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Spyderco C12GS Civilian Folding Knife 4-1/8" VG10 Serrated Blade, G10 Handles

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Part Number: SP12GS
Manufacturer: Spyderco Knives
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SP12GS: Civilian G-10

In the 1990s Spyderco was approached by a specialized branch of U.S. law enforcement about making a knife for their undercover agents. These plain-clothes LEOs found themselves in situations where they often could not carry a firearm but carrying a knife was not a problem. Most had no formal training in self-defense tactics or MBC but as a last resort could use a blade to protect or extricate themselves from a life-threatening situation. This was how the Civilian model came to be.

The Civilian has a patented reverse "S" blade that's intended to be used like an oversized claw. The tip is ground to an ultra-thin profile. Deeply curved and full at the belly, the VG-10 hollow-ground blade excels in slicing and is available fully SpyderEdged. Because of its distinctly specialized features it is not intended or designed for general utility or everyday use. Curved in all the right places for ergonomic use and retention of the knife, the handle is black G-10. Mounted for tip-down carry with a custom curved black clip, the knife rides deeply and unobtrusively in a pocket. One of the most specialized CLIPITS in the Spyderco line-up, the Civilian is available in limited quantities.
  • Blade Length: 4-1/8" (105 mm)
  • Cutting Edge: 3-3/4" (95 mm)
  • Blade Thickness: 1/8" (3 mm)
  • Overall Length: 9-3/16" (233 mm)
  • Closed Length: 5-3/16" (132 mm)
  • Hole Diameter: 15/32" (12 mm)
  • Blade Steel: VG-10
  • Weight: 4.75 oz. (134 g)
  • Handle Material: G-10
  • Made in Seki-City, Japan

UPC Code: 716104001118

The lockback system has been used for many decades. It can usually be found on the knife spine and it provides a strong lockup that will wear well.
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
Made in Japan
Made in Japan
The exotic steel Capital of the World, Japan produces and innovates some of the best products, from pocket to kitchen knives and everything in between.
VG10 Stainless Steel
VG10 Stainless Steel
This Japanese super-steel is known for it's ease of sharpening, ability to take a super fine edge, and outstanding corrosion resistance making it one of the best bang-for-buck steels on the market.
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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5 out of 5
Oct 13, 2016
The Civilian
My 2nd Civilian. One is for EDC. One is for safekeeping!
5 out of 5
Francis D.
Aug 17, 2016
Pros: Lock Type, Blade Material, Handle Feel, Ease of Opening, Overall Quality, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Sharpness
Cons: None
Perfect design
For self defense only, that is to say just in case you have to protect your life and your family. Definitely not an EDC. The blade is sharp and very beautiful. As a collector and as an avid fan of Spyderco, I'm satisfied : this is the best you can expect from Spyderco.
5 out of 5
Mark A. L
Plattsburgh, Ny
Aug 02, 2016
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Lock Type, Ease of Opening, Overall Quality, Handle Material, Lock Ease of Use, Weight, Sheath, Handle Feel, Blade Material
Cons: None
This "Civilian" should be called "Epitome."
I received this Spyderco "Civilian" just two days ago. I have looked over the entire package. The blade is extraordinarily sharp, "RAZOR" sharp right out of the box. There would be no problem cutting through a seat belt AT ALL. The shape of the blade is absolutely perfect for self defense. I have dummy models that I practice with. The name of this knife should be "Epitome," because it encapsulates every area of either stopping, or terminating your target. It opens flawlessly, and because I am a practicing martial artist, I state unequivocally, it manipulates within my hand as a perfectly balanced knife should. I own custom knives from $1500-3800 each. This knife drops right in my hand. The lock shows no flaw whatsoever. I would feel completely safe in the field with the Civilian. The scales make for a perfect hold, even under sweaty work out conditions; I never lost even an ounce of control. The VG-10 blade was the perfect balance of sharpness, strength, durability, and ability to hold an edge. The sheath holds the knife perfectly in place, and releases with minimal effort. The pocket clip is fine for my "Levis 505s," however, I would have preferred the "paperclip" style. The body has only one liner, which raises a question as to it's stabilization. However, this is a slashing knife, and not meant for stabbing. Honestly in my opinion, for the money, this is the single finest LEGAL self defense on the market. I paid just shy of $174 from Knife Center. Properly maintained, it will be a lifelong friend. This is "The Epitome" of a self defense edged instrument.
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