C17 Catcherman

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The C17 Catcherman is a lightweight folding filet knife that was introduced in 1992 and discontinued in 2006.

Appearance in catalogs

The C17 Catcherman appeared at least in the following catalogs (older, newer):

  • 1993, 1994, 1997-2000 Spyderco Products (C17)
  • 2001-2005 Spdyerco Products (C17PSBKE)


Designed by Sumio Sakai/Japan [1], within parameters given by Spyderco.

History, mentionings from the forums etc.

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web


"If you're a dedicated fisherman, chances are you own a good-sized collection of fishing gear. Having a super-lightweight, compact folding filet knife that clips in a pocket can be a boon when hauling all your gear to your favorite spot. Made to fit the bill, the Catcherman features a semi-flexible blade that is ground flat and thin offering just the right amount of flex for filleting and de-boning.

It is seventy-five percent PlainEdged with a short section of gnarly serrations at the blade's base for cutting fibrous fish material such as skin, cartilage, bone. MBS-26 steel has status for high performance in edge retention and rust resistance. The FRN handle is textured and has an integral pocket clip for tip-down carry."[2]

Spyderco USN Catcherman - Exclusive

A Spyderco classic is back and it’s back with a vengeance. Originally released in 1992, the Catcherman was a purpose-designed folding fillet knife. Its long, sweeping blade was ground extra thin for flexibility and was mated to a lightweight fiberglass reinforced nylon (FRN) handle with an integral pocket clip. An instant classic, the Catcherman was a mainstay of the Spyderco line for many years before being discontinued. Original Catcherman knives are now highly sough-after collector’s items.

Through a special arrangement with the Usual Suspect Network (USN), Spyderco has produced an exclusive edition of this classic knife. The USN Catcherman features a partially-serrated blade ground from our exclusive H-1 steel, a nitrogen-based alloy that is completely immune to rust. Its blade is coated with a durable black titanium carbonitride (TICN) coating that reduces its reflective properties and forms the perfect backdrop for the handsomely engraved USN logo. The most distinctive feature of this limited-edition knife is its signature “toxic green” handle—the signature color of the USN. It features a “Volcano Grip™” texture pattern for a positive grip in even the most demanding conditions and an old-school integral clip configured for right-side, tip-up carry.

A unique and highly collectible knife, the USN black-bladed Catcherman is sure to be an instant classic. The C17PSGRBK Catcherman in Spyderco's online catalog.


The C17 Catcherman is made in Seki-City, Japan and has Back Lock.

SKU Handle Edge Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Clip Clip positions Collectors club
C17PSBK Black FRN PS 75/25 AUS-8 1992-2000 54.95$ (1994) N/A Hollow Integral FRN RH, TU
C17SBK Black FRN SE AUS-8 ?-1994-? 54.95$ (1994) N/A Hollow Integral FRN RH, TU
C17PSYL Yellow FRN PS 75/25 AUS-8 ?-1994-? 54.95$ (1994) N/A Hollow Integral FRN RH, TU
C17SYL Yellow FRN SE AUS-8 ?-1994-? 54.95$ (1994) N/A Hollow Integral FRN RH, TU
C17PSBKE Black FRN PS 75/25 MBS-26 2001-2005 66.95$ (2004) N/A Full Flat Integral FRN RH, TU
C17PSGRBK Toxic Green FRN PS 75/25 H-1 2011 129.95$ (2004) Special Run for the USN Forum. Black coated blade with USN logo. ~600 Hollow Integral FRN RH, TU Variant

Most collectible variation

The USN forum Catcherman is probably the rarest and would probably be a contender for most collectible.

Questions regarding collecting the C17

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Technical information

Measurements (mm and grams) of the C17 Catcherman:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C17 265mm 149mm 121mm 111mm 11mm 2mm 80g
C17BKE (MBS-26) 265mm 151mm 121mm 110mm 11mm 2mm 71g
C17PSGRBK 265mm 151mm 121mm 110mm 11mm 1.8mm 76g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the C17 Catcherman:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C17 10 7/16" 5 7/8" 4 3/4" 4 3/8" 7/16" 5/64" 2.8oz
C17BKE (MBS-26) 10 7/16" 5 15/16" 4 3/4" 4 5/16" 7/16" 5/64" 2.5oz
C17PSGRBK 10 7/16" 5 15/16" 4 3/4" 4 5/16" 7/16" 9/128" 2.7oz


  1. See Sal Glesser comment on Spyderco Forums [1]
  2. The C17BKE Catcherman in Spyderco's online catalog


C17PSGRBK USN Catcherman