FB14 Swick

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The FB14 Swick was designed by Sal Glesser and the concept grew out of the FB08 Spot model, which also incorporates an oversized Fred Perrin index finger hole. It's name is a combination of "Swift" and "quick".

Appearance in catalogs

The FB14 Swick has not appeared in the Spyderco catalog.

Designer

Sal Glesser

History, mentionings etc. from the forums

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

FB14 Swick

Swift & Quick: The 2009 Swick is a limited 500 piece run at the request of customers who loved the original Swick which sold and was eventually discontinued several years ago. The revival, like the original, is designed by Sal Glesser. Its shape, and large index finger hole are inspired by the French knife designer Fred Perrin. Palm-sized, the fixed-blade's skeletal handle comes without handle scales. This allows the user to create/add a personalized handle or cord wrap. Unique to the model is the index finger hole, a Perrin feature. Placing the index finger through the hole keeps the knife retained in grip, freeing up fingertips to grasp while holding the knife in a cut-ready position. Made from a solid piece of tumble-finished CPM-S30V stainless steel the blade is a Wharncliffe shape, fully-flat ground with The Spyderco Trademark Round Hole. The Swick does not come with a sheath, leaving carry options and sheath design open for the decision and preference of its owner.


The FB14P Swick in Spyderco's online catalog.


FB14 Swick2

Spyderco often revives a previously discontinued model, offers it with different materials or a design alteration and makes it available again for a short time or in a limited number. Our latest is the Swick2.


Swift & Quick: The original Spyderco Swick was developed for fast deployment and lightweight carry. The latest revival holds true to the original but with CPM S30V blade steel. The Swick2 is a limited 600 piece run with design elements from both SpydercoG??s Sal Glesser and French knife designer Fred Perrin. Perrin, best known for adding an over-sized index finger hole to his fixed blades, uses this on the Swick. Once the finger is through the hole, the knife is safely retained in the closed hand until the finger is removed. This frees up the fingertips for using/grasping while still holding the knife in a cut-ready position.


Palm-sized, the fixed-bladeG??s handle is skeletal without scales allowing the user to create/add a personalized handle or cord wrap. Made of a solid piece of tumbled-finished CPM S30V stainless steel the blade has a Leaf-shape, fully-flat ground with The Spyderco Round Trademark Hole.


The Swick is sold without a sheath or scales leaving carry options and sheath design up to the preference of its owner.


The FB14P2 Swick2 in Spyderco's online catalog.


FB14 Swick3

The original Swick was developed for fast deployment, lightweight carry, and an incredibly secure ergonomic grip. The new Swick3 is the result of Spyderco’s Constant Quality Improvement (C.Q.I.) process and provides an outstanding grip while offering even greater versatility and strength. Designed by Sal Glesser, the Swick series features a large index-finger hole—a feature developed by custom knifemaker Fred Perrin. Placing your index finger through the hole locks the knife securely into your grip and greatly reduces the possibility of it being dropped or dislodged during use. It also allows you to keep the knife in your hand while freeing your fingers to perform other tasks. The Swick3’s enhanced finger-hole design is larger and is complemented by jimping on the adjacent top and bottom surfaces of the tang. These refined ergonomics make the Swick3 even more versatile and secure during use.

The Swick3 is crafted from a solid piece of premium CPM S30V steel and is skeletonized to reduce weight without sacrificing strength. The blade features a full-flat-ground wharncliffe profile and a handsome tumbled finish. Although it is perfectly functional as is, the Swick3 now features pin holes for easy attachment of handle scales or paracord wrap. It is purposely sold without a sheath or scales to allow you to customize it to meet your personal needs. Made in the USA from premium US materials, the Swick3 proudly features Spyderco’s Trademark Round Hole.

Variations

The FB14 Swick is made in Golden, Colorado and features:

  • Fred Perrin inspired oversized index finger hole.
  • Skeletal handle without scales
  • Stone-washed finish
SKU Blade Profile Edge Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Sheath Collectors club
FB14P Wharncliffe PE CPM-S30V Dec. 2005/Jan. 2006 "Swick" laser engraved on blade. Was considered as the 2005 Spyderco Forum knife (the C102 Adventura was chosen instead). Sold through Spyderco's dealer network. No Spyderco round hole on blade. Despite being a new model and SKU with no alternate configurations, the Collector's Club version is labeled as a Variant instead of Main. 480[1] Full Flat Kydex neck sheath Variant
FB14P Wharncliffe PE CPM-S30V Apr. 2009 $39.95 (2009) sprintrun Sold only through the SFO. Slightly thinner and lighter than original release.[2] Also adds the trademark Spyderco round hole on the blade, but omits the "Swick" laser engraving. 500 Full Flat None Not offered
FB14P2 Leaf Shaped Blade PE CPM-S30V Apr. 2010 $45.00 (2010) sprintrun, slight ergonomics change, adds jimping below index finger hole, two additional holes added to the tang for mounting of scales. 600 Full Flat None
FB14P3Z Wharncliffe PE CPM-S30V Oct. 2013 $49.95 (2013) Limited, A run of 500 is planned, with the option to produce more if demand is sufficient. 500 Full Flat None Variant
FB14P4 Leaf Shaped Blade PE CPM-S30V Sept. 2014 $69.95 (2014) Limited, A run of 500 is planned, with the option to produce more if demand is sufficient. 500 Full Flat Boltaron with G-Clip

Most collectible variation

There were 9 prototypes made with an engraving on the blade[3]:

SPYDERCO

Concept Model

"Swick"

5/05


There were also a few Rescue prototypes made with an engraving on the blade:[4]

RHR

Test

Nov 05

Questions regarding collecting the FB14

Some interesting questions we are looking for an answer to:

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Technical information

Measurements (mm and grams) of the FB14 Swick:

Variation Length overall Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
FB14P (original) 141mm 54mm 54mm 23mm 4mm
FB14P (sprintrun) 141mm 54mm 54mm 23mm 3mm 40g
FB14P2 149mm 60mm 60mm 23mm 3mm 48g
FB14P3 147mm 59mm 59mm 26mm 3.7mm 60g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the FB14 Swick:

Variation Length overall Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
FB14P (original) 5.563" 2.125" 2.125" 0.906" 0.157"
FB14P (sprintrun) 5.563" 2.125" 2.125" 0.906" 0.125" 1.4oz
FB14P2 5.875" 2.375" 2.375" 0.906" 0.125" 1.7oz
FB14P3 5.77" 2.31" 2.31" 1.028" 0.145" 2.1oz

References

  1. http://www.spyderco.com/forums/showthread.php?18231-SAL-Any-news-on-SWICK-production&p=195855#post195855
  2. http://www.spyderco.com/forums/showthread.php?37854-Swick-Released&p=492232#post492232
  3. http://www.spyderco.com/forums/showthread.php?15169-NEW!!!-Spot-Swick-Pics&p=148026#post148026
  4. http://www.spyderco.com/forums/showthread.php?18787-something-new-rescue-swick

Pictures

FB14 Swick (original w/ sheath), sprintrun, and Swick2


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