C243 Endela

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The C243 Endela is an in-house design and part of Spyderco's Signature lineup.

Appearance in catalogs

The C243 Endela appeared in the following catalogs:

Designer

Sal Glesser[1]

History, mentionings from the forums etc.

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

C243 Endela

"Sized to literally split the difference between the iconic Endura® 4 and Delica® 4 Lightweights, the Endela proudly offers all the highly refined, time-tested features of each in a the perfect “in-between” format. Its full-flat-ground blade is crafted from VG-10 stainless steel and proudly sports a fully accessible Trademark Round Hole™ for ambidextrous one-hand opening.

Available with either a PlainEdge™ or SpyderEdge™, the blade is supported by a sturdy back lock mechanism, skeletonized stainless steel liners, and injection-molded fiberglass-reinforced-nylon (FRN) scales. Spyderco’s trademark Bi-Directional Texturing™ pattern ensures a non-slip grip and a four-position pocket clip offers a choice of tip-up or tip-down carry on both sides of the body." [2]

Variations

The C243 Endela is made in Seki City, Japan and features a:

  • Back Lock
  • Skeletonized stainless steel liners
  • Lanyard hole


SKU Handle Edge(s) Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Clip Clip positions Collectors club
C243BK Black FRN PE, SE Satin VG-10 2019 - $123.00 (2020) Regular production Full Flat Black Hourglass LH/RH, TU Main
C243GYW Blue gray FRN PE Satin VG-10 May 2020 - $138.00 (2020) Features an Emerson Opener to deploy the blade in addition to the traditional round opening hole. Regular production Sabre grind Black Hourglass LH/RH, TU Variant
C243FPK390 "Distinctive" blue FRN PE Satin K390 2020 - $188.00 (2021) Regular production Full Flat Black Hourglass LH/RH, TU Variant
C243FSK390 Blue FRN SE K390 2021 - $188.00 (2021) Regular production Full Flat Chrome 4-way hourglass LH/RH, TU Variant
C243FPSBKBL Black FRN with a bright blue lining CE VG-10 2021- $135.00 (2021) Part of Spyderco’s “Thin Blue Line” series, created as a tribute to police officers. Every knife features a handle with a bright blue liner and backspacer, and the blade is laser engraved with the motto “ To Serve and Protect”. A portion of all sales of these knives will be donated to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation (tunnel2towers.org). N/A Full Flat 4-way LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C243FPSBKRD Black FRN with a bright red lining CE VG-10 2021- $135.00 (2021) Part of Spyderco’s “Thin Red Line” series, created as a tribute to firefighters. Every knife features a handle with a bright red liner and backspacer, and the blade is laser engraved with the motto “Save and Serve.” Spyderco will donate a portion of all sales of “Thin Red Line” knives to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation (wffoundation.org). N/A Full Flat 4-way LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C243ZFPRDBBK Red & Black FRN PE CPM-20CV 2021 $108.50 (2021, street) DLT Trading dealer exclusive. The red and black pattern of the handle is a so-called Zome pattern; "a classical Japanese method of dyeing textiles that is closely related to many aspects of that country’s culture and history ... Spyderco's Zome family of knives includes unique hand-dyed variations of popular lightweight models with injection-molded fiberglass-reinforced-nylon (FRN) handles. The handles of these knives are first molded in a light base color, and then individually hand dyed by expert Japanese artisans using a technique reminiscent of traditional hiki-zome (brush dyeing). In this painstaking method, various colors of dye are hand brushed onto the handle to create distinctive, one-of-a-kind patterns that permeate the FRN material." [3] N/A Full Flat 4-way LH/RH, TD/TU Variant

Most collectible variation

Questions regarding collecting the C243

Some interesting questions we are looking for an answer to:

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Technical information

Measurements (mm and grams) of the C243 Endela:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C243BK 206mm 119mm 87mm 76mm 13.1mm 3.0mm 88g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the C243 Endela:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C243BK 8.10" 4.69" 3.41" 2.99" 0.52" 0.118" 2.4oz

References

  1. Spyderco Forum Discussion where Sal Glesser states he is the Endela's designer
  2. The C243 Endela in Spyderco's online catalog
  3. The Zome pattern explained on the C28ZFGR2 Dragonfly in Spyderco's online catalog

Pictures

The C243 Endela, open and closed.


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