A few weeks ago I had the moral dilemma of choosing between two of Bob Terzuola's iconic designs the C55 Starmate and the C174GP Double Bevel. (First world problems right?
) I asked both here and on another forum which knife I should buy? And I got a 100% response for the Starmate!
I actually ended up buying both knives, but I couldn't help but think about what makes this knife so Special?
Lets go all the way back to 1998 (Pic is from 1999 catalog)...Things were changing! Google was founded, Bill Clinton was impeached, and Britney Spears released her debut album "Baby one more time". Spyderco was also changing. For many years Spyderco considered themselves the working mans knife with the majority of their models being FRN and stainless steel for their handles. When you look at their catalogs from the early 90's there IMHO is a clear distinction between the regular models and the custom collaborations such as the C15 and C22 by Micheal Walker. In fact it seems if you wanted a premium production knife Spyderco actually had an entirely separate brand called SOLO, HIRO, and MOKI, and GSAKI. But with knives like the Military being released it was time for C15 to be updated to.
The new C55 would become one of both Bob's and Spyderco's most iconic models.
What I love about this knife and it's something you have to hold in your hand to fully understand is it's ergonomics. Even with gloves on it's a extremely comfortable knife to hold. There's just something that installs confidence in you as you hear the click of the walker liner lock. I feel like it's the type of knife that can handle just about anything from camping to the Apocalypse
It's a combat knife disguised as a slick modern Gentleman's folder.
I could be wrong the edge degree seems to be about 30-40 which is great for cutting rough stuff.
Unlike the Double Bevel this is not exactly a small knife, here it is next to my PM2 and my Military.
Despite the many positives this knife has there is one people need to be aware of and that it's not "New York City Safe". This knife is very easy to flick open which I attribute to the blade thickness.
I feel like I'm very blessed and fortunate to have found and purchased this knife. People criticize the price and that it is VG10, but I believe it's fairly priced as Bob Terzuola is a true artist and everything he makes is a masterpiece of design.