FB36 Proficient

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The FB36 Proficient (also known as the "NASA" Bushcraft) was introduced in 2015 and is a "high tech" variation of the FB26 Bushcraft.

Appearance in catalogs

The FB36 Proficient appeared in the following Spyderco product catalogs:


Chris Claycomb

History, mentionings etc. from the forums

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

FB36 Proficient

The Spyderco Proficient takes the concept of the traditional “do-all” bushcraft knife and elevates it to new levels of performance with state-of-the art materials and manufacturing methods. Designed by wilderness expert Chris Claycomb of Bushcraft UK, the Proficient functions perfectly with traditional bushcraft skills and cutting methods while offering superior durability, edge retention, cutting performance, and corrosion resistance. Instead of traditional carbon steel and an axe-like “Scandi” (Scandinavian) grind, the Proficient’s blade is crafted from vanadium-rich CPM® S90V particle-metallurgy stainless steel and boasts a full-flat grind for low-friction cutting performance. The scales of its full-tang handle are painstakingly machined from solid carbon fiber. They are then carefully contoured and polished to eliminate hot spots and ensure maximum comfort during prolonged use. A lined lanyard hole allows for easy attachment of a lanyard, wrist strap, or security cord and along with two blind stainless steel bolts permanently secures the scales to the tang. The Proficient’s only bow to tradition is its handsomely crafted leather pouch-style sheath configured for convenient belt carry.

The FB36 Proficient in Spyderco's online catalog.


The FB36 is made in Taiwan.

SKU Handle Edge Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Sheath Clip Collectors club
FB36CF Black CF PE CPM-S90V Aug. 2015 - Nov. 2020 $489.95 (2015), $490.00 (2020) Commonly referred to as the "NASA" Bushcraft, because it uses more advanced materials. Scandi Black Leather Leather belt loop Main

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Technical information

Measurements (mm and grams) of the FB36 Proficient:

Variation Length overall Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
FB36CF 222mm 102mm 99mm (PE) 3.5mm 179g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the FB36 Proficient:

Variation Length overall Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
FB36CF 8.75" 4.00" 3.89" 0.14" 6.3oz