C110 Chad Los Banos Lava

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The C110 Chad Los Banos Lava is a collaboration model introduced in 2006 and discontinued in 2009. The C110 was selected to be the Spyderco 2006 Forum Knife.

Appearance in catalogs

The Lava appeared in the


Chad Los Banos (aka Daywalker)

History, mentionings from the forums etc.

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

"During work hours Chad Los Banos is a Corrections Officer on Hawaii’s Big Island. On his free time he is a hobbyist who practices martial arts and collects knives. In both his job and on his free time he handles knives, lots of them in all shapes and sizes. This motivated him to develop his own knife design he calls the Lava. The Lava’s form follows function approach piqued Spyderco’s interest and a collaborative knife design was the result. The Spyderco/Los Banos Lava has a long curving handle paired with a short blade. The blade’s cutting edge drops downward creating a negative blade angle, a positive feature when holding the knife. The negative angle positions the blade’s cutting edge lower than the user’s index finger so the wrist is in alignment. When the blade and wrist align, you can cut longer with less fatigue and better leverage. Chad’s design philosophy was not to force the hand to fit the knife, but have the knife conform to the hand- any sized hand be it large or small. He kept the blade under two inches and Spyderco manufactures it in VG-10 stainless steel, PlainEdged and flat-ground. The stainless steel handle curves ergonomically with a cutaway finger choil, pronounced enough to seriously wrap a hand around and solidly grip. A backlock with a Boye safety dent, locks the blade open and a steel pocket clip positions the (closed) knife, tip facing upward, in the pocket."[1]


All are made in Seki-City, Japan and have a mid-positioned Back Lock with Boye dent on the lock bar lever.

SKU Handle Edge(s) Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Clip Clip positions Collectors club
C110P Stainless Steel PE VG-10 2006-2008 139.95$ N/A Full Flat Metal LH/RH, TU Main
C110P Stainless Steel PE VG-10 2006 129.95$ Forum Knife 2006 Spyderco.com engraving 140 pieces Full Flat Metal LH/RH, TU N/A
C110GPBL Blue G-10 PE VG-10 Sept. 2013 224.95$ sprintrun 1200 pieces Full Flat Metal LH/RH, TU Variant

Most collectible variation

The Spyderco Forum model is believed to be the most collectible.

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Technical information

Measurements (mm and grams) of the C110 Lava:

Model Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C110 135mm 87mm 48mm 40mm 12mm 2.5mm 86.5g
C110G 133mm 86mm 47mm 37mm 12mm 2.5mm 79g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the C110 Lava:

Model Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C110 5.313" 3.438" 1.875" 1.563" 0.469" 0.093" 3oz
C110G 5.25" 3.39" 1.86" 1.47" 0.466" 0.098" 2.8oz


  1. The C110 Lava in Spyderco's online catalog


Spyderco Forum Lava - 1 of 140

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