C170 Karahawk

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The C170 Karahawk was introduced in late 2013 and is a folding version of the Southeast Asian Karambit.

Appearance in catalogs

The C170 Karahawk appeared in the following catalogs:


Sal Glesser

History, mentionings from the forums etc.

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

C170 Karahawk:

"Designed by Spyderco’s founder, Sal Glesser, the Karahawk is a highly evolved folding version of the Southeast Asian karambit. Its gently curved hawkbill blade is precision machined from VG-10 stainless steel and features both our Trademark Round Hole and an Emerson Opening Feature to ensure swift, positive blade deployment. It is supported by a high-strength back lock mechanism designed to withstand the stresses of defensive use and mated to a handle constructed of full skeletonized stainless steel liners capped with textured G-10 scales. The handle features a ring at the butt to facilitate traditional karambit manipulation techniques and is sized to keep the knife exceptionally compact and easy to carry. A reversible hourglass clip supports tip-up standard-grip and reverse-grip carry on both sides of the body."

The C170 Karahawk in Spyderco's online catalog.

C170 Karahawk All Black:

"The original Spyderco Karahawk was a unique synthesis of the salient features of the classic Southeast Asian karambit and state-of-the-art modern folding knife design. Now this dynamic design is available in a stealthy all-black version ideal for use in environments where light discipline is a concern.

The Karahawk’s dramatic hawkbill blade is saber ground from VG-10 stainless steel to provide an exceptional balance of strength, edge geometry, and corrosion resistance. It also features Ernest Emerson’s patented “Emerson Opener,” which automatically opens the blade as it is drawn from the pocket. The blade’s carefully engineered curve ensures exceptional cutting leverage and instinctively centers the blade’s point in the user’s grip. It is paired with a compact handle constructed with twin skeletonized stainless steel liners that extend to form the structure of a reinforced karambit ring at the butt end. This ring provides outstanding grip security and supports the use of advanced “extended” cuts and spinning tactics. The handle’s liners provide structural support to the knife’s sturdy back lock mechanism and are capped by non-slip, textured black G-10 scales. They also anchor a reversible hourglass pocket clip that supports ambidextrous tip-up carry. Best of all, the blade, liners, and all other metal hardware are cloaked in a low-profile, non-reflective black titanium carbonitride (TiCN) coating.

The C170 Karahawk All Black in Spyderco's online catalog.


The C170 Karahawk is made in Japan and has

SKU Handle Edge(s) Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Clip Clip positions Collectors club
C170GP Textured black G-10 PE Satin VG-10 Dec. 2013-Sept. 2019 $289.95 (2013), $315.00 (2019) Regular production Hollow Chrome Hourglass LH/RH, TU Main
C170GBBKP Textured black G-10 PE Black TiCN coated VG-10 Mar. 2017- $329.95 (2017) Blade, liners, and all other hardware coated in black titanium carbonitride. Regular production Hollow Black Hourglass LH/RH, TU Variant

Most collectible variation

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Technical information

Measurements (mm and grams) of the C170 Karahawk:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C170GP 165mm 114mm 60mm 52mm 13mm 2.5mm 108g
C170GP 165mm 114mm 58mm 51mm 13mm 2.5mm 108g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the C170 Karahawk:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C170GP 6.50" 4.50" 2.35" 2.05" 0.51" 0.098" 3.8oz
C170GBBKP 6.50" 4.50" 2.29" 2.00" 0.51" 0.098" 3.8oz


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