C190 Schempp Bowie

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The C190 Schempp Bowie by Ed Schempp was introduced in early 2015 and is part of Spyderco's Ethnic series.

Appearance in catalogs

The C190 Schempp Bowie appeared in the following catalogs:


Ed Schempp

Ed Schempp Makers mark

History, mentionings etc. from the forums

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

Designed by renowned custom knifemaker Ed Schempp, Spyderco’s Schempp Bowie honors the iconic American Bowie Knife by expressing it as a modern, high-performance folder. Its distinctive blade faithfully retains the broad profile, long belly, and concave clip point of the classic Bowie pattern, but renders them in premium CPM® S30V® powdered metallurgy stainless steel. The high flat grind and full-thickness spine offer an exceptional synthesis of strength and low-friction edge geometry, while Spyderco’s Trademark Round Hole™ ensures swift, positive, one-handed opening with either hand. The Schempp Bowie’s handle blends tradition and state-of-the-art materials by combining skeletonized full stainless steel liners, carbon fiber/G-10 laminate scales, a solid steel backspacer, and classic brass bolsters. The bolsters include a subtle but functional integral double guard and are mated to the scales with a meticulously machined dovetail joint. The classic “coffin-shaped” handle has a slightly “dropped” angle to allow a natural wrist angle during use. This subtle detail shortens the blade’s opening arc, increases cutting power, reduces fatigue, and instinctively orients the point with the axis of the forearm. A stout LinerLock mechanism locks the blade securely when in use and a reversible deep-pocket wire clip provides instant access and exceptionally discreet tip-up carry. An amazing fusion of traditional style and state-of-the-art manufacturing and materials, Spyderco’s Schempp Bowie is a fitting tribute to one of America’s most revered cultural symbols.

The C190 Schempp Bowie in Spyderco's online catalog


The C190 is made in Taichung, Taiwan and has

  • a Walker Liner Lock
  • integral double guard
  • classic Bowie pattern shaped blade
  • skeletonized full stainless steel liners
SKU Handle Edge Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Clip Clip positions Collectors club
C190CF Black Twill Carbon Fiber/G-10 laminate and Brass Bolsters PE CPM-S30V Feb 2015- 299.95$ (2015) N/A High Flat Dark Chrome low-ride Wire LH/RH, TU Main

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Technical information

Measurements (mm and grams) of the C190 Schempp Bowie:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C190CF 215mm 120mm 94mm 87mm 13mm 2.4mm 130g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the C190 Schempp Bowie:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C190CF 8.45" 4.73" 3.72" 3.44" 0.508" 0.094" 4.6oz