C242 Ikuchi

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The C242 Ikuchi is one of Spyderco's collaborations and part of their Flippers lineup.

Appearance in catalogs

The C241 Kapara appeared in the following catalogs:


Paul Alexander

History, mentionings from the forums etc.

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

C242 Ikuchi

"The ultra-slim Spyderco Ikuchi is a radically different approach to pocketknife form and function. Designed by Paul Alexander, a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and a lifelong knife enthusiast, the Ikuchi (pronounced ee-koo-chee and named after a mythical Japanese sea monster) has an elegantly curved handle crafted with full, skeletonized stainless steel liners and stunning carbon fiber/G-10 laminate scales.

In the closed position, the handle’s narrow, open-backed profile completely contains the knife’s blade—except for a small textured section of the tang that serves as a flipper opener. Stroking this section of the blade with an index finger or thumb provides leverage to swiftly pivot it into the open position, where locks securely via Spyderco’s patented Compression Lock® mechanism. The satin-finished CPM® S30V® stainless steel blade is full-flat ground for exceptional edge geometry and cutting performance and has an acute, scalpel-like point for detailed work.

To ensure discreet carry while keeping the Ikuchi instantly accessible, its handle includes a low-profile, deep-pocket wire clip that is reversible for left or right-side tip-up carry." [1]


The C242 Ikuchi is made in Taichung, Taiwan and has

SKU Handle Edge(s) Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Clip Clip positions Collectors club
C242CFP Matte black countoured CF PE Satin CPM-S30V Mar. 2019 - $200.00 (2020) CQI improvements on knives shipped from November 2019 onward, the most notable improvement being smoother pivot action and the tip sitting lower in the handle in the closed position. Regular production Full Flat Silver deep carry wire LH/RH, TU Main

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Technical information

Measurements (mm and grams) of the C242 Ikuchi:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C242CF 193mm 110mm 83mm 81mm 5.6mm 2.5mm 68g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the C242 Ikuchi:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C242CF 7.61" 4.35" 3.26" 3.18" 0.22" 0.098" 2.4oz


  1. The C242 Ikuchi in Spyderco's online catalog


The C242 Ikuchi, opened and closed.