C196 Brend/Pirela Mamba

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The C196 Mamba was introduced in 2016 and is a collaboration with knife designer Joel Pirela and knifemaker Walter Brend.

Appearance in catalogs

The C196 Mamba appeared in the following catalogs:


Joel Pirela

Walter Brend

History, mentionings from the forums etc.

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

C196 Mamba:

"The Brend-Pirela Mamba is an amazingly refined folding knife that combines the talents of noted knife designer Joel Pirela, the skills of master knifemaker Walter Brend, and Spyderco’s state-of-the-art production methods. Its gracefully upswept CPM S30V stainless steel blade not only faithfully replicates Brend’s legendary custom grind lines, it highlights them with a contrasting two-toned finish of black titanium carbonitride (TiCN) coating on the bevels and a satin finish on the flats. Special ball bearing washers in the pivot provide an extremely smooth action and allow lightning-fast openings with the blade’s integral flipper or its Trademark Round Hole™. The knife’s unique flipper design offers exceptional opening leverage and also serves as a rock-solid hand guard in the open position.

An impressive fusion of style and ergonomics, the Brend-Pirela Mamba’s handle is built on a framework of thick, skeletonized titanium liners that also form the basis of its sturdy LinerLock mechanism. The liners are flanked by meticulously machined solid twill carbon fiber scales that are both visually stunning and provide a solid, comfortable grip. A contoured, custom-designed pocket clip completes the package, offering right-side, tip-up carry and guaranteeing immediate access."

The C196 Mamba in Spyderco's online catalog


The C196 is made in Taichung, Taiwan and has:

SKU Handle Edge(s) Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Clip Clip positions Collectors club
C196CFTI Black 3D-machined solid twill CF PE Two-toned TiCN/satin CPM-S30V Mar. 2016-end 2017 539.95$ (2016) Regular production Hollow Custom chrome hourglass RH, TU Main

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Technical information

Measurements (mm and grams) of the C196 Mamba:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C196CFTI 235mm 139mm 96mm 96mm ?mm 4.4mm 190g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the C196 Mamba:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C196CFTI 9.24" 5.48" 3.76" 3.76" ?" 0.173" 6.7oz