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Spyderco C12SBK2 Matriarch2 Folding Knife 3-5/8" VG10 Serrated Blade, Black FRN Handles

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Part Number: SP12SBK2
Manufacturer: Spyderco Knives
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Description
SP12SBK2: C12SBK2 Matriarch 2
Spyderco
 
History and Lineage

The Matriarch 2 traces its lineage to one of Spyderco's oldest and most unique designs; the C12 Civilian. The Civilian was developed in response to a request from a U.S. federal law enforcement agency whose agents were regularly involved in undercover narcotics operations. In many cases, their undercover status made it impossible for them to carry firearms, so they wanted a knife that could serve as a potent defensive weapon when wielded with gross motor skills and a minimum of training. Spyderco's founder, Sal Glesser, designed the original Civilian to meet this need and in the process earned a patent on its distinctive Reverse "S" edge profile. The sinuous edge shape maximizes the cutting potential of the blade by forcing the material being cut to move longitudinally along the curves of the edge as pressure is applied with the blade.

The Civilian design evolved over the years, but as a limited-production item and one of the world's most visually dramatic folding knives, it always attracted great interest. In the late 1990's, Spyderco's South African distributor requested a more economical version of the Civilian. Due to the high crime rate in South Africa, he felt it would be an ideal personal-defense tool. Spyderco responded by mating a Civilian-style blade to the fiberglass-reinforced nylon (FRN) handle of the popular Endura model. The result was the first Matriarch and yet another "instant classic."

The original Matriarch was produced with both gray and black handle for several years before being discontinued. In 2010, a flat-ground, brown-handled "sprint" run (a limited one-time production run of a particular variant) of the Matriarch was produced, once again igniting interest in the design an prompting its return as a regular production model: the Matriarch 2.

Construction and Materials

The Matriarch 2 is built on the handle of Spyderco's extremely popular Endura 4 design. Its full skeletonized stainless steel liners provide an outstanding balance of strength and lightweight, while its injection-molded FRN handle boasts Bi-Directional Texturing for a superior grip in even the most demanding conditions. A sturdy back lock mechanism locks the blade securely in the open position and a Boye dent in the lock bar helps prevent unintentional lock release. Screw-together construction and phosphor-bronze washers ensure maximum precision and smooth operation.

The blade of the Matriarch 2 is hollow ground from VG-10 stainless steel and features the signature Reverse "S" edge profile of the classic Civilian, which is designed to maximize cutting performance with all areas of its edge. It's point is thicker than the Civilian for increased strength and strategically shaped to nest discreetly into the handle in the closed position. A trademark Spyderco Round Hole provides positive one-handed deployment of the blade with either hand, ensuring that the user can get the knife into action quickly and reliably.

The Matriarch 2 also offers unmatched versatility with regard to carry options. Its four-position hourglass clip is adjustable for left or right-side tip-up or tip-down carry. Together with the lock operation and blade hole, this feature makes the Matriarch 2 completely ambidextrous and an ideal choice for left-handed users or armed professionals who prefer support-side carry on their knives.

The Matriarch 2 combines the unique heritage of the Spyderco Civilian family with the proven design features and economical construction of the best-selling Endura 4. The result is a knife that offers powerhouse cutting performance in a practical everyday-carry format.
Specifications
  • Blade Length: 3-5/8" (92 mm)
  • Cutting Edge: 3-1/4" (83 mm)
  • Blade Thickness: 1/8" (3 mm)
  • Closed Length: 8-15/16" (211 mm)
  • Overall Length: 4-7/8" (124 mm)
  • Hole Diameter: 15/32" (12 mm)
  • Blade Steel: VG-10
  • Weight: 3.6 oz. (104 g)
  • Handle Material: Black FRN
  • Made in Seki-City, Japan

UPC Code: 716104002399

Lockback
Lockback
The original locking mechanism. It can be found mid spine or at the bottom of the handle, and it provides tight lockup that will wear well.
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.
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.
Zytel Handles
Zytel Handles
A nylon polymer that is lightweight and extremely durable, Zytel can be shaped and textured to provide excellent grip.
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5 out of 5
Randy
MD
Dec 14, 2012
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Lock Type, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
Cons: None
Nasty
* Very light * Nicely made * Good for lefties as well as righties (reversible clip) * Insanely sharp * Useless for everything but self-defense (but I don't care) The blade is very sharp, and very thin. Spyderco isn't kidding when they tell you it isn't a utility blade. The Spyderhole isn't really chamfered, so it grips your thumb like mad (a plus). The back lock isn't my favorite, but you won't be whipping this one out all the time to clean your fingernails, so it doesn't really matter (and the back lock is simple, reliable, and light). It's a fearsome blade.
4 out of 5
Bun
Hong Kong,
Aug 16, 2012
Pros: Blade Material, Overall Quality, None
Cons: Lock Ease of Use
Matriarch
This is my first karambits knife . The quality is great and I like the shape , but opening is not smooth enough .
5 out of 5
Jon B
Oklahoma City, OK
Aug 15, 2012
Pros: Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness, Handle Feel, Weight, Handle Material, None
Cons: Ease of Opening
Quite a knife.
Sharpest knife I have ever owned. The design also makes it the best cutting knife I have seen for this size. Quite a self defense knife.
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