Spyderco C167GP Friction Folder 2.84" VG10 Plain Blade, G10 Handles
SP167GP: C167GP Friction Folder
Designed by Belgian knifemaker Filip De Leeuw, the Friction Folder is an extremely unique knife with a significance that goes far beyond our typical collaborative design.
From a historical standpoint, it pays tribute to the very first folding knife mechanism, which was a simple pivot that relied solely on the handle's friction against the tang to keep the blade open. Later, a tab-similar to that found on traditional straight razors-was added to the tang of the blade to serve as a lever to open the knife. In the open position, this tab also indexes against the back of the handle where pressure from the user's hand holds it in place to stabilize the blade during use.
Friction folders evolved independently in different areas of the world and the earliest examples can be traced back as far as 600-500 BC. Since many styles of friction folders were also closely associated with specific cultures, the Friction Folder also qualifies as a member of Spyderco's Ethnic Series of knives. Its drop-point blade profile, tang tab, and gently curved handle shape are reminiscent of European friction folders and similar knives of the American frontier.
Although the Friction Folder's VG10 stainless steel blade includes a Trademark Round Hole, its primary one-handed-opening method is to use the tang tab as a lever, making its operation distinctly different than all other Spyderco knives.
As a modern cutting tool, the Friction Folder is the latest example of Spyderco's growing family of socially friendly, non-locking folders that comply with knife laws in areas that prohibit locking blades. When used with care and proper cutting technique, the Friction Folder is an amazingly capable everyday carry knife and a great alternative to conventional folding knife designs.
Because its simple design does not include a self-close mechanism, the Friction Folder is not suitable for clip-style carry. Instead, it comes with a handsome faux leather pouch that does feature a clip—another unique departure for a Spyderco knife.
Best of all, these distinctive features faithfully reflect the style and exceptional attention to detail that define Filip De Leeuw's prized custom knives. Like De Leeuw's popular handmade version, it successfully blends traditional design with state-of-the-art materials to create a highly functional everyday cutting tool and a fascinating reflection of folding knife history.
- Closed: 4.94" (125 mm)
- Overall: 6.50" (165 mm)
- Blade: 2.84" (72 mm)
- Edge: 2.58" (66 mm)
- Blade Thickness: 0.118" (3 mm)
- Blade Hole Diameter: 0.39" (10 mm)
- Steel: VG10 Stainless Steel
- Weight: 3.2 oz. (91 g)
- Grind: Full-flat
- 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.
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.
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.