-ground edge with a weight reducing swedge-grind extending mid-spine to the tip. It is available PlainEdged. Its ambidextrous wire-tension pocket clip sets the Poliwog tip-up in the pocket."[1]

See also: C98GP [2]

Variations

The C98 Poliwog is made in Seki-City, Japan and has

SKU Handle Edge(s) Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Clip Clip positions Collectors club
C98P Stainless Steel PE VG-10 2005-2008 151.95$ (2009) N/A Hollow Wire LH/RH, TU Main
C98GP Black G-10 PE VG-10 2009-2010 184.95$ (2009) N/A Hollow Wire LH/RH, TU Variant?

Most collectible variation

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Technical information

Measurements (mm and grams) of the C98 Poliwog:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C98P 143mm 86mm 59mm 48mm 12mm 3mm 116g
C98GP 143mm 86mm 59mm 48mm 12mm 3mm 70g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the C98 Poliwog:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C98P 5 5/8" 3 3/8" 2 15/16" 1 7/8" 15/32" 1/8" 4.1oz
C98GP 5 5/8" 3 3/8" 2 15/16" 1 7/8" 15/32" 1/8" 2.5oz

References

  1. The C98 Poliwog in Spyderco's online catalog
  2. The C98G Poliwog G-10 in Spyderco's online catalog

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