Spyderco Tatanka Folding 5.06" VG10 Plain Blade, Black G10 Handles - C180GP
SP180GP: C180GP Tatanka
Meaning "American bison" in the Lakota Sioux language, "Tatanka" is also the name of Spyderco's first "super-sized" folder. Its defining feature is its high-strength PowerLock–a deceptively simple yet incredibly strong lock that at first glance looks like an ordinary lockback. Take a closer look, however, and you'll see a secondary cam component that is the secret to the lock's strength. When the blade is opened, the tang contacts a sturdy stop pin in the handle to stop its rotation. At the same time, the spring-powered lever in the back of the handle rotates the cam around its pivot, causing a finger at the bottom of the cam to wedge against a concave surface on the top of the tang. This wedging action creates an incredibly secure lock-up, yet allows the lock to be released smoothly and easily.
The Tatanka's handle consists of two skeletonized stainless steel liners, a stout stainless steel backspacer, and textured black G10 scales. Its screw-together construction ensures precise alignment of all parts and provides an extremely solid platform for the PowerLock mechanism. Measuring just over five inches in length, the Tatanka's blade has a saber grind that combines a full-thickness spine with a partial flat grind for a superior balance of strength and high-performance edge geometry. A swedge (unsharpened bevel) on the back of the blade reduces weight and increases point utility, while jimping (textured grooves) on the thumb ramp and an opposing index-finger choil (finger groove) provides a solid purchase that allows you to "choke up" on the knife for increased control.
Despite its impressive size, the Tatanka carries easily by virtue of its four-position pocket clip. Together with Spyderco's Trademark Round Hole™ in the blade and the PowerLock, this feature ensures that both carry and operation of this remarkable folding knife are completely ambidextrous. Although the Trademark Round Hole facilitates ambidextrous one-handed opening of the knife, because of the blade's size and mass and the location of its lock release, it should be closed with two hands.
- Blade Length: 5.06" (129 mm)
- Cutting Edge: 4.55" (116 mm)
- Overall Length: 11.56" (294 mm)
- Closed Length: 6.50" (156 mm)
- Blade Thickness: 0.157" (4 mm)
- Hole Diameter: 0.54" (13.8 mm)
- Blade Material: VG-10
- Handle Material: G10
- Locking Mechanism: PowerLock
- Weight: 9.5 oz. (269 g)
- Made in Japan
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.
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
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.
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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