C97 Howard Viele II

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The C97 Howard Viele II is a smaller sized reissue of the C42 Howard Viele. The back side scale of the C97 is G-10 whereas for the original C42 it is Micarta. The C97 was introduced in 2005 and discontinued in 2007.

Appearance in catalogs

The C97 Howard Viele II appeared in the following catalogs:

  • 2005 Spyderco Catalog Supplement
  • 2006 Spyderco Products


Howard Viele

Howard Viele Makers mark

History, mentionings from the forums etc.

  • The "Viele II impressions? Likes/Dislikes" thread on the Spyderco forums contains several comments on likes and dislikes of the C97.

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

"Howard Viele has been a leading member of the Knifemaker's Guild since 1976. His designs are visually identifiable and carry his personal stamp: tactical, modern, gentlemanly and tapered. The Spyderco/Viele wears this signature appearance embodying flowing lines and a high-tech tone. Its VG-10 blade is hollow-ground to further enhance the folder's overall tapered look.

Marking it as a Viele design is his signature logo of three small parallel holes and a circular symbol which represent the Japanse God of War. Positioned to maintain the intergrity of the blade's sleek shape, the Spyderco Trademark Round Hole is somewhat smaller than normally found on Spyderco knives. Texturing along the blade's spine is designed to grip the thumb's pad keeping it in contact with the top of the blade for added responsiveness and control over the cutting edge. An all-stainless handle is blanketed on the back by a scale of black woven G-10 and the handle's front scale is partly superimposed with a tile of black Micarta. The Micarta tile cuves downward near the blade giving the inpression of a bolster. An open spine with spacers lessens bulkiness and weight and facilitates cleaning and drying the knife's inner workings. Its black steel clothing clip carries tip-down."[1]


The C97 Howard Viele II is made in Seki-City, Japan and has a

SKU Handle Edge(s) Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Clip Clip positions Collectors club
C97BMP Black Micarta front, Black G-10 back PE VG-10 2005-2006 169.95$ N/A Hollow Metal RH, TD

Most collectible variation

Questions regarding collecting the C97

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Technical information

Measurements (mm and grams) of the C97 Howard Viele II:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C97 171mm 98mm 73mm 70mm 10mm 3mm 91g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the C97 Howard Viele II:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C97 6 3/4" 3 7/8" 2 7/8" 2 3/4" 3/8" 1/8" 3.25oz


  1. The C97 Howard Viele II in Spyderco's online catalog


See e.g. here for pictures of the C97.