FB04 Fred Perrin

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The FB04 Fred Perrin, later known as the FB04 Street Bowie, is a custom design collaboration with Fred Perrin. The FB04 is based on Fred's custom Street Bowie design.

Appearance in catalogs

The FB04 Fred Perrin appeared in the following catalogs:


Fred Perrin

History, mentionings from the forums etc.

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

FB04 Fred Perrin

"A former French Army Commando, world-ranked martial artist, and knifemaker, Fred Perrin's medium-sized fixed-blade is outstandingly balanced for comfort and performance. Fred is known in custom making circles for crafting knives that are first-and-foremost utilitarian. His specialty is fixed blades and they can be found on active duty military personnel around the world.

"The Perrin" has a balance point that results from the blade and handle being equal in weight and actually balances in the finger indent, which is part of the handle. This oversized finger indent offers good control over twist and is also the balance point of the knife for controlling the sharpened edge. An injection-molded FRN handle has anti-slip Kraton inserts and a lanyard hole. Made out of VG-10, the blade is flat-ground with a swedge halfway across the top and crosshatched texturing cover the spine. Comes in a Kydex sheath with a multi-positional Tek-Lok fastening system." [1]


The FB04 Fred Perrin is made in Seki City, Japan and features a:

SKU Handle Edge(s) Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Clip Clip positions Sheath Collectors club
FB04 Black FRN & Kraton PE VG-10 2002 -2004 $129.95(2004) Regular production Full Flat grind Tek-Lok Multi-positional Kydex Main
FB04BB Black FRN & Kraton PE VG-10 2003 - 2004 & 2013 - $165.00(2020) This version features a ceramic coated black blade, and since its production run in 2013 it has been named the FB04 Street Bowie in Spyderco product catalogs. Regular production Full Flat grind Tek-Lok, later switched to a G-clip Multi-positional Kydex, later switched to Boltaron Main
FB04PBOD Olive drabFRN & BlackKraton PE VG-10 2008 This was an exclusive run for Fred Perrin Limited Full Flat grind Tek-Lok Multi-positional Kydex Main

Most collectible variation

The exclusive run of the FB04PBOD Fred Perrin, made for distribution through Fred Perrin, with the olive drab FRN & black kraton handle combined with a black blade, complete with original box and papers in mint condition is likely to be the most collectible version.

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Technical information

Measurements (mm and grams) of the FB04 Fred Perrin:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
FB04 238mm N/A 127mm 121mm N/A 4mm 104g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the FB04 Fred Perrin:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
FB04 9.375" N/A 5" 4.75" N/A 0.156" 3.65oz


  1. The FB04 Fred Perrin in Spyderco's online catalog


The FB04 Fred Perrin
The FB04BB Fred Perrin, with black blade and sheath