C160 Foundry

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The C160 Foundry was designed as a special project between Spyderco and Carpenter Technology. It is made entirely from Caprenter's own steels.

Appearance in catalogs


History, mentionings from the forums etc.

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

C160 Foundry:

"At this time, the C160P Foundry is a special project between Spyderco, Inc. and Carpenter Technology, Inc. to bring a unique offering available exclusively to Carpenter Technology, Inc. employees and retirees. The good news is Spyderco will be offering a Foundry CLIPIT to the general market after we have fulfilled our exclusive commitment. The general production Spyderco Foundry CLIPIT will be publicly unveiled in the Spyderco product line as a line-item CLIPIT folder and will carry an MSRP of $349.95.

At the Foundry’s core is its wide, clip-point blade, machined from Carpenter CTS® XHP. CTS® XHP is an exceptionally tough powder metallurgy steel that is air hardened with added carbon and chromium for exceptional corrosion resistance and edge retention. The blade is machined with a fine cutting edge and full flat-ground for even higher strength and superior edge geometry. The Spyderco Trademark Round Hole™ makes the knife easily accessible for one-hand opening.

The handle scales are engraved with the Carpenter Steel logo and are Carpenter Custom 465® stainless steel with a Project 70®+ Type 316L stainless back spacer. Its wire pocket clip is Custom 465 stainless affixes to the handle for right-hand, tip-up pocket carry. A sturdy Chris Reeve Lock (R.I.L.) mechanism locks the blade in the open position and ready for use.

The Foundry symbolizes the spirit of American manufacturing-pride and innovation. It showcases both the Spyderco and Carpenter brands in a single unique knife design made with preferential alloys. "

The C160 Foundry on Spyderco's exclusives page.


The C160 Foundry is made in Golden, CO and has

SKU Handle Edge(s) Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Clip Clip positions Collectors club
C160P Carpenter Custom 465 Stainless Steel PE CTS-XHP Sept. 2013/Jan 2015-Nov 2016 349.95$ (2014) Handle engraved with Carpenter Steel logo. Knives started to ship for employees of Carpenter in September 2013 and comes in a soft pouch. A general release followed beginning January 2015. N/A Full Flat Silver Carpenter Custom 465 Stainless Steel Wire RH, TU Main

Most collectible variation

Questions regarding collecting the C160

Some interesting questions we are looking for an answer to:

Questions with an answer: Q: Wasn't there supposed to be a version with BioBlu handles? A: Yes, there was. But difficulties in manufacturing with BioBlu forced Spyderco to abandon this version.

Technical information

Measurements (mm and grams) of the C160 Carpenter:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C160P 193mm 108mm 84mm 75mm 15mm 3mm 151g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the C160 Carpenter:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C160P 7.55" 4.25" 3.31" 2.95" 0.596" 0.118" 5.3oz