C151 Tuff

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The C151 Tuff was introduced in 2012 and was the result of over 8 years of refinement.

Appearance in catalogs

The C151 Tuff appeared in the following catalogs:


Ed Schempp

History, mentionings from the forums etc.

Prototype from the Amsterdam 2011 meet. Note the square texturing, which was changed to circular divots for the production version.

It seems Sal was carrying a Tuff prototype as far back as 2005.

Some discussion from back in 2006 about the choice for using 3V.

The Tuff originally was planned with full Ti scales and an integral compression lock.

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

C151 Tuff:

"The Schempp Tuff is one knife that truly lives up to its name. The brainchild of renowned custom knifemaker and design consultant Ed Schempp, it reflects his deep understanding of what it takes to make a tool that is both highly functional and practically indestructible.

Its stout CPM 3V blade is mated to a handle featuring a G-10 scale and stainless liner on one side and a sold titanium scale on the other. An oversized pivot and a Chris Reeve Integral Lock (R.I.L.) with a hardened steel insert ensure superior strength and increased wear resistance, while its dimpled texture and four-position clip provide exceptional grip and ease of carry."

The C151 Tuff in Spyderco's online catalog.


The C151 Tuff is made in Taichung, Taiwan and has

  • a fuller (groove in the blade to lighten the steel without sacrificing structural strength)
  • Reeve Integral Lock
SKU Handle Edge(s) Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Clip Clip positions Collectors club
C151GTI Dimpled black G-10 and Ti PE CPM-3V July 2012-2014 $399.95 (2012) N/A Sabre grind Dark chrome LH/RH, TD/TU Main
C151GODTIPBK Olive Drab G-10 and Ti PE Black DLC Cru-Wear July 2021 $450.00 (MSRP) $315.00 (Street) The handle of this exclusive variant did not feature the dimples of the production, but rather a conventional smooth finish on the Titanium scale and a conventional checkered surface finish on the G-10 handle scale. The knife's weight was listed as 6.4oz N/A Sabre grind Dark chrome LH/RH, TD/TU Variant

Most collectible variation

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Technical information

Measurements (mm and grams) of the C151 Tuff:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C151GTI 225mm 131mm 94mm 76mm 13mm 4mm 179g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the C151 Tuff:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C151GTI 8.85" 5.155" 3.70" 3.00" 0.51" 0.1570" 6.3oz