C251 Watu

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The C251 Watu was introduced in 2020. The C251's design is modeled after an African fixed blade knife used by the Chokwe people. It is part of Spyderco's Ethnic series.

Appearance in catalogs

The C251 Watu appeared in the following catalogs:


Sal Glesser

History, mentionings from the forums etc.

Spyderco forums:

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

"Drawing inspiration from the traditional knife of the Chokwe people of Central and Southern Africa, the original Spyderco Chokwe was a revered member of our Ethnic Series of knives. The Watu continues this proud tradition, translating the original ethnic pattern into an even smaller, handier form.

Its distinctive triangular blade is full-flat-ground from CPM® 20CV stainless steel and paired with an open-backed, coffin-shaped handle with full, skeletonized stainless steel liners, a high-strength Compression Lock® mechanism, and stunning carbon fiber/G-10 laminate scales. These features are complemented by a reversible deep-pocket wire clip that offers a choice of left or right-side, tip-up carry.

Spyderco is honored to support Keep a Child Alive, an organization dedicated to providing life-saving anti-retroviral treatment, care and support services to HIV/AIDS-afflicted children and their families in Africa and the developing world. The Watu was inspired by traditional ethnic knives of Central Africa, so we are honored to give something back to its homeland by donating a portion of the receipts of each one sold. For more information on this worthy charity, please visit KeepAChildAlive.org." [1]


The C251 Watu is made in Taiwan and has a:

SKU Handle Edge(s) Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Clip Clip positions Collectors club
C251CF Black CF/G-10 laminate PE CPM-20CV 2020 - 260.00$ (2020) Spyderco will donate a portion of sales of the Watu to the Keep a Child Alive Organization. N/A Full Flat 3-screw Metal RH, TD/TU Main

Most collectible variation

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Technical information

Measurements (mm and grams) of the C251 Watu:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C251CF 187mm 106mm 83mm 73mm 13.1mm 2.6mm 85g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the C251 Watu:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C251CF 7.35" 4.17" 3.26" 2.88" 0.52" 0.100" 3.0oz


  1. The C251 Watu in Spyderco's online catalog

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