K04 Pro Culinaire Utility Knife

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The K04 Utility is part of Spyderco's kitchen knife series. It was also know as the 1004 and Garde Manger.

Appearance in catalogs

  • 1986 Spyderco Product Guide (K04SBK appeared as the 1104 Kitchen "Sharps")
  • 1987 Wholesale Prices & Order Form (K04SBK appeared as the 1104 Kitchen "Sharps")
  • 1989 Wholesale Order Form (K04SBK appeared as the 1104 Kitchen "Sharps")
  • 1990 Spyderco Product Guide (K04SBK appeared as the 1104 Kitchen "Sharps")
  • 1990 Wholesale Price List (K04SBL and K04SBK)
  • 1991 Wholesale Price List (K04SBL and K04SBK)
  • 1992 Wholesale Price List (K04SBL and K04SBK)
  • 1993 Spyderco Product Guide (K04SBK only - called the Garde Manger)
  • 1994 Spyderco Product Guide (K04SBK only)
  • 1995 Wholesale Price List (K04SBK only)
  • 1996 Ironstone Product Guide (K04SBK only)
  • 1997 Spyderco Product Guide (K04SBK only)
  • 1998 Spyderco Product Guide (K04SBL and K04SBK)
  • 1999 Spyderco Product Guide (K04SBL and K04SBK)
  • 2000 Spyderco Product Guide (K04SBL, K04PBK and K04SBK)
  • 2001 Spyderco Product Guide (K04PBK and K04SBK)
  • 2002 Spyderco Product Guide (K04PBK and K04SBK)
  • 2003 Spyderco Product Guide (K04SBK only)
  • 2004 Spyderco Product Guide (K04SBK only)
  • 2005 Spyderco Product Guide (K04SBK only)

Designer

History, mentionings etc. from the forums

Discussion about the reissue of the K04

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

K04 Utility (rerelease)

Spyderco’s involvement in kitchen knives dates back to the early 1980’s and the beginnings of the company’s knife production. After being discontinued a number of years ago, they are now back by popular demand and better than ever. Our current kitchen knives combine all the distinctive features of the originals with an improved handle material that offers increased durability.


The K04 Utility Knife has a 6.5-inch drop-point blade that is ideal for a broad range of kitchen cutting chores, making it the most popular “go-to” knife in many home and commercial kitchens. Like the original version, it features a premium MBS-26 stainless steel blade, ground exceptionally thin and meticulously heat treated for optimal cutting performance. Its durable polypropylene plastic handle is injection molded directly onto the tang of the blade and features a distinctive “stepped” texture pattern that provides exceptional comfort and control during use.


This version of the K04 features a razor sharp PlainEdge or a SpyderEdge blade with a unique two-step serration pattern that protects the edge from dulling on cutting boards.


The K04BK Utility (black) in Spyderco's online catalog.

The K04BL Utility (blue) in Spyderco's online catalog.


Variations

The K04 is:

  • made by Masahiro (meaning Wide-Quality) in Seki City, Japan
  • does not feature Spyderco's trademark round hole
  • features a spear-point blade
  • "each blade is individually heat treated, oil quenched, and ice tempered." (according to the 1996 Ironstone Product Guide)
SKU Handle Edge Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Collectors club
1104 Black Sermollan SE MBS-26 1986?-1990 $15.00 (1986), $16.95 (1987), $19.95 (1989) Part of Spyderco's Professional-grade Kitchen "Sharps", would later become the K04SBK. 2 step serration (1/4" & 1/16"). N/A Full Flat
K04SBL Blue Sermollan SE MBS-26 1990-1992, 1998-2000 $15.95 (1992), $24.95 (2000) N/A Full Flat
K04SBK Black Sermollan SE MBS-26 1990-2005 $19.95 (1993), $34.95 (2005) Called the "Garde Manger" (gar•mon•jay) in 1993 (but "Utility" all the previous and following years), as part of the Pro Culinaire line. N/A Full Flat
K04PBK Black Sermollan PE MBS-26 2000-2002 $30.95 (2002) N/A Full Flat
K04PBK Black Polypropylene PE MBS-26 Jan 2014- $49.95 (2014) rerelease - small change to blade profile and handle N/A Full Flat
K04SBK Black Polypropylene SE MBS-26 Jan 2014- $49.95 (2014) rerelease - small change to blade profile and handle. Serrations have longer center tooth than original version. N/A Full Flat
K04SBL Blue Polypropylene SE MBS-26 Jan 2014- $49.95 (2014) rerelease - small change to blade profile and handle. Serrations have longer center tooth than original version. N/A Full Flat

Most collectible variation

Questions regarding collecting the K04

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Technical information

Measurements (mm and grams) of the K04 Utility:

Variation Length overall Length blade Length edge Blade thickness Weight
K04 275mm 165mm 152mm 1.3mm 60g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the K04 Utility:

Variation Length overall Length blade Length edge Blade thickness Weight
K04 10.81" 6.50" 6.00" 0.053" 2.1oz

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