C167 Friction Folder

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The C167 Friction Folder ran into production issues and was removed from the production slate. It made a reappearance in the 2015 catalog, minus the original decorative mosaic pins in the handle.

Appearance in catalogs

The C167 Friction Folder appeared in the following catalogs:


Filip De Leeuw

History, mentionings from the forums etc.

  • Disagreement between knifemaker and handle maker. "The friction folder kind of fell by the wayside when the knife maker and the handle maker had a disagreement. We ended up dropping the project to stop friction. We have another knife of Filleep's that we will be doing instead."

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

C167 Friction Folder:

"Friction folders were the first folding knives ever developed. Their simple design relied on the handle’s friction against the tang to keep the blade open. Later an extended tab was added to the blade tang so when the knife was open pressure from the user’s hand held the blade in place. Spyderco’s Friction Folder is a faithful expression of one of Belgian knifemaker Filip De Leeuw’s most popular custom designs. Its full-flat-ground VG-10 stainless steel blade features a traditional tang lever that allows it to be opened one-handed and helps keep the blade open during normal use.

The Friction Folder’s handle is crafted from two solid pieces of G-10 that are precision machined to create a subtle radius on the outside surfaces. This ensures a comfortable, ergonomic grip and a handsome texture similar to wood grain. A solid G-10 spacer and recessed stainless steel Torx® screws secure the butt end of the handle’s structure and complete its open-backed construction, which reduces weight and facilitates easy cleaning.

Because it does not have a locking mechanism to help keep its blade closed, the Friction Folder does not include a pocket clip and is not recommended for unsecured carry in the pocket. Instead, it comes equipped with a handsome open-top leather pouch that does include a pocket clip. The pouch allows the knife to be safely and conveniently carried at the top of the pocket, where it is instantly accessible when needed. "

The C167 Friction Folder in Spyderco's online catalog


The C167 Friction Folder is made in Japan and has:

  • Black open-top leather pouch with chrome clip
  • Integral lever for rotating blade and holding it open
  • Several decorative mosaic pins
  • Solid G-10 handles
SKU Handle Edge(s) Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Clip Clip positions Collectors club
C167G Black G-10 PE VG-10 Aug 2015-Nov 2016 $299.95 (2015) Originally planned with mosaic pins, there were production problems and an disagreement that caused the knife to be cancelled. When the design finally went into production, it was without the originally planned mosaic pins. Full Flat None (includes pouch) N/A Main

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Technical information

Measurements (mm and grams) of the C167 Friction Folder:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C167G 165mm 125mm 72mm 66mm 11mm 3mm 91g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the C167 Friction Folder:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C167G 6.50" 4.948" 2.84" 2.58" 0.429" 0.118" 3.2oz