FB43 Waterway

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The FB43 Waterway is a mid-sized fixed blade, created specifically for fishing and general utlity and outdoor use.

Appearance in catalogs

The FB43 appeared in the following catalogs:

Designer

Lance Clinton

History, mentionings etc. from the forums

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

FB43 Waterway

Waterway designer Lance Clinton is a lifelong knife enthusiast and professional kayak fisherman who has spent literally thousands of hours on the water, making his knowledge of hard-use marine knives unparalleled. Clinton’s vision for the Waterway was to create an ultra-corrosion-resistant knife that would excel at fishing tasks while remaining well suited to general utility and outdoor use.

The Waterway’s blade is crafted from LC200N—a state-of-the-art high-nitrogen alloyed tool steel specifically formulated to offer superior corrosion resistance and extreme toughness, even at high levels of hardness. To maximize its strength and balance, the Waterway’s PlainEdge™ blade features a full tang. It is flanked on both sides by solid G-10 scales that are meticulously 3-D machined to create a non-slip diamond pattern. The scales are attached by a specialized process involving blind pins and a high-strength industrial adhesive, ensuring a permanent, water-tight bond.

To allow convenient carry and keep the Waterway instantly accessible, it comes complete with a custom-molded Boltaron® sheath with a versatile G-Clip™ attachment. The snap-fit sheath retains the knife securely, while allowing a smooth, easy draw, and the G-Clip can be configured to provide a full range of carry positions.[1]

Variations

The FB43 is made in the United States of America and features:

SKU Handle Edge Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Sheath Clip Collectors club
FB43 Black G-10 PE LC200N 2018 - $225.00 (2020) N/A Full Flat grind Boltaron G-clip Main

Most collectible variation

The original FB43 Waterway in any variation, complete with original box and papers in mint condition is likely to be the most collectible version.

Questions regarding collecting the FB43

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Technical information

Measurements (mm and grams) of the FB43 Waterway:

Variation Length overall Length blade Length edge Blade thickness Weight
FB43G 241mm 113mm 103mm 3.1mm 122g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the FB43 Waterway:

Variation Length overall Length blade Length edge Blade thickness Weight
FB43G 9.5" 4.44" 4.07" 0.120" 4.3oz

References

  1. The FB43 Waterway in Spyderco's catalog

Pictures

The FB43 Waterway

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