Now that things have settled down a bit following the festivities of the Blade Show, I would like to propose a discussion for a possible Sprint of the long-discontinued C66 Spyderco Vesuvius.
I actually had a brief opportunity to chat with Eric about this at the Blade Show. During our discussion, I jokingly said something along the lines of “…although the Centofante 3 is a stellar design, I’d really rather see a Vesuvius Sprint made in Golden.” Much to my surprise, Eric readily agreed and said that he too would like to see a Vesuvius Sprint! Granted, this does not necessarily guarantee that this project would come to fruition (or at least not in the immediate future), but it does allow us to get some ideas rolling and to also gauge interest. In light of the advancements in technology and experience that Spyderco possesses today, I believe that a rebirth of the Vesuvius would be very doable and would also be very well received by today’s end line users. In fact, one of our fellow Forumites, PSquared, started a thread back in April '18 regarding a desire for a Sprint of the Centofante 3, which is very similar to the Vesuvius: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=78927&hilit=centofante+sprint
. There appeared to be a decent amount of interest in a Centofante 3 Sprint, but I personally think that a Vesuvius Sprint would be even more awesome because it would be ideally made in Golden, would feature a Compression Lock, and would be screw-together construction vs. pinned.
For those who may not know, the C66 Spyderco Vesuvius was designed by the late Frank Centofante and made its début around 2001. The Vesuvius design was a predecessor of the current Centofante 3 model, which is still going strong today. If my memory serves correctly, I believe the Vesuvius was also one of the first (if not the
first) lightweight Golden-made models to feature the Compression Lock. The Vesuvius was also unique because it featured a special burgundy-colored FRN handle, nested stainless steel liners, and a palladium “Bug” inlay. The Vesuvius was chosen to be the 2002 Spyderco Forum knife and was produced in very limited numbers (500 total). I was fortunate enough to buy one of these models when they first came out and I have always loved the design. However, I don’t carry mine very frequently anymore because it would be too difficult and costly to replace if lost or stolen. I would love to have a new version of the Vesuvius to use and enjoy without having to worry about damaging a collectible piece.
Assuming that the original Vesuvius tooling still exists, I would like this Sprint to be built as close to the original version as reasonably possible. Other ideas/suggestions are certainly welcome, but here are my ideal specifications for this Sprint:
1. Made in Golden, CO
2. Hollow ground blade with swedge
3. Blade stock around 2.5 mm
4. Compression Lock
5. Nested liners
7. Blade steel: S30V
8. Handle material: FRN or G-10
9. Pocket clip: standard steel clip (four way)
10. Phosphor bronze washers
11. Screw-together construction
Anyway, these are just my thoughts. What do you think? Please feel free to share any ideas, thoughts, or suggestions. Let's get a discussion going to see if we have enough interest to warrant a Sprint. Below are a few quick pictures to give you an idea of what this model would look like.
Additional Information from the SpydercoSource.com:
Model Name: Vesuvius
Model Reference: C66
Designer: Frank Centofante
Description: The Frank Centofante designed Spyderco Vesuvius is a beautifully contoured knife that has become a great reliable permanent knife in the Spyderco line-up with four different generations already. The fourth generation Vesuvius has the Wharncliffe blade and is not meant to replace third generation models, but offer an alternative blade shape. The first generation of this popular folder was designed with a compression lock, which was functionally problematic due to the design of the FRN handles, prompting a change to a lock-back design after two years, making the first generation compression lock Vesuvius a collectible knife. Generation 1 folders were also available with a Shell insert on the handle.
Generation 2 folders were similar to Generation 1 folders with the change of the lock type. Generation 3 folders added an addition groove channel to the handle, a switch to VG-10 steel and an adjustment to the location of the back lock.
Blade Length: 3 1/8″
Closed Length: 4 1/2″
Overall Length: 7 9/16″
Weight: 2.5oz, 3.4oz (Gen1)
Blade Material: ATS-34, VG-10
Blade Finish: Satin Finish
Blade Grind: Hollow Ground
Handle Material: FRN w/Silver Inlay Bug
Locking Mechanism: Lock Back, Compression Lock
Years Produced: 2001- Current
Manufacture Location: Golden, Colorado (Gen 1, 2), Seki-City Japan (Gen 3,4)
C66PBK – Plain Edge
C66PSBK – Plain Edge
C66PBK3 – Plain Edge, Generation 3
C66PBK4 – Plain Edge, Generation 4
(Source: http://spydercosource.com/2009/10/spyde ... uvius-c66/