K05 Small Utility Knife

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The K05 Small Utility Knife is part of Spyderco's kitchen knife series. It was also know as the 1105, 4,5 inch paring knife and Petit Garde Manger. Since 2017, it is known as the K05 4,5" Utility Knife.

Appearance in catalogs

  • 1986 Spyderco Product Guide (K05BK appeared as the 1105 Kitchen Sharps)
  • 1987 Wholesale Prices & Order Form (K05BK appeared as the 1105 Kitchen "Sharps)
  • 1989 Wholesale Order Form (K05BK appeared as the 1105 Kitchen "Sharps")
  • 1990 Spyderco Product Guide (K05BK appeared as the 1105 Kitchen "Sharps")
  • 1990 Wholesale Price List (K05BK)
  • 1991 Wholesale Price List (K05BK)
  • 1992 Wholesale Price List (K05BK)
  • 1993 Spyderco Product Guide (K05BK only - called the Petit Garde Manger)
  • 1994 Spyderco Product Guide (K05BK only)
  • 1995 Wholesale Price List (K05BK only)
  • 1996 Ironstone Product Guide (K05BK only)
  • 1997 Spyderco Product Guide (K05BK only)
  • 1998 Spyderco Product Guide (K05BK)
  • 1999 Spyderco Product Guide (K05BK)
  • 2000 Spyderco Product Guide (K05BK)
  • 2001 Spyderco Product Guide (K05BK)
  • 2002 Spyderco Product Guide (K05BK)
  • 2003 Spyderco Product Guide (K05BK only)
  • 2004 Spyderco Product Guide (K05BK only)
  • 2005 Spyderco Product Guide (K05BK only)
  • 2017 Spyderco Product Guide
  • 2018 Spyderco Product Guide
  • 2019 Spyderco Product Guide
  • 2020 Spyderco Product Guide
  • 2021 Spyderco Product Guide

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History, mentionings etc. from the forums

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

K05 Small Utility Knife(re-release in 2017)

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 K05 Utility Knife has a 4.48-inch drop-point blade that offers an excellent balance of control and cutting performance. This makes it incredibly versatile and adaptable to many kitchen cutting chores and utility applications. Like the original version, it features a premium MBS-26 stainless steel blade, ground exceptionally thin and meticulously heat treated for optimal edge retention. Its durable polypropylene plastic handle is injection molded directly onto the tang of the blade and features a distinctive “stepped” texture pattern that provides amazing comfort and control during use.

The K05 is available with a black handle and your choice of a PlainEdge or a SpyderEdge blade with a unique two-step serration pattern that protects the edge from dulling on cutting boards. The SpyderEdge version is also available with a red handle.[1]


Variations

The K05 is:

  • originally made by Masahiro (meaning Wide-Quality) in Seki City, Japan
  • does not feature Spyderco's trademark round hole
  • features a Spear Point Blade shape
  • "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
1105 Black Sermollan SE, PE MBS-26 1986?-1990 $22.00 (1986) Part of Spyderco's Professional-grade Kitchen "Sharps", would later become the K05BK. N/A Full Flat
K05BK Black Polypropylene SE, PE MBS-26 2017 - $40.00(2020) re-release - small change to blade profile and handle. N/A Full Flat
K05RD Red Polypropylene SE MBS-26 2017 - $40.00(2020) re-release - small change to blade profile and handle. N/A Full Flat

Most collectible variation

The original 1105 4,5 inch Utility Knife, complete with original box and papers in mint condition is likely to be the most collectible version.

Questions regarding collecting the K05

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Technical information

Measurements (mm and grams) of the K05 Small Utility Knife:

Variation Length overall Length blade Length edge Blade thickness Weight
K05BK 224mm 114mm 104mm 1.5mm 48g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the K05 Small Utility Knife:

Variation Length overall Length blade Length edge Blade thickness Weight
K05BK 8.80" 4.48" 4.10" 0.059" 1.7oz

References

  1. The K05 Small Utility Knife in Spyderco's online catalog

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The K05 Small Utility Knife

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