FB03 Bob Lum Tanto

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The FB03 Lum Tanto is a custom design collaboration with Bob Lum. The FB03 is a compact fixed blade with a tanto tip.

Appearance in catalogs

The FB03 Lum Tanto appeared in the following catalogs:

  • 2002 Spyderco Product Guide
  • 2003 Spyderco Product Guide

Designer

Bob Lum

History, mentionings from the forums etc.

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

FB03 Lum Tanto

"It is only natural that Spyderco follow-up Bob Lum's folding tanto with a fixed blade, and a very classy one at that. It has a Hamaguri (appleseed) grind at the tip for added strength and the swedge on the spine lessens the overall weight. The blade has a tapered Tang, running the full length of the handle, adding overall strength. The expanded hand guard, where the blade and handle meet, makes it comfortable while gripping. Blade is hollow ground. " [1]

Variations

The FB03 Lum Tanto is made in Seki City, Japan and features a:

  • Tanto blade
  • Leather sheath


SKU Handle Edge(s) Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Clip Clip positions Sheath Collectors club
FB03 Black Micarta PE VG-10 2003 -2004 $199.00 (2004) Regular production Hollow grind combined with a Hamaguri grind for the tip N/A N/A Leather with belt loop Main
FB03BRG Burgandy paperstone PE VG-10 2013 $379.95 (2013) Sprintrun Hollow grind combined with a Hamaguri grind for the tip N/A N/A Leather with belt loop Main
FB03GBKGR Forest green and black G-10 PE VG-10 2014 $399.95 (2014) Sprintrun Hollow grind combined with a Hamaguri grind for the tip N/A N/A Leather with belt loop Main

Most collectible variation

The original FB03 Lum Tanto, complete with original box and papers in mint condition is likely to be the most collectible version. However, the two sprint run versions, the FB03BRG FB03GBKGR (in mint condition with original packaging), are also very desirable for collectors.

Questions regarding collecting the FB03

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Technical information

Measurements (mm and grams) of the FB03 Bob Lum Tanto:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
FB02 214mm N/A 106mm 98mm 4.5mm 126g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the FB03 Bob Lum Tanto:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
FB03 8.438" N/A 4.188" 3.875" 0.172" 4.5oz

References

  1. The FB03 Lum Tanto in Spyderco's online catalog

Pictures

The FB03 Lum Tanto
The FB03 Lum Tanto sprint run, with a burgandy paperstone handle
The FB03 Lumt Tanto sprint run, with a forest green & black G-10 handle

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