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


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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

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.
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
VG10 Stainless Steel
VG10 Stainless Steel This Japanese excellent quality 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.
Lockback 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.
Spyderco Civilian Folding Knife 4-1/8" VG10 Serrated Blade, G10 Handlesrated 4.917 stars out of 5 (24 reviews)
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Spyderco Civilian Folding Knife 4-1/8" VG10 Serrated Blade, G10 Handles
rated 5 stars out of 5
207 Nutts River Road
Feb 04, 2018
Pros: Lock Ease of Use, None
Cons: Pocket Clip
great knife
Fold it openSharp n durableThe cost in ja dollars
Spyderco Civilian Folding Knife 4-1/8" VG10 Serrated Blade, G10 Handles
rated 5 stars out of 5
Jan 31, 2018
Pros: Ease of Opening, Blade Sharpness, Handle Feel, Overall Quality
Cons: None
Quality build and superb craftsmanship. Easily deployed with one hand. Fits nicely and securely in backpack. Aggressive looking and highly intimidating...a very purpose-driven design for serious personal protection
Spyderco Civilian Folding Knife 4-1/8" VG10 Serrated Blade, G10 Handles
rated 4 stars out of 5
Lower 48
Aug 15, 2017
Pros: Blade Material, Lock Type, Overall Quality, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Ease of Opening, Pocket Clip, None
Spyderco C12GS Civilian
This is the second Civilian I have purchased. This knife is an EDC knife for self-defense purposes. My first knife was lost while on vacation. This knife should NOT be used in daily cutting tasks. I realize people are going to do whatever they feel like they want to and they have that right. However read the literature that comes with the knife. Spyderco did NOT develop the knife for daily cutting tasks. The knife is meant to be used in self-defense situations. I carry the knife along with a gun, both for the same purpose, to defend myself and innocent people around me. When I fire a gun, I am responsible for each bullet that leaves the barrel. If I am in a crowded establishment, even with .007 skills I don’t want to endanger my life and by extension, my freedom by firing a handgun. However with any knife, I can control that edge and if I cut someone once, they will be limited in how they can respond, especially if I am trained in where and how to cut a threat. This knife will cut through a heavy leather coat, let alone layers of cloth. This fall/winter I will see how it stands up to the hide of an elk.If someone wants to really make this knife “scalpel sharp,” buy the Spyderco sharpener. The two blades that come with the kit will bring a knife to a slightly finer edge than original. If you buy the ultra-fine stones, the blade will have an edge I have never felt before from a knife I sharpened. I use silicone spray to lubricate the folder because most any other will attract dirt. I have use of only my left arm and hand. I leave the pocket clip for the knife as it comes from the factory. I then use my ring finger to spin the blade out. With just a little practice I am much faster with a knife than my gun. If I need more time to get the knife out, a knee or kick gives me the space and time.When I lived in Arizona a few years ago, I had to bring this knife out twice when I felt my life was threatened. Both times that was the end of the altercation. Both times the cops were called and I was never given a ticket or even a warning. The officers asked me what happened, I told my side of the story and then waited for the other side to say their piece. Telling the story would add more words but both of the episodes ended after the Civilian came out.As a slight aside, if you bring the knife out in any kind of fight; decide ahead of time if you are prepared to use it. Second guessing while you are in a fight is not the place to have that kind of mental debate.
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