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Spyderco C153GP Des Horn Folding Knife 3-1/8" S30V Plain Blade, G10 Handles

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Part Number: SP153GP
Manufacturer: Spyderco Knives
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SP153GP: C153GP Des Horn Folder
The art of knifemaking has no geographic boundaries. Makers practice their craft on every continent and in every country on the planet. In Cape Town, South Africa, there is Des Horn. 

Des, a practicing dentist, gained international acclaim as a knifemaker in the 1960s when his knives started selling in and out of Africa. His desire to make knives was first piqued after having communicated with knifemaking great Bo Randall of Randall Knives. While his early efforts were primarily fixed-blades, he later moved to making folding knives. A member of both the South African and Italian Knifemaker's Guilds his debut collaboration with Spyderco is the Des Horn Folder. 

The Des Horn Folder is best described in a single word, sleek. The blade intertwines elements of both a Spear-Point and a Wharncliffe shape and tapers to a super-fine, flat-ground, PlainEdged tip. The blade is CPM S30V high-carbon and therefore highly edge-retentive, powdered steel manufactured by Crucible Inc. Corrugated furrows machined above the hole into the blade's steel artistically continue through to adjoining black G-10 handle adding a grip-able texture through stylish graphics. 

The handle tapers in a mirror image of the blade. Narrowing to a tip at the handle's back end the folder takes on a spike-like profile with a horizontal straight on the bottom of the knife running from the tip of the blade to the end of the handle. Inside is a Michael Walker Liner Lock, while outside the G-10 scales come assembled with an adjustable pivot and scale screws. A deep-pocket wire clip positions the folder for tip-down, right-hand carry. 

The folder combines Des Horn's signature look with Spyderco features and manufacturing quality.
  • Hand Orientation: Right
  • Tip Carry Position: Down
  • Blade: 3-1/8" (79 mm)
  • Edge: 3-9/16" (78 mm)
  • Overall: 7-1/4" (184 mm)
  • Closed: 4-1/8" (105 mm)
  • Steel: CPM-S30V
  • Handle Material: Black G10
  • Weight: 2 oz. (56 g)
  • Made in Taiwan

UPC Code: 716104009145

S30V Stainless Steel
S30V Stainless Steel
A hardened wear and corrosion resistant stainless steel developed in collaboration with Chris Reeve. It is known for its improved sharpness and toughness. This is a premium grade steel only used in high end knives. Composition: Carbon 1.45%, Chromium 14.00%, Vanadium 4.00%, Molybdenum 2.00%
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
G10 Handles
G10 Handles
Formed in a sheet under high pressure by combining fiberglass and an epoxy resin binder. These handles are lightweight and shaped to ensure a solid grip.
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Larry G
Washington, DC
Oct 24, 2012
Pros: Blade Material, Overall Quality, Lock Ease of Use, Handle Feel, Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, None
Cons: Pocket Clip
I have found my favorite knife
great design and materials. art deco combined with an african ' savannah ' theme design ; quite unique , and beautiful. micarta handle has nice rich tactile feel. slim stainless steel blade that curves elegantly with handle. a real joy to hold and carry. length just right to carry in pocket.
5 out of 5
Marco Z
Sep 19, 2012
Pros: Lock Type, Handle Material, Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Overall Quality
Cons: Pocket Clip, None
Too nice to use ?
I have used th knife for letter and package opening being careful not to get tape glue on it. The knife is so unique and beautiful in shape i find it hard to use as an everyday knife as I want to keep it in my collection. It is not cheap enough that it merits buying two (one for use, one for keeps) but if it goes on sale I might. Mechanism is typical Spyderco, which means good and solid. Only thing I would change is to design a pocket clip that is much more appropriate to the art deco design of the knife instead of going so cheap and using one from the standard parts bin. C'mon Spyderco, show a little more class when you come out with such a classy product. The knife could afford that small detail !
5 out of 5
Mark G.
Indianapolis, IN
Mar 13, 2012
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Ease of Opening, Blade Material, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Overall Quality
Cons: None
It's a Beauty
Its a real nice knife. Very sharp. Aside from the micarta handle, which I like, it has a collectable look and feel to me. Nice gent's knife. The only downside is the length is likely illegal in many cities, but I'm not worried too much about that.
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